Our Mission Statement

With joyful hearts and open minds, we welcome all persons as diverse, unique, and individual expressions of the image of God as we:

  • Affirm the unconditional love of God for all people as expressed in the life of Jesus Christ. 
  • Celebrate God’s grace and creative work through ritual, sacrament, music, art, movement, and play. 
  • Honor our Christian heritage while we explore the knowledge and wisdom of multiple religions, science, philosophy, humanities and psychology to deepen and enrich our spiritual journeys. 
  • Nurture one another through fellowship and compassion in a community that seeks to offer wholeness. 
  • Embody our faith through local ministries and in actions that promote environmental sustainability, peace, and justice for all people and Earth. 
  • In awe and gratitude for the Divine Mystery that dwells within each of us and pervades our Universe, we seek to create a Christian community that honors our past, is vitally connected to our present, and looks with hope and vision to the generations after us.

More Light / Covenant Network affiliations

On May 12th, 2008, the Session of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tennessee, by a unanimous vote, affiliated with More Light Presbyterians and with the Covenant Network of Presbyterians.   First Presbyterian of Elizabethton is a progressive congregation that has a range of social justice ministries, while embracing scholarship, science, and the insights from the world’s religions.   

We are an inclusive, welcoming congregation for all people regardless of race, ethnic identity, economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.   In a climate of discrimination within the church against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, First Presbyterian affirms the mission of More Light Presbyterians: 

Following the risen Christ, and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians is to work for the full participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA).    

First Presbyterian in a time of division affirms the inclusive vision and unity of the Covenant Network of Presbyterians: 

The Covenant Network of Presbyterians is a broad-based, national group of clergy and lay leaders working for a church that is simultaneously faithful, just, and whole. We seek to support the mission and unity of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in a time of potentially divisive controversy. We intend to articulate and act on the church's historic, progressive vision and to work for a fully inclusive church. We are committed to finding a way both to live out the graciously hospitable gospel we have received and to live together with all our fellow members in the PC(USA). 

First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton is a member church of Holston Presbytery and works with its sister congregations in cooperative ministry and witness while affirming the mission of Holston Presbytery: 

  • To proclaim Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; 
  • To serve Christ by helping Presbyterian congregations within its boundaries to serve him;
  • To coordinate the mission to which the Presbytery itself is called; and
  • To interpret the work and witness of the Presbyterian Church (USA) for its own members and for all others in this region.