• 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 2021 

David Crouse - Stewardship
Kris Hall- Clerk of Session and Worship Team
Kevin Laporte- Finance Team

Class of 2022

Karen Bezilla - Mission Team
Fran Borchers- Children, Youth, and Family Team

Lou Kasischke- Adult Discipleship Team
Kenny Stewart - Building & Grounds Team

Class of 2023

Sue Blevins - Personnel Team
Giustino Carrano - Worship Team
Chuck Huebner - Hospitality and Outreach Team

Contact Us

Mailing Address P.O. Box 866
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Physical address: 7940 Cemetery Road
Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740
Phone (231) 526-7332
Email linda@fpchs.org


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. 


Kip Murphy, Senior Pastor
Contact Kip

Kip Murphy has served as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs since May of 2015. Prior to this, Kip served as the pastor at First Presbyterian in Williamsburg, Iowa for nearly seven years. 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 is also passionate about God’s Word being central in our lives and our life of faith.

Kip began his professional career in the sciences. He completed a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Colorado in 1990 and worked as a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa in Iowa City from 1993-2005. Perceiving God’s call to ministry, Kip earned his M. Div. from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (UDTS) in 2008. Kip completed a Doctor of Ministry degree from UDTS with a focus on enhancing the ministry of Teaching Elders through revitalization of the ministry of Ruling Elders in 2017.

Kip and his wife, Lee, love life in northern Michigan. Both were raised in Colorado and love the outdoors in all four seasons. They have three adult children, two of who are married. Outside of work, Kip and Lee both enjoy reading, hiking, snowshoeing, cooking together, music, and just being in one another’s company.

Monica Pavel Kissinger, Director of Arts & Music Ministry
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Monica joined the First Presbyterian Church staff in January 2017. She moved in Harbor Springs together with her husband, Josef, and their then one year old daughter, Sofie. Their previous home was in Muncie, IN where she studied for her doctoral degree in choral conducting at Ball State University. During her time in Indiana she served as the Director of Music at Hazelwood Christian Church in Muncie for four years. Her experience in church music goes back to 2005 when she started working at different churches in Chicago area. Monica is originally from Romania where she started her music education as a young child. Together with her parents and older sister she moved to the States in 1997, settling in Chicago suburbs.  She received her undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from DePaul University, masters degree from Andrews University, Berrien Springs MI, in both choral conducting and piano performance, and is working on her dissertation to complete her doctoral degree. 

Monica and Josef were blessed with another baby girl in February, 2018. Her name is Anya. They enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing and hiking. Their older daughter, Sofie, got on her skies when she was only one year and a half old. 

Monica’s interests are music, drawing, literature on the power of music, history of arts, jogging, cross-country skiing, and cooking. She loves spending time with her babies, reading to them, and teaching them songs. 

Monica is dedicated to enrich the Music Ministry at First Presbyterian Church by introducing creative projects to the newly formed Fine Arts Team, by forming new musical ensembles such as brass and children’s choir, and by encouraging members’ participation in the services with whichever their talent might be. 

Monica looks forward to meeting new people all the time. Send her an email and also share with her if you would like to be involved in the Arts and Music Ministries.

Linda O'Dell, Administrative Manager
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Linda has served at First Presbyterian Church for six years. She brings a background in Finance and 
Church Administration to her role as the Administrative Manager at the church. Linda is married to Tom O’Dell, the Rector at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlevoix. They have 5 children and 5 grandchildren who are constant visitors. Tom and Linda love kayaking and hiking with their best friends, Joey (Cocker Spaniel) and Kimma (Finnish Lapphund).


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

  • 8:00am (during the summer) and 10:00am year round
  • Communion served the first Sunday of the month
  • Worship for all ages
  • Special accommodations include wheel chair accessibility, large print bulletins/hymnals, and hearing assist

Church Location

First Presbyterian Church
7940 Cemetery Road
Harbor Springs, Michigan 49740

Mailing address: P.O. Box 866, Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Phone: (231) 526-7332
Email: linda@fpchs.org


This Week's Worship


4th Sunday 
after Epiphany

Sunday Jan. 30
  10:00 am
Streamed online at 10am

Pastor Kip Murphy

"Too Familiar?"

5th Sunday 
after Epiphany

Sunday Feb. 6
  10:00 am
Streamed online at 10am

Pastor Kip Murphy

"Go Away from Me, Lord"

6th Sunday 
after Epiphany

Sunday Feb.13
  10:00 am
Streamed online at 10am

Pastor Kip Murphy

"Upside Down"

February Newsletter

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We are a Stephen Ministry church offering Christ-centered care and support, one to another.

Here is more information on our Stephen Ministry program. 

Learn about becoming a trained Stephen Minister.

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.