Our Mission Statement is “We exist to actively and creatively share the love of God each and every day.” The congregation is welcoming and caring, and varied in the ways we live out that statement. Some show love by attending worship; some by making phone calls to shut-ins; some by taking part in one of our mission activities. But through it all, we seek to be supportive of those in the congregation and in the community. As a church we strive to serve people from all walks of life in this modern, struggling, ever-changing society in which we live.
Farmville Presbyterian Church has a long and storied history — at the same location since 1828, chartered as a congregation in 1844, building redesigned in 1858. It served as the site for a prayer service on April 16, 1865, for Union soldiers who were grieving the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, and 150 years later we remembered and honored that service by having another one to celebrate our oneness as the body of Christ.
We continue to live into our history by worshipping God and enjoying God’s presence. We are honored to worship in an historically blessed sanctuary, but we also worship outside twice a year to take in the beauty of God’s creation. We extend our worship by ministering to the community in which God has placed us, as well as seeking to participate in our denomination’s work of healing and reconciliation in the world. Among those who come into our doors and then out into the community to serve our residents of the area are students and staff from Longwood University and Hampden-Sydney College. We support students of all kinds of schools as they make their way to adulthood. Our local mission projects include Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Madeline’s House, and the local food pantry (FACES). Members not only support these needs financially but also are individually active as volunteers in local benevolent, civic, and public health institutions. Heifer International, Operation Christmas Child, and disaster relief are among our international mission projects.
Tom received a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2010 from Columbia Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. His thesis was on the emerging church and the lessons that can be learned from the ways newer churches are reaching out to the wider community with the Good News. He has served churches in McDonald, Pennsylvania; Lansing, Michigan; and Avon Lake, Ohio before coming to Farmville. Tom received his Masters of Divinity degree from Union Seminary in Richmond in 1985 and graduated from Mercer University in 1973. Before entering seminary, he was a sportswriter for the Greenville (SC) News. Tom and his wife, Sue, were married in Westlake, Ohio, in 1983. Sue is a nurse practitioner at the Centra Clinic in Cumberland. They have two children: Melinda (Mindy), who is married and has three children; and Peter, an aerospace engineer.
Cherie Blevins has enjoyed serving as the office administrator for Farmville Presbyterian Church since April 2016. She moved to this area from her home town in Christiansburg, Virginia. After attending New River Community College, she began a career with the Virginia Tech Credit Union as a senior loan officer. In May of 1992, she started a family business, Blevins & Blevins Inc., which is still operational today and managed by her 23-year-old son, Kyle and his father. When Cherie is not doing church work, she enjoys spending her time with her companion Ann. Cherie feels blessed to serve on staff here at Farmville Presbyterian Church. It has been rewarding and helped her grow even deeper in her faith.
Director of Music
Elizabeth McCutchen, organist and choir director, attended three years at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College and completed her Bachelor of Music degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Elizabeth has taught middle and high school choral music in public schools in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in Appomattox and Farmville, Virginia. She is the wife of retired Presbyterian minister Joe McCutchen, who served as pastor of Farmville Presbyterian from 1995 to 2006. Elizabeth and her husband have three sons and daughters-in-law and five grandsons.
Nannie lives in Cumberland County and has two brothers and one sister, one daughter and one son (both married), five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She retired in 2012 after working for 35 years at Longwood University as a housekeeping supervisor and has been at Farmville Presbyterian Church for the past 15 years. We are thankful for all of the hard work she does to keep the church nice and clean.