More Than a Century in Sarasota

First Presbyterian Church (FPC) of Sarasota has been serving the community with more than one hundred years in Sarasota. Part of the FPC legacy includes the establishment of seven other churches in the area—Whitfield, Bee Ridge, Pine Shores, Northminster, Church of the Covenant, Christ Church Longboat Key, and Peace Presbyterian.

Since our founding in 1906, five sons of the congregation have become pastors. Three daughters of the congregation have trained in Christian Education at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. 

Our Staff Members

Rev. Dr. Glen Bell

“I am a pastor at heart. I find my home in the traditional disciplines of preaching, teaching and pastoral care. I believe the best kind of servant leadership of a...

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Steven Phillips

Steven holds a bachelor of music degree in organ performance, a master of music degree in choral conducting and has over 30 years experience as a church musician in both...

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Session

The Session is the church governing body made up of elders, church members elected by the congregation for three-year terms to guide and direct the ministry of the church.

Elders chair various committees and ministry teams in which any member may participate. Meetings for all committees and ministry teams are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. They include:

 Business Affairs
  †  Communications and Long-range Planning
  †  Finance
  †  Property
  †  Stewardship

Congregational Nominating

Education & Formation
  †  Adult Education
  †  Children's Ministry
  †  College Ministry
  †  Spiritual Formation
  †  Youth Ministry

Membership
 †  Fellowship
 †  Membership Development

Mission & Ministry
  †  Hispanic Ministry
  †  Missions
  †  Peace & Justice

Personnel

Worship & Music

† Ministry teams that support the work of the committee

Deacons

The Board of Deacons is a group of church members elected by the congregation and called to serve as the primary assistants to the staff for pastoral care. Deacons serve for three-year terms; five are elected each year.

Deacons provide home communion, transport members who need a ride to church, deliver flowers, create and deliver "We Care" posters, send cards for special occasions, provide assistance for memorial services, and comfort families and members.

Class of 2016
Daryl Alsum
Barbara Chase
Bette Lou Cookson
Jon Raynor

Class of 2017
Bob Friday
Tish Goodale
Linda Hildebrandt
Raynette Lignos

Class of 2018
George Buermann
Mary Groninger
Thom Olshewsky
Bev Wright

Faith Community Nurse

The Board of Deacons supports the work of our Faith Community Nurses, professional Registered Nurses with additional training in holistic ministry.

Ellen Forbes and Cheryl Track started health ministries at First Presbyterian in 2007, with the mission to provide the church and community with education that focuses on health promotion and wellness as well as spiritual care and support in time of illness and grief.

Cheryl Track RN

Faith Community Nurse

Cheryl Track (RN, FCN) has been an ICU nurse since 1988. Leaving the hospital setting in 2013, she joined Right at Home, private duty home care, as a nurse care manager. Cheryl seeks to be a strong influence with the congregation in all areas of church life including worship, education, support networks and recreation. She works closely with the pastors, deacons and the Health and Wholeness Ministry Team to help parishioners who are in need of meals, visitation, respite care, transportation and community resources. You can reach Cheryl at 941-320-3828 or email her at 4tracks@comcast.net.