Servant of the Heart

First Presbyterian Church Beaufort Servant of the Heart


Dr. Sissy Kinghorn was born and grew up in Beaufort. She is a graduate of Beaufort High School, the University of North Carolina, and earned her M.D.  from the Medical University of South Carolina. Sissy practiced medicine as a pediatrician in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and also South Carolina before retiring and moving home to Beaufort in 2013. She has a brother and many cousins still residing in Beaufort, while her son and his wife and their daughter live in Philadelphia.

Sissy visited First Presbyterian when she returned to Beaufort and quickly joined our congregation. She loves the people, the different mission projects, the ASK Sunday School class, M&M Circle, the worship services, and the music. Sissy has seen the church expand its outreach over the past 4 years. This includes mission and outreach projects such as Water Mission and Young Lives. It also includes our involvement with the Interfaith Community Coalition as well as recent efforts to connect with other Presbyterian churches in the Lowcountry. Having previously served as an elder, Sissy responded joyfully and faithfully to the call to serve one year as an elder at First Presbyterian, filling a vacancy when Julie LaGrone moved to North Carolina. Sissy’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 118:24: “This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Sissy says all her friends at First Presbyterian Church inspire her. Sissy hopes the church


continues to grow both in outreach and in our members becoming “doers of the Word”!

One mission Sissy is proud to be part of is the ASK Sunday Schools’ work with a refugee family from Afghanistan who relocated to the Savannah area. Along with the ASK Class and Savannah Lutheran Refugee Services, Sissy has been deeply touched by this family’s story and continues to serve them in any manner possible—praying and requesting donations, as well as writing testimonies of the journey as it unfolds.

As a child, Sissy loved sailing with her father and brother and you might be surprised to learn that she raced against Russell Harley on several occasions. She and a friend from Pittsburgh invented a glow-in-the-dark tennis ball and had it patented. Sissy wrote a young adult novel a few years ago and is working on another. Sissy isn’t her real name but is the only one she will answer to. Sissy loved being a pediatrician, but now loves being retired. A final fun fact about Sissy is that Fred Rogers, of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood television show, was a member of her Sunday school class when she lived in Pittsburgh.

Sissy’s proudest achievement is raising her son to be a good young man. Sissy says the most important thing she has learned in life is to “listen more”. Sissy would like to challenge all her church family to contribute in some way as “doers of the Word” to - Walk for Water in Beaufort on September 22nd!



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