Our Identity

First Presbyterian Church is a loving, traditional, Christ-centered fellowship, worshiping and pursuing our Triune God in the Reformed tradition. Reformed Christianity finds its roots in the apostolic church and the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. We are a people of evangelical conviction, traditional expression, and ecumenical engagement. We have been members of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church since 2015. You can learn more about the EPC at their site.

Our Mission Statement

Called by God into the joy of new life in Christ, First Presbyterian Church of Hillsdale seeks to live together faithfully, committing ourselves:

to a life of worship,

mutual encouragement to growth in faith and knowledge,

and to the proclamation of the Gospel.

Our Pastor

Scott and Shana Cress

Rev. Scott Cress has been serving First Pres since May 2018. He and his wife Shana come from southern Indiana, having also spent time in St. Louis and West Lafayette, Indiana. Scott and Shana are both graduates of Indiana University Southeast and Covenant Theological Seminary. They have four wonderful kids. Scott’s vocational journey has included teaching American history to high school students, teaching public speaking at Purdue University, and serving as a human resources manager with Chick-fil-A. He researches and writes on the thought of Puritan preacher and theologian Jonathan Edwards and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree. You can reach him at pastorscottcress@gmail.com.

Our Staff

  • Organist and Choirmaster – Dean James
  • Office Manager – Irma Jones
  • Clerk of Session – Tom Conner