"Church is not something you go to,
it's a family you belong to."
First Presbyterian Waynesville began with eight stalwart Presbyterians, who worshipped together and were led from time to time by a missionary circuit preacher during the 1860's. By 1875, just ten years after the end of the Civil War and with the arrival of a preacher from the Charlotte area, a more organized church was formed as the Waynesville Presbyterian Church. There were eight charter members and two ruling elders. As this small congregation endured and grew, they worshiped once a month in the old Methodist Church on Cemetery Hill. Finally in 1882, now numbering twenty-three, FPC Waynesville moved into its own building -- a white frame church with a bell tower on the corner of Main and Walnut Streets. The land was a gift from Col. Robert Love, a soldier in the American Revolutionary War who was also instrumental in the beginnings of the town of Waynesville. During those early years, the church shared a pastor with the Bethel church until 1904, when the growing congregation undertook the building of a new, larger sanctuary.