FPC Canon: Crown Him with Many Crowns

This Sunday at FPC we will be singing “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” one of the songs in the FPC Canon. This hymn draws from Revelation 19:12, and its verses were written by two different individuals, one Catholic and the other Protestant. We only sing some of the verses, but you can read all of the verses here. “Crown Him with Many Crowns” is a wonderful song to sing when you are feeling down because of the brokenness and evil in our world. It points us to the truth that Christ is ultimately Savior and King. Enjoy some of the many performances of this inspiring hymn in the playlist below.

FPC Canon: Amazing Grace

Last Sunday, we celebrated the sacrament of Holy Communion, and at the end of the service we sang “Amazing Grace,” holding hands.  This has become a tradition at FPC. “Amazing Grace” is one of the songs in the FPC Canon, hymns and praise songs that form a special part of our worship as a  community. Find out more about the amazing history of “Amazing Grace,” and watch the playlist below of some of the many ways this song has been performed by a variety of musicians. The playlist includes performances by flash mobs, by a capella groups, by choir and orchestra, and an incredible performance that switches between a concert hall and outdoors in Washington, DC.

Sunday Bulletin Jan. 13, 2019


First Presbyterian Church (FPC) is governed by a board of Elders elected by members of the congregation. This board of Elders is called the “Session,” and it meets twice a month (once for study and prayer, and once for a business meeting). Duties and responsibilities of the Session can be found in the Polity of our denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO). Session members serve 3-year terms. The Session governs the work of the congregation through committees.
In addition to the Session, FPC has a board of Deacons, which oversees care and visitation for those who are sick and in distress, both inside our congregation and in the greater community.
2019 Session Members (Elders)
Shannon Strozyk, Clerk of Session
Rory Connally
Steve Franzke
Russ Guppy
Jerry Heath
Wendy Hoashi-Erhardt
Tim Kleefeld
Dan O’Connor
Sonja West
2019 Deacons
Sarah Chickering, Chair
Pat Beard
Evelyn Brose
Tom Brown
Gary Dyer
Mark Firch 
Bob Gorham
Sheila McEvilly
Jennifer Rich
Steve Richards
Gwen Trussler
Committee Chairs
Building and Grounds: Jerry Heath
Children’s Ministry: Aarón Martinez
Adult Christian Education: Matt Pickard
Camp McCullough Task Force: Bill Kellis
Deacons: Kathy Hawkins
Endowment: Devon Duval
Finance: Scott Juergens, Chair; Tim Kleefeld, Vice Chair
GO! Team/Missions: Tim Kleefeld
Personnel: Denise Greer
Prayer Coordinator: Sonja West
Women’s Mentoring: Betty McCartney
Worship and Arts: John West
Youth: Janie O’Connor
FPC Cor Deo School (K-5): Doug Lane
FPC Preschool: Ken Brownlee

Watch FPC Tacoma Christmas Eve Service 2018

Nearly 900 people filled the Sanctuary for the 2018 Christmas Eve service at First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma. Thanks to Chip Van Gilder you can now watch the service online!

Christmas Eve Service Tonight at 7:00 pm!

One last reminder! You are invited to join us for our Christmas Eve candlelight service at First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma at 7:00 pm TONIGHT. Our chancel choir will be performing several pieces and we will also have music from handbells, a wind ensemble, our pipe organ, piano, and the praise band.

Christmas Eve Service Tonight–Join Us for Carols and Candles

You are invited to join us TONIGHT for our annual Christmas Eve candle-lighting service at First Presbyterian Church of Tacoma. Experience the true meaning of Christmas through Bible readings and carols accompanied by choir, handbells, praise band, soloists, instrumentalists, and a pipe organ with more than 3,000 pipes. Plus experience our cathedral-like sanctuary lit up by hundreds of candles. A Tacoma-area tradition! The service starts at 7:00 pm. But come early…. the Sanctuary fills up fast!

Watch 2018 Celebration of Carols Concert

More than 500 people participated in FPC’s Celebration of Carols concert this year on Dec. 8. If you missed the concert (or if you’d like to experience it again), you can now watch it on YouTube thanks to FPC’s Chip Van Gilder!

Celebration of Carols Concert THIS Saturday, Dec. 8

It’s almost here! Our festive annual Celebration of Carols concert… where everyone who comes gets to participate along with the soloists, choir, and orchestra. Join us Saturday afternoon from 4:15-5:30 pm for this wonderful FREE holiday event featuring your favorite carols and followed by a reception with hot cider, hot chocolate, and Christmas cookies.

FAQ post

Following are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). If your question isn’t answered here, please contact the church office at 253-272-3286 or generalinfo@fpctacoma.org. We would be delighted to talk to you.

1. When is your service on Sunday?

We have one worship celebration on Sundays at 10:30 am. This blended service includes praise songs led by our worship band, traditional hymns, pipe organ, and chancel choir. The order of worship includes words of welcome, confession, prayers, a sermon, scripture, special music, and more. We generally celebrate Holy Communion on the second Sunday of each month.

2. Where are you located?

We are at the corner of Division and Tacoma Ave. S in Tacoma (our mailing address is 20 Tacoma Ave. South, Tacoma, WA 98402). For a map, please go here.

3. Do you have childcare during your service?

Yes! For infants and toddlers, we have wonderful child care available during both services. Infants up to age 2 are cared for in the Nursery on the second floor, and toddlers from 2-4 are cared for in Woodworth Hall, also on the second floor.

4. Do you offer Sunday School?

Yes! We have Christian education classes for children through adults from 9:15-10:15 am. Adults usually have the choice of classes focusing on the Bible, theological issues, or spiritual growth.

5. Do you have parking?

Yes! We are blessed with a large parking lot behind our church. 

6. How do people dress who attend your church?

Many different ways, from casual to suits and dresses. Come as you are! 

7. What is the age range of your congregation?

We are a multi-generational church. We have babies and people in their 90s, and everything in between. 

8. What do you believe?

We are an evangelical church that joyfully believes that Jesus is the way of salvation. For more information, see the “Our Beliefs” section of this website. 

9. What is your denominational affiliation?

Our congregation is a member of the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO).

10. Do you have special programs for men, women, youth, and seniors?

Yes! We have many different programs and services for people of all ages. For a listing, see the “Ministries” section of this website.

11. Do you have a church school?


12. How are you governed?

We are governed by a board called the “Session,” which is made up of elders (men and women) who are elected by the congregation. Our church is also connected to other churches in the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO), which is governed by the Presbyterian form of church government. ECO’s governance and accountability structure can be found here.

13. How do I join the choir, the youth group, a Bible study…?

The easiest way is to contact the church office for more information at 253-272-3286 or generalinfo@fpctacoma.org.