Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

First Presbyterian Church is led collaboratively by a team of called leaders who work together to ensure we are doing our best to “cultivate hearts for Jesus from the heart of downtown.” We believe that all ministry (paid and lay ministry) is a calling that comes from God, who empowers each of us to unique service according to our gifts and personalities. By working together, we maximize the potential of these gifts for Kingdom-building effort!

The Staff are paid individuals with unique gifts who work together to maintain the day-to-day operations of the church. The staff works together on everything from planning events to keeping the building maintained to organizing worship services & classes to all the behind-the-scenes tasks that keep our congregation moving.
The Session is a group of twelve elected lay leaders who represent the church as a spiritual “board of directors.” Each of these elders work on a three-year term within a specific ministry team to ensure our mission and vision goals are being met and implemented. All ministry teams report to the Session via the work of these leaders. The Session meets monthly (or more frequently, if needed), and has the ultimate authority on all church decisions.
Ted Hayes

Ted Hayes

Director of Music

Ted began playing as a church organist as a high school student at his home church in Belleview, FL. He went on to study music at Belmont College and received a Masters of Church Music from New Orleans Seminary. Ted came to First Presbyterian in 1996 as our organist and now oversees the music program as well. His tremendous gifts and professionalism attract other talented musicians from around the area. Ted has represented Allen Organ Company since 1973 and is responsible for the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Music and Worship Page – Click Here

I am sorry to say that we will NOT be having live, in-person worship services on Sunday, October 25, 2020, due to Covid concerns in our church. In lieu of in-person worship, we will have ONE service streamed online (facebook and YouTube) at 11:00am, with a new sermon from Pastor Dino.

The Session held an emergency meeting on Wednesday evening to discuss the spread of Covid amongst the church staff. It was decided that it was best, out of an abundance of caution, to close the church for Sunday service this week, sanitize the church as best as possible, and get back to regular worship the following Sunday.