Charlie Wingard

Charlie Wingard

Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary Jackson and Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Yazoo City, Mississippi

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Application in Preaching

“Personal application has been called the ‘soul’ of preaching. A sermon without application is like a letter posted without  a direction: it may be well written, rightly dated, and duly signed; but it is useless, because it never reaches its destination.”

– J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Matthew. 1856 (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2012), 126.

Happy 175th!


First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City turns 175 years old today.

The church has its beginnings in the protracted meetings that once played a vital role in the religious and social life of Southern Protestants. Believers from various denominations, some traveling many miles on shabby, bone-jarring roads, gathered to pitch camp and enjoy several days of fellowship, fine cooking, and the preaching of God’s word.

In late summer 1841 the kind Methodists of Benton, Mississippi hosted one such meeting. Gathering with them was a handful of Presbyterians from Yazoo City, who organized Yazoo Church on August 15, 1841. The church’s name was changed in 1843 to First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City.

The Rev. Richmond McInnis was called as the church’s founding pastor and would stay until 1851.

Among the six charter members was Mrs. Sophia T. Whitman. Her descendant, ninety-seven-year-old Sam B. Olden, is active in the worship life of the church today.

“One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4).

Happy Birthday First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City!


Source: A Brief History of The First Presbyterian Church of Yazoo City, Mississippi (1841-1991).

Dr. John Kwasny Speaks at FPC Yazoo

John Kwasny - Christian Education Seminar

My RTS Jackson  colleague, Dr. John Kwasny, teaches FPC Yazoo’s teacher/parents on the theological and philosophical foundations of Christian Education. John is director of One Story Ministries.

First Presbyterian Church’s Fall Sunday School resumes tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Congratulations Brian Gault!


Congratulations Brian Gault! For 21 years Brian has faithfully served Reformed Theological Seminary Jackson. On Tuesday he was licensed to preach by Mississippi Valley Presbytery.

Bebo Elkin administered the licensure vows at Northpointe Presbyterian Church in Meridian.

Teach for America

With characteristic enthusiasm, conviction, and thoughtfulness, Stephanie Jones-Fosu spoke today to my Yazoo City Rotary Club on behalf of Teach for America.
For the past three years, Stephanie has served as Teacher Leadership Development Coach, training more than 40 teachers in our district.
Stephanie and Justin Jones-Fosu were my neighbors in Clinton, and among those who graciously welcomed Lynne and me to the Reformed Theological Seminary Jackson family two-and-a-half years ago. We are grateful for friends who work tirelessly to make our communities good places to live and work.

The Blessings of Peace

Commenting on Psalm 128:1-3, William Plumer writes:
“No man over-estimates the blessings of peace and concord in all the relations of life . . . Nor until he sacrifices truth, honor, righteousness or a good conscience does he ever pay too much for them.”
William S. Plumer, Psalms: A Critical and Expository Commentary with Doctrinal and Practical Remarks. 1867 (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1990), 1139.

FPC Yazoo Fall Christian Education Program

Dear FPC Yazoo Family,

A solid biblical foundation is essential to our church’s commitment to being Jesus’ faithful disciples. We are excited for the opportunities in this new school year. Following is our fall schedule, with all the information and dates for your calendar.


Saturday, August 13: Dr. John Kwasny, Christian educator and director of One Story Ministries, will join us. His two-hour seminar will provide a theological/philosophical foundation of Christian Education, introduce our new Sunday School curriculum, and answer questions. We will meet from 9-11am in the Fellowship Hall. Any person interested in strengthening the educational ministry of church and home is welcome.


Grades K-3: Genesis 1-24

Grades 4-6: 1 Samuel 16-31

Grades 7-12: Christian Apologetics. Students will learn the basics of logic and defending the Christian faith.

Adults: “Christianity Explored.” This seven-week series will help us help others to know, love and follow Jesus Christ.


First Family meets from 6-7:30pm on Wednesdays, August 24- September 21 and October 12-November 9. Children, youth, and adult Bible studies will follow the 6:00 meal. Childcare is provided. Thanksgiving Dinner is November 16.

Come join us as we grow together as a church family, fed and well nourished in God’s word!

In Christ’s Service,