WHO WE ARE

First Pres Church


We are a community passionate about serving and celebrating life in Jesus Christ. 

​​​​​​​We believe that a congregation is part of a wider communion of believers who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God calls us to be more than the sum of all our parts. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are given the high challenge of demonstrating the living body of Christ for the world today. We work for Christian unity and we grow in love with one another. We believe that a church is called to inspire by word and deed through its common life and the life of its members.​​​​​​​


MISSION and STRATEGY

Faith for the Future

For nearly 150 years, we have inspired service, vocations, and spiritual growth among families and individuals of every age and every station in life. The great spire of our church steeple is a distinctive hallmark and identifier in the community.
 

We use the word inspire to identify, unify, and motivate our congregation. The connection with the drawing of our steeple is designed to spark conversation about our life together and to initiate creative reflection about the way we live our Christian life; both together and as individuals in the community.

Our Vision: To be a joyful people who inspire by sharing life in Christ.

Our Mission: We gather beneath our steeple, grow in the love of God and are sent by the power of the Holy Spirit to inspire with joy.

Our Initiatives: Inspire the youth of our community; inspire new generations for leadership and witness, and inspire a culture of abundance.

Our Prayer: God of grace, inspire us with Faith for the Future, so that by the light of Christ, our future may be brightened by steadfast love.

 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

Come as you are


When you walk through our doors you will see people dressed in casual shirts, jeans, and even coat and ties. We want you to feel at ease from the moment you arrive so that you immediately feel a part of our welcoming spiritual home. Want to learn more? Join us in Social Hall after worship for coffee and conversation.
We also hold quarterly
Inquirers' Classes for those looking to join the church or just learn what it means to be a Presbyterian.
If have any questions, please connect with us. We love to hear from our new visitors.

OUR TEAM

Get to know the First Pres Church staff


Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson

Pastor/Head of Staff

Brian enjoys the call of a lifetime as lead Pastor with our congregation in the heart of Lake County. He joyfully claims Libertyville as the place he has called home longer than anywhere else as an adult.

Rev. Amy Heinrich

Associate Pastor, Congregational Life

Amy loves to preach and teach, striving to bring the news and the good news together so that the gospel is relevant and the news breaks our hearts open to hope. She is passionate about the intersection of our inner and outer lives and the stewardship of God's creation.

Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein

Associate Pastor, Youth Ministry

Rev. Kara Smith-Laubenstein is passionate about youth ministry and helping families live out lives of faithful service to God.

Rev. Ryan Wallace

Associate Pastor, Faith Formation

As Associate Pastor for Faith Formation, Ryan is called to shape the lifelong journey of faith, education, and discipleship for our congregation’s children and adults.