Beliefs That Shape Us

All Scripture is self-attesting, and being Truth requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God—the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments—is a complete and unified witness to God’s redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation, we affirm these additional essentials of our faith.  

1. We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and pray forever!  

2. Jesus Christ, the living Word, became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. He who is true God became true man united in one Person forever. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. On the third day He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Mediator.  

3. The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior, indwelling our hearts. He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.  

4. Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God’s free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight. Only such as are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life.  

5. The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible yet imperfect expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity, where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting she awaits the return of her Lord.  

6. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth personally, visibly, and bodily—to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).  

7. The Lord Jesus Christ commands all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to make disciples of       all nations. Obedience to the Great Commission requires total commitment to “Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.” He calls us to a life of self-denying love and service. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).  

The Essentials are set forth in greater detail in the Westminster Confession of Faith.  

In Essentials … Unity  

In Non-Essentials … Liberty  

In All Things … Charity

Our Story

In the spring of 2000, Rev. Greg Kennedy was asked to consider being an organizing pastor for a new church in Daphne. Initially, he said, “No.” He was then asked a few more times and each time he said, “No.” The whole thing sounded crazy to him, but between the third and fourth request, God called the Kennedy’s to trust Him and in February 2001, a seed was planted

The plan was to start with 20 or so Presbyterian families, but that was not to be. The financial backing of the denomination was there, but there was still a lot of fear. Soon though, by late spring, the vision was becoming a reality; about twenty other crazy people joined Greg and his family. Theyweren’t a church though; they were just meeting for study and prayer, but there was now a feeling of hope to go along with that fear. After a lot of prayer and many things simply falling into place, we were ready to begin the process of becoming a church.  It was during those days that the name Christ Presbyterian was chosen  and that we found our first site for worship, Riley Hall.  

Our first Sunday worship celebration was scheduled for September 16, 2001. The emphasis of this service was supposed to be on the celebration of finally becoming a church, but life intervened. Our first Sunday was a day for prayer, not celebration, as just five days earlier our nation was attacked by terrorists. Our church was born out of brokenness not strength, or at least not our strength.

On March 9, 2003, we were officially organized as Christ Presbyterian Church. Soon after that, we experienced a 24 month period in which more than half our church experienced out of state moves because of job transfers. We started to wonder how this could happen after all that we have seemingly overcome.

As the years and experiences of God's grace piled up, we began to trust God more and more, even when He called us to do what seemed to be foolish. Some in our midst felt that God was calling us to give entire Sunday offerings away, because others needed it more, and we trusted God in those decisions. Some among us felt called to do hands-on, untested and creative community outreach, and so we did. It was then that we saw the need for a facility, so in 2005 we built , guided by a principle that we came to call "facility humility". We wanted to be able to continue to give, and we had all seen churches change for the worse when they built, so we chose to build humbly. It is now 2009 and by the grace of God we have paid off that first building.

The real grace is the people. We have enjoyed front row seats viewing God’s grace, watching God change lives. The church is full of people who want to grow and serve. The lay leaders are scary faithful. The church staff, although small, is the best staff I could imagine joining with in ministry. We have vision for the future, and we continue to learn how to pray. Thanks be to God.

The Recent Past

And so our life together continued. In early 2013, Greg Kennedy announced a decision to leave Christ Presbyterian, having received a call to a new kind of ministry in the mountains of Colorado. Easter Sunday was his last day, and although it was sad for all of us, we understood that this was a sign that it was time for the church to move forward into a new day.

The Rev. Gene Poll was called as an interim, and the process was begun to search for a new minister. However, an increasing level of discomfort with decisions made by the General Assembly of the PCUSA stalled the process for a time, as the church wrestled with questions about its future. Ultimately, through prayer and struggle, the decision was made to request gracious dismissal from the PCUSA.

After well over a year of going through the process, Christ Presbyterian Church was dismissed from the PC(USA) in January of 2016 and began the process of becoming part of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. And that is where we stand today. On July 1, 2016, Rev. Tommy Robinson started as our new pastor. We are excited about the next chapter of ministry that God has in store for us in the future. For those reading this, stay's going to be a blast.