Welcome Rev. Lorenzo Ray Small, Sr.
New Pastor of First United Presbyterian Church
Rev. Lorenzo R. Small, Sr. was born on June 5, 1974 to Ms. Evon Small and Mr. Lorenzo Smith in Norfolk, VA. He is the oldest of four children. He attended the public schools of Dunn, NC and attended North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC where he studied finance and graduated in May 1998 with highest honors. Rev. Small left North Carolina after graduation to accept a position with 3M Corporation in St. Paul, MN. Following a short stint with 3M, he worked for several years as a pharmaceutical sales representative with Eli Lilly & Company.
Shortly after moving to Minnesota, Rev. Small joined Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (MBC) where he served as Deacon, Chair of Deacon Board, Chair of Finance Committee and President of the Young Adult Ministry. He was called to the ministry and licensed in February 2005 and was ordained in April 2006, by Rev. Steve Daniels, Jr., Pastor of Shiloh MBC.
Led by God’s spirit, Rev. Small enrolled in seminary training and pursued that commitment when he and his wife returned to NC in 2006. He joined First Fellowship Ministries of Charlotte, where he served as Associate Pastor. In January 2011, he was invited to preach at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, SC and has been there since. He graduated from Union Presbyterian Seminary in April 2013 with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained as a PCUSA Teaching Elder and installed as the full-time pastor of Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church on June 8, 2014.
Rev. Small is happily married to Alexis Rembert Small and has been so for 17 years. They are the proud parents of three sons: Antray, Lorenzo Jr., and Alexander. They currently reside in Lancaster, SC.
Celebrating 150 Years
Helping Others See Jesus’ Grace In Me
150 years of Remembering, Rejoicing, Rededicating
We had an uplifting 2016 Homecoming service to celebrate 150 years on Sunday November 13, 2016 featuring our Homecoming Reunion Choir and guest speaker Rev. Julia Robinson Moore. It was attended by many families who have pave the way. Thank You Jesus for your Grace and Mercy! You can view highlights of the 2016 Homecoming by clicking the video here and our Facebook page
Vacation Bible School
First United and Memorial Churches invite you to join us for Vacation Bible School, June 19 - 23 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2600 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte. Discover Your Strength in God! Come along on awesome adventures alongside our favorite Bible heroes and discover the qualities that make us truly heroic in God. VBS Hero Central uses magnificent music, amazing arts & crafts, engaging classroom activities and fantastic Bible stories to help each of us discover our strength in God! Classes for Pre-K (age 4) through Adults. Dinner at 5:30 each night with classes beginning at 6:00 pm. Our closing celebration worship service will be held at First United PC on Sunday, June 25th at 11:00 am
- Loaves and Fishes- Fifth Friday, 1:00 PM (First Presbyterian Church)
- First Ward School - (bring school supplies on 2nd Sunday)
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Men of the Church Sunday at 11:00am worship service featuring First United Men's Choir and the guest speaker, First United's new pastor, Rev. Lorenzo Small, Sr. Reception following the worship service.