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First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church of Paramaribo
Asgar M. Hamid, Teaching
Rudy Poettcker, Teaching
U.S. Phone: (772) 480-0159
First Presbyterian Church (FPC) began meeting in July, 1978 on the second floor of Het Goede Boek on Heerenstraat in downtown Paramaribo, Suriname. It began under the ministry of Rev. Geoffrey Donnan with the assistance of several Guyanese men who introduced him to various sections of the city where English-speaking people were living.
The church was originally named Open Door Bible Church, but this name was changed in 1988 to First Presbyterian Church of Paramaribo. Originally it was a Reformed Baptist church, but in 1982 declared itself to be Reformed and Presbyterian and has continued as such ever since. Rev. Donnan with his family returned to the United States in 1986, though he returned regularly to Suriname until 1997.
Between 1986 and 1996, the church was pastored and overseen by ministers from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. In 1994, Rev. Rudy Poettcker came to Suriname and became Pastor of First Presbyterian Church after the Orthodox Presbyterian Church decided to spend its time focusing on work among the Amerindians in Suriname.
In 2002, Rev. Asgar Hamid was ordained and installed as Pastor of the church.
The church became a member of the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1998.