Our Mission
The Mission of the First Presbyterian Church of Audubon is to be a community of Christians who acknowledge and proclaim the love of Christ for each other and for all God's people by:
  • sharing life together through worship, fellowship, care and support;
  • proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed;
  • making God's love real by reaching out to those in need;
  • lifelong growth in personal faith, biblical understanding, and spiritual gifts.

A Rich History

On April 14, 2004, this church celebrated 125 years of faithful service to the word and mission of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our history in this community dates back to 1879, when Rev. John Herron and Rev. E.B. Cousins organized Audubon's first church with seven charter members.  The church's congregation, ministers, and physical structure have changed over the ensuing years; however, our foundational beliefs have remained constant.

Our present building was dedicated on December 10, 1899.  While through the years many changes have been made, one of the most recent projects was restoring the magnificent art glass windows that our forefathers graced this building with.

The first building, 1880-1899.
The current building, circa 1899.


Throughout the years, First Presbyterian Church has actively participated in local mission projects, as well as sponsoring global partnerships

Local Missions

Each year, members work with other churches in the community to assemble Easter and Thanksgiving baskets for families in need through the Family Development Center and Ministerial Alliance.  In addition, our very active Presbyterian Women's group raises money and takes part in special mission projects.  These local projects include knitting prayer shawls and assisting local groups like Caring and Sharing and the Atlantic Women's Shelter.

All members contribute generously both local food pantries, the Caring and Sharing Center, and Community Opportunities.

The Deacons of FPC reach out compassionately to the many shut-ins of our community, with plates of Christmas cookies, flowers at Easter, and cards for every special occasion.
As a congregation, we take part in special offerings of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and our local Des Moines, Iowa Prebytery.  For more information on these groups, go to www.pcusa.org and www.presbyteryofdesmoines.org.
Work Camps
In the past, high school youth of FPC have served at mission workcamps in many parts of the United States, including Lame Deer, MT (2004), Loveland, CO (2005), and Logan, OH (2006).  For the FPC Class of 2006, high school seniors reported that workcamp had been one of the most rewarding experiences in their church life.

Pictured at right:  Youth work day at Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church, Des Moines, working with the Cross Ministries and the church.
Mission Co-Worker
Denise England, member at First Presbyterian Church in Audubon, served a 3-year commitment through Mission Initiative:  Joining Hearts and Hands as a mission co-worker in Egypt.  She served on a geriatric unit (long-term care) at the Synod of the Nile Hospital in Cairo.

In addition to keeping her in our prayers, our Session and congregation generously pledged monies to assist her.
Community Involvement
First Presbyterian Church also supports the following organizations and initiatives:
  • CROP Walk Team
  • Relay for Life Team
  • Charter Organization for Boy Scout Troop #103