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 fourth request that Rev. Kennedy felt God’s call to trust Him in this endeavor, and so in February 2001, a seed was planted.
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
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.
2013, Rev. Kennedy announced he was leaving Christ Presbyterian, having
accepted a call to a new ministry in the mountains of
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.
On June 14, 2020, after a unanimous vote by the congregation based on the recommendation of the Pastor Search Committee, CPC called John Knox Foster as our new pastor. A new graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, he began his ministry at CPC on July 1st, 2020. Reverend Foster was ordained and installed as our third pastor on September 27th, 2020.