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October 4, 2020

On Sunday, October 4, First Presbyterian Church broke ground on a $33 million, 77,000-square-foot campus addition in the heart of downtown Greenville. Members of the congregation, church representatives, and community leaders, including Butch Kirven of Greenville County Council and Wil Brasington from Greenville City Council, were present to mark the historic day.

The new building, designed by local architectural firm Craig Gaulden Davis, will include a 1,100-seat Worship and Arts Center, new gymnasium, state-of-the-art children’s facilities, a central gathering space, new youth floor, and additional adult classrooms.

“As part of our ‘Transforming the Heart of the City’ campaign, the congregation has prayerfully and sacrificially committed to raising $33 million to help create a campus geared to welcoming the music and arts community of Greenville,” said Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Richard Gibbons. “We are privileged to be a part of the extensive growth of the city and look forward to serving the Greenville area for many years to come.”

“The project is the result of many years of strategic thinking as to how the church’s deep heritage can impact the heart of this vibrant city. The expansion offers several venues to present the Gospel’s strong message of hope, to strengthen the community of faith, and significantly enhance the church’s operational efficiency,” said architect David Dixon.

Greenville-based Triangle Construction Company has been chosen to complete the work on the project, bringing the vision of the congregation to life. Construction is expected to be completed in January 2022 and an opening celebration to be held in February 2022.

“First Presbyterian is known as a leading community of faith that cares about the people of Greenville.  This new project is not a “leap-of-faith” – it is faith with a purpose.  Building right here, in the heart of Greenville, is a significant commitment, and these new facilities will become the platform for reaching out and uplifting the lives of many more people throughout the entire Greenville area through faith and good works,” said County Councilman Butch Kirven.

“For nearly 175 years, First Presbyterian Church and its congregation has fostered relationships and provided meaningful service within the City of Greenville.  The FPC campus expansion now underway will not only ‘transform the heart of our city’ from a physical standpoint, but will no doubt positively impact and transform the lives of countless Greenvillians who will benefit from its ministries in years to come.  It is my hope that the expansion of First Presbyterian’s downtown footprint will only accelerate its mission of growing a vibrant community, rooted in faith,” said City Councilman Wil Brasington.

“First Presbyterian Church has been a grateful neighbor to the community in the heart of downtown Greenville,” said Gibbons. “As we begin to enter the next phase of life and ministry, it would be difficult to exaggerate how excited we are about the future of our rapidly growing city.”

September 23, 2020

We are excited to announce the Groundbreaking Celebration for the building phase of Transforming the Heart of the City! Please join us Sunday, October 4, at 12:15pm, as we mark this historic event in our church. If you are unable to attend, we will be sharing a video of the event on this website (Video tab). To allow enough parking for guests and handicapped in the Christian Life Center parking lot, please park in the Richardson Street Parking Garage or the Washington Street lot.

June 12, 2020

We’re excited to announce that the building phase of the Transforming the Heart of the City project is about to really get moving! Demolition of the Symmes-Wilson building is scheduled to begin Monday, June 22. A time-lapse camera has been installed to capture the entire construction project, and you can watch the demolition and construction by Clicking Here. 

Triangle Construction Company has been chosen as our general contractor. Triangle’s recent experience with similar projects, their expertise and excellent management approach, outstanding superintendent, and long-standing history with First Presbyterian Church were the deciding factors.

Since our campaign launch last spring and the congregational vote in October, the Capital Campaign team has seen God moving in the hearts of our members and throughout the first steps of this project. Pledges have increased, projected costs have decreased, and we are continuing to receive donations and pledges in advance of construction.

As you view the demolition and construction, visualize the ministry impact these new facilities will have as we construct a spiritual home where people can be transformed by the love of Christ.

Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer, your generous gifts, and for believing that “with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27).