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The Rev. Joe Evans The Rev. Joe Evans is senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, TN.

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The Rev. Joseph Evans

Presbyterian Church (USA)

First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, TN

The Rev. Joe Evans is a native of Georgia, baptized at Morningside Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, confirmed and nurtured by First Presbyterian Church of Marietta, graduate of Presbyterian College where he earned a B.A. in religion, and Columbia Theological Seminary where he was nominated for the "David HC Reed preacher/scholar award." He was ordained into the office of Minister of Word and Sacrament at First Presbyterian Church, Marietta GA in March of 2007. After ordination Rev. Evans served Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Lilburn, GA as Associate Pastor of Mission and Outreach, and as Interim Pastor.

Rev. Evans has served as editor of Lectionary Homiletics journal since 2005, and has contributed to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Journal for Preachers, The Silver Cross, as well as Lectionary Homiletics, and has been the guest preacher on Day 1, a nationally syndicated radio show (formerly known as The Protestant Hour).

Rev. Evans and his wife Sara are proud live in Columbia, TN with their daughters Lily and Cecelia.


Latest Content by The Rev. Joe Evans

The Rev. Joe Evans

We Do Not Know How to Pray

Romans 8:26-39

7th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

July 27, 2014

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

The National Day of Prayer is recognized in Columbia, Tennessee, where I serve First Presbyterian Church as pastor; and so, thanks to the Kiwanis Club, I was invited to join a group of religious and civic leaders to pray on the steps of the courthouse.

It was a beautiful day; the sun was shining. I said a nice prayer for commerce. That was the general area my prayer was to cover--then there were prayers for schools, for those who serve in the armed forces, for children, for parents--all were prayed for. These prayers were fervent, if a little long winded, and so I was only a little surprised that during a prayer for our churches someone in the crowed passed out; and while the EMTs were called, as the ambulance's siren wailed, we went on praying, not daring to raise our heads or open our eyes because once you've started praying it seems important to stay the course.

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The Rev. Joe Evans

Pacing in the Waiting Room

Romans 8:12-25

6th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

July 20, 2014

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

Three years ago my wife, Sara, and I left our then two-year-old daughter Lily at home with her grandmother to go to the hospital--feeling like our lives were about to change forever--again.

There was a difference between two kids and one kid, or so we'd heard. And perfectly happy with our lives as three, Sara and I would often talk about the change to four--how with two kids and two parents you can plan on man-on-man coverage; but when one of us is gone, there are two kids to keep safe and only one parent to do it.

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Other Recent Content by The Rev. Joe Evans

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March 03, 2013

Spared the Ax

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

As we continue in the season of Lent, the Rev. Joe Evans explores Jesus' admonition in Luke 13 to repent or perish, as well as his story of the unproductive fig tree. If we've been spared the ax as well, what will we do with today?
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February 24, 2013

The Fox Is in the Henhouse

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

In his message for the 2nd Sunday in Lent, the Rev. Joe Evans notes that as people of faith in a culture of fear, we must talk about ruth in a world of misstatements, and talk about real love in a world of pleasure and pleasing.
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July 17, 2011

It's Coming

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us, Paul says. We are the resurrection people, and we have a reason to hope.
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July 10, 2011

The Sower's Lesson

The Rev. Joseph Evans (PCUSA)

The goal of the sower in Jesus' parable (Matthew 13) was simply to sow seed, and to many he seems careless and wasteful. As followers of Christ, how are we sowing the seeds of our faith?