Our Church and Denominational History
Concord ARP Church History
In 1902 the Concord ARP Church was organized. At that time there were many scattered ARP Church members
throughout the Concord area but they were without a meeting place. Elder Dave Caldwell found a vacant
chapel suitable as a meeting place and went to work to gather the scattered ARP members into an
Upon organizing the ARP families in the city of Concord, the church became a member of the 1st Presbytery
of the ARP Synod. Reverend Walter Simpson was called as the first pastor. In the next several years the
church outgrew the small chapel, and in 1908 the present sanctuary was completed at the corner of
Union St. N. and Marsh Ave. The church continued to expand through evangelism and prayer and in 1952
a new education wing was constructed under the leadership of Reverend Hoy Whitlow.
Twelve fulltime pastors have served this church since 1902. The church began with 16 charter members and
as of 2013 the active role is 60 members.
ARP Denominational History
The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church had its beginning in Scotland in the late 1600s and early
1700s, times of great upheavel in Britain's religious and political life.
For decades, Scots Presbyterian ministers and believers, along with other protestants faced trials that
tested their faith and threatened their families, their freedom, their homes and property. Many were
brutally killed because they would not yield to the reigning Monarch's claim to be the head of the Church.
Others lost everything but their lives-and their faith.
In addition, corruption in the Church of Scotland during those times forced some ministers to leave the
established Church to form new Presbyteries. One of these was the Associate Presbytery started in 1733;
another was the Reformed Presbytery, established 10 years later.
Members of these two branches migrated to America in the mid-1700's, drawn to settle in Pennsylvania,
New York and the Carolinas. In 1782, the Associate and Reformed Presbyteries merged and the ARP Church
Through many shifts in society, various changes, expansions, and growth in our denomination, the ARP
Church, tried and tested over nearly 220 years, remained true to it's roots in the Reformed faith.
Today, the ARP Church has more than 260 congregations in nine Presbyteries stretching from coast to
coast across the United States and into eastern Canada.