First Pres Staff

Betsey Crimmons, Pastor
Betsey Crimmins, Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Betsey Crimmins grew up in Sauquoit, NY, a small town in upstate New York. She completed her B.A. in Religious Studies from St. Lawrence University in 1975 and her Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in 1979. She also earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2007. She was ordained by the Utica Presbytery in 1980, which is the year that she began serving as Coordinating Minister for TEAM (The Educational Artistic Ministry) of Paramus, NJ. She served as Pastor of the Ridgeview Community Presbyterian Church in West Orange, NJ from 1984 through 1992 and became pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Elmira, NY in 1992. She is married to Michael Crimmins and together they are the parents of three daughters. You will often hear her say that every day is a gift from God and every day it is a joy to be in service to Jesus Christ! 

Kelly Stewart, Church Secretary

Susan Weaver, Financial Secretary

Jim Stewart, Church Sexton

Shane Wingard, Website Administrator 

Contact us:


Phone: 607-734-1614

Fax: 607-734-1615

Mail: 1054 West Clinton St.
           Elmira, NY 14905


Church Office Hours:   Monday - Friday   9 am - 3 pm

(July & August - office closed on Fridays)

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Mission Statement

To practice and share our faith together based on the foundation of the Gospel and our relationships with God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

About Our Church

First Pres was founded in 1795. Its mission and ministry have had a profound and positive impact both in Elmira as well as throughout the world. In the course of its history, six other churches here in Chemung County were founded by members of First Pres. The founding of Elmira College can also be traced back to members of First Pres. Missionary activities have included the sending of Sarah Smith to Sapporo, Japan, where in 1887, she founded Hokusei Girls’ School, which today is part of a Christian institution serving 7,000 students. We have enjoyed a glorious history, strongly believing that God is leading us to live and serve vibrantly in the present. Our mission is to teach, preach and reach out to all persons that they may walk with God each day and serve Jesus in all ways.

About Presbyterians

This congregation is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which is the largest and the oldest Presbyterian denomination in the United States. We are one of 62 churches in Geneva Presbytery. Presbyterians trace their roots to the Protestant Reformation of the 16th Century, particularly to John Calvin of Geneva and John Knox of Scotland. Presbyterians believe in the Trinity of God (God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit), in salvation by grace and in the Bible as God’s unique and authoritative witness. Our distinctiveness as a congregation includes our true joy in the Lord and the precious opportunity to be a church together, our emphasis on education and commitment to children and youth, our high regard for music and relevant preaching in worship, and our commitment to local and international mission.