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The Brief History of First & Central Presbyterian Church


First & Central Presbyterian Church was formed as the result of the merger of First Presbyterian Church (founded in 1737) and Central Presbyterian Church (founded in 1855). First & Central's centuries of history have seen times of flourishing ministry, as well as times of near extinction. The congregation's heritage includes stories from significant periods:
While many churches left the city for the suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s, First & Central elected to stay and remain committed to being a church of the city.

A dynamic and exciting congregation, the church is continuing its heritage of centuries of mission and faithful witness, taking seriously the present and future challenges of ministry in the midst of the downtown community.