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The 208th Army Band performed in June 2014 in the church Sanctuary at the Celebration of Freedom. Brig. Gen. Hugh Van Roosen of the U.S. Army was the featured speaker at Military and First Responders Appreciation Night on November 5, 2014. Find more on this event in the article and link below. Brig. Gen. Barbara Holcomb was one of the featured speakers at the 2014 Women’s Conference at the church in March 2014. A delegation from the church visits the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit on Fort Bragg. The Men’s Ministry served a meal here in December 2013

Special guest: Lt. Col. Randy Griffin, chaplain, XVIIIth Airborne Corps

Special music: The Fayetteville State University Concert Choir with Dr. Denise Payton, director

The annual program for the military, first responders, and their families begins with the Wednesday Together dinner at 5:00 p.m., followed by the program in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. The ALL AMERICAN menu will consist of fried chicken, barbecue, green beans, corn, cole slaw, hush puppies, and a variety of fruit cobblers for dessert. Child care is provided.


About Lt. Col. Randy Griffin

Corps Chaplain, XVIIIth Airborne Corps. 
Griffin was commissioned and assigned as an active duty Army chaplain in 1996. Prior to entering the Chaplain Corps, he served for eight years in the United States Coast Guard.
He has s a Master of Divinity from Temple Baptist Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from Tennessee Temple University. He is a 1976 graduate of Bethel Christian Academy, Kinston, NC.  His military education includes the Chaplain Officer Basic and Advanced Courses; Airborne School; Jumpmaster School; Combined Arms Services Staff School; Command and General Staff College.
Lt. Col. Griffin’s previous assignments include Command Chaplain 1st Special Operations Forces Detachment – Delta, Fort Bragg; United States Army Garrison West Point Chaplain, West Point Protestant Community Chaplain, West Point, NY; Group Chaplain, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO; Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS; Brigade Chaplain, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; Battalion Chaplain, 102d MI Battalion, 2d Infantry Division, Camp Essayons, South Korea; Battalion Chaplain, 1/7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC; Battalion Chaplain, 498th Corps Support Battalion, Seoul, South Korea; Battalion Chaplain, 1st BATTALION, 1st Air Defense Artillery (PATRIOT), Fort Bliss, TX. In addition he has served seven combat tours to Southwest Asia, Afghanistan, and Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
His awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal(OLC); Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC); Army Commendation Medal (3OLC); Army Achievement Medal (2OLC); U.S. Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal with Silver Star; National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star; Iraq Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon w/ Numeral 3; NATO ISAF Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; U.S. Coast Guard Unit Commendation Medal with Operational Device; U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal; Combat Action Badge; Army Senior Parachute Insignia Badge; Navy Aircrew Insignia Badge; Honduran Army Jump Wings; Egyptian Army Jump Wings; German Arm Forces Badge of Proficiency and is a member of the Honorable Order of St. Barbara of the U.S. Air Defense Artillery.
He has been married to Amy for 35 years. They have three sons: Christian, an attorney in Boulder, CO; Brennen, a former Army combat medic with the 82nd Airborne Division who is currently a physician assistant in Denver; and Preston, a sophomore at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Military and First Responders Appreciation Night 2015

Gen. Dan McNeill (U.S. Army, retired) was the featured speaker at the November 4, 2015 event. He was joined by the 82nd Airborne Brass Quintet and the 82nd Airborne Chorus. Click here for more photos.


Below are some of the ways First Presbyterian Church shows love and support for the Military, Veterans, and their Families.

First Presbyterian Church is now a partner with Officers’ Christian Fellowship or OCF. OCF is a trusted Christian organization that serves military officers in all five branches of the military. OCF has had a group at Fort Bragg and Pope for decades. OCF provides Christian mentors, Bible Studies, and retreat sites for military officers and their families.
Their web link is:

rockthefortbanner_000 Maintains close ties with the Fort Bragg Garrison Chaplain. First Church has also supported “Rock the Fort,”
an evangelistic event for families and friends on Fort Bragg.


Sponsors a Military Planning Task Force for men who are in the military. The Task Force studies together, prays together, holds each other accountable, and looks at ways in which it can serve the church and the military. Offers a Women’s Bible Study on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. that reaches out to Military Wives at the church during the school year.

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Works with the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Bragg
Sponsors Military Appreciation Night in November. In 2009, the speaker was General Dan McNeill, U.S. Army (Retired) who is former commander of the XVIII Airborne Corps and the U.S. Army Forces Command. The speaker for 2010 was retired Major General Julian Burns. Former Lt. General Dana Chipman has served as the keynote speaker in 2011 and 2013.

Supports the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel. the Council’s Director, Chaplain, Colonel Ed Brogan, U.S. Air Force (retired) spoke at the church in 2009.

Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military
Personnel web link:


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There are  two Presbyterian Military Chaplains at the church. They are Chaplain (Lt. Col) Ben McCoy, U.S. Army (retired) and Captain Miller Liston, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve (retired).

Chaplain McCoy is the church’s Associate Pastor Emeritus and a Desert Storm veteran. Chaplain Liston is a retired Navy chaplain who is part of the First Presbyterian Church family.

post-traumatic-stress-trap_1_000 The Church hurts for those service members and their families who have experienced combat stress and Post Traumatic Stress Injury. First Presbyterian actively reaches out to them and many in its membership who have been affected by combat stress.

WE WELCOME you to become a part of this great church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. If you are new to this community, or you do not have a church home, the doors of First Presbyterian Church are open. If you would like to have one of our pastors or staff people contact you concerning membership, you may call the church office (483-0121).

First Presbyterian Church
P.O. Box 569 (102 Ann St.), Fayetteville, NC, 28302

Phone: 910-483-0121, Fax: 910-483-3975
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