About Us

First Presbyterian Church is a PCUSA congregation, and a member church of the Presbytery of New Harmony. The church is located near the downtown area of Hartsville, SC. We currently have approximately 480 members, and an operating budget of $629,000. The church is growing in membership and programming.

Our music program is one of the finest in the area. We have choirs for all ages from pre-school to adult. Handbells for youth and adults are also available.

Mission and service is a major part of church life. You will find our members rebuilding homes in New Orleans, rehabilitating homes with Christmas in April, and volunteering with the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. They will be working at the Hartsville Soup Kitchen, delivering Christmas baskets, and raising funds for Relay for Life. Others will be serving in congregational care, or providing handy person help. We also support missionaries.

We educate our youth with an onsite pre-school program, a prayer breakfast on Wednesday, Church School and Sunday evening activities. There are also many activities for folks of all ages.

First Presbyterian is led by dedicated elders, pastors and staff. We welcome all to join with us in worship and service.


Our Mission

To create a nurturing environment, through worship, education, and fellowship, that strengthens individuals and families and prepares them for service in the Kingdom of God.

Our Core Values

At First Presbyterian Church of Hartsville we are committed to…


Providing meaningful worship experiences through preaching, music and the arts.


Involving the church and individual members in service and mission in the local community and around the world.

Christian Education

Making Christian Education a priority in the life of every member.


Creating a warm, inviting, supportive and welcoming environment for all family members.


Providing stimulating development
and fellowship opportunities
for our youth.




The Session


Rev. Ashley Cheek

Clerk of Session

Norma Shepard

Asst. Clerk of Session

Emma Zold

Board of Trustees

  • Drew Case
  • Gordon McBride
  • Ann Gettys

Class of 2019

  • Alex Brito
  • Gwen Davis
  • PJ McGirt
  • Graham Segars
  • Paula Terry
  • John Webb
  • Bill Wilson

Class of 2020

  • Wayne Dodson
  • Sonja Gibson
  • Cathy Hines
  • Dan Miller
  • Jamie Morphis
  • Lindsay Powell
  • Tim Smoak
  • Emma Zold

Class of 2020

  • Paula Davis
  • Bo Hill
  • Susan Henderson
  • Kevin Munson
  • Alan Norwood
  • Norma Shepard
  • Peggy Smith
  • Mike Zold