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We are a congregation of families and individuals; men, women and children from many denominational, social and cultural backgrounds. We gather together for spiritual comfort, challenge and direction!

Our beginnings in the Wyoming Valley trace back to 1772. We have a rich tradition in sharing Christ’s Gospel in both word and deed. Involvement in the wider community continues to interpret who we are as a church. Ecumenical and interfaith activities help to define our vision. The integrity of other traditions is accepted and celebrated.

If you are looking for an active church that believes in engaging one’s mind as well as one’s heart; in finding one’s place, without denigrating other faiths; in teaching Christ’s ways through study and example; and in including all of God’s children – then visit us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. You may just find that First Presbyterian Church could be your spiritual home.
In God’s Love,
Rev. Dr. Bob Zanicky, Minister

Come Visit Us


97 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

The First Presbyterian Church is located across the street from the YMCA on South Franklin and Northampton Streets in Wilkes-Barre. Metered parking is available during the week on Franklin Street. On Sunday’s there is no fee for parking on the street and in the adjacent municipal parking lot which can be entered on Northampton Street.

Directions from South River Street

If heading north turn right onto Northampton, or if heading south left onto Northampton. Drive one block and the church will be on your left at the corner of Northampton and Franklin Streets.

Directions from Rt. 309
(Cross Valley Expressway)

Take exit 3 and head south on River Street. Once past the Courthouse move into the left lane and continue to Northampton Street, make the left turn and the church is on your left at the corner of Northampton and Franklin Streets.


Church Staff

Rev. Dr. Robert M. Zanicky
John Vaida
Pamela Kerns


Minister of Music and Organist

Christian Education Director

Bruce Parnell
Ernie Malec
Jim Radici

Office Manager


Van Driver


Church Committees

Session of Elders

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Robert M. Zanicky

Clerk of Session: Rick Schroeder

2023: Bill Frey, Sue Jolley, Ellen Parmenteri, Ainslie DeYoung, David Ritter

2024: Nancy Carey, Bob Birkland, Garfield Jones, Donna Sowcik, Sue Suchoski

2025: Dave Brown, Stephanie Orfanella, Wayne Daniels, Beth Dal Santo, Rebecca Van Jura


Treasurer: David Rudis

Assistant Treasurer: Jonathan Kadjeski

2023:Sue Jolley, Garfield Jones (Chair)

2024: Dave Ritter, Dave Rudis (Treasurer)

2025: Nancy Carey, Bob Birkland

Women's Association

Lois Redmond - Moderator

Carol Brobyn - Immediate Past Moderator

Merry Maxwell - Past Moderator

Lois Redmond - Prayer Chain

Nancy Carey - Treasurer  

Cindy Gilmer - Circle Leader 

June Stevens - Recording Secretary 

Ann Hewitt - Corresponding Secretary 

Diana Morgan - Historian 

Pamela Kerns - Christian Education 


2023: Jessica Chwastyk, Eric Eppler, Nancy Frey, Jonathan Kadjeski, Debra Gavin

2024: Melissa Stachacz, Bill Jones, Jennifer Luksa, Susan Morgan, Tara McCann

2025: Melissa Callahan, Nina Curry, Georgia Daniels

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First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre
97 South Franklin Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Tel: 570-824-2478

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