Purpose, Vision, History

Vision

By God’s grace, to see our church, communities, and world awakened to the light of Christ and becoming conformed to His likeness.

Purpose

Christ Community Presbyterian Church is a diverse group of Christians
GATHERING - to worship God and love one another;
GOING - to make disciples and serve our communities.

 

History of CCPC

Christ Community Presbyterian Church began as a three-family Bible study in September, 2001 – including members of the Presbyterian Church of Manchester who were living in the Farmington Valley.  This Avon-Simsbury Bible study was led by Pastor Mark Scholten and soon became the Farmington Valley Reformed Fellowship, a church-plant launch team whose vision was “to establish a PCA church in the Farmington Valley.”  (Our denomination is the Presbyterian Church in America or PCA.)

The first three families of CCPC

The first three families of CCPC

During 2002, the three families grew to eight – and the launch team broadened the scope of its vision statement.  The team sought to “initiate a PCA church planting movement impacting the metro region of Hartford and the Western part of Connecticut, beginning with establishing an anchor church west of the Connecticut River.”

In 2003, Reverend Allen M. Baker and his wife, Wini, relocated to West Hartford from St. Simons Island, Georgia.  A longtime pastor and church planter, Al recruited a youth director, college ministry director, music director to join the staff of the newly named Christ Community Presbyterian Church (CCPC), to be located in West Hartford.

For most of our early years, CCPC held morning worship at the American School for the Deaf.  Then in early 2009, we moved to our current worship location in the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium – a beautiful, centrally located facility.

After eight years of faithful service, the Bakers left CCPC for their next chapter of ministry in 2011.

First morning worship service – held at the American School for the Deaf

First morning worship service – held at the American School for the Deaf

In 2012, Reverend Dr. Jeff Hutchinson was elected Senior Pastor; and he and his family moved to West Hartford from Asheville, NC.  A gifted and highly experienced minister, Jeff led CCPC for four years – leaving in 2016 to pursue other ministry opportunities. Currently, as our pastoral search committee seeks a new Senior Pastor, we are led by our two Ruling Elders and our Assistant Pastor, Joe Fisher, who is preparing to plant a sister church in Suffield, CT. Brad Smith continues as our Director of Music & Worship, and Bryce Adamson serves as our Pastoral Intern and Office & Ministry Administrator.

In 2013 we celebrated our tenth anniversary as a church.  We are grateful to the Lord for His guidance and provision throughout our history. 

The CCPC congregation in fall 2014

The CCPC congregation in fall 2014