At Christ Pres we are fundamentally a worshiping community. Our worship is a conversation, a dialogue, between God and us. We hear from Him as He calls us to worship, as we hear His Word read, explained, and applied, as we hear of His forgiveness, and as we are sent out with His blessing. We respond by singing, confessing our sins, listening to His Word, giving, receiving the sacraments, and by celebrating God’s blessing.
The 1, 2, 3's of Worship
We believe that:
- Worship has 1 object: God, who alone is worthy of worship
- Worship has 2 contexts: publicly with God’s people and privately in our own homes
- Worship has 3 audiences: God the object of our worship, us His people, and the watching world
The Gospel speaks to every area of our lives—from our vocations to our relationships, from our children to our money. Christianity is not simply something we do, think, or feel on Sunday morning, but the reality that defines the entirety of life.
Sunday School at Christ Pres is a place we gather to learn from the Scriptures. It is the place where we are equipped to love God, love people, and love our city.
Christ Pres offers adult Sunday School classes that last 10-12 weeks at a time. Our curriculum is fluid, giving you opportunities to learn about the things you are interested in.
The beliefs of Christ Presbyterian Church are most fully articulated in the Westminster Confession of Faith along with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. These historic statements of the faith were written in the 17th Century and have been the doctrinal standards of Bible-believing Presbyterians for almost 400 years. The following is a brief summary of those statements.
Our denomination, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), was founded in 1973 with the following motto: “Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, Obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ.” Each of those three items captures an emphasis of our denomination.
The PCA is a group of churches committed to the inerrancy of the Scriptures and concerned to faithfully preach and teach the all of the Bible.
“Reformed” churches are churches that trace their history to the 16th Century Protestant Reformation, a movement concerned to restore biblical worship and doctrine to the church. As a Reformed church, we confess (or believe) the historic Reformed confessions of faith—most notably, the Westminster Confession of Faith, along with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.
Our denomination believes that all people are born sinful and in need of a Savior. We take seriously Jesus’ command to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). Our church (and denomination) supports missionaries (local, domestic, and foreign) who go to preach the Gospel.
We were made for community, but we live in a world of increasing isolation. So many of the technologies that promise to bring us closer together only serve to make us feel more lonely.
God has given us a community—the church. Here at Christ Pres, one of the primary ways we experience that community is in small groups—gatherings of 10-15 people for fellowship, vulnerability, prayer, sharing strengths and weaknesses, study, fun, and friendship. In many ways, small groups are our “homes” within the church. They are a great way to experience God at work.
Seventy percent of Christian teenagers leave the church when they leave the home. Because of this reality, we want to form our students as disciples of Jesus. Our focus in student ministry is pastoring our students as they walk through a transformative time of life.
We are convicted that students are a living and vibrant part of the body of Christ. It is our privilege to come alongside the families of our church and minister the Gospel to them. We seek to form them as servant leaders in the church.
We only have our students with us for a brief time, and so we desire to challenge them with the comprehensive claims of Jesus as we seek to prepare them to live in the world.
Women in our society face innumerable pressures. With all of our roles and responsibilities, it is sometimes difficult to find rest and to care for ourselves. We believe that true rest is only possible through Jesus but that the church exists to care for one another.
Women In the Church (WIC) seeks to provide opportunities for women in all phases of life to make connections where they can care for one another and learn from one another. Current opportunities include bible studies, ladies' Sunday School class, girls' night out, and our annual women's retreat.
At Christ Pres we desire to respond to the Gospel by loving our city in tangible ways. We want to live out the Gospel, as we follow a Savior who is interested in renewing all things.
For us, that means building bridges to the city around us through hospitality, care, equipping our members to love their neighbors, and learning to see our vocations as means through which we can pursue the peace and flourishing of Pitt County.
We want to be ordinary people doing ordinary things with Gospel intentionality. In other words, loving the city is not a program. It is not something added on to other church activities. Loving our city is the natural outworking of being a people who are being loved by God.
When East Carolina University was established in 1907, it changed the future of Greenville, NC. Over the next century, Greenville transformed from a tobacco market into a regional educational, research, and medical hub. Now enrolling over 28,000 students and employing over 5,000 workers, ECU remains integral to the culture and economy of Eastern North Carolina.
At Christ Pres we want to see ECU continue to flourish because we want to see Eastern North Carolina flourish. Many in our church work or study at ECU, and we are constantly looking for ways to serve the campus, students, and faculty/staff. We also support two campus ministries that seek to serve and support ECU students: Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) and RUF (Reformed University Fellowship).
4889 Old Tar Road
Winterville, NC 28590
Dave Osborne, Senior Pastor
Dave came to Christ Pres as Senior Pastor in February of 2013, having previously served as an RUF campus minister at Western Carolina University.
Dave grew up in Northern Virginia but moved around a lot as the son of a pastor. He is married to Jenny, and they have three children—Owen, Dabney, and Bergan. He enjoys Tennessee football, the Avett Brothers, and spending time doing life with his family.
In his work at Christ Pres, Dave is passionate for relational ministry, and he is excited to be part of seeing God’s Kingdom expand in Eastern North Carolina.
Todd Gwennap, Assistant Pastor
Todd came to Christ Pres as Assistant Pastor in April of 2014, having previously served as an Assistant Pastor at Arden Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC.
Todd grew up in Asheville. He is married to Jenn, and they have three children—Jack, Audrey, and Raney. He enjoys post-apocalyptic fiction, slinging lead, reading about Teddy Roosevelt, and trying to do pull-ups.
In his work at Christ Pres, Todd loves helping create structures that connect people to one another and to God’s grace in Christ. As native mountain-folk, he is enjoying walking on flat land in Greenville.
JonPaul Watson, Pastor to Students
JonPaul came to Christ Pres as Pastor to Students in February of 2014, having previously interned at Grace Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg, SC.
JonPaul grew up in Spartanburg. He is married to Carrie, and they have three children—Lucy, Judah, and Luke. He enjoys being with people, reading, and shopping for groceries.
In his work at Christ Pres, JonPaul has a passion for seeing all of Scripture taught and applied to the lives of the students at Christ Pres. He loves that Christ Pres is a place where he and his family can be known and loved because of the power of the Gospel.
For any questions feel free to email our Office Administrator, Cindy Hamilton at email@example.com, or call the church office at 252-355-9632. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm.
For any pastoral concerns, feel free to contact our pastors directly.
Pastor to Students