A History of Christ Community Presbyterian Church
In 1990 Rod and Cathy Culbertson moved from Gainesville, Florida to begin a daughter church plant, starting with some families from Community Presbyterian Church in Palm Harbor, the mother church, then located on Tampa Road.
The first service was held on January 6, 1991 at the former Oak Grove Middle School, with 181 people attending. We met as a mission of the Southwest Florida Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA).
Christ Community met at Oak Grove Middle School for approximately 7 years. The original church office was in the Bay Park Executive Center on US 19, just south of Nursery Road.
November 1, 1992, we became a particular church and took the charge of reaching this community with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The church began the search for property to build on very quickly. The target area was very tight, but God provided through an auction on our current property. A developer planning to bid ended up stuck in traffic and the bidding closed, granting CCPC a property valued over $400,000 at that time for $205,000.
February of 1994, we purchased the property at 2310 Nursery Road with plans to build a permanent facility as soon as possible. We moved the office and most activities to the property.
September of 1994, Rev. Rod Culbertson resigned to move to Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, and a pastor search began.
After about a year-long search, the congregation decided to call our seminary intern and pastoral assistant, Jim Mitchell as the senior pastor in January 1996.
March of 1996, we agreed to share the worship facility of Community Reformed Church.
April of 1998, we completed the remodel of what is now our fellowship building and began worship services on our own property.
May of 1999, we gained approval from Pinellas County to build a 12,400 square foot facility to serve our worship and educational needs.
April 29, 2001, nearly 10 years after the first gathering of Christ Community Presbyterian Church, we celebrated our first worship service in our new building.
August of 2003, Rev. Jim Mitchell resigned and the search began for a new senior pastor.
June of 2004, Rev. Ed Bertalan arrived from Knoxville, Tennessee to become our new Senior Pastor
July of 2006, Rev. Bertalan resigned and in October of 2006 the search began for a new pastor.
November 19, 2006, Rev. Bob Brubaker filled our pulpit. Ruling Elder Richard Lehman, who handled pulpit supply, found Rev. Brubaker through Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. Many people in the congregation sought out the search committee asking him to be considered as a candidate to call.
April – May of 2007, Rev. Brubaker worked with the Southwest Florida Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) to become the pastor of Christ Community Presbyterian Church.
June of 2007, Rev. Bob Brubaker became our stated supply and began the process of becoming our Senior Pastor.
September 9, 2007, the first Vision class of WELDS held at CCPC.
June 1, 2008, Reverend Bob Brubaker was installed as Teaching Elder and pastor of CCPC. Story »