Gaston Community Church, Brief History

Gaston Community Church, Brief History

Gaston Community Church is a church in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian denomination and was a church plant that began under the auspices of First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in downtown Gastonia.  

The church holds to the supremacy of Jesus Christ as Lord, and its conviction that salvation is through Christ and Christ alone.  The Bible is affirmed as the Word from God through the prophets and apostles, and that it is inerrant in its original text, and infallible in its teachings.

Worship services began in March of 2008 under the leadership of Andy Holland, being held at Gaston Day School in the upper dining room. Pastor Mark Tankersley began preaching at the satellite worship service in April of 2008 with a solid team of people who had the goal of seeking to move from a worship service gathering into eventually becoming a mission church.  The satellite worship service began meeting at Gaston Day School and became a mission of First Presbytery in the ARP denomination in the Fall of 2008.

The church gained status as a non-profit entity with the State of North Carolina. Also, the opportunity to submit proposed names for the church was opened to the members of the mission. Several names were considered, and the one chosen was “Gaston Community Church.”   The logo of the church was created by Brian Fischer, a website designer, and a charter member of the church mission. A website was developed in the early years by Tom Kirkham. The mission continued to grow, helped by the hiring of our first youth leader. Good quality of music and worship provided by the praise team and the faithful preaching of the word and diligent work by the whole church continued to enhance the ministry of the church. Fellowship Groups for Adults were started in 2009.  Kidswalk, a ministry for children, was also developed in 2009.   The Women’s Ministry has been a great reason for the success of the church and has been under great leadership for the nine years of our church’s ministry.

The church was officially organized as a new Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon, December 6, 2009 at a worship service held at Gaston Day School. Including the children, there were 136 charter members. The Church Planter, Mark Tankersley, was officially installed as the Pastor of Gaston Community Church, and the first Elders of the new church were installed.

With God’s grace demonstrated in the leadership, commitment, and financial giving of the people of Gaston Community Church, the church has moved forward in many important ways. The people of the church have been involved in various local ministries, including outreaches at the Salvation Army, Hope4Gaston, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Young Life, Crisis Pregnancy Center, FCA and others. Further, the church has a strong benevolence giving to local ministries in its annual budget. Internationally, the church supports five missionary families and has a healthy foreign missions budget.

In early 2010, the corporate status of Gaston Community Church, Inc. was completed with the election of the officers of the corporation.

In January of 2013 the church approved the purchase of its first piece of property, an eleven-acre wooded property next to Gaston Day School.

Later that year, in December 2013 the church ordained and installed its first Deacons.

In 2014 the church hired a company to work with our congregation to design a master plan for our property. Later, the church hired a Capital Campaign Company to help us raise funds for our first building.

Currently, the Expansion Committee of our church is currently working with a Construction Company and an Architectural firm to design our first building and to hopefully begin our new building sometime in the near future.

We give praise for how God’s Spirit has led the establishment and forward progress of Gaston Community Church.

   August 2019