Welcome

 

Welcome to Concord Presbyterian Church!  We are so glad that you have found your way to our corner of web!  We hope you might soon find yourself in our corner of the world too.  You will find Concord 3 miles west of Statesville, NC on highway 90.

Visit us any Sunday morning for Sunday school and worship.  Stop by the church office during the week to meet our staff.  Find your way to one of our many opportunities for fellowship and service.  There is always something happening at Concord!

At Concord, you will find many opportunities to grow in your relationship with God, through discipleship, study, prayer, play, worship, music, generosity, mission, and outreach.  Our church feeds 150 families every month through our food pantry.  We send 300 shoe box gifts all over the world through Operation Christmas Child.  We share the Gospel with the community through outreach ministries like Vacation Bible School and Project Christmas: Iredell County’s oldest and dearest live outdoor nativity drama!  We visit hospitals, nursing facilities, and home-bound members with pastoral and congregational care.   We teach our young people to be leaders, in worship and in action.  We sing God’s praise through both traditional and innovative music!  At Concord, we proudly host cub scout and boy scout programs.  We spend time together as a church family on retreats.  We love and serve God together!

The members of Concord Presbyterian Church think of themselves as one big family.  We believe that we are all Children of God, and in God’s house, there is room for everyone to belong, regardless of where you have been or what you have done. At Concord, we strive to love each other for the people we are and to help each other become the people God would have us to be  Here at Concord, there is room for you to belong, to grow, and to serve as we glorify God together!

Staff

Rev. Kyle Goodman, Pastor

rev.kyle@gmail.com

Kyle has been the pastor at Concord since 2007.  He grew up in Eden, North Carolina, just ninety miles from Loray.  He is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia and of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where majored in Religious Studies and Classical Studies.  Before he was called to be our pastor, Kyle worked primarily in Youth and Family ministry, serving as the Associate Pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden, SC and as the youth director at Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, GA and Guilford Park Presbyterian Church in Greensboro.  Since coming to Concord, Kyle has served as Board President of Statesville’s Yokefellow Ministries and has chaired the Domestic Hunger Committee for Salem Presbytery.  Voted by high school peers “Most likely to be become a professional student,” Kyle loves a good Bible study, is a student of all things “pop culture,”  and loves to be “adventurous” in his ministry!  He loves to travel, to to play guitar, to try new foods, to watch movies and read a good book, to laugh at two dogs, all while spending as much times possible with his wife Michelle.

Susie Brown, Church Secretary

concordpresby@bellsouth.net

Elizabeth Dobson, Organist and Choir Director

Melissa Donnelly, Pianist

What We Believe

Concord Presbyterian Church is a Church of Jesus Christ.  In our ministry together, we seek to live out Christ’s teachings and example.  We seek to share the Gospel: Christ’s resurrection from the dead and his promise of abundant and everlasting life.  We seek to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in our discipleship, our worship, and our service to others.

We are Presbyterian Church, rooted and grounded in the Reformed Protestant tradition founded by 16th century reformers like John Calvin and John Knox, itself a tradition faithful to the the one, holy, universal and apostolic Church.  We are congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), a denomination of 2 million members with churches throughout the United States.  We belong to Salem Presbytery, a group of 150 churches in the Piedmont region of North Carolina who support one another in mission and ministry.

Our History

In 1775, one year before the American Revolution, members of Fourth Creek Presbyterian Church (now First Presbyterian Church of Statesville) organized the Concord and Bethany Presbyterian Churches to serve Presbyterians in rural areas of Iredell County.  The land for the church was graciously given by Lindsay Carson, father of the legendary frontiersman “Kit Carson.”  The road behind the church cemetery still bears his name.

In its early years, the church shared pastors with Fourth Creek and Bethany.  Members of Concord Presbyterian Church were known for their perseverance, their strong values and work ethic, and their camp meeting celebrations that shared the gospel with the West Iredell community.  The first church was simple log structure, where the congregation held worship and Sunday School.  In 1822, burials began in the church cemetery.

In 1836, the congregation built its second meeting house, a large frame building capable of seating 500 people. Also in the 1830’s, members of Concord organized and founded the Salem and Shiloh Presbyterian Churches.  Many of Concord’s men fought and lost their lives for the Confederacy during the Civil War, and following the war, the African American members of Concord left to join the Logan Presbyterian Church a few miles to the West.  Still, by 1868, the church had grown to 25o members.  In 1866, the church established its first board of deacons.  In 1879, members at Concord organized the Clio Presbyterian church to serve families in the northern part of Iredell County.  Under the leadership of Rev. William Carson Brown, the third church building was built on the church’s current site in 1899.

Despite the struggles of the Great Depression and two World Wars, the church was rebuilt one final time under the leadership of Rev. Samuel Lee Cathey and a new, brick building was dedicated in 1943.  Following Rev. Cathey’s 30 years of service to Concord, Rev. Samuel Houck served as pastor.  During his tenure, the Men of the Church and the Women of the Church were reorganized.  During Rev. E.V. Wiley’s pastorate, a education wing that bears his name was built on the western side of the church.  During the tenure of Rev. John Wilson, the fellowship hall building was constructed and dedicated on the eastern side of the sanctuary in 1969, and air conditioning was added to the other buildings.

In more recent years, the Church has been served by Rev. Robert Hare (1973-1986), Rev. David Lee-Andrews (1986-1996), Revs. Aaron and Judith Fulp Eickstaedt (1997-2005), interim pastor, Rev. Dr. Carter Shelley (2005-2007), and most recently, by Rev. Kyle Goodman (2007-Present).  In the 1988, the Concord held its first Project Christmas, a live outdoor Nativity drama.  In 2006, the steeple was added to the sanctuary, and in 2008, the front steps were rebuilt and an accessibility ramp was added to the church.  Also in 2008, a columbarium was installed between the old and new cemeteries.  In 2009, the Church organized the Concord Food Pantry, which now helps 150 families a month with food and clothing assistance.

Throughout its history, Concord Church has been known for faithful service to the Gospel and the community.  Members of Concord Presbyterian Church have served in every major war or conflict in American history, and every Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day, flags from each one of those eras proudly fly beside the cemetery monuments.  The members of Concord have volunteers and contributed to local ministries like Fifth Street, My Sister’s House, Yokefellow, Operation Christmas Child, and Hospice.  Every year, we send our youth on mission trips to cities like Washington D.C., New York, Jacksonville, Atlanta, and Morehead City.  In 2011, we sent a mission team to Nairobi, Kenya.  For more than 40 years, Concord Church has sponsored Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.  We have hosted many community events, and for many years, Concord has served as a election polling site.

Throughout the history of our community and our nation, the members of Concord Presbyterian Church have witnessed to the love and hope of Jesus Christ, right here in Loray, to all of Iredell County, and even to the ends of the earth.  The witness of those who have gone before us continues to inspire our ministry.  We are proud of long and faithful history, and we look to the future God has planned for us with hope.