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  • Watch Our Sermons | Firstpres

    WATCH OUR SERMONS Home / Worship Services / Watch our Sermons Living as God's Reconciled People To watch more of our past sermons, visit our YouTube page .

  • Current Sermon Series | Firstpres

    CURRENT SERMON SERIES Home / Worship Services / Current Sermon Series WORSHIP SERVICES Reformed Traditional Contemporary Gospel OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve

  • Janie Navarrete

    Home / About / Our People / Staff STAFF Home / About / Our People / Staff / Janie Navarrete Lead Custodian ​ ​ ​

  • Howard Griffin

    Home / About / Our People / Staff STAFF Home / About / Our People / Staff / Howard Griffin Senior Pastor and Head of Staff Howard was born and raised in Midland, Texas where he grew up attending the First Presbyterian Church of Midland. Led by his Southern Baptist grandmother, Howard made a commitment to follow Jesus when he was just 6 years old. He was later baptized at the First Presbyterian Church of Midland. Growing up in Midland, Howard loved playing sports like soccer, basketball, baseball, and football, but basketball was definitely his favorite sport. While a student at Trinity University, Howard attended the First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio, and he became a Bible study leader with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship where he discovered a love for God’s word as he led different inductive Bible studies. In 1996, Howard graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Economics. After college he moved to Dallas, Texas where he worked as a Management Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers for four years. While in Dallas, he joined Highland Park Presbyterian Church (HPPC) where he served as a lay leader in the Singles and College ministry. As a part of HPPC, he discovered God had given him his greatest spiritual gifts of knowledge, faith, teaching, and preaching. Encouraged to use his spiritual gifts, Howard helped with the College and Singles ministry at HPPC by leading Bible studies, speaking at retreats, and teaching Sunday school classes. During his time at HPPC, Howard also met and married his beautiful wife, Sarah Browning. Sarah is a native of San Antonio where she grew up attending the First Presbyterian Church. She graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Ed. After hearing God’s call to occupational ministry, Howard left his job as a Management Consultant in Dallas to attend Princeton Theological Seminary. While at Princeton Seminary, he served as a Teaching Assistant in the Speech Department under Dr. Robert Jacks, and he worked at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River and later Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, New Jersey. After graduating from Princeton, Howard joined the staff of the First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Houston in July 2003 to serve as the Associate Pastor for Singles and College. During his time at FPC Houston, Howard developed a network of covenant small groups in the College and Singles ministry. He also organized and led several international mission trips and local service projects while at FPC Houston. In August of 2006, God called Howard back to Highland Park Presbyterian Church, where he became the Associate Pastor of Missions and Outreach. In this position, Howard helped mobilize the 4500 member church for local and global missions, with a particular focus in West Dallas and Kenya while serving as one of the primary preachers of the Contemporary service. In November 2010, Howard was called and installed as the new Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Amarillo. In 2013, Howard help lead First Presbyterian Church out of the PC(USA) and into ECO. He is excited to be a part of this new movement of God as we seek to be a missional, intergenerational church that makes disciples who make disciples by building Christ centered, grace filled communities. In 2015 Howard received his Doctorate in Ministry from Fuller Seminary after completing his dissertation on How To Preach The Absolute Claims of Scripture in a Postmodern Context for Spiritual Transformation. In 2022, after 12 years of service, Howard became the third most tenured Pastor in First Presbyterian’s history. His favorite thing about First Pres are the people and their commitment to intergenerational ministry with a faithful willingness to serve the Lord through both local and global missions. Howard’s favorite verse is John 15:5 where Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing” Howard knows that fruitful ministry only happens as we abide in Christ. Howard and Sarah have three children: Hannah, Elizabeth, and John. Howard’s favorite things to do are to travel with his family, go on lunch dates with Sarah, go on hikes with his daughters, play golf and H.O.R.S.E. with his son, and play Pickleball with Sarah and anyone else who wants to play. howardg@firstpres.com (806) 350-5201

