About Us / Staff
A Community Devoted to Christ
Are you looking for a church to call home? First Presbyterian Church of Cheyenne, WY, is a welcoming and joyful house of God where you can find love, encouragement, and comfort in our church family. We are dedicated to encouraging your spiritual journey with God and providing you and your family opportunities to grow closer together through our Lord our Savior. From Sunday worship to small group ministry, make our church your family.
First Presbyterian Church has been a staple in Cheyenne since 1870. For over 150 years, our local church has helped members of our congregation and members of our community grow closer to God through worship, outreach, and love. Whether you've recently moved to the area or simply want to find a church that fits your beliefs, you'll be accepted with open arms at First Presbyterian Church of Cheyenne.
Rev. Bob Thomson, Sr. Pastor / Head of Staff
Pastor Bob is committed to First Presbyterian Church glorifying God through its Worship, Christian Education, and Mission outreach. In the Great Commission Christ called his church to go make disciples in all the world. First Presbyterian is dedicated to growing faithful disciples who serve as ambassadors for Christ in Cheyenne and in the world. Pastor Bob and his wife Kellie enjoy Cheyenne as their home and are blessed with two daughters and a son. “Our family enjoys camping, bicycling, and enjoying the great outdoors.” If you are looking for a church to call home, we invite you to come as you are to worship and experience the love of Jesus Christ.
Ashley Braisted, Children and Youth Ministry Director
Ashley has an enormous heart for children and enjoys watching them grow spiritually. Your children will want to be a part of all the new and exciting activities she has planned. Children are very important to us and we are excited to have Ashley teaching and guiding them.
ShelLu Arrowsmith, Executive Assistant
ShelLu assists the Head of Staff and other office personnel with various projects, updating lists, and supporting members. She is also charged with accountability and accuracy for many items viewed by the membership: newsletters, bulletins, announcements, calendars, and various monthly and annual reports. She often serves as the liaison between staff, projects, and members. Her job is made easier through the graciousness of the staff, the wonderful volunteers, and the welcoming membership. ShelLu says she is blessed to work with a busy congregation with so many projects that help those in need.
Bert Trimble, Clerk of Session
Bert's responsibilities include keeping minutes of the meetings for the Session and Congregation, keeping the church records, and being one of the chief officers of the church. Bert's dedication to this job is important to keeping our record books in order.
Greg Dyekman, Treasurer
Responsible for overseeing our finances, with the help of the Finance Committee, Greg also makes sure each week that our offerings are faithfully counted and deposited. Stewardship and accountability are his key words.
Betty Jo Mainwaring, Bookkeeper
Betty Jo is the keeper of the financial accounts for our church. All expenses are submitted to her so that we can be good stewards of the financial support our members and friends provide for our church and its ministries.
Wendy Dryden, Choir and Handbell Director
Wendy is passionate about presenting the Christian joy of music at Cheyenne's First Presbyterian Church and for God. Wendy is the Music Director of the Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, Bell Ensemble, and Children's Choir and Chimes. She is responsible for programming music for the entire year and is always alert looking for people interested in sharing their personal musical talents during the church year and especially for holidays and the summer season.
Eleanor Lane, Organist
Eleanor Lane, a life-long member of First Presbyterian Church, is the principal organist/pianist who provides service music for worship as well as accompanying the chancel choir, soloists, and small groups. She is available to play for weddings, funerals, and other special events. She is responsible for programming the carillon for changes in seasonal music.
Nick Ayers, Head Custodian
Making sure everything is in the order it should be cleaned. I would like to make sure everyone has a positive and blessed experience at the church.
Willie Banks, Custodian
Helping out on Sunday morning is Willie. By arriving early and getting things set up and ready to go, our members and friends arrive at a church building that is ready to receive them and make them feel welcome.
First Church of Cheyenne was the first Presbyterian Church to be organized in the Territory of Wyoming on July 18, 1869, with nine charter members. The first building on the northeast corner of Eighteenth and Ferguson (Carey Ave.) was dedicated on July 17, 1870, at a cost of $6,500. The church was named the Krebs Memorial Presbyterian Church as a memorial to the lamented Dr. Krebs whose former congregation, the Rutgers Church of New York, contributed largely to the building of this church. Rev. Sheldon Jackson preached the dedicatory sermon and a collection of $150 was taken, which cleared the church's debt.
A new church building at the same location was dedicated in 1884, having been built for a cost of $14,000. The size of the church was 51'x85′, with a 96' high tower, and the main building of 52'. The bell from the old church was hung in 1876 and was placed in the tall steeple of the new church and continued to call worshipers until the building was torn down in 1925.
The current building at 22nd and Carey was dedicated on March 22, 1925. A beautiful memorial chapel in honor of the Presbyterian boys who gave their lives in World War II was dedicated on November 10, 1948. A new Christian Education wing was dedicated on September 17, 1961. First Presbyterian Church completed a major remodel in 2022.