First Pres Church

We are a community passionate about serving and celebrating life in Jesus Christ. 

We believe that a congregation is part of a wider communion of believers who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God calls us to be more than the sum of all our parts. By the power of the Holy Spirit we are given the high challenge of demonstrating the living body of Christ for the world today. We work for Christian unity and we grow in love with one another. We believe that a church is called to inspire by word and deed through its common life and the life of its members.



Faith for the Future

For more than 150 years, we have inspired service, vocations, and spiritual growth among families and individuals of every age and every station in life. The great spire of our church steeple is a distinctive hallmark and identifier in the community.

We use the word inspire to identify, unify, and motivate our congregation. The connection with the drawing of our steeple is designed to spark conversation about our life together and to initiate creative reflection about the way we live our Christian life; both together and as individuals in the community.

Our Vision: To be a joyful people who inspire by sharing life in Christ.

Our Mission: We gather beneath our steeple, grow in the love of God and are sent by the power of the Holy Spirit to inspire with joy.

Our Initiatives: Inspire the youth of our community; inspire new generations for leadership and witness, and inspire a culture of abundance.

Our Prayer: God of grace, inspire us with Faith for the Future, so that by the light of Christ, our future may be brightened by steadfast love.



Come as you are

When you walk through our doors you will see people dressed in casual shirts, jeans, and even coat and ties. We want you to feel at ease from the moment you arrive so that you immediately feel a part of our welcoming spiritual home. Want to learn more? Join us in Social Hall after worship for coffee and conversation.
We also hold quarterly
Inquirers' Classes for those looking to join the church or just learn what it means to be a Presbyterian.
If have any questions, please connect with us. We love to hear from our new visitors.


Get to know the First Pres Church staff

Rev. Dr. Brian R. Paulson

Pastor/Head of Staff

Brian enjoys the call of a lifetime as lead Pastor with our congregation in the heart of Lake County. He joyfully claims Libertyville as the place he has called home longer than anywhere else as an adult.

Rev. Amy Heinrich

Associate Pastor, Congregational Life

Amy loves to preach and teach, striving to bring the news and the good news together so that the gospel is relevant and the news breaks our hearts open to hope. She is passionate about the intersection of our inner and outer lives and the stewardship of God's creation.

Rev. Nicole Farley

Interim Associate Pastor

Nicole (she/her) does her best to follow Jesus as a co-conspirator with those who seek to bring about wholeness, dignity, and justice for all. As Interim Associate Pastor, she seeks to do that with good company, borne out of good listening to one another and the Spirit.

Kimberly Mendoza

Pastoral Resident

Born and raised on the West Coast (Southern California and Southern Nevada), home for Kim is anywhere her loved ones are located throughout the world. Kim grew up attending and serving a Filipino-American Presbyterian Church in Henderson, NV, which started as bible study in her family's living room.