About Us

First Presbyterian Church is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA).  

We invite and welcome you to worship with us.

Our Pastor:

Pastor Karen Russell came to Palestine in January, 2016.  A graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary (M.Div, 2008, Th. M, 2010), she spent the years before seminary working in several non-profit organizations, including a Habitat for Humanity affiliate. Before coming to First Presbyterian Church, Pastor Karen worked in the Office of Theology and Worship at the national offices of the Presbyterian Church (USA), coordinating and managing the Company of New Pastors.  

Our History

First Presbyterian Church is proud of its history in Palestine, IL.  Click on the icon below to read our church history:

What We Believe