  • Anita Goodrum

    Home / About / Our People / Staff STAFF Home / About / Our People / Staff / Anita Goodrum Administrative Assistant for Missions and Outreach Anita Goodrum has been an Administrative Assistant at First Pres for 33 plus years. She loves everything about First Pres. Her hobby is undoubtedly her grandchildren! Anita's favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13. anitag@firstpres.com (806) 350-5202

  • Kasey Sims

    Home / About / Our People / Staff STAFF Home / About / Our People / Staff / Kasey Sims Director of Elementary Ministry ​ kaseys@firstpres.com (806) 350-5212

  • Wednesday Nights | Firstpres

    WEDNESDAY NIGHTS Home / Ministries / Studies & Groups / Wednesday Nights Wednesday Night Bible Studies will resume on September 4, 2024 STUDIES AND GROUPS Wednesday Nights Sunday School Bible Studies & Small Groups Triads OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve For those eating at the church, we will order dinner from a few different places this semester. Notice the date on the menu form. Please email Allison at allisons@firstpres.com or call 806-350-5207 with your order and/or your family’s order by Monday at noon. We’ll eat in the Great Hall from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ SCHEDULE FOR ADULTS 5:30 p.m. Dinner – Families with children eat together in the Great Hall and Parlor. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Adults go to their classes/groups. PRAYER: EXPERIENCING AWE AND INTIMACY WITH GOD by Timothy Keller by Tim Keller - Rev. Dr. Murray Gossett, Rev. Dr. Howard Griffin, David Mullin Parlor In his best-selling book on prayer, Presbyterian Pastor and author, Tim Keller, writes that, “Prayer is the main way we experience deep change – the reordering of our loves… Prayer is both conversation and encounter with God…Prayer is the way to experience a powerful confidence that God is handling our lives well, that our bad things will turn out for good, our good things cannot be taken from us, and the best things are yet to come.” Come join us every Wednesday evening starting January 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Parlor as we learn how to pray in such a way that we experience God’s presence through prayer, and we spend time praying together. Home Groups – If you’re interested in joining one of our home groups, please contact Murray Gossett at 806-373-4242 or murrayg@firstpres.com . MUSIC GROUPS Sanctuary Singers 6:30 -8:00 p.m. (High school and up) Room 302 (Choir Room) ​ Schedule for Elementary Kids 5:30 Dinner (call Main office to pre-order meals on Mondays) 6:00-6:30 Early Drop Off 6:30-7:30 Kids Ministry Programs ​ Early Childhood Kids has programs for all children birth through Kinder, whose parents attend Wednesday Night groups and those who are participating in Parents Time Out. The little ones will learn ​The Parables of Jesus with Early Childhood ​ Elementary Kids will also learn The Parables of Jesus this semester, with Kids Ministry Director Kasey Sims and our High School leadership & disciple team on the 2nd floor of the Kids Wing ​ Schedule for A&O Students (meet in A&O house) 6:30-8:00 p.m. Middle School A&O 8:00-9:30 p.m. High School A&O ​ Join us as we worship, spend time in small groups, and study the book of Matthew together! ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

  • Heidi Corona

    Home / About / Our People / Staff STAFF Home / About / Our People / Staff / Heidi Corona Administrative Assistant for First Pres Kids Heidi Corona serves part-time as the Administrative Assistant of the Kids’ Ministry of First Pres. She has been on staff since the summer of 2015. Heidi was a missionary’s kid, then a preacher’s kid, then a pastor’s wife, and now a servant of Kids’ Ministry. She has a deep love for the Church, God’s family. Heidi graduated from Ozark Christian College with a Bachelor in Biblical Studies in 1994. She has volunteered for many years in her home church, serving alongside her pastor-husband, Greg. They have two grown children, Aidan and Wilson, who both work in their home church as well. Heidi was delighted when God opened the door to serve at First Pres with this amazing staff and wonderful congregants. A favorite verse is John 6:66-69 where some of Jesus' followers didn't really like what Jesus was saying anymore, "they turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the twelve and asked, 'Are you also going to leave?' Simon Peter replied, 'Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God." heidic@firstpres.com (806) 350-5211

