FPCC in Transition

With the departure of our last head pastor in 2016, we have entered a new chapter in our church’s 135-year story.

Under the interim leadership of Rev. Toby Nelson, we are engaging in deep and critical self-assessment of our gifts and strengths, re-evaluation of our core identity and mission in our community, and renewal of our worship and ministries. This is truly an exciting time to be a part of First Presbyterian Church in Concord!

  • Feb. 2016:

    Pastor Bill Azbell leaves to pursue a call to international missions
  • May 2016

    Pastor Toby Nelson enters as interim pastor
  • Mar. 2017

    We begin a Mission Study to assess the strengths and needs of our church and community
  • May 2017

    Our Mission Study is accepted by Session and Presbytery and published
  • June 2017

    Our Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) convenes to begin the search for a new long-term pastor
  • Aug. 2017

    Our Ministry Information Form goes live online, and we begin reviewing pastoral candidates
  • Aug. 2017-Present

    The process of finding the right pastor for FPCC continues. The PNC has reviewed 179 pastor resumes, about 2/3 of which were referred to us and 1/3 sought us out themselves. We have conducted 17 interviews, checked countless references and met face-to-face with several top-tier candidates. Pease keep the PNC in your prayers, and join us in this exciting time of change and renewal!