First Church, Mayfield, KY
by Jon Faraone ’88
Our church was born in 1832 during the period of the Second Great Awakening. It comes out of the Cumberland Presbyterian background and was the first church established in Mayfield in the heart of the Jackson Purchase territory.
After the Civil War, in 1868, First church built the first brick structure in Mayfield. The building was renovated in 1898. In 1915, just before Mayfield experienced a golden period of economic growth, the congregation built a new sanctuary to accommodate its growth. Enrollment for Sunday School grew to more than 350 members.
In 1959 the church went through another building program and built an education center. Then in the 70s and 80s, the church almost closed as it struggled with membership loss and leadership issues.
I have been blessed to serve First Church since 1997 and today, as we celebrate the 175th birthday of the church, we have just completed the building of a new Ministries Center. We are taking a step of faith to expand the ministry of our church.