About Us

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Core Values and Purpose

Welcome to Christ Presbyterian Church. We exists to glorify God through our worship and our lives. By God’s grace we are a biblically-driven and Christ-centered community with a heart towards reaching, discipling, and serving others.

Biblically-driven:

We are a joyful church believing Scripture to be our only rule for faith and life. We see ourselves as part of God’s people together with all those who are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone.


Christ-centered:

We are a transparent church of people who have been given new identities in Christ Jesus. We recognize that all people are broken in sin and in need of renewal. The good news about Christ and His death and resurrection offers us hope for this life and the next.


A heart for reaching:

We long to be a welcoming church for anyone seeking a safe place to be challenged by and work through the claims of Christ. We partner with existing churches and plant new ones in order to fulfill the Great Commission in our community, our nation, and our world.


A heart for discipling:

We long to be a relational church, encouraging our people to grow in grace. Through worship, sacraments, prayer, bible study, and fellowship we deal in the struggles of this life together. We taste the joy of Heaven together. We face our difficulties and fears together. We love our people, not our programs.


A heart for serving:

We long to be a merciful church, humbly and sacrificially promoting the peace and health of our people and our community.


What We Believe

We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is God’s telling us about Himself and about us. It is infallible and tells us what we need to know about faith and how to live.

We believe that there is only one God. There has never been a time when God didn’t exist and there will never be a time where he ceases to exist. God describes Himself in His Word as being a Father, a Son (Jesus Christ), and a Holy Spirit. These “persons” of God are equal in power and glory and have always existed as one God.

We believe that each of us have rebelled against God and offended His character and are therefore justly deserving of God’s displeasure. We cannot, in and of ourselves, restore or renew our relationship with God but are in need of His mercy and grace.

We believe we are in need of rescue from God’s wrath and that salvation is by God alone, as He chooses to extend mercy. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect, sinless life and sacrificial death paid the penalty for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.

We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to promises He has made which are recorded in the pages of the Bible.

We believe that the Holy Spirit works in God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.

We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge those who have refused His grace and remain in rebellion against God, and to welcome His people unto Himself.

We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

History of Our Church

Christ Presbyterian Church is forever linked to the faithfulness of her mother church. In 1991, the newly hired assistant pastor of Riveroaks Reformed Presbyterian Church, together with four Riveroaks families living in Olive Branch, had dreams of planting a PCA church in the Olive Branch area. In 1993 the Session of Riveroaks committed substantial resources to establishing a mission church in Olive Branch.
The first meetings of our church were Wednesday night Bible studies at the clubhouse of the Plantation Golf Course. The vision was cast to build a church committed to the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which would be used of God to transform the culture of Olive Branch as He transforms her people.
In 1994 Sunday morning worship began in a vacant former car dealership. Worship was held in the show room, Sunday school classes and nurseries in the sales offices and Sunday night fellowship dinners in the service bay. Average attendance was between 50 and 60.

In early 1995 the church plant moved to a vacant church building on Goodman Road, the old Calvary Baptist Church. While meeting there, a service of organization was held at Riveroaks PCA to declare the work a particular church, receive charter members, and ordain and install elders. The following year the first deacons were elected and ordained. During this period God blessed the new church with significant growth, and by 1997 average worship attendance had reached 125 people.
From the very beginning our church had hopes of building a facility more suitable for worship, nurture and ministry. Through the generous gift of any anonymous donor, several acres on the corner of Craft and Goodman were acquired. The first phase of an ambitious building program was undertaken resulting in the completion of the current structure in November of 1999. In 2002 the founding pastor, Richard Rieves, was called to be a church planter in Fort Collins, Colorado. During this time of transition, much of the pastoral responsibilities fell to the elders and newly hired youth director, Mike Winebrenner. In 2005 the church called Rev. Robert Browning as Senior Pastor.

Christ Covenant Church was formed out of the ongoing vision and strategy of Riveroaks and Christ Presbyterian Church. Rev. Clint Wilcke accepted God’s call to be the church planter in Hernando as granted by the Elders of Christ Presbyterian Church in Olive Branch, MS. This established only the second PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) church in DeSoto County, the fastest growing county in our state and region. Weekly vision casting bible studies began on September 14, 2008 to establish focus and direction for this new church. This in turn led to a regular Friday men’s prayer breakfast / bible study as well as a women’s mid-week bible study in Ephesians. This was a very significant time in which God expanded the vision as men and women began to share a mutual concern for one another spiritually.

The next major step in the life of this church was regular public worship which began on Sunday, January 4, 2009. Soon after, the first community groups began to meet that fall with approximately 30-40 people in regular bi-monthly gatherings. At the same time, new members and inquirers’ seminar began in the home of the Wilckes. Over the next year forty-seven people began to be trained and instructed in the biblical necessity and priority of the Church of Jesus Christ. These men, women, and children took formal vows to become members of the Christ Covenant family. In the winter and spring of 2010 six men were nominated and trained to become officers who would lead Christ Covenant into the future. Bob Barber and Shaun Sipe were elected as Elders, along with the pastor, to establish the first Session of this church. Christ Covenant Church was particularized as a self-supporting church on Sunday evening, September 12, 2010. On October 31, 2010, Dick Brankstone, Rab Edwards, and Scott Sartor were installed to serve as deacons for this congregation and community. This was just another step of our desire to know Christ and make him known in Hernando, DeSoto County, and the uttermost parts.

Christ Fellowship is the latest mission church in our family of churches furthering the vision of spreading the gospel and Christ’s kingdom through church planting works. Former CPC staff member Rev. Mike Winebrenner leads this effort in the Horn Lake area of Desoto County, a diverse community where only 17% of households are active in evangelical churches. Christ Fellowship wants to be a church that is so committed to the unifying Gospel of Jesus that everyone in their community will know them by their love for one another – regardless of ethnicity, social status, age, or gender. 

A small group began meeting at the public library in January 2014 for food, fellowship, prayer, and Bible study. In September 2014, God provided the middle school band hall as a meeting location and the church began preview worship gatherings. The church plant officially launched in the Spring of 2015. The church plant is currently in its second year of meeting at the local middle school and continues to grow with an average attendance of 65+. To learn more and to partner in the continuing mission of our churches, visit Christ Fellowship’s website here

There is more history yet to be made and written. Continue to pray, to serve, to worship, and to go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all that Christ commanded us to do. And “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, all and the more as the Day of Christ is drawing near.

Presbyterian Churches of America (PCA)

The PCA is a growing denomination in the United States, with over 1400 churches and missions throughout the USA and Canada. There were over 340,000 communicant and non-communicant members as of 2008. Being a “reformed” denomination refers to the fact that the Holy Spirit is continuing to “re-form us as new creatures” through the process of growing more holy (sanctification) into the image of Christ. It also refers to the doctrines of Scripture rediscovered during the time of the Reformation.

The PCA is a representative form of church government is rooted in its name — Presbyterian. Local churches are governed by elders (presbyters) elected by church members. This form of government extends through regional presbyteries and on to the national General Assembly.

Christ Presbyterian Church is within the boundaries of Covenant Presbytery.

 

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