FirstPres Anderson

Welcome to Christian fellowship at First Pres! What a blessing it is to gather in God’s name to explore and celebrate his presence in our lives. Throughout the year we offer many opportunities for you to join your church family in fun events designed to enhance your faith journey. Most of our events are multigenerational, as we have much to learn from each other! Watch for take-home and in-person opportunities.

Check the First Word monthly newsletter and this Events page for future Faith Formation gatherings. Contact Alisa Gibson with questions and suggestions about upcoming events.

When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.”

Matthew 18:19-20

Registration is now closed.  To be placed on our waiting list, please email Laura Willette our Coordinator of Children’s Faith Formation at

vacation bible school

August 2-6, 2021 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Noon) each day

Registration has closed for Vacation Bible School – we have over 120 children signed up! We’re looking forward to a fun, faith-filled week of bible stories, fun snacks, recreation, science, arts & crafts, and so much more as we explore how Jesus leads the way for each of us. Our leadership team has been working hard to make sure our kids will have a safe and exciting week of VBS.

We still need volunteers! If you feel led to Explore the Rainforest with our First Kids, please email our volunteer coordinator, Julia Evatt at
For more information, contact Laura Willette


service event: Emmanuel’s Hammer

August 10-12, 2021

We’ll be helping repair flooring and installing windows for a neighbor in need. No experience necessary, just some helping hands.

Who: Anyone aged 16+

When: August 10th, 11th, and/or 12th from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Please serve as much as you can – one, or two, or all three days!

Where: 112 Rose Hill St., Anderson, SC 29624

Sign-up with Pastor Chad: call 864.309.6069 or email

Blessing of the backpacks

August 15, 11:00 Service in the Sanctuary

All students, teachers and school administrators are invited to bring backpacks/school bags to worship. Prepare for the new school year with a blessing and the love and support of your church family!

festival of faith

August 22, 2021

Get on Board with our Festival of Faith!

Don’t miss the boat…dress for comfort and join us on the SS Faithful for a special morning of worship and fellowship. We’ll begin with one service at 9:30 AM in the Sanctuary, then make our way around the many Ports of Call (Kirk, church grounds, FLC) discovering the many opportunities we have to learn and serve at First Pres. Adventures for all ages including prizes and lunch at the Captain’s Table in the Family Life Center. We’ve traveled through a challenging year – let’s reconnect as a church family!

Contact Alisa Gibson for more information: or 864.314.0510

Pentecost prayer wall

May 23, 2021 – on-going…

We want to encourage you to stop by the Pentecost Prayer Wall in the Welcome Center and add your own words of praise! Write them on one or more pieces of fabric, and let’s continue to fill the dove as a reflection of all the amazing things God is doing and has done in our church and community and to continue to celebrate the birthday of the church!

Alisa Gibson

Coordinator of Faith Formation Events

After joining First Pres with her family in 1996, Alisa quickly became involved with the Christian Education department, first as a volunteer, then as a staff member serving as Director of Christian Education and as Coordinator of Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and currently Faith Formation Events.

Alisa is the daughter of a Presbyterian minister who spent her childhood summers in the Presbyterian community of Montreat NC. She believes that faith formation is a lifelong journey and values the importance of multigenerational fellowship within the church. Having served as moderator to the Presbyterian Women, church librarian, Sunday school teacher and director of vacation bible school, Alisa knows and loves our church from the inside out!

Alisa, her husband Bill, and their three adult children are all graduates of Clemson University. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, and especially spending time with family and friends.