Vision, Purpose, History

Our Vision, Mission and 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.  We seek to fulfill our purpose by: 

  • Praying - fervently, faithfully, consistently, expectantly with a kingdom focus.
  • Worshiping - reverently, joyfully, Biblically by publicly and privately ascribing glory and praise to God. 
  • Teaching - Biblically, theologically, experientially, and practically all of God’s inspired word.
  • Evangelizing - locally and globally by graciously offering the love of God in Christ to all who will listen.
  • Serving - people in need consciously and tangibly by acts of kindness and deeds of mercy
  • Multiplying - disciples and churches deliberately, intentionally, and consistently.

 

Our mission as a local covenant community is to encourage one another to grow and mature in the Christian faith by studying the wisdom of the Old and New Testaments from a Reformed perspective and by praying for and edifying one another.  We desire to reach out to other like-minded Christians to celebrate the truths of God’s word and to form a church.  And, we communicate the hope and love of Jesus Christ to our community by hosting Bible studies, seminars and other community events.

History of CCPC

Christ Community Presbyterian Church began as a three-family Bible study in September 2001. Two relocated families from the south were worshiping at the Presbyterian Church of Manchester (PCM). There they met another couple who had moved to Avon after living in Manchester for fifteen years. As an extension of God’s kingdom in the Farmington Valley, PCM began an Avon-Simsbury Bible study led by PCM Pastor, Mark Scholten.

In January 2002, these three families became the church plant “launch team.” They developed an identity (Farmington Valley Reformed Fellowship), a vision statement, and created a web page. The vision was “to establish a PCA church in the Farmington Valley.“

A public Bible study began in April, and by June, the three families grew to eight. With encouragement and financial support from PCM and the denomination’s local Presbytery, the families created a church plant profile.

In the fall of 2002, New Haven pastor Preston Graham challenged and helped the launch team to broaden its vision statement as follows: “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.”

By January 2003, the team had interacted with several pastoral candidates but had not concluded the search for the person who would lead the new effort.  Meanwhile, in St. Simons Island, Georgia, an experienced senior pastor/church planter and his wife were seeking God’s will for the next phase of their ministry.  The Rev. Allen and Wini Baker had been serving for 10 years at Golden Isles Presbyterian.  Al was often the keynote speaker at missions conferences in the U.S. and overseas, but the Bakers believed their gifts could be used in a different, broader context.  After a visit to the area, the Bakers decided to move to Connecticut.  Al recruited a music minister, youth director and college ministry director; and in March, Al and the families selected the name Christ Community Presbyterian Church.

oday, our congregation meets for worship on Sundays at the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium.  During the week, the church coordinates fellowship for its members and friends through an array of community groups for individuals, couples and families, small groups for men and women, youth group, special gatherings, and community outreach events.  The Bakers left in December 2011 for their next chapter of ministry, and we praise God for His faithfulness in bringing the Rev. Dr. Jeff Hutchinson and his family (in July of 2012) to continue the work here in West Hartford.