First Presbyterian supports several denominationally established missions as well as many global missions.
We financially support missionaries in several parts of the world and take special offerings during the year for various programs. Links to the parent website of each organization can be found below, along with a brief description of the organization’s main function.
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary was founded in 1902 and educates and equips individuals for ordained Christian ministry and leadership. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Courtney Root.
CUPS, Comunidades Unidas Pro Salud (CUPS) is an ecumenical Christian ministry founded in 1989 and focused on improving rural communities’ educational and health environments along the U.S.-Mexico border. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Cindy Bausch.
Forman Christian College is a Presbyterian university in Pakistan where Christian and Muslim students study and work together in an atmosphere of interfaith harmony. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Bill Stump, Jr.
John Knox Ranch is a camp, conference and retreat center offering children and youth opportunities for faith development and fun along the Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas. To find out more, please contact FPC Advocate Minta McIntosh.
Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF) works in partnership with PCUSA congregations to support healing ministries and programs in hospitals and clinics throughout the world. For more information, please contact FPC Advocates Bill & Bonnie Stump.
Missionary Support is provided to Ken & Ruth Copsey in the Philippines, Don & Martha Wehmeyer in Mexico, and Melissa Johnson in Zambia through Presbyterian World Mission.
- Ken & Ruth Copsey, Philippines: Ken and Ruth support Christian mission work in the Philippines, where they developed clean drinking water sources, established medical clinics, taught family health practices and shared the Good News with the native population. FPC Contact – Mission Committee
- Melissa Johnson, Zambia, Africa: Melissa (from Mission Presbytery) works with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian’s Synod of Zambia Health Department and other entities to identify important needs and gaps in the general health education of the community, implementing educational programs that improve maternal and child health.
- Don & Martha Wehmeyer, Yucatan, Mexico: Don and Martha work with the National Presbyterian Church of Mexico, focusing on theological education, church planting, and retreat-workshop leadership. They founded the Gethsemane Retreat Center, which serves as a base for mission teams from the U.S. Don is the pastor of
Seguidores de Cristo Presbyterian Church in Sitpatch and is currently involved with the establishment of an elementary school on the church property. (www.theantiochpartners.org/wehmeyer) FPC Advocate for Wehmeyers in Mexico is Vivian Davis
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services provides Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need through a variety of programs. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Bridget Chapman.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance offers emergency and refugee programs to those in need during times of conflict and natural disaster. To learn how you can help, please contact FPC Advocate Bill McKenna.
Presbyterian MoRanch Assembly is a 500-acre camp and retreat center in Hunt, Texas used to foster growth in God through Jesus Christ by sharing its unique living, learning, Christian environment. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Ben Nichols.
Presbyterian Pan Am School is a bilingual college preparatory school located in Kingsville, Texas, for young people in America and beyond to study, work and take their place as Christians in a multicultural world. For more information, please contact FPC Advocate Minta McIntosh.
- One Great Hour of Sharing: this special offering is received during Lent to share God’s love with those in need. Gifts assist those affected by natural disasters, provide food for the hungry, and help build strong communities through Presbyterian leadership development.
- Christmas Joy Offering: For over 70 years, this special offering has supported both young students—in their efforts to find what gifts God is calling forth from them—and faithful servants of the church who have spent their lives giving those gifts to others. The Presbyterian-related racial and ethnic schools and retired church workers each receive 50% of undesignated offering gifts.
Su Casa de Esperanza provides educational opportunities to impoverished families living in south Texas to help them become self-sufficient, productive members of the community. Please contact FPC Advocate Tom Currie to learn more about this organization.
Synod of the Sun Foundation provides funds for various ministries of the Synod of the Sun and supports scholarships for seminary students from PCUSA churches in the synod.