The First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn

It is often said that people make the church and our congregation is a wonderful example. However a few extras are nice, like our outstanding Pastor. Pastor Chris is an inspirational speaker and a knowledgeable teacher who adheres to the word of God. We also enjoy a world-class pipe organ, a gifted organist and wonderful choirs. We worship every Sunday at 10am and would love to have you praise God with us. You’ll discover that First Pres isn’t really a building but rather a welcoming congregation who share Christian values by caring for one another and our community.

Join us Sunday mornings: 9am–10am: Sunday School 10am–11:15am: Worship Service

The Church office is open Monday–Thursday, 9am–5pm

Our Ministry Staff

Chris Thomas

Senior Pastor

Rev. Thomas was born and raised in Northern California. After completing his undergraduate degree in Bible and Theology, he was a youth minister in southern California until he started seminary studies. Rev. Thomas received his Masters of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2011. He served a community of young families in a congregation in Plymouth, MI as an Associate Pastor for four years before being called to First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Stacy, and together they have four children; Amaris, Aletheia, Azariah and Anastasia.

Mike Hoffman

Lay Pastor

Mike Hoffman was born in Garden City, MI and has lived in Dearborn, MI most of his life. After receiving his Bachelors in Education from Eastern Michigan University, he worked as a public school teacher at an elementary school in the Gibraltar school district for thirty seven years. During this time, he received a Masters and Specialist Degrees in Educational Leadership. He received a certification as a Lay Pastor in the PCUSA in 2010 and a second Masters in Mission and Discipleship from Dubuque Theological Seminary in 2019. Mike has worked as a Youth Pastor, Director of Christian Education and is currently a Commissioned Lay Pastor with FPC and a Missionary Pastor to the UM-D international students. He is married to Lynn and they have two adult children, Elissa and Jared (Christina).

Chris Mayer

Parish Nurse

Chris Mayer was born in Burlington, VT, and moved a number of times throughout her early life. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Eastern Michigan University and a certificate as a Parish Nurse from Concordia University in Ann Arbor. She worked as a staff nurse in the areas of Medical-Surgical, Orthopedics, Neurology and Cardiac-Step Down for ten years prior to being called to ministry as a Parish Nurse twenty years ago. Her nursing degree has been a wonderful asset to her role in Pastoral Care. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Brian, and together they have two married sons, Phill (Alex) and Andrew (Ashlee).

Brenda Ferguson

Music Director

Brenda is married to her high school sweetheart, Tom, and they have two married sons; Pastor Guy (Joy) and Bobby (Holly). Brenda has been with First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn for several years, directing the Sanctuary Choir and Music Ministry; Bells of Heaven, Renaissance Camerata, Inspiration Station - the cast of our musicals, "Angels Aware!" in 2017, and "SCROOGE 2019," an intergenerational production for Noel Night. She also produces, accompanies and directs our Tower Sacred Music Concert Series, bringing excellent musicians of our own congregation into the spotlight on Sunday afternoons.

She graduated with double Bachelors in Music Performance and Music Education from West Virginia University and has graduate studies with Penn State, University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and organist Terence Flannagan from Curtis and Juilliard. She has held church music positions in large congregations and taught music in various public and private schools, earning two Master Teacher awards.

What We Believe

Presbyterianism is a part of the Reformed tradition within Protestantism. Presbyterian theology typically emphasizes the sovereignty of God, the authority of the Scriptures, and the necessity of grace through faith in Christ. We are a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA). For more information on our denomination, visit the PC USA Website.

Answers to Common Questions

What can I expect on a Sunday morning?

Our worship has a traditional feel with modern elements. Our service usually lasts an hour and fifteen minutes. If you want an example of what the service is like, you can watch one of our church services on YouTube.

What should I wear?

Come as you feel most comfortable. We have members who wear casual clothes and those who dress up on Sunday mornings. Jesus wore sandals and a robe, so who are we to judge? (Bonus points if you show up in sandals and a robe.)

Is there child care?

For children under the age of 5: We have Nursery Care each Sunday staffed by two background checked volunteers during the worship service.

For children older than 5: During the service, we have a children’s lesson. Afterwards, the children are dismissed to attend a children’s program.

Children are always welcome in every aspect of our ministries. We want you to feel comfortable, so if keeping your kids in worship with you is your desire, that is perfectly ok with us.

Is there Bible study?

We have Sunday School for children, teens and adults on Sunday mornings from 9am–10am.

Is the church handicap accessible?

Our Sanctuary is on parking lot level with no curb. The Sanctuary has larger, open spots among the pews for wheelchairs. We have an elevator on the north side of the building to access the upper and lower levels.

Are there cookies and coffee?

Yes! We have cookies and coffee immediately following the worship service during fellowship time.

What extra activities can I get involved in?

Members of our congregation have a wide range of interests and desires to help others. Here are few: Several Bible Study Groups Wonderful Choirs Hand Bells Choir Card Ministry Spiritual Exercise Class Knitting Group Treasure Chest Resale Shop Mat Making for the Homeless Christmas Play Middle School and High School Youth Group Mission Sewing S.O.A.R. Singles Outreach And Renewal Game Night and Euchre Tournament

What organizations does the church support and help in our community?

Diaper Drive First Step Abuse Shelter Second Mile Center in Detroit Starfish Holiday Galleria Shopping to benefit local charities ChristNet providing meals and housing to the homeless for a week

What do you have for my teenager?

Our Youth Group meets (typically) on Sundays from 3pm–5pm—but our activities vary, so check the church calendar below. Send us an email or talk to the Pastor on a Sunday morning to find out more details. In the past, we’ve: Made care packages for vetrans Done scavenger hunts Volunteered with animal rescue shelters Played laser tag Gone to Cedar Point and more.

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