OUR HiSTORY

 
 

First Presbyterian Church has over 130 years of history in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 
 
 
 We have a long history in this community. An historical photograph of the choir from our archives at First Presbyterian Church, Sioux Falls. 
 
 
 

We are proud to continue our legacy of serving God and our community in and beyond our beautiful city on the plains.

 

Early History

Sioux Falls was granted a city charter in 1883, with 5,000 inhabitants. Also in 1883, thirteen Presbyterians were busy organizing the First Presbyterian Church of Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory. They met once each Sabbath in the afternoon in a Methodist Church building. 

 
  First Presbyterian Church , 1884 to 1916.

First Presbyterian Church, 1884 to 1916.

 

In 1884, the first First Presbyterian Church building was constructed on the northeast intersection of 9th Street and Minnesota Avenue. By the turn of the century, a livery barn adjacent to the church created such noisy and smelly conditions that the original building was moved to the southeast corner of 10th and Minnesota. Dakota Territory was divided in half as North and South Dakota in 1889, and both states were formally admitted to the union.

 
  First Presbyterian Church  at 10th Street and Spring Avenue, 1916 to 1958.

First Presbyterian Church at 10th Street and Spring Avenue, 1916 to 1958.

 

In 1916, the congregation had grown to the point where new and enlarged facilities were needed. A lovely brick church was built on 10th and Spring. This served as the church home for a dedicated and growing congregation during a period of history that stretched over 40 years and covered the great depression and two world wars.

 

Recent History

On November 23, 1958, First Presbyterian Church began a new chapter of ministry with the dedication of our current building.

 
  First Presbyterian Church  at South West Avenue and West 31st Street, 1958.

First Presbyterian Church at South West Avenue and West 31st Street, 1958.

 

Our sleek mid-century modern brick building was designed by Spitznagel Architecture. The tent-shaped nave seats 500. The Chancel wall features a ceramic mosaic by Palmer Eide (Augustana). The mosaic’s symbols depict events in the life of Christ. The design of our building won a Merit Award in 1960 from the National Council of Churches of Christ.

 
 Construction progress of our current church building, 1958.

Construction progress of our current church building, 1958.

 
  First Presbyterian Church , today.

First Presbyterian Church, today.

 

The church’s centennial theme in 1992 is something we continue to follow:

Embracing the past with remembrance and the future with faithfulness.

 
 
 
 An historical photograph of the interior of First Presbyterian Church, Sioux Falls, showcasing the mid-century sensibilities of the building designed by Spitznagel Architecture.