History

FPC has an illustrious history. In 2012, we celebrated our Bicentennial. The Presbyterian Church in the City of Richmond was organized on June 18, 1812 with fourteen members and two ruling elders. Dr. John Holt Rice was installed as its first pastor on October 19 of that year in the new church building on the south side of Main Street, between 27th and 28th Streets.

In 1816 its name was changed to First Presbyterian Church, and it moved to a new site on the south side of Main Street, between 17th and 18th Streets.

We encourage you to read Footprints of the Saints: A Narrative History of First Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Virginia, 1812-2012, a rich history of FPC with many vintage pictures. Copies are available in the church library. Check out these videos too.