First Presbyterian Church
500 East Fth Avenue
Mitchell, SD 57301

Pastor Rebecca Gresham Kesner

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Worship Service - 10:30 AM - September - May
9:30 AM - June, July, August
Adult Bible Study & Childen's Sunday School - September - May - 9:00 AM

We are blessed with many gifted people dedicated to supporting the church ministry by volunteering their time and talents. The elders and deacons of the church play an acitve role in both ministry and mission.

The church office is staffed with volunteers Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM to Noon. The bulletin and a monthly newsletter is generated by volunteers.

Church members try very hard to make visitors feel welcome and "at home." The congregation as a whole is very friendly and outgoing. Members step up when special needs arise and usually exceed the necessary goal.

Our church was the first religious organization in Mitchell in 1879. By 1882 a lot at 4th & Rowley was secured and a new church building was dedicated in May 1882. In May of 1952 the church in which we currently worship was constructed. We are blessed with a design that is easily accessible for worship and fellowship. Last summer air conditioning was installed in our sanctuary.

With a continuing spirit of renewal, programs are growing. Worship has been a focal point with increased attendance. Sunday school and adult Bible study continues. On occasion there are special activities for youth. Mission activities and out reach have expanded ranging from local issues such as the Food Pantry, Safe House, Meals on Wheels, lap robes for our wheel chair bound members, to national and international programs that include the Hunger Fund, the Heifer Programs, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. The Fellowship program continues with innovative programs and special events.


Mission Statement
We are an experienced congregation with a pastor that shares our spirit and enthusiasm in Jesus Christ. We seek to use these gifts to revitalize our church for future generations of the church and of our community.
Theological View

We are a theologically moderate rural church located in a small, growing city that believes:

  • God is the one unique Divine Being and he exists as three distinct persons, the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, One God.
  • Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to the glory of God alone.
  • The Bible has absolute authority in all matters of faith and life and it is the standard of life and conduct because it is the Word of God.
  • The head of the church is Jesus Christ, the ministers of the church are the members, and the pastor is our spiritual leader.

We believe in helping others:

  • Through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and other mission organization at the presbytery, synod and General Assembly levels.
  • By feeding the hungry in our community, state, nation, and around the world.
Church Programs
Fellowship Programs
  • Sunday School - preschool to adult
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Lael Women's Circle
  • Evening Bible Study
  • Mitchell Ministerial Association
  • Prayer Chain
  • Mission Support
  • Community Lenten Services
  • Children's Christmas Program
  • Special events, meals, & meetings
  • Fall Rummage Sale
  • Meals on Wheels Volunteers
  • Food Pantry
  • Potluck Sunday
  • Cookie Sunday
  • Easter Breakfast
  • Monthly women's luncheon
  • Monthly men's breakfast
  • Youth Group