• 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 2020

Shirley Anderson- Worship Team
Sue Blevins- Personnel Team
Dan CasaSanta- Building and Grounds Team
Steve Boeckman- Finance Team

Class of 2021 

Lisa Galloway- Nominating Team
Kris Hall- Clerk of Session and Fellowship Team
Kevin Laporte- Missions Team

Class of 2022

Fran Borchers- Children, Youth, and Family Team
Jeff Higgs- Fellowship Team
Lou Kasischke- Outreach and Hospitality 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 office@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
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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.

Katie Stewart, Christian Education Director
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Katie Stewart joined First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs as the Director of Education after moving to Petoskey with her five-year-old daughter (Emma) and twelve-year-old multi-poo (Bella) in December of 2020.  

Prior to joining the team at FPCHS, Katie has been a global advocate for Early Childhood Education. Katie completed her undergraduate studies in Early Childhood Education at Arizona State University, which has allowed her to serve in a variety of leadership roles in the field.  Her favorite career roles have been Education Specialist, Campus Director, and Preschool Consultant, due to the direct influence she was able to have with teachers and children.  

In 2008 Katie co-founded The ARK Angel Network, an organization serving at-risk-kids and communities around the world.  
Her heart for global missions developed after a family vacation to Jamaica in 2005 where she fell in love with the culture 
and people of the island.  Her passion has only grown as relationships and territory have expanded over the years.  Katie 
remains active as the Executive Director for The ARK Angel Network and loves leading youth groups in cross-cultural 

This year, Katie is beginning a graduate program at ASU, where she will be pursuing a Master of Organizational Leadership.  
Katie says that above all of her titles and experiences, she loves being a part of communities that come together to make 
the world a more loving place.  

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

  • 10:00 a.m. Sunday is currently Online only
  • 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

Sunday, June 13
10:00 am
In-Person and Streamed

Pastor Kip Murphy
 The Great Ends of the Church

III. The Maintenance of
Divine Worship
John 4:20-27

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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.