By Presbyterian, we describe our representative form of church government. Local churches are governed by a “Session” of “presbyters” (elders), elected by the members of the congregation. Representatives of local churches within a geo¬graphical area compose a “presbytery.” Representatives of presbyteries meet annually at “General Assembly.” Thus, through the combined efforts and resources of all of the churches, we are enabled to advance God’s Kingdom much more effectively. The Committees and Agencies of the PCA help lead this Kingdom work.
First Presbyterian Church of Clarksdale is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America (“PCA”), which was formed to be a denomination that is “Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission.”
The PCA is an Evangelical and Reformed Presbyterian denomination.
By Reformed, we mean that we are connected to the teachings of the historic church and the doctrinal beliefs recov¬ered by the Reformation. These doctrinal beliefs are expressed hi the Westminster Confession of Faith with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. All offi¬cers of the Presbyterian Church in America must personally subscribe to and uphold the teachings of the Westminster Confession of Faith.
By Evangelical, we mean that we emphasize the gospel (good news of salvation) through faith in Jesus Christ, as well as affirming other orthodox Christian doctrines and holding to the inerrancy of Scripture.
Ryan Dean has been pastor at FPC since 2016. was born and raised in Atlanta, GA by parents who taught him to know and love the Lord. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia (BA—English) and Reformed Theological Seminary (MDiv). He served Christ Church in Stone Mountain, GA for six years, leading the student and worship ministries of the church, and was the first student minister at Redeemer Church (PCA) in Jackson, MS, where he served for seven years. He has been married to Leslie since 2003 and together they have three children: Evan, Levi, and Olivia. They are thrilled to be in Clarksdale and a part of the work the Lord is doing at FPC. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently Mark Webb is on staff at First Presbyterian with the primary role of the head of Outreach. Yet, you will find Mark in the pulpit some Sundays, teaching Sunday School, and leading chapel on Wednesdays at the Presbyterian Day School (also PDS school board member). He also serves as a Ruling Elder and is an active Session member. Mark and his family 1st came to Clarksdale, MS when he was called to be the lead pastor of New Covenant Missionary Baptist church in 2006 where he served for 7 years. Before coming to Clarksdale Mark completed course work at the Olford Center at Union University with an emphasis on Expository Preaching in 2002 and did undergraduate Biblical Studies work at Crichton Bible College. Mark has also spent the last 18 years at the United States Postal Service as a Mail Carrier, Clerk, On the Job Training Instructor, and an Assistant Supervisor. The Delta of Mississippi has become home for this native of Memphis, TN along with his wife Kandis. Together they have two adult children (Kayla & Stephen Malik), one teenager (Morgan) and a dog (Reese). He can be reached at email@example.com or reach out on Facebook.