  • COMING EVENTS | Firstpres

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  • Nursery/Early Childhood | Firstpres

    NURSERY/EARLY CHILDHOOD Home / Ministries / First Pres Kids / Nursery/Early Childhood P6030025 P6030113 P6030025 1/10 Early Childhood: Nursery and Preschool Worship Sundays 8:15am-9:30 and 11:00-12:15pm ​ Sunday School 9:45am-10:45am Early Childhood (Babies-Kindergarten) Ministry meet s on the 1st floor of the Children's Wing. Please come through the new glass doors and check in your child at the desk. ​ Nursery is provided during the worship services at 8:30 and 11:00, and Sunday School each week. Our paid Child Care staff and background-checked volunteers make sure each child is treated with the best care while they are with us. Preschool Worship is offered to preschoolers through Kindergarten during our worship services. We practice "Parenting in the Pew" where we help parents teach their children how to join their parents in the services by they time they are in 1st grade. Some kids need a little more time to adjust to the new setting. So they are welcome to attend the singing and children's sermon of the worship services and then come to join Preschool Worship midway through. We want everyone to be able to hear the sermon and some days little ones are a little more wiggly and talky than others. Please feel free to use the Preschool Worship as a back up for this learning process. Our talented Kids Ministry staff, child care staff and amazing volunteers lead, teach, encourage and love the children who come through our doors every week. All of our leaders have completed background checks to help ensure that our children can learn about the Love of Jesus in a comfortable and safe environment. ​ Teaching the Word of God to eager, young hearts is our passion. ​ Sunday School Spring of 2023, Ms. Debbie and her team of volunteers and child care staff lead the Preschoolers and Kindergarteners as we study The LORD's Prayer. We hope your Kids will join us! FIRST PRES KIDS Nursery/Early Childhood Elementary Events OTHER INTERESTS Studies and Groups Worship Grow Connect Serve

  • Electronic Draft Form | Firstpres

    GIVING Home / Giving Health Declaration Please fill out the following form in order to participate in our activity. First name Last name Email Date of Birth Have you been hospitalized in the last 12 months? No Yes Are you suffering from a medical condition, illness, or injury? No Yes If you answered yes to any question, please elaborate Initials I declare that the info I’ve provided is accurate & complete Submit Thanks for submitting! Please click 'Submit' to enter your Credit Card information. Text to Give 1. Open a new text message to 806-208-4288. ​ 2. Enter the amount, in whole dollars, you’d like to give. 3. Press 'Send.' 4. First time users, follow the link provided to a secure website where you add your information, including debit/credit card information. 5. Choose either ‘Budget Pledge 2021’ or 'Gifts and Offerings' from ‘Choose a Fund’ dropdown. 6. You can make this a recurring gift if you choose to. 7. Press the ‘Submit’ button. ​ Your giving is set apart as gift to the Lord for the church to allow for works of mercy, kindness, evangelism, teaching, and many other forms of ministry. Your gift is ultimately an act of worship unto the Lord. ​ As our culture continues the process of living in a more cashless society, First Pres wants to provide you with the option of paying your tithe electronically with an automatic draft payment or a credit card payment. You have the option of giving two different ways - with your credit or debit card, or from your checking or savings account. We have taken the proper care to ensure your transactions are safe and secure. Click below to download our EFT(electronic funds transfer) Authorization form EFT Authorization Form Make Your Pledge to the Operating Budget Please let us know what you pledge to the Operating Budget of 2021.

  • Elders | Firstpres

    ELDERS Home / About / Our People / Elders Class of 2024 Matt Cline Lindsey Palmer Julie McCracken Ruth Whitehead ABOUT Deacons Staff Who's Who Trustees Class of 2025 Duane Harp Julie Mitchell Mike Smiley David Terry Class of 2026 Cary Bell Diane Dabney Blake Goldston Joe Wood

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