Our History

Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family

Who we are

At First, we are called by God, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and sent by Christ

to build faith, bring hope, and share love

as a diverse, growing, grace-giving community.

Our Congregation's History

FPCLS has a deep history in the Lee's Summit community.

1857 – The First Presbyterian Church, originally name the High Grove Church, was organized.

1860 – The First Ebenezer church building was dedicated on land which would become part of Longview Farm. The church resembled the log church which now stands at Missouri Town.

1888 -The congregation approved the building of the Second Ebenezer on a lot bounded by Third and Jefferson Streets.

1923 – The Third Ebenezer was approved because of the need for a larger sanctuary and more CE room. The little, white-frame church was torn down and on the same lot, a larger newer, red brick church was built at a cost of $35,000.

1963 – Land was purchased outside of town for the building of the Fourth Ebenezer. Ground was broken on the new church in 1965 and dedication services were conducted in 1967. The cornerstone from the old Red Brick Church was saved to be placed in the new sanctuary when it was built in the future. This is part of the main building we currently use.

1995 – A Building Committee and a Financial Resource Committee were elected by the congregation to begin work on the Fifth Ebenezer, and construction was completed in 1997. This expanded our church and added the beautiful sanctuary we currently hold our traditional services in, every Sunday at 11AM.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at First Church. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the First family.

Beyond that, if you're ready to plan your first visit, click here. If you want to learn more about our beliefs as a church, click here. Or if you'd simply like to get in touch with a person on our lead team directly, click the button below.

Front Entrance
Main Sanctuary - Traditional Service
Worship Hall - Contemporary
Bell Choir
Main Sanctuary
Trunk or Treat 2021!
Sr. High Youth Trip