August 25, 2017


Find More than a Community, Find Friendship

About Friendship

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. -1 John 4:7

At Friendship, you’ll find a joyful and accepting, Christ-centered community inspired by God’s unconditional love for all…

In this same loving, inclusive spirit, we welcome one and all.

Jesus’s command to love one another and to lift up the broken is at the heart of all we do.

We encourage you to Come and See how our small community is doing big things.


Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. -Psalm 100

Friendship’s foundation as a church is worship. We see this as a time to remember and acknowledge God’s presence in the world and in our lives. At Friendship, we want worship to be transformational and to constantly point us again to Christ.

For our smallest church members and visitors–ages birth to four years–a church nursery is provided during the Sunday morning worship service. While children are always welcome in the worship service, the nursery is also a place where they can go and experience the love and nurturing care of our staff and volunteers.

Mission and Service

Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. -John 12:26

We volunteer, fundraise, and do outreach to make an impact in our community. Jesus Christ calls us to serve, and we actively seek God’s honor in doing so.

Our mission program, Friendship in Action, presents a monthly mission focus for the church. The mission focus each month provides opportunities to provide financial support as well as opportunities to meet and serve God’s people where they are. The central fact of our faith is that out of God’s great love for us, God provides love and care for us all. Friendship in Action seeks to do the same for those around our community and world.

Some mission programs we have supported over the years include:

  • ACTS Food Bank
  • Oconee County Food for Kids program
  • Bigger Vision Homeless Shelter
  • One Great Hour of Sharing
  • the Presbyterian Homes Assistance Fund
  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
  • and many more


The Reverend J. Thomas Buchanan

A lifelong Presbyterian, Tom was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama.  He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Princeton Theological Seminary, and was ordained to the ministry in 1993.  Over the last 24 years, Tom has served several churches in New Jersey and Georgia, most recently serving as Interim Pastor of Carrollton Presbyterian Church.  He enjoys reading and travel, and is an avid fan of college football and international soccer.  Making their home in Marietta for the last 12 years, Tom and his wife Lisa enjoy their life together, along with an amusing black cat named Boo.

Music Directors

Kevin Kelly

Dr. Kevin Kelly

Organist & Choir Director

He has a PhD in musicology from the University of North Carolina. He is the supervisor of the Music Library, Hodgson School of Music, at UGA and also teachers music theory and American music. He directs the Athens Chamber Singers, the Athens Recorder Ensemble and the Friendship Community Choir. With the Friendship Community Choir, Kevin has led 5 international concert tours, two performances at Piccolo Spoleto and join concerts with choirs in Wales and Prague.

Nan McMurry

Dr. Nan McMurry


Nan is the Director for Collection Development at the University of Georgia Libraries in Athens. She also teaches history of medicine classes for the UGA History Department. She has a PhD in history from Duke University, as well as master’s degrees in music and library science from the University of North Carolina. In addition to working with the FPC choir, she performs with the Athens Chamber Singers, Athens Recorder Consort, and the Friendship Community Choir, playing keyboard, recorder, folk harp, penny whistle, and singing.


Susanne Hayes

Susanne Hayes

Preschool Director

“I have worked at Friendship Presbyterian Preschool for 7 years. I spent the last 6 years teaching in the 3 year old classroom and absolutely loved every minute of that experience. It is so much fun to see the excitement and wonder on a child’s face when they are exposed to new and exciting lessons at school. My husband and I moved with our two daughters to Oconee County eight years ago. My youngest daughter attended Friendship for Pre-K and that was when we fell in love with the school. We love this community and are so happy we get to call this wonderful place home.”

Donna Rigsby

Donna Rigsby

Church & Preschool Administrator

“I have served as Office Administrator for Friendship since 2007. I graduated from the University of Alabama-Huntsville with a B.S.B.A. in accounting and management information systems and worked with several accounting firms and non-profits before coming to Friendship. My husband Tom and I live in Jefferson and have 3 grown children.”

All Are Welcome

“We have a diversity of opinions and theological views, and we all come from different walks of life, but we unite around Jesus’ claim upon our lives. In the Gospel of John, when Philip invites Nathaniel to meet and know Jesus, he does so simply by telling Nathaniel, ‘Come and See!’

That is our invitation to you, also… Come and See!

Come and see that our church community genuinely loves and cares for all who join us.

Come and See that we take Jesus’ command to love one another and to lift up the broken as the foundation of all we do.

Come and See!”

Get Involved

There are several different opportunities available for people to get involved at Friendship Presbyterian Church.

– Sundays begin with Adult Sunday School at 9:45am.

– Worship is at 11 a.m. on Sundays.

– Friendship has a small but accomplished choir that presents a wide range of music drawing from different world cultures and historic periods. Contact director Kevin Kelly if interested in joining.

– Friendship has a weekly bible study, men and women’s groups and book studies. We host luncheons and dinners to facilitate fellowship throughout the year. Contact the church office for more information.