Vision statement

Provide a ministry which will lead people to strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ and reach out with God's love.

Mission Statement

Believing in God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, we Love, Worship and Serve.


Rev. Rex Espiritu



Pastor Rex has served First Pres as it's Transition Pastor since December 2017.  He serves our church on a one-quarter basis.  The other three quarters of his time is filled as Pastor of the Winchester, Indiana First Presbyterian Church. We are blessed with this shared ministry and leadership.

Barbara Cortner



Barbara has been with First Presbyterian since 2013.  Before that she was the Office Manager for First Christian Church, Richmond IN.  Her career path has included positions as a business office manager, assistant to the CEO, Deputy Directory of Programs and Finance as well as a newspaper news editor.  She feels blessed to be a part of the First Pres family.

Linda Rodden



Linda has been Choir Director at First Pres since 2001.  She is also active in the local theater group, The Harmony Players, along with several members of her family and our congregation.  If you like to sing praises to God, we'd love to have you joint our choir.

Debbie and Dennis Ford


Dennis has been custodian at First Presbyterian since 1988.  In 2012, his wife, Debbie joined the staff to share custodian responsibilities.  First Pres would be lost without their dedicated service.

LeRoy Imler


LeRoy comes to First Presbyterian with a wealth of church music experience.  He has been playing piano since he was seven.  He has a Master's Degree in music education and keyboard studies.  He also taught vocal and general music studies at Marion Community Schools.  He has served in almost all denominations in various positions including pianist, organist, chancel choir director, youth choir director, and hand bell director.  

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Phone: 260.726.8462  

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