Christ Church, Presbyterian, a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), was formed in August 2004 with 167 charter members. Initially, worship services were held in the sanctuary of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. In October 2004, the congregation began worshiping in the facilities of the First Baptist Church of Evans, a congregation that graciously hosted us until May of 2007. In 2005 the church purchased 12.5 acres of land at the corner of Fury’s Ferry Road and Southern Pines Drive, for the construction of a church facility. On Sunday morning, January 22, 2006, a brief groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site, and construction was completed in 2007.
The founding pastor called by Christ Church, Presbyterian, in 2004 was Dr. Gordon Reed. He was joined shortly thereafter by Mark Nabholz, Minister of Music and Congregational Life, and Laura Doss, Organist. Dr. Reed served our congregation until early 2008. Dr. Duncan Rankin was pastor from 2008-2011, and J. Josiah Jones served from 2012-2016. Our current pastor is Robbie Hendrick.
The design of Christ Church’s sanctuary was in response to our Congregation’s desire to reverently worship our God. When advised that constructing a sanctuary first would limit funds for office and educational space, members responded without hesitation, “We want to worship!”
As the worshiper enters the high-ceilinged sanctuary, after moving through the subdued and quiet narthex, they experience a sense of awe as their eyes are drawn upward to light streaming in from high arched windows. The folded plates of the ceiling reflect and diffuse sound while emulating the vaulted ceilings of older church sanctuaries.
The three windows prominently located above the pulpit signify the three Persons of the Godhead superintending the Word of God as it is preached to His people. The high central pulpit is elevated above adjacent platforms to exemplify the pre-eminent place of God’s Word over Church tradition.
The sounding board is a design element which further accentuates the pulpit and was a traditional means of amplifying the spoken word. This feature was an important component in designing a space in which the properties of the room, with its high ceilings and walls, contribute much to the sound quality of music sung and played without amplification.
Although music is an important part of worship at Christ Church, it was important that choir members and musicians not be a visual distraction during worship, so the choir is located in a loft at the rear of the sanctuary, a traditional location in most early European churches.
The exterior of Christ Church’s sanctuary was designed in carpenter-gothic style which utilizes traditional board and batten siding and buttresses to emulate the soaring cathedral structures of Europe.
Praise be to God for He is our strength and salvation!
In Memory of Rick Hammond (1944-2018)
Rick Hammond was a member of our church for many years. He had spent his life ministering as a pastor. When he retired, he moved to Augusta, and he and his wife Stathia became members at our church. During the past few years, he had preached often and also taught some of our Sunday school lessons. In memory of him, we have collected the audio from those sermons on a separate landing page. It is our hope that these sermons will be a blessing to all of those who knew him and to future generations in our church and throughout the world.