Welcome to First Presbyterian Church!

I am so glad that you have come to visit us through this doorway we call our website. Our name says much about who we are. First indicates that we were one of the first congregations founded in Iowa City. Presbyterian means that we have a system of shared church government similar to that found throughout our American democracy when it is working at its best. Our proudest claim is that we are a church: We make this claim because together, as a diverse and unified people empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, we love and worship the loving, parenting God whom Jesus Christ has revealed to us.

If you are new to faith and church, please don’t let the language I just used dissuade you from visiting First Presbyterian Church. Behind language is the assurance that you will find here the marvelous God who has been long waiting for you and who wants your friendship. At First Presbyterian Church you are not asked to leave at home either your heart or brain, but to bring both to the mystery who will give you ultimate joy. We do not believe that God created you to keep us in business, but that God created us to empower you to love God and those around you. We know you aren’t perfect: That is why we know you will fit right in.

If you would like to know more about God, who is the most interesting person we know in and beyond the universe; or have questions about First Presbyterian Church, a wonderful congregation characterized by open-minded, open-hearted justice, mercy, and faith; please feel free to e-mail me or call 319-351-2660.

May the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.


Pastor Sam (Massey)