Good News From Charleston, SC

ross-hodges-ordinationJon Payne, pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church (PCA), sends word of good news about this church planting work in Charleston. Not all the church news that comes over the transom is good news but this report is encouraging. Jon writes:

Christ Church launched on Lord’s Day, June 9, 2013. We continued to meet for weekly Lord’s Day evening worship during the summer months at First Scots Presbyterian’s historic chapel in downtown Charleston. Our average attendance was around 80-90. After renting space for the next two months at St. Johannes Lutheran Church on Hassel Street, there was a strong desire to have both Lord’s Day morning and evening worship, establishing a healthy biblical pattern of congregational discipleship. Since, after much effort, we could not secure morning worship space downtown, we entered into a lease agreement with Moultrie Middle School in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant–– a well-situated, strategic, and attractive location on Coleman Blvd just minutes from the Cooper River Bridge. Our morning worship service has grown to an attendance of 170-180 and evening worship is currently at 60-80. Our current membership is 120 with several families planning to take the inquires’ class in January. We thank God for the way that He is growing our church with scores of young families and students, and many older believers as well–– a wonderful blend of youthful zeal and godly wisdom. God is bringing people from every conceivable background to Christ Church, and few come from a solid Reformed tradition. We also give praise to God that over the last three months we have welcomed three new babies, and five more are on the way!

On November 16 Ross Hodges (above) was ordained to pastoral ministry. His  ordination sermon is on the Christ PCA website.

Thanks to God for his blessing on this work. May the Lord continue to call his people to faith and may they continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.

Read the rest of the report here.

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  1. This is extremely encouraging. A friends asked me last year if I knew of any Reformed Churches in/near Charleston because she knew some folks that were moving there. I recommended Christ Church [Jon Payne] & it is my understanding they have been worshipping there ever since! God is so good! Thanks for the update.

  2. That REALLY is good news – From the subject line, I was expecting it to be a photo or film of the antics of some Charleston American Football team!
    Also, certainly better news than jazzed up Rubinstein!

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