First Presbyterian Church Savannah Presents – The William G. Foote Lecture Series

Wm. G. Foote
Foote Lecture Series
Saturday, March 14 – Sunday, March 15
“Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Promise and Challenge of Baptism”
Dr. David Gambrell, associate in the office of Theology and Worship,
Presbyterian Mission Agency

Dr. Gambrell is a minister of Word and Sacrament and noted hymn writer is a frequent speaker in congregations and at the Montreat Conference Center.

For two millennia, Christians have understood baptism as the sacramental source of our identity and mission in Jesus Christ.  In recent times, however, baptism has been misunderstood … as a perfunctory blessing of babies, an artifact of human institutions, or an exclusive marker of belonging.  How do contemporary Christians respond to such challenges while claiming baptism as a gift of God’s overflowing grace?

The Glory to God hymnal includes fourteen of Dr. Gambrell’s hymns including “Great God of Every Blessing,” written on the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth.

The series begins with dinner ($10/person) on Saturday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. followed by the first talk at 7:00 p.m.  Dr. Gambrell will preach on Sunday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. and the concluding talk will be presented at 5:00 p.m. with a reception at 6:00 p.m. in the John Knox Room.

Email for dinner reservations.  The Foote Series was established in 1995 to remember the generosity of William Foote, whose bequest in 1862 largely paid for the construction of the church building on Monterey Square in 1872.

Savannah Presbytery SOL

March 14-15th2020 Session: “What’s Wrong with Paul?”

Whether you love him or struggle with some of his writings, the Apostle Paul has had a huge impact on our understanding of the Gospel. Join Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, Professor Emerita from Columbia Seminary, as we listen to what Paul is saying to the church today.


Savannah Presbytery invites all to experience our School of the Laity. Come with us to beautiful Epworth by the Sea on Saint Simons and stimulate your mind, fortify your soul and build relationships with other Presbyterians.

 There are no pre-requisites to taking a class—so you can come and “dip your toe” into the experience of the School of the Laity this March! Everyone is encouraged to participate. 

Registration for the March Session is open NOW through March 4th, 2020.

Basic Schedule:

Saturday:                                                                                                                            8:15 am Check -in

8:30 am Class

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Class

6:00 pm Dinner

Sunday:                                                                                                                             8:00 am Breakfast

8:45 am Worship

9:30 am Class

12:30 pm Depart

 March Promo

March 2020 Registration Form

2020 SOL Save the Dates Brochure

Job Opening!

First Savannah is adding a new staff position of Communications Coordinator who will be responsible for website design and internet based communications.   Do you know a tech savvy person interested in part-time employment?  If so, here is the link to the job description:

Savannah Presbytery Transition Team News

The Transition Team has been working hard since March to carry out the task of helping to create “a sustainable vision for the future ministry of Savannah Presbytery.” Our team has been very busy creating job descriptions, examining the presbytery’s teams, identifying needs for personnel, and, in the last few months, receiving Personal Information Forms (PIFs), and prayerfully considering candidates to serve as the Transitional General Presbyter and Stated Clerk. Rev. Joyce Lieberman, our Synod Executive, met with the Transition Team in late July to offer guidance and support as we began the process of discerning who would be the best “fit” for our presbytery. Those candidates whom we discerned to be our finalists were interviewed via ZOOM.

During these initial interviews, there was concern among candidates about taking on both the Transitional General Presbyter and Stated Clerk roles. As is the case with any transitional work, there are a lot of added tasks which rest outside the scope of an established “called” position. Given the candidates’ concerns and considering our own growing understanding of the scope of the transitional work, the team decided we needed flexibility to separate the two positions if needed. A motion was made to that effect and was approved by Council.

After the initial ZOOM interviews, the team reached out to the candidates’ references and then invited two finalists to come for in-person interviews. After these interviews, the committee sensed very clearly that God was calling the Rev. Dr. Alan Baroody to lead our presbytery during this transitional period. Many of us know Alan from his years of faithful service in and to our presbytery. The Transition Team was impressed with his experience in transitional work, his pastoral gifts, and his ideas for helping to develop a vision for the future of our presbytery.

In consultation with Alan, it was decided that he would serve as the Transitional General Presbyter only. Alan was presented to Council by the Transition Team at the stated meeting on September 30th and was unanimously approved. He begins his ministry with us on November 1st. The Rev. Eric Beene, who was in attendance as Interim Stated Clerk, agreed to continue in that capacity until May 2020.

The Transition Team and Alan are looking forward to working with consultant David York to set up listening sessions in each district to hear more about your hopes and suggestions for our presbytery’s initial priorities.

Meet Our Transitional General Presbyter

The Rev. Dr. Alan Baroody

A little over five years ago, Alan and his wife, Suzanne, moved from Midway to Addison, TX (near Dallas). While in Texas, Alan’s focus has been on transitional ministries and church consultations.  He served as Interim Head of Staff at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Denton, TX and Interim Pastor at Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in Irving, TX. Before moving to Texas, Alan served as Pastor of Jekyll Presbyterian Community Church for five years and over thirteen years as the Executive Director of the Marylou Fraser Foundation for Families (The Fraser Counseling Center). Additionally, Alan has served on Committees on Ministry in three presbyteries for 20 of the past 24 years of his ministry.

After forty-two years of ministry, he was Honorably Retired at the September meeting of Grace Presbytery. Two days later, he accepted Savannah Presbytery’s invitation to serve as our Transitional General Presbyter. Retired for two days, Alan says he’s “thrilled to have ‘failed’ retirement so that we can begin our work together here in Savannah Presbytery. As far as I can tell, there is no place in the Bible that addresses retiring from following Jesus!”

Alan is looking forward to visiting with all the churches in our presbytery and exploring ways in which we, as a presbytery of primarily smaller congregations, can help each other in furthering the work of God’s kingdom in our midst. “We are a denomination and a presbytery in transition. We need each other’s gifts and need to learn how to better connect and support one another in mission and ministry.”

Alan’s wife, Suzanne, is a ruling elder in the PC(USA). She is also a licensed professional counselor and works as a Military Family Life Counselor at various military installations, both in the U.S. and around the world. Both she and Alan serve as volunteers on Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s National Response Team.

Alan and Suzanne have four adult children and two grandchildren. For recreation, Alan enjoys reading mystery novels, sailing, hunting, fishing, camping, and amateur radio.

Educational and Professional Background: Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary; Master of Theology in Pastoral Counseling, Union Theological Seminary, Richmond; Doctor of Ministry in Family Systems, Lutheran Southern Theological Seminary; licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor; Board member of the Soul Repair Center of Brite Divinity School (research and education on Moral Injury); Served churches in South Carolina, Texas, and Georgia; Directed Christian counseling and outpatient services in Colorado and Georgia.