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First Presbyterian Church of Chicago has a proud heritage that can be traced back to the earliest years of Chicago.   It is the oldest Presbyterian congregation in the city, founded in 1833, which moved south as the city grew, and shared in God’s mission to this region by serving others in several different neighborhoods over its history.

Churches in the Presbyterian tradition reflect a thoughtful and committed understanding of Christianity, feeding the human mind and inspiring the human spirit. Its heritage well fits its neighborhood that is adjacent to the University of Chicago and a short distance from the proposed Obama Presidential Library.

Embracing the multicultural diversity of their neighborhood, the people of First Presbyterian share in God’s mission by seeking to contribute to a sense of community in their neighborhood, by standing beside the most vulnerable in and around that neighborhood through its food pantry ministry and partnerships with local community gardens, and by seeking to humbly demonstrate what God’s new community can look like as they live out their lives together as a church.   The church mission statement is expressed this way.

First has been called by God to:

  • proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed;
  • foster an integrated congregation;
  • minister to the needs of members and the community and
  • promote peace and justice in the world.

If this heritage and vision draw you, come join us as we seek to joyfully share in God’s mission in the Woodlawn community of Chicago and beyond.

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