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Pastor Ken & Barbara

Rev. Dr. Ken Ritchie, Pastor

Pastor Ken has been married to Barbara since 1978. Ordained in 1990, Pastor Ken has three grown children, a son-in-law, and a grandson.  He has pastored churches in Colorado, Iowa, and Illinois.  His education includes a B.A. from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA; a M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Austin, TX; and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA. Pastor Ken enjoys ballroom dancing with Barbara and all sports - especially basketball and golf!


Email: fpctemplepastor@gmail.com


Ken Stanton, Choir Director

Ken is a licensed minister of music.  He has a Bachelor of Church Music from Baylor University and a Master of Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has been a minister of music in churches in Kentucky and Texas.  Ken recently retired as the Choral Director for Temple High School.  He has been married to Susan since 1971 and has two grown children.


Jason Mulligan, Pianist

Jason, a native of Dallas, is currently pursuing his doctorate in music at the University of Texas. He has a bachelor's and master's degrees in music composition from the University of Miami and Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins respectively. His compositions have been performed around the country at institutions including the Idyllwild Arts Academy, the National Opera Center in New York, Southern Methodist University, and the international Clarinet Association Convention. Jason is a member of the newly-formed Sterling Trio which focuses on presenting contemporary music to new audiences. While at Peabody, Jason was the accompanist at Springfield Presbyterian Church in Sykesville, Maryland.


Stacy Agee, Youth Leader
Teens at FPC have a wide variety of opportunities to serve and to gather together to study Scripture...and to have fun, of course! Under the capable leadership of Stacy, they will make life-long friends and memories. 

Juanita and Elizabeth Guerra, Sunday Morning Nursery

Your children are in good hands under the care of Juanita and Elizabeth on Sunday morning during worship. 


Maria & Fermin Melendez, Custodians


Keb Burns, Admin. Assistant

If you have questions that you can't find the answers to on this website, feel free to call Keb at the church office. She will be happy to help you. Or send an email to her at:




Church Treasurer
Jan Fall

Clerk of Session
Donna Bowling

Church Elders

Class of 2017
John Bowling
 Pat Sypert
 Danna Kluth
Class of 2018
Trey Taylor
 Laurie Cornell
 Robby Ozment
Class of 2019
 Sarah Stephens
 Kathy Erskine
 Ken Johnson


Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) 

First Presbyterian of Temple is connected to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is affiliated with Grace Presbytery. This means that we are part of the Reformed Tradition.  You can find more information about Presbyterians from the following web sites:

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Grace Presbytery



Our History 

First Presbyterian wasn't just the first Presbyterian church in town, it was the first church in town. When the directors of the Santa Fe Railroad offered free town lots to every church willing to erect a building in the newly-formed town of Temple, a number of Presbyterian families came forward. In the fall of 1881 they erected a small frame building on the corner of North First Street and Barton Avenue. The first 24 members came from the Presbyterian Church in the nearby town of Belton.
The congregation eventually outgrew its first building. The current church building on West French Street was built in 1929 and bears a State of Texas historical marker and a City of Temple Historical marker. 
After the first service in 1881, a columnist for the Texas Presbyterian wrote: "How commendable is this little band not to wait to do some great thing, but to be willing and ready, like that noble-hearted woman in the gospel story , to do what they can!"  That spirit has been handed on from generation to generation. It perfectly describes the commitment and dedication of the congregation of today.