First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville
We welcome our new pastor, Reverend Dan Wooley, and his family to our congregation. Pastor Dan will be available for office hours on Wednesdays, 9:00 – 12:00, in the Pastor’s Study of our Fellowship Hall.
A message from Pastor Dan:
“I am very excited about joining you in ministry. This is my 35th year serving as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church. I began my ministry in 1984 serving as associate pastor in Cocoa, Florida. I was called by the First Presbyterian Church of Spring Hill, Tennessee and the Port Royal Presbyterian Church in 1986. The Presbytery of Middle Tennessee asked me to consider serving as the Organizing Pastor for a new church in Brentwood, TN which I did in 1988. I served the East Brentwood Presbyterian Church for sixteen years. During that time they grew from seven people to around 1,500 at one point. In 2003, I moved to Fayetteville and was called as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Lincoln. Early in my ministry in Lincoln, I also served as pastor of the Cane Hill Presbyterian Church and later at the Mount Comfort Presbyterian Church. That is probably more than you want to know about my background.
I have been very fortunate to be married for the past sixteen years to Kim Dampier whom I have known since we became friends in high school. We have four adopted children: Ellery (25), Ciera (24), Rachel (21), and Alison (7). We previously served as foster parents for about eight years.
Kim and I love being parents. Although neither of us ever envisioned being parents to a seven year old at this stage of our lives, Alison is a source of great joy and blessing to us. We love our life here in Northwest Arkansas. Kim is a Speech Language Pathologist working the past ten years at Northwest Home Health after retiring from 25 years in the Arkansas Public School System. She loves what she does.
We get great satisfaction from entertaining in our home. In our spare time we enjoy bargain hunting, going to the Farmer’s market, eating out, and occasionally attending a play at the Walton Arts Center.
I am an avid reader and collector of signed first edition books. There are very few activities I do not enjoy. I grew up in Florida and have a fondness for anything associated with the water. I enjoy meeting new people and experiencing variety and newness in life. I am one of those rare people who actually finds change stimulating and fun.
I am more excited about my new ministry with you in Huntsville than I have been about anything in a while. I look forward to serving our Lord together in the years ahead. “
Reverend Daniel Wooley
In 15 – 20 Years Huntsville First Presbyterian Church Hopes To:
A gathering place for community/Christian services,
Double the number of active members,
A beacon of hope, joy, and love,
Not just the church by the Post Office,
A family supporting each other on our Christian journeys,
The church the community looks to for spiritual leadership, physical help, and moral guidance,
A safe haven for worship.
A symbol of love and safety, a safe place to come in need,
The church home for non-traditional worshipers,
More “known” in the community,
Leaders in and for the community,
A force for self and God’s love in community,
A great place for children and youth to be together, support each other, and learn to be Christians,
Larger and more diverse.
Hope we have not lost the basic Christianity and love inherent here now,
Feed Community (food and spirit),
Have new young members,
Have more music,
Have different types of services (Spanish, praise music, etc),
Have community activities and outreach in different areas,
Open arms to everyone,
Lead young into camps,
DO NOT want to be extinct!
Opportunities for Helping the Community
The 4thTuesday of each month, our congregation provides needed personal care and household items to people in our local community. We have been serving 30 to 45 families each month, and feel that God is blessing our ministry! Volunteers are needed on the 1st Tuesday morning to help transport the items from United Way and the Salvation Army in Fayetteville to our church. Other volunteers are needed from 3:30 to 5:30 to help distribute the items to our local families. We welcome all to help as we strive to share God’s blessings with others.
Contact us if you would like to help with this local ministry.