Covenant-First Presbyterian Church

Presenting the Heart of the Gospel in the Heart of the CIty Cincinnati, OH
Covenant-First Presbyterian Church
Covenant-First Presbyterian Church

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717 Elm St
Cincinnati, OH 45202-1911



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Who We Are

Covenant-First Presbyterian Vision Statement

Led by Jesus, we are a covenant community that, based on a commitment to a Bible-based Reformed theology, serves and blesses the downtown community, Greater Cincinnati, and the world through living out its mission under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Covenant-First Presbyterian Mission Statement

Covenant-first’s mission is to praise the Father, proclaim the Son and submit to the perfecting power of the Holy Spirit.

Covenant-First Presbyterian Disciplines for Disciples


We commit to praise and exalt our triune God in our personal, family and corporate worship. We hold a high respect for the traditional forms of worship and we strive for excellence in our worship efforts.


We commit to proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ through sharing our stories and living changed lives. Every area of our lives is impacted by the gospel and everything we do points to Christ as Lord.


We commit to the study of Scripture as a lifelong pursuit. The Holy Bible is the authoritative and infallible word of God, and it is our guide and rule for life. We also respect and study the theological heritage that has been handed down to use by the church particularly in our confessional documents.


We commit to sharing our lives with one another. As we walk the Christian life we encourage and challenge one another; we care for one another; and we share in the joy of the Lord. We recognize and develop in our members the gifts of the Holy Spirit through education and training.


We commit to following Christ’s example of service to glorify Him and keep His commands. Our service reaches out not only to the people of God but to the entire world as an expression of love.


We commit to the wise use of our personal and shared resources for building the Kingdom of God. This includes our time, our gifts, our talents, our relationships, and our goods.

About Us

Traditional Liturgy, Downtown, Old-school, Conservative, Multigenerational

Children's Ministry, Choir, Missions

Traditional Hymns, Organ

Presbyterian (PCUSA)





Leadership View all

Russell Smith

Russell Smith

Welcome to Covenant-First Presbyterian's Faith Street Page. Our congregation has a deep heritage here in Cincinnati, stretching all the way back to 1790. We've been blessed with notable pastors, such as James Kemper, whose log cabin home is a historic attraction in Cincinnati, and Lyman Beecher, the father of author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Our sanctuary boasts of fine woodcarving from the 19th century master carver Henry Fry. Each Sunday we enjoy the majestic sounds of our Austin organ, and we hear the tolling of our tower bell, cast by the Paul Revere foundry in Boston. Our sanctuary breathes with history. But the real story of Covenant-First is her people. This tenacious group held on as a presence in inner city Cincinnati while other churches fled to the suburbs. Expressing their commitment to Bible-based preaching, traditional worship, and the fellowship of the saints, a handful of hardy souls continued the ministry of Covenant-First in the face of adversity. God honored the perseverance of those saints by bringing more people who had energetic ideas for ministry. Now, Covenant-First is a congregation of nearly 200 people who express their Christian faith through heartfelt worship, study of God's word, mission service, enjoyment of rich fellowship, and telling the good news of God's love for us in Jesus Christ. I hope you'll take the opportunity to visit our website. Explore the list of ministries we offer; listen to our online sermon archives; enjoy the resources we have available. However, my great hope is that you'll pay us a visit and get to know our people, for that is where you'll truly see Christ at work. In Christ's Grip, Russell

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