Church Life


2021 Global Mission Conference

Our annual Mission Conference is designed to showcase the work of our missionaries, generate prayer and financial support for them, and to encourage all who attend to earnestly consider missionary service themselves.

The week concludes with the Mission Pledge commitment, which gives us an opportunity to respond to the ministry of the Word and the reports of our missionaries by pledging to pray and give in support of First Presbyterian Church’s efforts for Christ’s kingdom at home and around the world.


Keynote Speaker – Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr.

Reformed Theological Seminary
Provost’s Professor of Theology and Culture
Assistant to the Chancellor
Senior Fellow of the African American Leadership Initiative

In 1969, Carl Ellis began his ministry as a Senior Campus Minister with Tom Skinner Associates in New York. From 1979 to 1989, Carl served as the Assistant Pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, MD, on faculty at Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and as a seminar instructor for Prison Fellowship where he developed and taught “in-prison” and “in-community” seminars for inmates and community volunteers. Between 1986 and 2009, Carl served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (C.U.T.S.), and as Dean of Intercultural Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Carl was recently the Associate Pastor for Cultural Apologetics at New City Fellowship. Dr. Ellis studied under Francis Schaeer at L’Abri in Hermoz sur Olon’, Switzerland, completed his MAR (Theology) at Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a D.Phil. from Oxford Graduate School.

Keynote Speaker – Matt Kirkas

Partners International Area Director, Southeast Asia

Matt has lived and ministered in Southeast Asia for 30 years. During this time, he has initiated church planting among 34 unreached people groups by mobilizing, training and shepherding indigenous church planters. Matt and these frontline church planters have personally brought the gospel to more than 200,000 Muslims. Combining a Master’s in Modern Islamic Thinkers and a deep passion for the salvation of Muslims, Matt leads Partners International’s thrust to develop church planting throughout the Muslim world.

Evangelism Training Seminar

Saturday, February 27, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Have you ever wondered what to say to someone that is not a Christian? Matt Kirkas will lead all ages through these Gospel conversations in the Sanctuary.