First Presbyterian Church of Pueblo was founded in 1870, when a young missionary from Iowa, Sheldon Jackson, found four pioneer Presbyterians in a village of 1,000 people on the banks of the Arkansas River. The first service was held on Feb. 27, 1870, in the community’s adobe courthouse.
Within a year, this tiny group had grown enough to have a Sunday school and too many worshipers to gather in homes. They began to meet in a schoolhouse, and eventually built a small church. Our current red sandstone building was built in 1890, with its steeple reaching 140 feet into the clear Colorado sky. A brick education wing was added in the 1920s, one of several transformation the building has undergone to meet changing conditions over the years.
The church was added to the Colorado Historic Register in 2007 and we are currently restoring the aging sandstone exterior and working to maintain the priceless Tiffany stained glass windows in our sanctuary.
We are proud of our building’s history, but equally proud that it is used by nearly two dozen community groups in addition to being the home of the church’s mission work in our community and around the world.
We are an active and vibrant congregation, actively engaged in joyful worship, Bible study, and serving the community. We embrace the challenges of keeping our historic building and historic faith bright and welcoming for present and future generations. As we approach our 150th birthday, we still offer hope, healing and hospitality in the heart of the city.