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430 S. Carancahua St.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
(361) 884-4057


9:30am Sunday School (children & adults)
10:40am Contemporary Gathering Music
11:00am Traditional Worship
6:00pm Youth Fellowship
Thanks for checking out First Presbyterian Church. At First Pres you won’t find the hippest pastor or the edgiest music, but you will find a growing and active group of regular people who genuinely love God and love each other. Because we’re serious about our faith, we love to study the Bible, to worship, and to serve our community. We believe that we are most faithful to Christ when we love him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. Whether you’ve been attending church your whole life or you’re just checking it out for the first time, we’d love to have you join us at First Pres. Come see for yourself. Maybe it’s time for you to re-discover church.
Chip Blackshear, Pastor
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The First Presbyterian Church of Corpus Christi was formed on May 12, 1867, following the Civil War, with eight members. Construction materials were purchased for a building, but the yellow fever epidemic of 1897, (which killed one-fifth of the city’s white population) also killed the church’s minister and one member. The wooden construction materials were used for coffins.
In 1868 the church’s first building was built, without window panes or pews and with only a dirt floor. By 1875 the membership grew to fifty, and in 1879 a manse was built.
Early in the 1900s lots were purchased where the present Six Hundred Building is located, and a handsome red brick structure was erected by Henrietta King in memory of her husband, Capt. Richard   King, with beautiful Tiffany stained glass windows in memory of her father, who had established the first Presbyterian church in South Texas at Brownsville in the 1850s. Following the disastrous hurricane and tidal wave of 1919, the Red Brick Church -served as shelter and sustenance for the city. The women of the church served food to about 700 people a day.
In 1903, Mrs. Rachel Doddridge bequeathed her home on Upper Broadway to the church, and on August 17, 1930, the present sanctuary was built and our church moved into its present location. The three story Doddridge building houses the church’s offices, choir facilities, library, chapel and children’s Sunday School rooms. The construction note was paid off during the depression. After World War II the buildings were air conditioned and the lots north and south of the building were purchased. Then, during the church’s Centennial Celebration in 1967, a new wing was added to house Kleberg Hall, the living room, kitchen and additional class rooms.



pastorchip2Rev. “Chip” Blackshear
Rev. Charles Stewart (“Chip”) Blackshear is the minister of First Presbyterian Church.
Chip was born in California, the son of a U.S. Air Force pilot. He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he attended a magnet school for academically gifted and artistically talented students. He met his future wife, Leslie, at that high school, where he sang in the choir and she performed Shakespeare. Both were active in Young Life, and Chip is an Eagle Scout.
Chip and Leslie moved on to the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, where Chip majored in Business Administration, with an emphasis in marketing. Leslie majored in Home Economics, then went on to earn a Masters degree in Social Work at Louisiana State University. Chip worked in the computer graphics industry for seventeen years, initially designing NFL-NBA clothing for a national manufacturer, then computer design for a large printing and publishing operation in Baton Rouge. Chip then ran his own computer graphics company for eight years before feeling called to the ministry. Leslie worked with adoptions at Catholic Charities and in mental health, and lead Bible Study Fellowship groups. Both were very active at First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, where Chip served as a deacon, and later at Grace Presbyterian Church in Lafayette where they worked with the youth and Chip served as an elder.
The Lord called Chip to Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree. During his seminary years, Chip served as a seminary intern at Hebron United Presbyterian Church, a church of about 800 members with three worship services each Sunday. Leslie taught pre-school and kindergarten at the Pittsburgh Urban Christian School.
The Blackshear’s have have two children: Michael, who earned his Eagle Scout in Troop 2 and is a high school senior interested in electrical engineering, and Robin, a sophomore who  plays the piano, guitar, and ukulele. Both are very active in Young Life. The Blackshear family enjoys camping vacations. Chip enjoys photography,  woodworking, bar-be-que, and gardening. Leslie teaches kindergarten at St. James Episcopal School and enjoys reading and baking.
Chip is passionate about providing a strong and meaningful Sunday morning worship service. He is personable, creative and enthusiastic. He is great at both preaching and teaching. Chip feels his calling is to enable our members to grow spiritually. You will enjoy getting to know Chip and his family, and having them in your life.




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Sunday Schedule
9:30a Sunday School (children & adults)
10:40a Contemporary Gathering Music
11:00a Traditional Worship
6:00p Youth Fellowship
430 S. Carancahua St.
Corpus Christi, Texas 788401
(361) 884-4057

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