CPC Brief History
In 1983 a group of six families began meeting for Bible study on Sunday evenings at the Marietta YWCA with Rev. Al Baker, a PCA minister in the Presbytery of North Georgia. In June of 1984 the first worship service was held at the American Business Center with approximately fifty adults in attendance. On November 11, 1984, Christ Presbyterian Church became a particular church in the Presbytery of North Georgia of the Presbyterian Church in America.
Four full-time pastors have ministered at different times to the congregation since 1984: Rev. Al Baker, Rev. Steve Jackson, Rev. David Swicegood and Rev. Legree Finch. During the periods between full-time pastors, two ministers assisted with the interim responsibilities: the late Pastor Emeritus Rev. John MacGregor and the late Rev. Bob Sweet. Ruling elder Doug Merkey also served the congregation as a seminary intern prior to his ordination as a teaching elder and prior to Rev. Finch's call in August, 1998.
Since its founding, the church has met in four locations prior to the purchase of the current property in 1993. Those locations have included: the Marietta YWCA, the American Business Center, a facility at 119 Powers Ferry Road, and the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Marietta. The congregation is currently blessed with an excellent location at 495 Terrell Mill Road.
Through the years, the congregation has weathered a series of challenges and has witnessed the faithfulness of the Lord through it all. At the encouragement of Rev. Bob Sweet in 1997, the congregation began giving a tithe of its tithes and offerings toward its Mission and Benevolence ministries. Since 1997, the congregation has increased its giving towards Missions and Benevolence so that currently sixteen percent of the church's budget is being directed towards Missions and Benevolence. Additionally, from May 1998 to date, the church has continued to improve its facilities while expanding its parking.
During the summer of 2003, the church began a full time, year long internship program for ministerial candidates. Mr. David Story, a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, served as the first pastoral intern and subsequently became the RUF Campus Minister at Florida State University. Mr. Billy Resh, a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary, served as the second pastoral intern while successfully completing his licensure and internship requirements. Ruling elder Buster Williams and intern Ben Hames also completed their internship, licensure and ordination requirements while serving at the church. Rev. Williams became a Navy Chaplain and Rev. Hames served as Assistant Pastor through early 2008. Mr. Silas Santos completed his part-time pastoral internship as well.
In September of 2007, the church's ministry was also strengthened with the addition of Jennifer Maguire who faithfully serves as the church secretary-administrator. In November of 2010, Mr. David Kroll began to serve as Interim Organist-Director of Music. Mr. Kroll has since completed his interim service and now the congregation is blessed to have him serve as Organist-Director of Music.
The session of the church consist of Pastor Finch and two ruling elders: Tom Bryan and Andy Goodwin. (Major Boone, Harvey Lewis and Larry Orr have each been honored as Elder Emeritus.)
The flock is also encouraged with the service of the following deacons: Bruce Avery, Jay Christy, and John Hall. (Denny Sloan has been honored as Deacon Emeritus.)
Priorities within the congregation include Biblical preaching and teaching along with music that exalts the majesty of the Heavenly King. Worship, discipleship, fellowship and outreach receive special focus by leaders and members alike.
The acronym FLAGSHIP summarizes the areas in which the church seeks to grow. Christ Presbyterian Church looks to the Great Shepherd for growth in Faith, Love, Adoration, Good deeds, Soundness, Hard work & Hope, Intercession and Perseverance.
Soli Deo Gloria