471 Main Street, PO Box 548, Highlands, NC 28741 | 1 828 526 3175

Notice Regarding the COVID-19 Crisis:

As the virus continues to spread, we continue to seek the wisdom of health care professionals and government leaders regarding the best options for reopening. The church remains closed for the foreseeable future. We don't have a set date for reopening at this time, but our Session meets monthly to discuss our options. The safety of our congregation and community remains our top priority.

Since we regrettably cannot meet as a congregation in our sanctuary, we have worked out a “next-best” plan for holding worship services. Please check your email every Saturday evening or Sunday morning for a link to the Youtube channel, which will air our Sunday service of that week. If you are not on our church email list, you may find the video by searching Youtube for “First Presbyterian Church of Highlands, NC,” and the services will appear according to date. If you would like to be added to our email list, please contact us at fpch@frontier.com.

We encourage you to view the video at 11:00 am so that we may all virtually attend worship together. Until we may meet again in person, Christ’s peace be with you all.


Life Events

Life Events


First Presbyterian Church of Highlands believes that marriage is a holy sacrament before God and that our sanctuary and chapel are dedicated to worship and the appropriate celebration of our faith traditions, both those of the Presbyterian Church USA, and of our local church family. As stated in the Book of Order, we believe that “Marriage is a gift God has given to all humankind for the well-being of the entire human family. Marriage involves a unique commitment between two people, traditionally a man and a woman, to love and support each other for the rest of their lives. The sacrificial love that unites the couple sustains them as faithful and responsible members of the church and the wider community.”

First Presbyterian Church is more than simply a historic sanctuary in a beautiful mountain setting. While we recognize that many couples are initially attracted by the charm and simple elegance of our facility, we believe that this alone is not a sufficient reason to seek permission to be married at First Presbyterian Church. The policy below spells those steps which are required in order to secure permission to be married here. Read it carefully and prayerfully, if you are interested in seeking permission to be married at First Presbyterian Church please complete a Wedding Registration Form and email to fpchmanager@frontier.com.


We offer the sacrament of baptism for people of all ages, including infants and children. During baptism, parents affirm their promise to live the Christian faith and teach that faith to their child, and the congregation promises to assist the parents in the Christian nurture of their children. Please contact Rev. Curtis Fussell or Rev. Emily Wilmarth for information about child or adult baptism.

Funerals/Memorial Services

First Presbyterian Church feels members and their families should be aware of the important issues and decisions surrounding death, its implications for our faith, and its impact on family members. We recommend discussing any questions you may have with one of our pastors. Please contact Rev. Curtis Fussell or Rev. Emily Wilmarth



Early June - Labor Day 8:30 a.m. Communion Worship Service
9:30 a.m. Adult Education

11:00 a.m.

First Sunday of each month

Office Hours

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Prayer Request Events