Our History

unionchurch1Our church was founded as a German Reformed congregation on October 15, 1833 as Christ Reformed Church. In the beginning, this Reformed congregation and our neighboring Lutheran congregation shared a common building, as a “union church.” The worship services were held in the same building, located directly across the street “on the eastern side of the great road called, ‘Sumneytown Road’, Towamencin Township in the county of Montgomery.”

It was under the ministry of its ninth pastor, Rev. D. K. Laudenslager (1903-1910), that the Reformed and Lutheran congregations began plans to dissolve the union arrangement. Marked by several changes, including the discontinuation of German singing in the worship services and the formation of Sunday School, it was during his pastorate that the agreement to separate from the Union Church was signed. In 1911, each congregation decided to build its own sanctuary. Completed in the summer of 1912, the new church building (our present fellowship hall) was dedicated June 30th of that year. The new sanctuary and educational facilities were built in 1965.

oldbuildingRev. Henry S. Basler, the first pastor of Christ Church, preached his last sermon in the German language on May 12, 1839. Our current pastors, Jim and Cathy, first preached (in English!) at our church on January 10, 2010.

In the 20th century, our church was part of an ecumenical movement that led to a series of denominational mergers. The Reformed Church in the United States (formerly the German Reformed Church) merged with the Evangelical Synod of North America in 1934 to form the Evangelical and Reformed Church. The E&R church, in turn, merged in 1957 with the Congregational Christian Churches to form the United Church of Christ (UCC).

In 2006, our church decided to leave the UCC and seek a new affiliation. Our search led us to the Evangelical Covenant Church: in February 2007 our congregation voted to seek to affiliate with the ECC, and we were welcomed into full membership in the Covenant in June 2007.

Today we move forward in our common ministry together with the Evangelical Covenant Church! From the beginning, the members of Christ Covenant Church have been called to be God’s witness in this community, and our calling has not changed. Our mission remains the same: “to help all men and women love and serve Jesus Christ!”

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LEADERSHIP TEAM Christ Covenant Church is governed according to a "congregational" system, in which the members of the church make all major decisions in congregational meetings that are held at least twice per year. Throughout the year our church is led by an eight-member Leadership Team whose members serve 2-year terms (with half of the members elected annually, and able to be elected to new terms to succeed themselves no more than twice). Terms expiring at the end of 2015: Dan DiStefano (Chair) - twice re-elected LT member Tom Moyer (Financial Officer) Bob Kaler - filling an unexpired term Carolyn Stuart Terms expiring at the end of 2016: Susan Cressman - twice re-elected LT member Linda Lotier Jeff Schneck Frank Thierer Christ Covenant Church also has three key standing committees, to which the congregation and Leadership Team elect members as noted: MUTUAL MINISTRY COMMITTEE Jeff Schneck (LT rep and chair) Carolyn Stuart (second LT rep) Jodi Scribner (at-large member, term expires at the end of 2015) Linda Szojka (at-large member, term expires at the end of 2016) NOMINATING COMMITTEE Dan DiStefano (LT rep and chair) Lois Moyer (at-large member, term expires at the end of 2015) Walt Boguslaw (at-large member, term expires at the end of 2016) Rev.'s Jim & Cathy Stanley-Erickson (co-pastors) FINANCIAL COMMITTEE (LT liaison = Linda Lotier) Craig Ikeda (leader, term expires at the end of 2015) David Lotier (term expires at the end of 2016) Claude Bevan (term expires at the end of 2017) Tom Moyer (Financial Officer)   MINISTRY TEAMS As provided in our Bylaws, our leadership structure also includes the establishment of Ministry Teams to implement the varied ministries of the church. Ten such ministry teams are established at present. Each of our Ministry Teams is listed below, along with its Team leader and Leadership Team liaison: Administration: Don Lepp (LT liaison = Susan Cressman) Buildings & Grounds: Thelma Craig (LT liaison = Bob Kaler) Christian Formation: Sandie Thierer (LT liaison = Pastor Jim) Community Connections: Mig Robertson (LT liaison = Frank Thierer) Congregational Care: Jan Marcheski (LT liaison = Jeff Schneck) Congregational Life: Lynda Bair (LT liaison = Carolyn Stuart) Missions: Andrew Giampa (LT liaison = Tom Moyer) Small Groups: Jill Gower (LT liaison = Dan DiStefano) Worship Planning: Pastor Cathy and Carla Metz (LT liaison = Pastor Cathy) Youth Ministry: Marie DiStefano, Emma Edwards, Craig Ikeda, Bob Siegfried (LT liaison = Dan DiStefano)
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