Pastor's Note

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the web site of First Presbyterian Church. We are a Protestant Christian, mainline, middle-sized congregation. Our members live primarily in the rapidly growing area of Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, northeast of St. Louis, known for its public schools and quality of life. Our congregation has a reputation for fine worship and music ministries, excellent Christian education, and the devoted service of its members to the community.


Our congregation aims at a successful blending of the classical with the contemporary. We are the first church in Edwardsville, and one of the first Presbyterian congregations established in this part of the country. We hold in trust a 185-year tradition of love and service in the name of Jesus Christ. Looking forward, we seek the guidance of God’s Spirit to integrate our heritage with innovations that will make our ministries vital and relevant to new generations.

The electronic posting of church information fulfills several purposes. Visitors and newcomers may find the worship schedule, driving directions, and contact information. Those who are seeking a new church home may gain some sense of our mission, programs, and services. Long-term members may deepen their knowledge through access to the current newsletter and long-range planning documents.

I encourage you to access the long-range planning documents to gain a better appreciation of our identity, mission, and the directions into which we are moving in the future. I invite you to strengthen your relationship with God and enlarge your circle of friends by participating in one of our Sunday worship services. 

In Christ’s Service,


John C. Hembruch, Pastor