Telling Our Stories: Connecting Together

So many of us have stories to tell about First Presbyterian Church being A Heart for the City. As a congregation, we have stories to tell about First Presbyterian Church being A Heart for the World.

During the months of October and November, we will hear different stories told by both people who are long-time and newly-minted members of First Presbyterian Church. We will discern what it means to tell our stories and how God is calling each of us to commit to the larger FPC Dallas story.

Take a moment to read some of the stories below and check back each Thursday for newly posted stories.

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Elspeth & Phil Nelson

After searching for a new church home, Elspeth & Phil Nelson found their selves worshiping at First Presbyterian Church. Their story of how they came to join the church is both inspiring and heartwarming. Click below to hear them tell their story.

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Eleanor Otto

Mrs. Eleanor Otto and her late husband, along with their two young daughters, joined the church in the 1950's.  Click below to hear them tell their story.

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Jim & Nell Carvell

The Carvells have been members of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas for 50 years. From teaching the Kairos Sunday school class for 15 years, to serving on the Day School board, Jim & Nell’s story is both heartfelt and inspiring. Click below to hear them tell their story.

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Tom Froehlich

Tom currently serves as the Associate Director of Music & Organist. He has played as FPC Dallas’ organist for over 41 years after studying organ in France. Click below to hear Tom tell his story.


Steve Burley

Steve works in finance as an accountant for Presidium, a company that helps prevent child abuse. His wife Tena is the senior development director for Presbyterian Communities & Services. Steve and Tena have three adult children: Laura who lives in Oklahoma City, and Jake and Kyle who both live in Dallas. Click below to read about Steve’s battle with cancer.


Carolyn Walton

Carolyn is a member of First Presbyterian Church who has taught Sunday school and served on numerous committees and councils in her 68-year-long membership. She and her husband Dick owned and operated a manufacturing company producing exercise equipment for over 30 years. Carolyn is now retired in the Dallas area. Click below to read Carolyn’s memories of the church through the years.


Bill McKenzie

Bill and his wife Jennifer have twin children, Douglas and Anne who are active in the youth program at the church. He and his family have been active in various ministries in their time at First Presbyterian Church, particularly the Community Ministries and The Stewpot. Bill currently serves as the editorial director of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Click below to read Bill’s story about the importance of the Community Ministries program in the life of his family.