First Presbyterian Church

The First Presbyterian Church and the city of Dallas were incorporated within days of each other in 1856.

In 1913, the Rev. William Anderson, Sr. said that the church existed “not for this congregation alone, but for all of Dallas and for all of Texas.” He dedicated its new building by saying, “This place is to be for all people.” First Presbyterian has been consistently committed to community service, from starting an orphanage at the beginning of the twentieth century, to creating the first interracial children’s clinic in the Southwest not associated with a hospital in 1921, which later went on to be one of the three founding agencies of Children’s Medical Clinic, and founding The Stewpot in 1975.