May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love; may you have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. – Ephesians 3:17-19


Study God’s Word.

Grow in Faith.

Live as Disciples.

The Spirit gives us the gift of faith, and our faith deepens when we practice our faith in classes, discussion groups and special programs for adults, youth and children.

Through May of 2019, First Presbyterian Church’s formation classes for adults, youth and children will provide us with the opportunity to study God’s word together, to grow in faith together and to live as disciples together.



Robert Galloway

Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults

Garrell Keesler

Adult Formation

Bryce Lapping

Assistant Director of Youth Ministry

Natalie Raygor

Executive Director of Children, Youth and their Families

September Formation: Pathways to Discipleship

As we remain virtual, your Formation team has developed a new plan for fall formation called Pathways to Discipleship.  It will combine Zoom meetings, personal study, and specific activities for all ages.

Visit the FPC Pathways page for details.





In-person classes are currently suspended as we do our part to help keep our members and our community safe. You will find current programs on the Life at First page.

Adult Formation provides a framework in which to study God’s word and to grow in faith so we might live as disciples and witnesses to Christ.

How you approach this spiritual adventure is your choice. First Presbyterian Church offers classes on Sundays at 10 a.m., through small groups and in mid-week programs, and at special events throughout the year. Learn more below.

Have questions or want to receive our weekly electronic newsletters directly to your inbox? Contact Garrell Keesler, Director of Adult Formation.

Young Adult Ministry

Whatever your background, faith journey, career or lifestyle, young adults in their 20s and 30s welcome you into First Presbyterian’s vibrant center-city faith community. As we gather, we grow spiritually, have fun, worship and meet great people at First Presbyterian.

The Good Samaritan Sunday Class is wonderful place to meet people, study the Bible and learn how our faith applies to our everyday lives in a world that is in the midst of great change and growth. The class meets from 10-10:45 a.m. in the Fresco Lobby.

This group also meets on a social basis. Most are in their 20s and 30s, but all are welcome.

Want to know more or to receive emails? Contact Robert Galloway, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation and Young Adults, for information.


The youth ministry of FPC Charlotte exists to engage faith in community, to nurture belonging, and empower discipleship, so that youth and their families live the Christian life.

Opportunities for youth to gather and deepen their faith journey include:

  • Middle School (grades 6-8) Formation meets every Sunday morning, P301, 10-10:45 a.m.
  • High School (grades 9-12) Formation meets every Sunday morning, P321, 10-10:45 a.m.
  • Presbyterian Youth Connection (PYC) is time for youth to gather for food, fellowship and discipleship. PYC meets most Sundays during the school year from 6-7:45 p.m. For a complete schedule of the school year, visit the Resources page at the bottom of this page.

Additional programs for youth include:

  • music
  • mission trips
  • retreats
  • small groups
  • assisting in worship
  • confirmation
  • and being in relationship with others as we practice walking in faith together.

Want to know more about youth ministry happenings or receive emails to stay on top of what’s going on? Read our most recent Parent Guide, check out our Spring-Summer 2019 Calendar, or contact Natalie Raygor, Director of Youth Ministries; Bryce Lapping, Assistant Director of Youth Ministries; or Elizabeth Cook, Administrative Assistant for Formation.



One of our highest priorities at First Presbyterian Church is to nurture children and provide opportunities for them to grow in faith. Here are some of the ways we partner with parents by offering:

One of our highest priorities at First Presbyterian Church is to nurture children and provide opportunities for them to grow in faith. Here are some of the ways we partner with parents by offering:

You can read our bi-weekly electronic newsletters online.

Have questions or want to receive our bi-weekly electronic newsletters directly to your inbox? Contact the Reverend Robert Galloway or Debbie Shirkey, Executive Director for First Presbyterian Church Schools.


Willard & Special Programs

Father Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest and founder of the world’s largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation program, will be deliver the next Willard Lecture on March 15, 2020. Tickets are $10 and are available online now.

At a Jesuit parish in East Los Angeles, Father Greg served the poorest Catholic Church in the city, in the middle of the territories of numerous gangs. In 1988, Father Greg began to work with parish and community members to develop positive opportunities for youth who were involved in gangs, including a jobs program. The jobs program became an independent nonprofit organization, Homeboy Industries.

This program now offers a way out for young people stuck in a cycle of violence and incarceration.

Funded by an endowment, our annual Willard Lecture focuses on matters of social justice, human dignity and inclusion, and other relevant issues of our time. These conversations of faith are open to all. They also reflect the common goal of nurturing and deepening our relationship with God and one another.

Follow the Willard Lecture Facebook page to keep up with current announcements about the program.

For other special programs, keep your eyes on Now at FPC, which updates weekly with details about special programs designed to be relevant and thought-provoking, including:

  • Forums, films and discussion series that offer food for thought throughout the year. Topics range from education on mental health issues, questioning our faith, the stories of those who may seem very different from us on the surface, and more;
  • First United Presbyterian Church/First Presbyterian Series, annual spring discussion series; on issues around race hosted jointly with First United Presbyterian;
  • Special classes including Lenten and Advent studies.


First Presbyterian Church has a long history of creating a Christian environment for nurturing children in the heart of Charlotte. First Presbyterian Church Schools include Child Development Center and the Weekday School.

Faith Unfiltered: Podcast

Welcome to Faith Unfiltered: Seeking God in the 21st Century, a weekly podcast produced by  a team from Christian Formation and Communications here at First Presbyterian Church of Charlotte. In our  podcasts, we explore the many expressions of faith in the 21st Century. A new episode is released every Friday morning. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify, or you can listen here. You can find the complete menu of previous episodes at FaithUnfilteredthePodcast.com.


February 14 – A Question of Age

January 31 – Seeking Wisdom at Staff Meeting

January 17 – Our Hunger for Moral Meaning

January 10 – Tim Funk: Christianity Today, politics and the nation’s divide

January 3 – Growing Your Faith in 2020

December 23 – Advent 4: God’s Love Made Flesh

December 20 – Advent 3: What Is Joy?

December 13 – Advent 2: Peace Beyond Understanding

December 6 – Advent 1: Get Hope by Giving Hope

November 22 – The Birth: This Night Changes Everything

November 15 – Hope for Healing

November 8 – The Moral Injury of War

November 1, 2019 – Manifesting the Kingdom

October 25, 2019 – A Liberator God vs. An Oppressor God

October 18, 2019 – Food and Faith: Tradition, Lessons, Community

October 11, 2019 – Transforming People and Places with Taiwo Jaiyeoba, who is driving the Charlotte 2040 initiative in his role as the city’s Assistant City Manager

October 2, 2019 – The Troubled Relationship between Religion and Politics with former Charlotte Observer Faith and Values reporter Tim Funk

September 25, 2019 – Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden: Preparing Your Neighbor

September 18, 2019 – Sam Bethea: From Life on the Streets to Evangelism on the Streets

April 12, 2019 – Gail Henderson-Belsito: A Resurrected Voice