Home » About

About

WHO WE ARE

Filled with God’s grace and overflowing with His spirit, we embrace those around us — in our church family, the community and beyond. You can see it in the hugs exchanged before worship, in the children’s happy faces as they race up the aisle for the children’s sermon and in the eyes of the congregation, eagerly engaged with the pastor during the sermon. As each of us strives to discern God’s will and purpose in our own lives, we come together as a congregation to move toward God’s purpose for our church.

As a landmark church in Tequesta and Jupiter, we have the opportunity to serve others and be “living examples” of God’s grace in our community and world.

As a church family, we strive to share without judgment and welcome all into the fellowship of Jesus Christ. From the neighborhood kids who play basketball on our grounds to the members of the community who attend our annual Strawberry Festival, Christmas Live Nativity, and seasonal concerts, we reach out to those around us, bringing Christ to all. Our preschool serves 100 children in our community and our numerous mission projects extend from locally helping fight hunger and homelessness to aiding foster children near by in Okeechobee, Florida, and orphaned children across the globe in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In our vision, there’s the conviction that however imperfect we are, by God’s grace we are blessed to be here, gathered in His place carrying out His work with joy, laughter, humility and love.

 

Our Philosophy at First Presbyterian Preschool is multi-faceted.

First and foremost it is to provide each and every child with loving Christian care and guidance.

We are also striving to give each child the tools to develop strong fundamentals in letter recognition, pre-writing and writing skills, sight word recognition and basic math skills.

Our hope is to encourage a love for Godly values and a love for learning that will open the door for their future education experience.

We require our teachers to be college educated with Associates, Bachelors or Masters Degrees in the area of Early Education. They are all CPR and First Aid certified, and are expected to continue their growth through continuing education and workshops.

We are all like-minded in the fact that our profession is of utmost importance to us and is taken very seriously. We consider it a privilege to teach your child.

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP AND SUNDAY SCHOOL

You are invited to join us every Sunday for worship. Our service begins at 10am or anytime online on Facebook and Youtube.

Enjoy a time of fellowship after worship in our courtyard.

Click here to view this week’s service

A packet will be emailed each week with the music, Bible verses, and sermon from the live service. If you would like to be added to the list to receive our emails, please send an email to office@tequestapres.org or click on the Get Connected link in the sidebar.

Children’s Sunday School

Children’s Sunday School takes place during the worship hour. We meet year-round. To learn more please contact Crystal Botha at crystal@tequestapres.org.

Adult Small Groups

Adult small groups meet Sundays after worship. We have two options.  Please email Ken Sloan at rkensloan@live.com or Crystal Botha at crystal@tequestapres.org if you would like to join us.

                                                                     

Where We Are Located

First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta
482 Tequesta Drive
Tequesta, FL 33469

Directions

From U.S. 1 in Tequesta, drive west on Tequesta Drive for about 1 and 1/2 miles. You will pass Riverside Drive and go over a bridge and we are on the left.

STAFF

Rev. Kathleen (Kathy) Dain

Transitional Minister

Kathy is an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and the Church of Scotland. She has recently returned from the U.K.

Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Central Michigan University and Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Prior to entering ministry, Kathy worked in sales and television production. Her shift to ministry was featured in a 2013 Wall Street Journal article entitled: Leap of Faith.

Kathy has produced a number of short documentaries for mission organizations to help share their story. “Each of us has a story to share,” says Dain. “As Christians we are part of the greatest story ever told.”

Pictured with Kathy is her mini-Schnauzer Riley.

Crystal Botha

Director of Family Ministries

Crystal has been serving at First Presbyterian since 2010. Working in ministry has been a lifelong journey for her. Growing up in the Alabama, she has served in music and children’s ministry since the age of 13.  Crystal has an extensive background in music performance as well as education. She has a passion for teaching children and loves to serve the Lord.  FPCT has made an impact on her life, revealed by the loving grace of Jesus Christ. She feels privileged to be an instrument to now share that Good News with others who are seeking God’s presence and considers it a blessing to be able to come to work while living out her faith at the same time. When Crystal’s not at work you can find her out on the water, enjoying Jupiter’s beautiful beaches, playing the piano, kickboxing and spending time with her family. She and her husband together have 4 children, ranging in age from 15 to 28, a dog, and 2 cats. Together they actively serve in mission work here in the community and in South Africa. Email her at crystal@tequestapres.org.

 

Elizabeth Lowe

Preschool Director

Elizabeth comes to us most recently from Good Shepherd Church School, Tequesta, Florida. As an educator with 14 years of experience ranging from Kindergarten to Third Grade, her Educational Certification includes two Masters Degrees-one in Reading and another in Educational Leadership which followed her initial Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. During her years of teaching she excelled in curriculum writing, meeting the diverse needs of the children while nurturing a positive classroom community for the children to work, play and grow together. As a mother of three active children ages 4, 7 and 10, Elizabeth knows how to balance a busy life while being dedicated to her joy of working with children and their parents. Email Elizabeth at elizabeth@tequestapres.org.

Anne Hlasnicek

Music Director

Anne comes to Tequesta Presbyterian after serving as minister of music, not only in the Presbyterian Church, but for Lutheran, Episcopal, Catholic, Christian Science, and Reform Jewish congregations. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Muskingum University in Ohio and pursued her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. She has enjoyed teaching choral music, drama, and ESE classes in both public and parochial schools from kindergarten thru university level. She introduced the first drama curriculum in Martin County middle schools and has often traveled with her high school choral groups for special performances, including Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Mrs. “Nick” is, and has been, mom to 2 children and 15 foster children, and with her husband, Steve, has been the creative designer of their party services business. She is also a Master Gardener. Anne and Steve are world travelers and recently visited Israel and Turkey. They have a long list of places yet to see. Anne’s email address is anne@tequestapres.org.

