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.
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Christ Fellowship 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.