Becoming a Member

Join Us

We are an open-minded, open-hearted community of believers with a commitment to serve the justice and peace of God, as revealed to us through Jesus Christ. We value learning, growth, exploration and service. If you are new to our community, we hope that you feel a warm welcome to share in the joy of this community of faith.

Please explore our website to learn about the ministries and mission of our church. Whether you are interested in insightful sermons, programs for children and youth, mission, music, education, fellowship, or are simply looking for a new place to call home, we are glad you‘re here.


Membership classes are offered two times a year – fall and spring. Anyone wishing to join the church should plan to attend one of these classes. Conducted by the pastors and other church leaders, the class will give prospective members a(n):

  • Introduction to First Presbyterian Church, its history, and its ministries and mission 
  • Orientation to the beliefs, history, and governance of the Presbyterian Church (USA) 
  • Opportunity to meet pastors and members and share how you came to FPC 
  • Overview of ways to participate in the life of FPC utilizing your interests and talents 
  • Time to be received into membership and officially welcomed


    Membership within the Presbyterian Church involves an affirmation of Christian faith and a commitment to actively participate within the life of the congregation. Membership is open to all men and women, regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, nationality or any other characteristic that divides the human community.

    Please contact the church office at (410) 267-8705 or by email at [email protected] if you are interested in becoming a member. You may also fill out the New Members Form and the Time and Talents Form online.

Not Sure If You Are Ready for the New Member Class?

Come and Consider is a brief, optional  session in the Library Parlor, designed for those who wish to learn more about First Presbyterian Church and the membership process before signing up to attend the New Member Class. Come and Consider will provide an opportunity to ask questions and take a tour of the church campus. Children welcome. No registration necessary.

Who are the Presbyterians?

The Presbyterian Church is a protestant Christian denomination. The root word of Presbyterian is "Presbyteros", which means "elder" in Greek. Our elders are elected by the congregation and serve the church along with our pastors. We have a rich history stemming back to the 1500's. There is a more detailed history and much more information at the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s website.

Presbyterian Glossary

Some terms that you might come across in a Presbyterian setting.