Rebecca Szymczak

Office Manager

Rebecca is originally from Columbus, Ohio but spent the last eleven years in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband John. Their walk with Christ brought them to Jensen Beach, Florida. Rebecca loves the ocean. She also enjoys knitting and sewing. Contact Rebecca at office@tequestapres.org.

Jordan Albright

Youth Leader  & Communications Specialist

Jordan Albright is our newest staff member. She joins us as Youth Leader and Social Media Specialist @ First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta. Jordan was born and raised in Pennsylvania in the suburbs of Philadelphia- go Eagles! She is a Penn State graduate – class of 2019.#WEARE. In her free time she enjoys making jewelry, going to the beach, and spending time with loved ones.


MUSIC

“Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love…”

Hymn Ode to Joy

Music is a cherished part of worship in our church. From the organ prelude, anthems, hymns, and choral responses to the postlude after the benediction, our services are filled with music, both traditional and contemporary.

Members of our congregation devote their time and considerable talents to our Chancel Choir and Bell Choir.  Many Sundays, musicians from the congregation and community add instruments, such as flutes, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, percussion, and even a jazz ensemble, to the joyful sounds.

We conclude our service with the choir and congregation singing the spiritual “Let There Be Peace On Earth.”

At Christmas and Easter, the entire Music Department performs concerts in our sanctuary, something the congregation and our community very much look forward to as we celebrate these sacred holidays.

Our Music Director is Ann Hlasnicek and our Organist is Bob Jones. Please see our Staff page under the About tab for more information on both of our wonderful music directors.

Chancel Choir

The Adult Choir is a lively and active part of the church. Members lead in worship services as they sing together, as Men’s or Women’s choirs, and in ensembles, solos and duets. Several of our choir members and talented young people are also very actively involved in providing inspiring instrumental music.

The Chancel Choir rehearses on Tuesdays at 1:00pm. .  From June through August, we switch to the summer schedule: instead of a rehearsal Tuesdays, we rehearse at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

Choir members also know how to have fun! There are frequent get-togethers for fellowship: in members’ homes, at lunch-bunch following worship, and for late spring and Christmas parties — all opportunities to enjoy each other’s company.

Handbell Choir

This group is an exciting part of our music program. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to become involved in an other-than-vocal way of praising the Lord. The group performs for Sunday Services every other month on average. Handbell choir rehearses for an hour on Sundays following the worship service.

For our most recent music concerts visit our you tube channel.

LEADERSHIP

Session

First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta is governed by a group of elders who serve on the Session. Each Elder is a spiritual leader of the congregation who is called by God and elected by the congregation to serve for a 3-year term, ensuring that all have the opportunity to strengthen their relationship with God.

Deacons

Deacons are leaders in the church who are called by God and elected by the congregation to continue Christ’s ministry of compassion and service. You may see our Deacons helping out with the worship service, setting up for a church gathering, visiting the sick, or keeping up with the needs of the congregation. Through their service, Christ’s hope and healing is shared to all who need it.

BECOME A MEMBER

Interested in joining our church family?

Membership classes are offered throughout the year for those interested in becoming active members of the congregation.

You may become a member by:

  • Profession of Faith
  • Reaffirmation of Faith
  • Letter of Transfer from another church

Please contact the church office at 561-746-5161 for more information on times and dates. We look forward to including you in our family of faith.

WEDDINGS

Congratulations on your engagement!  We are so pleased that you are interested in holding your ceremony at our church. First Presbyterian offers a beautiful place for you to say your vows and begin your life together.

A few helpful facts:

  • Both members and non-members are welcome to marry here.
  • Our sanctuary seats 350 people. Our church parlor offers intimacy for smaller weddings.
  • Premarital counseling is required.  This could be done by our minister or a qualified professional.

FUNERALS

First, let us express our sincere sympathy for the loss of your loved one if that is the reason you are consulting this page.

We hold Christian funerals and memorials at our church to:

  • Express love and compassion to the family in their time of grief and loss
  • Profess belief in the resurrection to eternal life, putting emphasis on the soul or spirit that continues to live with God in heaven
  • Pay tribute to the person whose life we gather to honor

 

A few helpful facts:

  • Both members and non-members are welcome to hold funerals and memorial services here.
  • Our sanctuary seats 350 people. Our parlor offers a more intimate setting for smaller services.
  • We ask that you contact the church as soon as possible after the death of your beloved to plan his or her service.
  • Our church has a memorial garden on our grounds for deceased members of our congregation and their immediate families.

OUR DENOMINATION

We are members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

More than two million people call this denomination their spiritual home. Worshiping in 10,000 congregations throughout the United States, Presbyterians engage the communities in which they live and serve with God’s love.

 

A little Presbyterian history

Presbyterians trace their history to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our heritage, and much of what we believe, began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him. Calvin did much of his writing from Geneva, Switzerland. From there, the Reformed movement spread to other parts of Europe and the British Isles. Many of the early Presbyterians in America came from England, Scotland, and Ireland. The first American Presbytery was organized in Philadelphia in 1706. The first General Assembly was held in the same city in 1789. The first Assembly was convened by the Rev. John Witherspoon, the only minister to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Portions of the Presbyterian Church in the United States have separated from the main body, and some parts have reunited, several times. The greatest division occurred in 1861 during the American Civil War. The two branches created by that division were reunited in 1983 to form the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), currently the largest Presbyterian group in this country.

 

What is distinctive about Presbyterian Church?

Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.

(Source: PC(USA) website, www.pcusa.org)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who We Are

Sunday Worship

Staff

Music

Leadership

Become a Member

Weddings

Funerals

Our Denomination