The pastor, staff, and leadership here at First Presbyterian Church of Redding are people who love, care, and pray for every member of this church. If you have questions for our pastor or any one of our staff don't hesitate to call the church office or send an email. You can contact the church office here.
Reverend Dr. James Howe began his ministry at First Presbyterian April 1, 2014.
Jim is a 1977 graduate of California State University, Chico. From 1989 to 1990, Jim and family lived in Vancouver, British Columbia while he attended Regent College. He attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA by extension from 1995 through 1999. He received his Master of Divinity from Regent College in Vancouver B.C. Canada in 1990 and a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Theological seminary in 2002.
Both Jim and his wife, Kerry, are very familiar with the North State; Kerry was raised on a cattle ranch near Granada.
Serving several churches in WA and OR, Jim most recently served the yoked Presbyterian churches in Weed and McCloud. Jim also worked as the Siskiyou County Area Director for Young Life, a national youth ministry with Mike Yaconelli.
Jim Howe grew up under the teaching of the great expositor Dr. Ray Stedman of Peninsula Bible Church. Jim has studied under R.C. Sproul, J. I. Packer and Gordon Fee. He loves to preach through the Bible in a way that connects its ancient truths with the modern world.
For the last few decades, Joe and Alice Montgomery have been leading our Youth Ministry. Their goal is to foster and encourage the youth of Redding, building disciples and a love of God and one another.
The Youth Group meets every Wednesday night in the Fellowship Hall. Dinner is at 6:00 PM, and Bible Study is at 7 PM.
Jeanie and her husband, Stan, have been members of FPC since 1998 when they moved to Redding from the Bay Area. She has served many years as a Worship Elder, both here in Redding and at her former church, Immanuel Presbyterian in San Jose. Since 2012, Jeanie has been serving as FPC’s Worship Director assisting the pastor and coordinating all worship ministries at FPC including worship arts, music, and service planning. She is an accredited accordion instructor and has served on our church praise team since 2001.
“Worship is not about us; it’s not about what we like or don’t like. It’s all about allowing the Holy Spirit to fill us and work in us, lifting high the name of Jesus, and glorifying God. We want every detail of our worship services to enhance our worship and point others to Jesus. Our praise team is not here to perform on Sunday mornings; we are here to serve God’s church, to lead His people in worship. All that we do, we do for the glory of God alone. Soli Deo gloria!”