Our History

Christ Presbyterian Church (USA) evolved on five wooded acres on State Road 40 in Ormond Beach, purchased in 1965 by the North Florida Presbytery to establish a new church. The Reverend Fred Ashworth was sent as organizing pastor.

Our members began meeting in homes. Sunday services were held in Tomoka Oaks Country Club and then later in the Ormond Hotel, until the first building – a multi-purpose room was completed in 1967. The building was financed by a loan from the United Presbyterian Board of Missions and a gift from the First Presbyterian Church of Eustis, Florida. With the placing of the cornerstone, and the beginning of services, Christ Presbyterian Church became known as “the little church in the woods.”

The Church was officially chartered in April 1969 with 46 members. The Presbytery supplied the church with part-time retired ministers in those formative years. It was the people then, as now, who kept Christ Presbyterian Church going. They cleaned, typed, taught, visited, and through it all lifted high the cross of Christ.

In 1973, the Rev. James Scott Moncrieff was called and became the church’s first full-time Pastor. This was an act of faith for the 87 members, because the “little church in the woods” was still listed in the Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study, with the budget largely subsidized by the Presbytery. The church grew and became self supporting in 1977.

Continued growth of membership and programs required building drives for new and improved facilities.

In 1978 a new Sunday School addition (currently our administrative wing) was constructed and the fellowship hall/worship center was enlarged.

In 1986, Phase II of the Master Plan, our 550 seat Sanctuary with its imposing tower- lifting high the cross – was completed.

By 1989, Phase III of the Master Plan, a new educational wing of classrooms, including a nursery, became a reality.

The year 1998 saw completion of Phase IV of the Master Plan with the addition of more meeting space including an enlarged youth room, a choir room, a classroom, a remodeled fellowship hall, and new kitchen facilities.

In the early 2000’s a Sunday evening Contemporary Worship Service was developed.

In January 2004, the Contemporary service became part of CPC’s Sunday morning worship offerings.

In the final months of 2017, we began renovations on our Sanctuary. 

Looking ahead…Our Fellowship Hall is renovating into our new worship space for modern worship.

Our partnering with Buddy Break and Night to Shine has began our expansion of our mission to reach those with special needs and disabilities.    

Past and present CPC pastors are: Rev. James Scott Moncrieff, Rev. George Rinker, Rev. Joe Wendorph, Rev. Jeff Beebe,

Rev. Ernie Flaniken (Interim), Dr. John E. Cole, Rev. Polly K. Deppen, Rev. Mary McKey (Interim), and Rev. Chris Chandler.

Today, after years of growth, development and Christian service to the community, our congregation is solid and growing, our commitment strong, and our services and programs are expanding. Our church is more than mortar and brick … we are a church for all ages, where the love of God is proclaimed, the compassion of the Holy Spirit is embraced, and the Cross of Jesus Christ is lifted High.