Social Witness Ministry


A new ministry is in the initial stages of formation at First Presbyterian Church. Under the auspices of Planning & Research, and led by Henry Brown, this small group began meeting last fall to discuss how FPC might do more to shine Christ’s light into the world. Initial discussions highlighted a wide range of topics of interest to the group and ways to engage with these various topics.


The ministry chose two topics to address initially: racial reconciliation and environmental stewardship. As first steps, the group explored educational opportunities and sought ways to live out our call to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world.


NEXT Church Workshops on March 5 – 6

NEXT Church is a network of leaders across the PC(USA) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful and more agile. The 2021 National Gathering is entitled Breaking, Blessing, Building, A Call for the Common Good.


You are invited to participate either in person at FPC (COVID-safe protocols will be used) or virtually from home for these workshops.

  • Friday March 5, 4 PM  

       Everything You Thought You Knew About Racial Reconciliation Is Wrong

       This session will be led by the Rev. Denise Anderson, a Presbyterian minister, writer and artist. She serves as the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s         Coordinator for Racial and Intercultural Justice and is a former co-moderator of the PC(USA) General Assembly.


  • Saturday, March 6, 1 PM

       A White Pastor Reads “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in 2021

      This session will be led by the Rev. Landon Whitsitt, Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. He recently served as

      Executive of the Synod of Mid-America.


Registration Information

There is no charge for the workshops. If you would like to participate at FPC for a socially-distanced gathering to view either workshop followed by discussion, click here. If you would like to watch from home, you can register with NEXT Church, click here.


Stayed tuned for more information about an environmental stewardship education and advocacy event in April. If you would like to become part of this new Social Witness ministry, or simply add your name to our email list, please contact Henry Brown, or Pastor Lisa Schrott,

540 William Hilton Parkway

Hilton Head Island, SC 29928