First Presbyterian Church is an historic downtown congregation with roots in the earliest days of Clarksville. FPCC is part of the 2 million member Presbyterian Church (USA) and the 80 million member international family of Reformed Christians in more than 108 countries.
FPCC is one of 86 congregations in the Presbytery of Arkansas (covering the northern two-thirds of the state). Through the presbytery, congregations work in partnership for mission and ministry in areas ranging from disaster assistance to youth camps and conferences. The Presbytery of Arkansas is one of eleven member presbyteries in the Synod of the Sun. The Synod, covering Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, serves as a mission coordination and funding agency as well as a mid-level church council. To learn more about the presbytery, synod, national church, or worldwide Reformed church, click on any of the images above.
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Robert joined the First Presbyterian staff in January 2012 as Transitional Pastor for both FPCC and Harmony Presbyterian Church. An Arkansas native, Robert grew up in Little Rock and was a member of Second Presbyterian Church and later a charter member of St. Margaret Episcopal Church. He holds degrees from Millsaps College (B.A. History/Religion), Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (M.Div), Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University (M.T.S. Christian Ethics/ Practical Theology) and Columbia Theological Seminary (D. Min. Gospel and Culture). He is currently pursuing a PhD at King's College in the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) in the area of Political/Practical Theology.
Since being ordained in 2001, Robert has served congregations in Louisiana, Michigan and Arkansas. He served the presbytery as a member of the Committee on Preparation for Ministry and the Presbytery General Committee, a reader for ordination exams and commissioner to the Synod of the Sun. He currently moderates the Presbytery Restructure Taskforce. With the synod he served as a member of the Coordinating Team, moderator of the Synod Stewardship Ministry moderator of the Synod Co-Leader Search Committee. On behalf of the synod, Robert served as a representative to the University of the Ozarks and the Texas Presbyterian Foundation boards. He is currently a trustee of Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Hendrix College and the University of the Ozarks.
Since 2008, Robert has been part of a clergy group calling themselves "The Gathering of Heretics." Composed of pastors from the PC(USA) and the United Church of Canada, the group meets twice each year for mutual support, sharing ideas and sermon writing and critique. Recent sermon projects include the Gospels of John and Mark, the book of Romans and often neglected texts of "terror" from the book of Genesis. The group also brews beer together although Robert's primary responsibility is staying out of the way and being an occasional taste tester. He is also part of a group exploring theology and the genre of Steampunk fiction.
In his spare time, Robert enjoys travel, reading, spending time with family and friends, and taking care of his two Springer spaniels Willie and Mo.
Linda joined the FPCC staff in 2000. Linda and her husband of 44 years Lynn have three adult sons Jeremy, Jamie and Justin and two grandchildren, Karlee and Miles whom Linda calls "the love of our lives."
According to Linda, the best part of her job is "being able to serve such a loving, caring and faithful congregation." As Church Administrator, Linda oversees the financial ministry of the church as well as publications, correspondence, calendaring and generally keeping the trains running on time. Linda is a leader in her field beyond the church through her work with the Administrative Personnel Association, a professional gathering of church business professionals in the PC(USA).
In addition to her work on staff, Linda has served two terms as an elder of the church, as a member of the Presbytery of Arkansas Coordinating Committee and volunteer with our congregational children's ministry in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and fellowship outings. When she is not working, Linda enjoys spending time with family, photography, and scrapbooking.