Mission: To Know Christ and Make Christ Known
Our hope is to create a church where God is seen, love is felt, and lives are changed.
Our commitments as participants at First are --
Abbreviated Church History
4.14.83 Betty Siefer shares her wish for a Presbyterian church in Sebastian with Rev. Kevin Bausman, her former minister in Franklin, PA. He notified the Northeast Florida Presbytery.
11.83 Bill Lee & Paul Leap from the presbytery visit with Betty Siefer & Gloria Fennell in response to their letter naming 37 Presbyterian families living in the Sebastian area.
3.9.85 Presbytery meets with local group; ‘Task Force’ established to begin new congregation in Sebastian/Barefoot Bay area: Rev. Russ Burns-Ch., Ted Sydleman-Ass’t. Ch., Martha Dismukes, Jim Duffy, Gloria Fennell-Sec’y, Betty Gerot, Fran Heathcote, Gene Knott, Betty Siefer.
6.4.85 Presbytery approves Sebastian as new church development; 5.7 acre lot purchased on Louisiana Ave. for $150,000
12.12.85 The Rev. Dr. Donald E. Swope accepts call to be Organizing Pastor
11.20 88 Present building dedicated
Meet our pastor, Jeff Wood. Pastor Jeff has made the Space & Treasure Coasts his home since 2006. He attended Wheaton College, Cambridge University, & Union Seminary in Richmond.
Prior to coming to Florida, he served churches in San Antonio and Houston. He writes monthly for Senior Scene magazine. He's father to six children and two grandchildren. You'll find him some days commuting to work on his 1996 Kawasaki Vulcan. He likes Mexican food, action movies, gardening, and boating. He loves the First congregation and always wants them blessed by being grounded in the Bible and Jesus Christ.