About Us

Get to know us, our mission, and beliefs.

Who we are

First Presbyterian Church is a Christ-centered, grace-based, gospel-driven congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

"Presenting Everyone Complete in Christ." Colossians 1:28

Our Mission & Values


Being called by God to glorify and obey Him in all we do and say, we will seek to serve Christ by ministering to those in Stanley and throughout the world who are lost and bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. To accomplish this, we will devote our time, talent, money, worship, preaching, teaching, fellowship, prayer and outreach to making disciples of Christ, and to training those disciples to make others.

CORE Values

We welcome you to join us as we pursue ...

  • God-honoring WORSHIP
  • MINISTRY by every member
  • Intentional EVANGELISM
  • Authentic MEMBERSHIP

Our Beliefs

The Bible

We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.

The Trinity

We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.


We believe that God is the Creator of all things. Everything that exists within the world and universe was created out of nothing by the awesome power of His spoken word.

Grace & Salvation

We believe that all people are sinners and are totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, being totally dependent upon His mercy.

We believe that salvation is by God alone, as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice arises from His grace, and is not based on any human individual merit or foreseen faith.


We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God who took on human nature. Through His perfect human life and sacrificial death on the cross atoned for the sins of all who trust in Him alone for salvation.

His Return

We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people unto Himself for eternity, free from sin, death, sorrow, and pain.