History

Our congregation was founded in old Round Rock on June 12, 1854, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sansom. It was later moved to Georgetown and officially became First Presbyterian Church in 1881 when the name was changed by Presbytery. Our Sanctuary, erected in 1873, is the oldest one in Georgetown and continues to be used for our 8:30 worship each Sunday. The facility was used as a public school and held women’s classes for Southwestern University in the 1870’s. It was later remodeled into the Gothic style, adding a steeple, narthex and belfry, where our 1877 church bell still resides.

Renovations to the campus have included classrooms, office space, a Worship Center – Fellowship Hall, playgrounds, an Education Building and a new 7th Street entrance. We now hold our 11:00 service in the Worship Center – Fellowship Hall each Sunday.

Some thirty-seven ministers have served the church and nine candidates for the ministry have been produced. First Presbyterian has made an important commitment to developing future pastors for the church, serving as a Teaching Church for Austin Seminary. In the last decade, we have nurtured and supported eleven seminary students. We welcomed a new pastor, Dr. Bobby Hulme-Lippert to the pulpit in November 2019 after the retirement of our previous pastor.

Programming has been developed for all ages, including mid-week education opportunities, Bible study, annual retreats, fellowship, music, and Stephen Ministry. Mission trips to Alabama, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Belize, Costa Rica, and Mexico have helped our congregation spread God’s message to the world.

We make a special effort to be friendly to newcomers, welcoming all into the membership and ministry of our congregation. Currently, the church has approximately 560 members.

In addition to our campus, we also have a Presbyterian Cemetery located on 20th Street at the south end of Paige Street. For more information regarding the cemetery, please visit our Funerals page.