First Presbyterian Church, Franklin, welcomed Kimberly L. Justice as the new pastor to the congregation on Sept. 16. Rev. Justice grew up in Cleveland, Tenn., graduated with a B.A. in English from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and received her Master of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Ga. She has served as Chaplain’s Assistant to the Methodist Children’s Home, Decatur, Ga., and as a Chaplain in Kenya, as well as solo pastor to her previous congregation in eastern North Carolina.
In accepting the call to Franklin, Rev. Justice wrote to the congregation, “I believe that being a Christian is anything but stuffy, and seek to live a life that radiates the joy of a relationship with Christ.”
First Presbyterian Church, 26 Church Street, Franklin, was founded in 1833. The original building, the historic chapel, built in 1854, continues to be used for early Sunday worship, weddings, meetings, funerals, and concerts. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest brick building in Macon County.