The Reverend Dr. Bob Zanicky has been the minister of First Presbyterian Church since 1988.
Welcome to the First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre!
We are a congregation of families and individuals; men, women and children from many denominational, social and cultural backgrounds. We gather together for spiritual comfort, challenge and direction!
The Gospel of Christ is proclaimed through sharing the Bible’s wisdom and hope via challenging and inspirational sermons, multiple musical expressions including an Adult Choir, Children’s Choir and Youth Choir, Sunday School from Children to Adults, numerous fellowship occasions which include delicious and fun luncheons. Living and learning the Gospel, takes precedence over dogma. Inclusion, acceptance and imagination are vital parts of our vision of God’s kingdom.
Seekers are welcome! Bring your questions and we will talk and pray together. Families are welcome. Your children need a sacred place to develop their spirituality, and their moral compass. Mother and father, you need a community to worship with, and to share faith and life concerns. All are welcome! The Lord’s Supper is open to all. No one is excluded!
Our beginnings in the Wyoming Valley trace back to 1772. We have a rich tradition in sharing Christ’s Gospel in both word and deed. Involvement in the wider community continues to interpret who we are as a church. Ecumenical and interfaith activities help to define our vision. The integrity of other traditions is accepted and celebrated.
We are fortunate to have Mr. John Vaida, Music Director of Wyoming Seminary, as our Organist/Choir Director. Through his leadership, with the Adult Choir, Youth Choir, and Children’s Choir, our worship services are greatly enhanced. Ms. Pam Kerns, our Christian Education/Program Director participates in the lives of our children and youth through numerous gatherings; from Kids’ Club to weekly Youth Groups. Our Sunday School offers learning opportunities from pre-school through adult.
If you are looking for an active church that believes in engaging one’s mind as well as one’s heart; in finding one’s place, without denigrating other faiths; in teaching Christ’s ways through study and example; and in including all of God’s children – then visit us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. You may just find that First Presbyterian Church could be your spiritual home.
In God’s Love,
Rev. Dr. Bob Zanicky
Our Sunday Service starts at 10:00am and is followed by Fellowship time.
Sunday School & Adult Education are offered from 11:00am to noon, September through May.
Children’s Chapel is offered following the Children’s Portion during worship. For those families who wish, the children are guided to the Children’s Chapel.
We invite you to join us!
News & Events
97 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
The First Presbyterian Church is located across the street from the YMCA on South Franklin and Northampton Streets in Wilkes-Barre. Metered parking is available during the week on Franklin Street. On Sunday’s there is no fee for parking on the street and in the adjacent municipal parking lot which can be entered on Northampton Street.
From the 309 Cross Valley Expressway
Take exit 3 and head south on River Street. Once past the Courthouse move into the left lane and continue to Northampton Street, make the left turn and the church is on your left at the corner of Northampton and Franklin Streets.
From South River Street
If heading north turn right onto Northampton, or if heading south left onto Northampton. Drive one block and the church will be on your left at the corner of Northampton and Franklin Streets.
“And the Lord added to
their numbers day by day…”
We are a friendly, inclusive and welcoming church! We not only have a great history (1772), we also have a wondrous present and future! We would love to have you journey with us in our faith and lives!
Please contact the church office, and the Reverend Dr. Bob Zanicky will joyfully share with you the process to become a member of our beloved church. Of course, you are welcome to worship with us and participate in our programs without being a formal member!
A Brief History of Our Church
The First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre has its roots in the Christian lives of members of the Connecticut Susquehanna Company. The company claimed land in Northeastern Pennsylvania, disputed land because it had also been granted to William Penn by Charles II of England. The conflicting claims of Connecticut and Pennsylvania were ultimately resolved, but only after warfare and adjudication, giving Pennsylvania the land and recognizing the personal property of Connecticut individuals.
Even before the Susquehanna Company settlers arrived in Wyoming Valley, several missionaries visited the area, including Congregationalist John Sergeant in 1741; Moravian Count Zinzendorf, 1742; Presbyterian David Brainard, 1744; and his brother, John Brainard.
The missionary activity seems to have been interrupted by the French and Indian War. When the war ended in 1763, the Susquehanna Company sent its first settlers to Wyoming Valley, including the Reverend William Marsh, a Baptist.
The Mill Creek colony was decimated by Indians. Twenty settlers, including Reverend William Marsh, were killed, but survivors were able to return home.
Three years after the tragic experience of the first Susquehanna colonization, the second contingent of the Connecticut Susquehanna Company homesteaders arrived in Wyoming Valley on February 8, 1769…
John is Chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Wyoming Seminary, a College Preparatory School in Kingston, PA.
Pam has been the Christian Education Director since 1999. She grew up in Philadelphia, PA.
Vivien has been the office manager at First Presbyterian Church since 1999. She was born and raised in New Zealand.
Treasurer: David P. Rudis
Assistant Treasurer: Paul Adams
2015-2017 – Garfield Jones, Jeanne Kravitz, Jennifer Luksa, Rick Mebane, Judy Wilski.
2016-2018 – Dave Brown, Wayne Daniels, Diana Morgan, Lois Redmond, Dave Ritter.
2017-2019 – Don Brobst, Nancy Carey, Ellen Parmentari, Carole Poggi, Rick Schroeder.
2017-2019 – Jonathan Kadjeski, Katie Luksa, Maureen Rosiak, David Smith, Jr., Kristine Terry.
2016-2018 – David Correll, Eric Eppler, Debra Gavin, Susan Jolley, Brian McCann.
2015-2017 – Ruth Melberger, Melissa O’Hara Callahan, Eileen Song, Donna Stein, Michele Woolnough
Don Brobst, Garfield Jones, Rick Mebane, Lois Redmond, Dave Ritter, Dave Rudis.