We’re a community of Christian believers, followers of Jesus Christ.
- God creates and redeems the universe and all of us in love.
- In Christ, God offers new life and hope to the world.
- By the Spirit, God gives us to one another for faithful and fruitful living.
We’re a part of the church universal. With all Christians, we
- participate in the one Body of Jesus Christ, the family of God, the church;
- understand the Old and New Testaments as God’s Word to us, by the Holy Spirit;
- believe God has come among us in Jesus Christ;
- affirm God’s three-in-one mystery: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Trinity.
We were birthed in the Protestant Reformation of the Church.
- The grace of God sustains us.
- Faith in God is a gift offered to us.
- The Scriptures from God center us, guiding our daily living.
And, we’re part of the Presbyterian and Reformed expression of the church.
- God is sovereign: in life and in death, we belong to God.
- God chooses us, before we choose God, to receive redemption and hope, and to serve the world making God’s vision real. God makes a covenant with us, and we in turn covenant with Christ and with each other to be the church, God’s glad and faithful people.
- Our stewardship reflects modesty about our possessions and generosity in our sharing time, talent, and treasure.
- We are governed by a council of elders elected by the people, called the session, and part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) pcusa.org
- Together we work together for God’s justice in the world, all in service of the God who gives us life in the beginning, and to whom our lives return at the last.
A simple but comprehensive statement of Christian faith in the Presbyterian tradition can be found in A Brief Statement of Faith at http://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/101/brief-statement-faith/
In response to God’s love,
we seek to be a family of faith,
inviting others to join us as we
Discover a spiritual home in Jesus Christ,
Grow in faith and fellowship, and
Make a difference in the world for God.
We encourage our faith family to “Worship plus 2” as the way to a living and lively faith.
First we engage in worship as the energizing center of our lives, and then take on two other practices: one to grow in personal faith, and another to serve others with Christ’s love, here at CPC or beyond.
There are many different avenues to discover your spiritual home, grow in faith and fellowship, and make a difference at CPC. Explore our website to see what God might have in store for you!
Christ Presbyterian Church first began worship services in 1979 at the La Costa Resort Theater. CPC officially chartered in March, 1980 with about 100 members and pastor George DeWeese. The church immediately established a preschool which was much-needed in the new community and drew young families to the church.
In 1985, CPC moved to its current campus with two buildings, a fellowship hall and a preschool building. A second Sunday morning worship service was added in 1994, and In 1997 built the DeWeese Education Building. As the La Costa area grew into the new century, so did CPC with expanded youth and children’s ministries, hands-on mission projects, and a variety of connecting groups for fellowship and spiritual growth.
Meet Our Staff
Pastor Greg arrived at CPC in December 2014 after serving Wildwood Presbyterian Church in Grayslake Illinois for 23 years as co-pastor with his wife Kathy. She has now retired from active pastoral ministry to focus on her other career as an author, leaving the preaching to Greg. Their three children, Chris, Amy & David live in Los Angeles, each pursuing a career in the movie business.
Greg grew up in the Midwest, attending high school in Wheaton, IL. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois (economics), Princeton Seminary (New Jersey) and McCormick Seminary (Chicago), where he received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 1998. Greg plays a lot of soccer and a little basketball, enjoys the great outdoors, follows baseball and college hoops (the Fighting Illini, of course) and loves watching kids grow up--his own and everyone else's. In another life he might have been a whitewater rafting guide or high school basketball coach, but most of the time he wouldn't trade professions with anyone.
Eileen VanGieson is a native of the San Diego area. She grew up at Point Loma Community (Presbyterian) Church, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California (BA in Communications and Psychology) and Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena). Eileen has a wealth of experience working with youth and young adults including seven years as high school director at La Jolla Presbyterian Church; youth director at Point Loma Community (Presbyterian) Church; and site director, Children, Youth and Family Collaborative of Los Angeles. She served as hospice chaplain at Kaiser Hospice, San Diego, before beginning at CPC in February 2017. Here Eileen focuses on youth, women's ministry, pastoral care, and worship. In her spare time, Eileen loves being outdoors. She enjoys running with her dog, Henri; anything at the beach; and travel. Eileen is working on perfecting the art of French cooking!
Jill has been on our staff since 2010. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from California State University, Northridge. She has been a member of Christ Presbyterian Church for twenty years, and is now enjoying working with the children and families here at CPC. Jill and her husband, Aaron have two children, daughter Eden and son Owen. Most work days you will find Jillin her office creating new games, art projects, and other fun activities for the kids at CPC.