Rev. Dr. Lacy S. Sellars, Jr.


Lacy is a lifelong Presbyterian who grew up and was confirmed at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from Furman University in 1976 with a B.A. in Religion and earned his M. Div. degree from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in 1980. While on a chaplaincy internship at Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City in 1978, he met Darlene High in the same program, and they were married the next year. Darlene has a Masters in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Although Lacy is a native of North Carolina, each church he has served has been within the Synod of the Sun. In 1980, he was ordained as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in El Dorado, Arkansas. In 1982 he accepted a call as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Midwest City, Oklahoma, where Darlene served as Chaplain of Midwest City Regional Hospital. In 1995, Lacy was called as Pastor of Bellaire Presbyterian Church in Bellaire, Texas. After ten years he led a successful merger with Braeburn Presbyterian Church to form the new ChristChurch Presbyterian in Bellaire.

Lacy has been the Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Hot Springs since 2010, serving on the Committee on Ministry. He enjoys being a liaison to churches in transition and serving as a mentor to CREs as they lead small congregations. In 2014 Lacy received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Austin Presbyterian Seminary with a concentration in Proclamation and Worship. He and Darlene have a daughter, Caroline, who lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Bryan Lieber and their daughter, Sophie.

A message from the Minister and Staff of First Presbyterian Church

"The Church With a Heart in the Heart of the City"

March 31, 2020
Dear Church Family and Friends,
Grace and peace be with you and your loved ones from the Session of First Presbyterian Church, Hot Springs, Arkansas. In our online meeting last evening, we greeted one another with joy and opened our meeting with prayer and petition for each of you and for all of God’s children as together we face the growing coronavirus pandemic. We long to be with you in worship and service, but realize that we must show our concern for one another by remaining apart while trusting God’s Spirit to guide us in these trying times. Know that your Session is praying for each of you in this unprecedented time of faith and prayer.
As we consider all that is happening in our community and listen to the directives of our national and community leaders, the Session has decided to cancel all church activities through April 30, 2020 and to close the buildings to everyone except for church staff who must access their offices to complete the most essential work. The staff has devised a schedule in which at least one of us is in the building during scheduled hours to check the mail, answer the phone, and complete their work. Also, the church telephone will be forwarded to one of our personal cell phones, when necessary, so that you will always receive an answer when you call the church Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The office remains closed Fridays until further notice.

Our Mission

As a downtown church serving all of Hot Springs since 1876, we the members of the First Presbyterian Church, by God's Grace, commit our mission: To set our standards and strive to live our lives according to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. 

To be His faithful evangelists by exhibiting the workings of the Kingdom of Heaven, by sharing the news of God’s love and eternal life.

To proclaim the good news of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Lord; to provide worship services and celebration of the Holy Sacraments to all children of God; and to care actively for the spiritual, material, and intellectual needs of our congregation, our local community, and our world.

Worship with Us

Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.

Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m.