Faith Presbyterian Church faithfully and humbly accepts God’s greatest commandments to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind'” and “to love your neighbor as yourself'” (Matthew 22: 36-39).
Our purpose is to be a worshipping community who makes disciples by gathering in the name of God, gifting by the Holy Spirit, and going into the world to share the love of Jesus Christ.
In gathering, we encourage relational ministries by caring for and fellowshipping with one another. In gifting, we engage in educational and spiritual nurturing ministries. In going, we reach out in ministries of love, compassion and justice and invite others into relationship with Jesus. Through this vision and purpose, we affirm that “God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people, to live in one community” (A Brief Statement of Faith, PCUSA). Therefore, we open our hearts, our arms, and our doors to people from all backgrounds, believing that we stand on common ground when we claim the indwelling presence of Jesus.
We open our arms and hearts and doors, we envision God blessing and growing this community in nurture, calling, ministry and membership as we anticipate growing a worshipping community with membership between 700 and 900 in the decades to come. We own land almost directly across Hwy 521 from Sun City Carolina Lakes, and it is on this property that we plan to build.
Providence Presbytery began dreaming, planning, praying and working toward the birth of this congregation back in 2004. In 2005, we appointed a New Church Development Commission, made up of elders and pastors from neighboring PC(USA) churches. That Commission met monthly to lay the groundwork for the launching of this congregation. In April of 2007, the Commission called Rev. David M. Bender as the organizing pastor. We began to worship together on October 10, 2007, and chartered as a church of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and installed our first session on October 3, 2010.
Faith Presbyterian Church is a member of Providence Presbytery and of the Presbyterian Church (USA), which is comprised of over 2.5 million Presbyterians and over 11,200 congregations. The organization of the church occurs within four governing bodies: local sessions provide leadership and direction for the individual congregations; individual congregations are grouped together by regions into Presbyteries; Presbyteries are grouped together by regions into Synods; and the General Assembly, which is headquartered in Louisville, KY, provides support, leadership and direction for all 11,200 congregations.
We recognize that God calls both women and men into the leadership of God’s church, and we therefore ordain women and men as Elders and Ministers of the Word and Sacrament.