First Presbyterian Church of PHilipsburg


If you are seeking to be a part of a church family powered by the good news of Jesus Christ, then come, get to know us. All are welcome.

We are four generations of glad and grateful people trying to live generous, grace-filled lives. We will happily and lovingly widen our circle to include you in our faith family as we worship God, love and serve our neighbors, and walk through this life in communion of the Holy Spirit.

Our Mission Statement

As the Presbyterian people of faith in Philipsburg, we are called by God to grow the future of the church, meaning we are live Christ’s example by loving all people and accepting them for who they are.

We are called to encourage and support people, to nurture their faith, and to share joyfully and abundantly as Christ has shared with us.

God’s timing is not our own; we must be present for others, patiently persevering in prayer for and with them. Questions are welcomed, people are loved, and trust is valued in this faith community.

We are centered in the Word, and we are supported and challenged by it to grow in faith and to care for the world around us.

This is the Goal:

We are on a journey of faith to live in a more Christ-like way, because we know we are not perfect people.

About Reverend Dr. Katie Hopper

Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Philipsburg, PA from October 1, 2014 to present.

Katie has a BA from Louisiana State University in History and English, a Masters of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary (Chicago) in Pastoral Care.

She is married since 1983 to the Rev. Dr. Jimmy Hopper, pastor of Clearfield Presbyterian. They have two adult children: a son, Kelly Hopper, who is a golf course assistant superintendent in Columbia, Missouri and a daughter, Dr. JoyAnna Hopper, who is an assistant professor in Environmental Policy at the University of Scranton, PA , and a son-in-law Dr. Clint Swift. The Hoppers have three cats and thanks to their children, three cats and three dogs “ fur grandbabies”.

Katie is the Past President of the local Kiwanis Club and passionate about ministry, music, and youth.

Joining Our Church

New Christian:

Confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and be baptized.

Transfer from another church:

Reaffirm that Jesus is Lord and Savior.

Session is happy to meet prospective members any Sunday before or after church. Contact Clerk of Session Colleen to arrange.