The First Presbyterian Church of Arcadia, Florida, was founded on August 28, 1898. It was truly born in a storm. So severe was the weather on that hot summer Sunday that only five persons were able to gather for the organizational meeting of the church. Those five and they alone, constitute the charter roll of the church. On that day when the life of the church commenced, two were elected as elders and two were elected as deacons. The only one not chosen to serve in an elected office was the only woman present, Mrs. Sarah Green. Elders chosen that day were Dr. James MacFie and Colonel C D Douglas. Deacons were W H Shedden and Solon Evens.
The five met with Henry Keigwin (a minister who conducted a series of evangelistic services in the county courthouse a few years prior to the founding of First Presbyterian) and became members of the Presbyterian Church. Some might call Henry Keigwin the founding father of the Arcadia Church. Indeed, it was his labors that established Presbyterianism in DeSoto County, both here and in Punta Gorda, which was part of DeSoto County until 1921.
If one man can be truly called the founding father of Presbyterianism in Arcadia, it was certainly Dr. James MacFie. A practicing physician in Arcadia, and a native of Scotland, he had come to Florida by way of Canada. He was determined to have a Presbyterian Church here in Arcadia.
For the rest of the story “The church born in a storm was spared by the fire.
– Adapted from “To Be Continued….” a personal history of First Presbyterian Church, written by Rev. Ted Land.
HELPING PEOPLE FIND THEIR WAY BACK TO GOD
We’ve seen the transformation hundreds of times – people who came to us full of doubt and uncertainty become secure in the knowledge of their rightful place in God’s great kingdom. The change may start slowly – in a Bible Study class or choir participation, perhaps – but once it begins, it picks up speed. The good works, shared experiences, time spent in prayer – all bring us closer to our highest calling.
Take the first step toward personal renewal – join us for services this weekend!
Sunday morning 9:45 Sunday School
for Ages 3 to103
Sunday Morning Service at 11:00pm
Child Care is provided for little ones in the nursery during service , they are more than welcome to remain in worship service as well