Serving at First Pres

We have a number of ministries at First Pres and each of these areas requires a number of volunteers to function. From our local nursery to world missions, there is a place for you to serve. If you are interested we would love to talk to you about it.

Church Ministries and Volunteer Opportunities Directory

Congregational Care

Congregational Care at First Presbyterian encompasses a variety of ministries. Visitation, cards, calls, prayer, meals, flowers, widows ministry, caregivers ministry and bereavement support all work together to reach out and touch a member in need.

Good News Club

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.

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Serving in the Nursery and Children’s Ministry on Sunday mornings is a beautiful way of living out the vows we make when we baptize our children. Join us as we strive to bring children deeper into relationship with Christ and the church! Teachers who want to build relationships with children through storytelling and prayer. Nursery and Toddler aides to care for babies and their parents. Substitute teachers and aides who are willing to help as able. Greeters to welcome families and assist with Electronic Check-In. Whatever your gifts or talents are, bring them to FPCC Kid’s and show the kids how God will use their gifts, too!

Kids Hope USA

Kids Hope is a nationwide program that pairs one church with one school, one mentor with one child. Our mentors spend one hour per week reading, talking, playing, and listening to a child at school. By helping children feel loved and valued, these safe relationships support their ability to learn, grow, and thrive at school. We believe and pray that demonstrating hope, faith and grace to each student in our program can change Orchard Knob Elementary School and its community. The goal of this program is to provide a consistent adult presence for students who could benefit from extra support and care. The hour spent together each week offers a relationship of encouragement, structure and friendship to children living in Orchard Knob, a neighborhood that remains on the socioeconomic margins of Chattanooga.

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Rapha seeks to build relationships with neighbors in need. While conventional mercy ministry focuses on financial handouts, Rapha invites neighbors in need into healing relationships with a loving church family. 

  • With a dedicated team of classroom facilitators, prayer warriors, and lay mentors, Rapha is equipping the congregation to grow as a more welcoming church home for neighbors in need. Rapha needs more volunteers like you! Learn more

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 of prisoners.

  • For more information about this opportunity to serve email Mark

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Women's Prison Ministry

Women at First Presbyterian Church have the opportunity to serve as mentors at TND (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 the Women's Prison Ministry, email Leslie

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Prisoner Correspondence Ministry

Members of First Presbyterian can also work with prisoners through Metanoia’s Bible correspondence courses. Metanoia Bible studies offer Bible students of all levels the opportunity to study the Bible systematically. Volunteers receive all the information they need to grade their students’ work accurately, and all correspondence from prisoners to graders passes through Metanoia’s office address (not through the graders’ home address). If you are interested in becoming a Metanoia correspondence discipler, go to click here and then click on the “Discipleship” tab.

*Learn more about Metanoia Prison Ministries

Vesper Point Camp & Conference Ministry

Camp Vesper Point is a Camp and Conference Ministry of First Presbyterian Church. Covering 127 acres of land, Vesper Point overlooks beautiful Chickamauga Lake. In the summer, Vesper Point offers camp sessions from Monday morning until Saturday morning for rising 3rd graders through rising 10th graders.

The rest of the year, Vesper Point serves as a conference and retreat center offering a large dining room with a rustic fireplace, large meeting room and rustic cabins with bunk beds. Linens and towels are not provided. Our overnight group sizes range from 30 to 160. We can accommodate lunch for a day group of up to 200.

  • To learn more about Vesper Point please email Tom Pipkin

For more information about Vesper Point’s camp and conference ministry visit

World Missions

World Missions is a cornerstone ministry of First Presbyterian Church. The very first offering taken at the church was designated for foreign missionary support. Today the ministry supports five partnership ministries in eight global cities and 70 missionary units in 31 countries and six continents. (“World Missions” is defined as those outside the US.)

To learn more about this opportunity to serve email Sandy Pierce or Elinor Espinosa

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