The Banquet

Three times a year (usually March/April, June & October) First Presbyterian sponsors the evening meal at The Banquet in Salem and gathers to help serve it.  Earlier in the day we gather to make hundreds of peanut butter & jelly sandwiches to hand out.  The Banquet in Salem provides free meals every Monday and the fourth Thursday of each month at the Memorial Building in Salem.  Meals are served 5-7pm.  Check the events page for the next time we’re going and come join us.


Pathways to Independence

First Presbyterian is a founding sponsor of Pathways to Independence, The Way Station’s innovative program to lift families out of poverty.  The program receives financial support through our deacons, participants are occasionally featured during worship or as a part of HUB programs and Paththways to Independence classes occasionally meet in the building.


Columbiana County Foster Care

Every Christmas, First Presbyterian partners with First United Presbyterian in East Palestine and Negely United Methodist Church to create gift boxes for every foster child in Columbiana County. 

Refugee Schools in Lebanon

Through a partnership with Eastminster Presbytery and the National Evangelical Synod of Syria and Lebanon, First Presbyterian sponsors schools for refugee children from Syria operated by our sister churches in Lebanon.

Needle’s Eye Christian Life Center

First Presbyterian and THE HUB partner with Needle’s Eye to help facilitate conversations around the topics of race and poverty.


First Presby supports the following missionaries:

Sue and Patrick Schmidt
A Columbiana native, Sue Schmidt (nee Barrow) grew up at First Presbyterian and, along with her husband Patrick, has spent over 30 years in the mission field, largely in Ghana and Cameroon and mostly working for Wycliff.  Now semi-retired, they are based at the JAARS Center in North Carolina where Patrick continues to use his skills as a mental health Counselor to support missionaries and their families.

Elmarie and Scott Parker

Based in Lebanon where Elmarie serves as the PC(USA)’s liaison to our sister churches in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, the couple formerly lived in Columbiana where Scott pastored First Presbyterian and Elmarie pastored the Presbyterian Church in Lake Milton. 

Assistance to Those In Need

The Deacons of First Presbyterian Church provide financial assistance to families in need by supporting Pathways to Independence and other aid programs at The Way Station.  Individuals or families in need should contact The Way Station for assistance.

In rare cases the Deacons will provide direct aid to individuals and families who are in need.  In most cases families receiving assistance must be connected to the broader First Presbyterian family.  Assistance is never immediate and funds are never given directly to individuals.  If you need assistance or know of someone who does contact the church office