Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
– 1 Corinthians 1:3


Our congregation welcomes you to First Presbyterian Church of Urbana! We are thrilled you are visiting our website. The website design is intentionally simple to make it easier for you to find the information you need. Please feel free to contact us for more information and know that you are welcome at all church events: worship, education, service and fellowship.

Read the letter of Welcome by David Oliver-Holder, Pastor and Head of Staff of First Presbyterian Church of Urbana.

Join Us for Worship!

Join us for worship at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings! We hope you will stay for  a cup of coffee in the gathering area outside the sanctuary so we can get to know you better. And we invite you to join in our education hour at 10:45 am(academic year only). We look forward to meeting you soon!

Next Steps

A packet with more information about the church and ways to become involved is available at the Welcome desk outside the sanctuary near the Green street door. You may also want to attend one of the following gatherings (contact the Pastor or church office for more information).

Dinner Gatherings:  Members of the Welcome & Membership group regularly host informal dinners for visitors who want more information about the church. These small group gatherings are a way for you to learn about our congregation and to interact with the pastor and a few members.

Next Steps Class: Informal introductory classes are available to those interested what it means to be Presbyterian. Learn about our history, what we believe, our governing structure, and how you can get involved in our local congregation. We believe each person is given a unique set of spiritual gifts and calling from God. We look forward to the opportunity to get to know each other better.

Becoming a Member 

The Presbyterian Church (USA) has three ways be become affiliated with a local congregation. All three groups may participate in the life and worship of the church and receive its pastoral care. Active Members may also vote in congregational meetings and be elected to ordained ministry as Ruling Elders or Deacons.

  • Active Members participate fully in the work and life of the congregation, including voting at congregational meetings and having the opportunity to be elected to ordained ministry.
  • Affiliate Members are already members of another Christian congregation who have moved temporarily to our area and wish to be affiliated with our church until they return to their home congregation.
  • Active Participant affiliation is available for those who are actively involved in the church but are still considering or may not be interested in becoming an Active or Affiliate member at this time. At the national level, this level of affiliation is referred to as Other Participants.

How to Join

You may ask to become an Active Participant at any time by talking with the Pastor or contacting the office. There are no other conditions to be met for this level of affiliation. You will be put on the weekly E-Report and monthly Open Door newsletter list and will be listed in the church directory.

The first step in becoming an Active or Affiliate Member is to meet with the Pastor to discuss your faith journey and the membership process. The office staff will obtain any needed information from the home churches of those who wish to become Affiliate Members.

The process for becoming an Active Member depends on your faith journey. For those who have not been baptized, we are honored to talk to you about your faith and arrange for your baptism when you join the church. For those who have been baptized, there are two ways to join the church. If you currently are a member of another church, our office can contact your church to have the membership transferred. If you are not currently a member of a church, you can join through a reaffirmation of faith.

Those requesting Active or Affiliate membership and candidates for baptism are first received by Session (our church council). Your membership is then celebrated during a worship service.