"Church is not something you go to,
it's a family you belong to."
First Presbyterian Church 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 worshipped 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 origianlly owned by Col. Robert Love, a soldier in the American Revolutionary War, who was also instrumental in the beginnings of the town of Waynesville. His grandson, Col. R.G.A. Love, transfered the property to the church in 1880. 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.