Serve locally

Chatt Foundation

The Mission of Chatt Foundation is to meet the most basic needs of the hungry, homeless and vulnerable people in our community while offering a clear path to self-sufficiency.  For more information, please visit or email Shad Guinn.

Good News Club at Orchard Knob Elementary

Children from the neighborhoods in the Orchard Knob Elementary School (OKES) school zone need to hear The Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Many of them will benefit from the consistent (week after week) presence of dedicated Christian adults (and possibly teens who participate) as role models.  We have a need to be sharing the Gospel and investing our lives in those around us.  "The Good News Club" is a national initiative to bring the Gospel to children. To learn more visit or email Nancy Hill.

Kids Hope USA

Kids Hope USA is a national Christian organization that, for more than thirty years, has been partnering with churches to send trained mentors into elementary schools. At FPCC, Kids Hope mentors are members or regular attenders of our congregation that each spend one hour a week during the school year as an intentional friend with a purpose, reading and talking with, playing and listening to a child at Orchard Knob Elementary School. Meeting regularly with a child that lives in the socio-educational-economic margins of Chattanooga can be life changing for both mentor and child! Mentors are given training and continual support, and are assigned a dedicated Prayer Partner. If you would like to be a blessing to a child as a mentor or Prayer Partner, contact the Program Director Cheri Partain for more information.

Vision of Mercy

Vision of Mercy provides services to the homeless community in the greater area of Chattanooga, TN.  Our Mission is to restore hope and dignity to those who are altered by conflict to survive.  Our vision is to assist and improve the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness.  We serve individuals who are displaced from their families, homes, and society while assisting them with everyday essential needs such as food, tents, blankets, raincoats, shelter, and medication.  For more information please visit or email Shad Guinn.

Samaritan's Road: Salvation Army Ministry

Join us as we meet on Fridays at 1st Pres. for prayer at 9:00 am and then drive as a group to the Salvation Army on McCallie Ave.  We provide music, a devotion, and breakfast for approximately 30 individuals. Salvation Army's Case workers also send screen referrals for consideration for financial assistance. This ministry includes sharing The Good News of Jesus Christ, encouragement, friendship, counseling, and prayer. For more information contact Hugh Huffaker.

Prison Ministry

First Presbyterian Church has been the catalyst in our community to raise and train several hundred mentors for prisoners incarcerated at Walker State Prison, the first and only "Faith and Character Based" prison in the state of Georgia. We continue to recruit and train mentors for Walker State and for other correctional facilities in our area. We offer the key tools for an all-inclusive ministry including evangelism, discipleship, and reintegration support. For more information about this opportunity to serve, email Mark Casson at 

Women's Prison Ministry

Women at First Presbyterian have the opportunity to serve as mentors at The Next Door, a women's halfway house in Chattanooga. Mentors receive training both through Metanoia and The Next Door before being introduced to their mentees. While the hallmark of the First Presbyterian Women's prison ministry is one-on-one Bible and prayer based mentoring, The Next Door offers us additional service opportunities. To learn more about this opportunity to serve email Leslie Cory.

Prisoner Correspondence Ministry

Several members of First Presbyterian Church have responded to Jesus’ call to minister to the prisoner by becoming part of Metanoia Prison Ministry’s correspondence Bible study program. Metanoia Bible studies offer Bible students of all levels the opportunity to study the Bible systematically. Correspondence disciplers are church members who volunteer to be matched with a student, to receive and grade that student’s Bible study assignments, and to send him or her an encouraging note.

Metanoia takes the stress out of the correspondence process by (1) giving the correspondence discipler the teacher’s version of the study, with all the answers in it, and (2) by handling the details of correspondence with someone in prison. The prisoner’s mail always goes to Metanoia. Metanoia sends the correspondence discipler the prisoner’s work, along with the next lesson and an envelope properly addressed to the prisoner, so that all correspondence from prisoners to correspondence discipler passes through Metanoia’s office address, and does not go directly to the correspondence discipler's home address.

If you have questions and want to learn more about participating in Metanoia’s correspondence Bible study program as a First Presbyterian volunteer, contact Leslie Cory. Once you’re ready, you can sign up to be a correspondence discipler by clicking HERE.

Isaiah 117 House

Isaiah 117 House at Chambliss Center for Children provides physical and emotional support in a safe and loving home for children awaiting foster care placement in Hamilton County. When children are removed from their homes out of concern for their welfare, they are usually brought to the Department of Children's Services Offices to await placement with a foster family. This wait can be several hours to nearly a full day. These children often have nothing with them and are scared, lonely, hungry, and often in dirty clothing. The Isaiah 117 House at Chambliss Center for Children seeks to provide a comforting home in Hamilton County where these children instead can be brought to wait-a place that is safe with friendly and loving volunteers who provide them clean clothes, smiles, toys, and snuggly blankets. This space will allow children to receive the comfort and care they need while DCS staff are able to the necessary paperwork and identify a good foster placement. This is a house built. by the community, with love, for its children. We would love for you to walk the journey with us. For more information click HERE or email Shad Guinn.