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ABOUT US

Our Vision

First Presbyterian Church is a Christ-centered, multi-generational,
downtown church that has been serving Rapid City, SD,
the surrounding community and the world for over 125 years.
 

​First Presbyterian is affiliated with Presbyterian Church (USA). 

Core Values

With the help of God, at FPCRC, we:

DEMONSTRATE RESILIENT FAITHFULNESS

In life's challenges, God is faithful so no mountain is too high.

Galatians 5:22-25 & Philippians 4:13

 

EMPOWER KIDS

Kids have a crucial role to play in God's redemptive work in the world. 

Matthew 21:15-16 & Mark 9:36-37

 

HEAR YOU

Words give life and so does listening. Having heard the life-giving words of the gospel, we'll be brave enough to truly listen to others and seek understanding.

Proverbs 20:12 & Romans 12:1

FIND JOY IN SERVICE

Joyful service becomes an act of worship when done for God's glory.

1 Peter 4:10-12 & Romans 12:1

 

EXPRESS BEAUTY IN WORSHIP

God is beautiful in the deepest sense and we desire to be transformed in worship. 

Psalm 27:4 & Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

STILL MAKE MEMORIES

The journey of faith takes lots of remembering. Memories honor and emphasize God's faithfulness through transitions in our lives.

Psalm 100:5 & Deuteronomy 4:9

Visions + Values
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Adam Knudson

Pastor/Head of Staff

adam@fpcrc.org

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Meredith Meersman

Director of Music Ministry

meredith@fpcrc.org

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Leigh Niekum

Administrative Assistant

leigh@fpcrc.org

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Meet Pastor Adam

and his family

Our pastor, Adam Knudson, came to Rapid City, SD in 2022 with his wife Andrea, and their four children, Jeremiah, Samuel, Alexandra, and Olivia. Prior to moving to South Dakota, Adam and his family lived all their lives in the central valley of California. Adam grew up attending University Presbyterian Church in Fresno, CA. He met his wife Andrea while working together at Calvin Crest Camp near Yosemite National Park. For undergraduate studies, Adam attended Whitworth College in Spokane, WA, earning a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature (2001). Adam, returned to Fresno after college, and he and Andrea married. Adam pursued his theological education at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary connected to Fresno Pacific University, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree with a diploma in Presbyterian Studies (2005). Following seminary studies, Adam was ordained by the San Joaquin Presbytery. He worked and served in several capacities including more than twelve years as youth pastor at an ELCA (Lutheran) church in Fresno, before being called to FPCRC. When not at church, you can find Adam cheering on his children in any of their many activities, enjoying a round of disc golf at a local park, or refereeing youth soccer in the community. Adam and his family are grateful to serve alongside the members of FPCRC and feel blessed to journey together in this season of life.

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CLERK OF SESSION

 

Shari West-Twitero

shari49@outlook.com

TEACHING ELDER

Adam Knudson

adam@fpcrc.org

RULING ELDERS

CLASS OF 2023

 

Sue Callahan

 

Charles Canaan

 

Claire Reilly-Allen

Chair for Property & Grounds

 

Bill Zavitz

Chair for Administration

CLASS OF 2024

 

Glenna Books

Chair for Congregational Care

 

Linda Carpenter

Chair for Worship & Music

 

Tammy Ludeman

 

Dottie Pugsley

Chair for Outreach

CLASS OF 2025

 

Glendora Estacion

Chair for Congregation Life & Learning

 

Lois Huisman

Chair for Personnel

 

Al Johnson

Patsy True

Chair for Nominating

710 Kansas City St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

605.343.6171

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