Our Beliefs

Our Mission Statement

We are a faith community, centered in Christ, doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God.



Our Vision Statement


We are a progressive Presbyterian Church, serving the local and global community.

To realize this vision:

We are called to live out the Gospel of faith, grace, inclusion, justice, love, peace and reconciliation.

  1. Open Hearts

First Presbyterian Church of Ashland strives to:

  1. follow the teachings of Jesus and demonstrate, in our spiritual journey, those teachings in our community and our commitment to mission and ministry.
  2. be a true church family, a safe haven and an oasis, where we can all come and share our wounds and uplift each other as befits a church that seeks to reflect and manifest the love of Christ.
  1. Open Hands

First Presbyterian Church of Ashland strives to:

  1. believe in the biblical call to serve, putting our faith into action and committing our time and gifts to promote peacemaking, social justice, and stewardship.
  2. be not only a vehicle for ministry for those who attend our church but a source of doing good for our community through our outreach efforts.
  3. protect and restore the integrity of the creation entrusted to our care.
  1. Open Minds

First Presbyterian Church of Ashland strives to:

  1. take the Bible seriously, not literally.
  2. commit to a path of life-long learning, compassion, selfless love, and spiritual growth.
  3. draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey.
  4. find grace in the search for understanding and believe there is more value in questioning than in absolutes.
  1. Open Table

We recognize that God specializes in diversity. No two humans are alike.

First Presbyterian Church of Ashland strives to:

  1. be a faith community that is inclusive, open and affirming of ALL people, including, but not limited to:
    • Conventional Christians and questioning skeptics
    • Believers and agnostics
    • Women and men
    • Those of all sexual orientations and gender identities
    • Those of all races, creeds, religions, and national origins
    • Those of all backgrounds and capabilities
  2. know that the way we behave towards one another is the fullest expression of what we believe.


Core values

  • We celebrate diverse worship styles.
  • We nurture our church community and are actively involved in our wider community.
  • We promote education and value dialogue over dogma.
  • We put our faith into action through our mission and support of social justice and peace.
  • We encourage faith exploration and spiritual growth.
  • We express our faith creatively.
  • We value children and youth and respect their gifts.
  • We are Presbyterians connected to the greater church.