About Us

Our Beliefs

Founded in 1824, FPC has been a part of the Greensboro community for more than 185 years.

We are affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). We affirm Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. We believe that each of us is called to work out our beliefs based on the Scriptures and the historic creeds and confessions of the church.

Worship is at the heart of who we are and what we do. We listen for God and offer our gifts as we go out into the world as the head, heart and hands of Christ today. While we believe in the truth of our own doctrines, we affirm people with different beliefs as full members of Christ’s body.

Presbyterians have always emphasized education, and every member is encouraged to study alone and in small groups and to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Sid Batts

Sid Batts

Senior Pastor

Sid joined First Presbyterian as senior pastor in January 2001, the eleventh senior pastor in our church’s 188 year history.

A native North Carolinian, he holds degrees from High Point University, Princeton Theological Seminary and McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Sid is married to Cathy Armstrong of Charlotte, who is principal of Jefferson Elementary School in Greensboro. Daughter Meredith Trout is married to Roland, parents of grandson, Rory, who live in Greensboro.  Daughter Emily Rincon is married to Hector, who live in South Bend where Emily is an MBA student at Notre Dame.  

Sid has served churches in Mobile, Alabama, Atlanta, Dunn and Lowell, NC. He enjoys golf, reading, eating, cooking gumbo, The Beatles, all the Batts women, and Luey, his barking dachshund.

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Dolly Campbell Jacobs

Dolly Campbell Jacobs

Associate Pastor for Discipleship

Dolly is a native of Louisiana. She holds a bachelor's degree from Auburn, a master's in pastoral studies from Loyola and an master's of divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is married to Bill Jacobs and has two daughters, Sydney and Ce Ce.

Dolly came to FPC in 2003. Her ministry reaches out to our visitors, helps members develop gifts and talents, and coordinates the young adult group, the Pathfinders. Dolly enjoys all things Cajun, especially cooking spicy Cajun dishes and being a resource guide to anyone who plans to visit "The Big Easy."

She loves to read and discuss books from The New York Times best seller list, and is a movie buff.

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Neil Dunnavant

Neil Dunnavant

Executive Pastor

Neil is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Princeton Theological Seminary.  

He has been married to Kate since 1979 and has two grown children.  In his free time he enjoys running, listening to music, reading, and watching films.  

Along with his duties as executive pastor, Neil is associate pastor for outreach ministry.

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Lori Carter

Lori Carter

Chaplain Associate and Director of Ministries of Health

Lori became our newest ministerial staff member in March, 2011. She is a graduate of UNCG's School of Nursing and North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago.

In addition to promoting wholistic health, Lori has a heart for cross-cultural ministry. One of her greatest personal accomplishments was when she traveled to Burkina Faso, West Africa, to spend time in the “bush” with a Muslim family. She has also led numerous mission trips to the Dominican Republic.

Lori and her husband John live in Winston-Salem. Their family includes a recently adopted daughter, Lisa, and two golden retrievers, Splash and Holly. Lori enjoys watching sports, spending time with people, and just having a good time.

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