History

     In the spring of 2000, Rev. Greg Kennedy was asked to be the organizing pastor for a church plant of the Presbytery of South Alabama PC(USA) in Daphne, AL.  Despite declining the invitation, he was asked a few more times, and each time his original answer remained.  It wasn’t until the third or fourth request that Rev. Kennedy felt God’s call to trust Him in this endeavor, and so in February 2001, a seed was planted.

     The plan was to start with 20 or so families from local Presbyterian churches, but that wasn’t God’s plan. The financial backing of the denomination was there, but there was still a lot of fear.  By late spring, the vision starting becoming a reality.  Around twenty people from various backgrounds regularly joined Rev. Kennedy for study and prayer.  After some time, there was great hope.  After much prayer and many things simply falling into place, they were ready to begin the process of becoming a particular church.  The name Christ Presbyterian was chosen, and they began worshiping at Riley Hall on Pollard Rd. 

     The first Sunday worship service was scheduled for September 16, 2001.  While much of this service was geared towards celebrating finally becoming a church, life intervened.  Christ Presbyterian’s first Sunday was a day for mourning and prayer, not celebration.  Just five days prior to the first worship service, our nation was thrown into chaos with the tragic events of 9/11.  Christ Presbyterian was being born out of brokenness, not strength…or at least not the strength of man.

     On March 9, 2003, they were officially organized as Christ Presbyterian Church.  Soon after that came a 24 month period in which more than half of the members of the church experienced job transfers which took them out of the state.  The remaining members began to wonder how this could happen after all that they had overcome.  However, by God’s grace, they pressed on, doing the work of ministry not only in the Daphne community but around the world.

     In 2005, despite concerns over the “growing pains” that can often come with building a church building, the current worship facility was built.  It was paid off in 2009.

     In early 2013, Rev. Kennedy announced he was leaving Christ Presbyterian, having accepted a call to a new ministry in the mountains of Colorado.  His last day was Easter Sunday 2013.  Although saddened, the members of CPC knew that this was God’s way of showing them that it was time for the church to move into a new chapter.

     Rev. Gene Poll was called as an interim pastor, and the search process began for a new pastor. However, an increasing level of discomfort with decisions made by the General Assembly of the PC(USA) stalled this process as the church wrestled with questions about her denominational affiliation.  Ultimately, through prayer and struggle, the decision was made to request to be dismissed from the PC(USA).

     After going through this process for over a year, Christ Presbyterian Church was dismissed from the PC(USA) in January 2016 and was installed as a congregation of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) in April 2016.  On July 1, 2016, Rev. Tommy Robinson became the second pastor in the life of this church.  Originally from Meridian, MS, he previously served as pastor at First Presbyterian in Houma, La and prior to that as the youth director at Grace Chapel Presbyterian Church in Madison, MS.  On June 2, 2019, Rev. Robinson preached his last sermon at CPC as he had accepted a call to return to Grace Chapel as their Senior pastor.  CPC has formed a Pastor Search Committee and is currently seeking a new pastor.