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.


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.

 

 

 

 

Dolly Campbell Jacobs

Dolly Campbell Jacobs

Associate Pastor for Congregational Care

Dolly is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a bachelor's degree from Auburn, a masters in pastoral care and counseling from Loyola University of New Orleans and a  masters of divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is married to Bill and they have two daughters, Sydney Hunt and Ce Ce Hunt.
 
Dolly began her ministry at First Presbyterian Church as the Associate Pastor for Discipleship in 2003. In her eleven years, Dolly has enjoyed meeting and engaging the visitors and new members who are seeking a life of meaning through a Christ centered community. She looks forward to continuing that journey alongside all generations in times of joy and sorrow in her role as a congregational care pastor.

 

 

Congregational Care pastors

Along with Dolly (above) the pastors on our Congregational Care team include Revs. David Partington, Clyde Cooke, Larry Avant and Dr. Fred Horner.

To reach our Congregational Care staff, contact Ann Hopping, (336) 478-4709 or ahopping@fpcgreensboro.org.

 

 

 

Bob Goff at First Presbyterian Greensboro