…sharing the love of Christ with Athens and the world!


After twenty years of faithful service, our senior Pastor retired. During our time of transition,
Dr. Bruce Lancaster is serving as our Interim Senior Pastor. We are also served by Associate Pastor Dr. Carol Strickland, two Parish Associates, Dr. John Kipp and The Reverend Bob Googe, our committed session members and dedicated staff. Please come join us as we continue to journey forward into the exciting future God is preparing for us. Read more about our transition time by clicking here.

Our Staff

First Presbyterian Church of Athens is served by pastors, parish associates, heads of ministries, and administrative staff.

Our Officers

The session is the governing body of each Presbyterian Church. The session of First Presbyterian Church of Athens consists of our pastor, associate pastor, and thirty (30) elders in active service who serve three year terms on various committees which serve our church.

Dr. Bruce Lancaster helped lead the first Interfaith Thanksgiving worship in November 2016 and Dr. Carol Strickland served on the planning committee. Below are the clergy who participated and Davin Welter, director of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, which was the offering recipient for this year’s service.


Left to right: Rev. Joel Tolbert, Oconee Presbyterian Church, Watkinsville; Rabbi Eric Lindner, Congregation Children of Israel, Athens; Rev. Alison Eskildsen, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Athens; Rev. Bruce Lancaster, First Presbyterian Church, Athens; Rev. Paul Baxley, First Baptist Church, Athens; Imam Adel Amer, Al-Huda Islamic Center, Athens; Davin Welter, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Athens


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Worship Times

Sunday Worship: 8:45 & 11:00 a.m.

Sunday School
Sunday School for all ages: 9:45 a.m.

Children’s Sunday School
Youth Sunday School
Adult Sunday School

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