• First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, Michigan
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Session Members

 

Ruling Elders

 
Class of 2017:

Roberta Begley           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tricia Graham             This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kevin Laporte              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nancy Rondel              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Class of 2018:

Steve Boeckman          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tim Brubaker               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scott Carbeck              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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">Class of 2019:

Anne Becker                 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fran Borchers              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dennis Shelton            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Contact Us

Mailing Address 7940 Cemetery Road
Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740
Phone (231) 526-7332
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Directions:
Directions: From Petoskey, travel on M119 to the blinking light in Harbor Springs.
Turn right onto E Lake Rd. and then in about 2miles make a right on Cemetery Road.  Church is on the corner of
Cemetery and Lake. 

Staff

Kip Murphy, Senior Pastor
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Kip Murphy begins his ministry as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs on May 12. Prior to this, Kip serv
ed as the pastor at First Presbyterian in Williamsburg, Iowa for nearly seven years. He earned his M. Div. from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS) after an academic career as a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa in Iowa City from 1993-2005. Kip is completing his Doctor of Ministry degree from UDTS with a focus on enhancing the ministry of Teaching Elders through revitalization of the ministry of Ruling Elders. Kip looks forward to his ministry at First Presbyterian in Harbor Springs. He loves the idea from early church father, John Chrysostom, that “the church is a hospital for sinners.” It’s a reminder that the church needs to be a place where we can be honest about who we are and what we’ve done. It shouldn’t be a place where we have to pretend we have our lives altogether.

Kip and his wife, Lee, are looking forward to life in northern Michigan. Both were raised in Colorado and love the outdoors in all four seasons. They have three children. The eldest, Kevin, lives in Des Moines, Iowa and works for Principal Financial Group there. Their second child, Katie, is a high-school English teacher in Tama, Iowa. Their youngest, Ellen, is a junior at Central College in Pella, Iowa. She is majoring in Religion and is discerning whether or not to go to seminary upon graduation. Outside of work, Kip and Lee both enjoy reading, hiking, cooking together, music, and just being in one another’s company. We are also looking forward to learning to snowshoe and cross-country ski.


Monica Pavel Kissinger, Director of Arts & Music Ministry
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Linda O'Dell, Administrative Manager
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Linda joined the staff of First Presbyterian in 2014, moving here from Omaha, Nebraska. She was educated in finance and began her professional career on Wall Street. She has been working in Church programming and management since 2000. During that time, she has ‘worn many hats’ and gained knowledge and many blessings from each of those roles.

Linda has moved here with her husband,Tom. Tom serves as the rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlevoix.

Linda has three children: a daughter in New York City, a daughter, son-in-law and grandson in Jacksonville Beach, FL and a son in Los Angeles, CA. Tom has two sons and two grandsons in Atlanta.

Linda and Tom enjoy many outdoor activities: kayaking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, camping, and hiking.   Linda enjoys music, reading, writing, communicating with her family and spending time with their cocker spaniel, Joey and their finnish lapphund, Kimma.  

Linda enjoys her role here at First Presbyterian and especially getting to know her friends at FPCHS! Please stop by the office or give her a call anytime!


Katie Flood, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministry
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Hello everyone! My name is Katie Flood. I’m blessed to be the new Young Life Church Partner at First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs. I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to Michigan while I was in college. In 2014, I graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI with a major in Communication and two minors in Spanish and Organizational Leadership Practice. During my time at Hope College, I had a group of middle school students that I mentored through Wyldlife. I spent a semester off-campus, living and interning in the city of Chicago. Since graduating from college, I’ve had various jobs including an internship with the high school ministry at a church in Plymouth, MI, and an opportunity to work as an Assistant Director for SpringHill Day Camps in Chicago.

I’m passionate about community, intentional conversations, and empowering the next generation.

I’m looking forward to moving to the area because I’ll be near the lake again. I’m excited about getting to know the congregation and being involved in the community of Harbor Springs.

You’ll often find me reading a book, spending time with family and friends, and with a good cup of coffee in my hands.

I’m excited to get to know all of you. Please don’t hesitate to say hello!




History

The First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs has served the greater Harbor Springs, Michigan area for more than 120 years, providing spiritual nourishment to countless generations of church family and friends.

And our history is as rich and profound as those who have graced our sanctuaries:

Led by the Reverend A. Marsh, the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs was officially formed on Saturday, June 22, 1878 when the faithful gathered at Hartwell’s Hall in what was then called “Little Traverse” Michigan to organize a church of the Presbyterian denomination. The very next day, services commenced and the “First Presbyterian Church of Little Traverse” has for over 130 years been recognized as a spiritual leader in Northwest Lower Michigan.

Less than 3 years later in early 1881, our church was renamed “The Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs,” and as our membership grew and flourished, it became necessary later that year to purchase property and build a new church on East Third Street in downtown Harbor Springs. Dedicated on the Sunday before Christmas in December 1881, we were truly gifted with a debt-free church in which to worship and honor our lord.

In the decades that followed, our Third Street church continued to grow and as a result in December 1912, it was necessary to add an E.H. Mead-designed lower floor at the cost of $3,000. Other significant events included our incorporation in April 1915; the purchase of “Garriepy Place” for our manse at a cost of $2,314 in May 1915; the dedication of the Erwin Memorial organ on December 9, 1917; and extensive remodeling at a cost of nearly $50,000 which began April 1967 and was dedicated more than a year later on September 1, 1968.

In the early 1990s, a growing congregation prompted us to consider the need to build a larger place of worship, and on September 5, 1993, we broke ground for our new church on the corner of Lake and Cemetery Roads. A year later on October 9, 1994, as a rainbow painted the sky over the new First Presbyterian Church, a procession of members led by the Grand Traverse Highland Pipe Band arrived on foot, carrying elements of worship and historical pieces from our former location on Third Street.

Since that time, our lower level has been expanded to include eight Sunday school rooms and a Senior High Room, and our east wing has been transformed into our beautiful Fellowship Hall - a centerpiece of church and community activity. All have contributed significantly to impressive increases in Worship and membership.

Mission Statement

"God calls us to be a Christ-centered, missional church that proclaims the Word of God and demonstrates the relevance of his Word to all people."

Our family of faith begins each week with worship, where we learn to experience God's grace. Our worship services often include lay leaders and special musical offerings and these inspiring messages stay with us long after the service ends. We invite all believers to join us at our communion table and for the various experiences, events and activities that enable us to share in the bounty of the Lord and each other!

So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. -Romans 12:5

The Mission of the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs:
God calls us to be a Christ-centered, missional church that proclaims the word of God and demonstrates the relevance of his Word to all people.

Our Vision:
The First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs seeks to inspire a contagious, caring community of faith, striving to reach, include, grow, serve and change lives...Come and See!

Join Us for Worship

  • 10:00 a.m. Sunday (8am & 10am Sundays - June through August)
  • Worship for all ages
  • Children attend Children's Church after the welcome & children's message
  • Nursery care available
  • Refreshments in the Gathering Place
  • Special accommodations include wheel chair accessibility, large print bulletins/hymnals, and hearing assist
  • Communion takes place the first Sunday of the month

Church Location

First Presbyterian Church
7940 Cemetery Road
Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740
Phone: (231) 526-7332
Office Hours:M-F 8:00am-4:00pm

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Prayers Needed?
Do you know someone who you would like to be added to our prayer list or who needs a visitation? Please let them know first, and then call the office (526-7332). We will ask for the correct name spelling and any other information that they would like to be shared with our Deacons. Stephen Ministers are also available to support these needs.