William Henry Sheppard (1865-1927), an African American man who spent 20 years as a missionary for the Presbyterian Church in Africa, grew up in First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro where his father was a sexton (an officer of the church charged with building maintenance). Elder Jen Jones has recommended a blog on the website of the Presbyterian Historical Society (https://history.pcusa.org/blog/2019/07/congo-love-song) that gives details about the book Congo Love Song. African American Culture and the Crisis of the Colonial State, by Ira Dworkin (University of North Carolina Press, June, 2017). The book is based on Dworkin’s examination of the significant community of African Americans who, following William Sheppard’s lead and often in direct response to his recruitment efforts, joined the American Presbyterian Congo Mission and made it a majority black mission for most of its first two decades.


Bach Festival at 1st Presbyterian!

As part of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, a free chamber music concert will be presented on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30pm at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro, VA.  Organist Roger Daggy and a talented violinist will offer a very special performance in a beautiful, historic space!


First Friday Organ Concert & Lunch

Please join us June 7th for the free First Friday Organ Recital & Light Lunch at First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro at 12:15pm. Roger Daggy, Director of Music, will perform on the church’s 1893 Woodberry & Harris organ. All are welcome.


April 24th Potluck Dinner

Dinner & workshop at 5:30pm on Wednesday, April 24th. Rev. Dr. John “Brad” Langdon leads a program on “Endings and Beginnings: Life Changes in Our Later Years.” Rev. Langdon will address opportunities and challenges created by the realities of our aging selves. Work life, spirituality, health, retirement, and final preparations will be explored in the context of a life journey with God, God’s servants in scripture, and one another.


Scholarship Applications

April 1, 2019

Dear College Scholarship Applicant:

Once again First Presbyterian Church, Waynesboro will offer financial support for the continuing education of needy and worthy students in our community.  Scholarships from the Church’s Memorial Educational Fund are available for undergraduate, vocational training and nursing students.  Some funds are specifically available for students pursing teaching or religious careers.

A Scholarship Selection Committee selects recipients each year for varying awards depending on funding availability and the number of applications received.  Scholarships are awarded as grants, not loans. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  The Selection Committee must receive completed applications and all support information from applicants no later than Tuesday, April 30, 2019.  A copy of your most recent high school or college transcript must be included with your application.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Mail applications and supporting documents to:

Ms. Holly Bennett

First Presbyterian Church

P.O. Box 877

Waynesboro, VA 22980

If you have questions, please contact me at hollybbennett@outlook.com or (540) 943-9844.


Holly Bennett

Chair, Scholarship Selection Committee


Lenten Lunches

March 13: First Baptist Church, Rev. April Cranford

March 20: Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rev. Barrett Owen

March 27: First Presbyterian Church, Rev. George Chapman