Shared Leadership


In the Presbyterian Church (USA), leadership is shared between Pastors and Elders. Together, they have responsibilities for governance and ministry of the congregation they serve as well as in the church at large, including ecumenical relationships. The body of Elders, elected and ordained by the congregation, is called the Session. The Board of Deacons, also elected and ordained by the congregation, extends the ministry of Christ’s compassion for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the friendless, the grieving, the oppressed, and all who are in distress.


We are blessed to have TWO ministers, both equally sharing the position of Head Pastor. Kira and John Anderson are Princeton Theological seminary graduates and each brings a wealth of unique experience to our church. Kira most recently comes to us from Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver, CO where she was the Associate Pastor of Christian Education. During that time John was serving a much smaller but still thriving congregation as solo pastor in Milliken, CO. This young couple loves dancing, gardening, cooking, board games, fantasy literature, and sci-fi movies. They have two dogs (a golden retriever named Kingsley Shacklebolt and a chocolate lab named Lando Calrissian). Together all four of them are raising the 2 youngest members of the family, Kaylee & Lillian Anderson, John and Kira’s absolutely adorable daughters.

Our Church Staff

Director of KidStuff Preschool: Alicia Wright


Office Administrator: Toni Allender


Finance Administrator: Leann Tomlin


Shoalkirk Ranger: Richard Sapp


Organist: Samantha Burnside


Custodian: Rachel Capps

First Presbyterian Church of Joplin
509 South Pearl Avenue

JoplinMissouri 64801

Email: fpc@fpcjoplin.com
Phone: 417-624-2433
Fax: 417-624-6494

Sunday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Monday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday Closed

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