In July of 2011 a group of five Christian Presbyterians that had been worshiping together for a number of years experienced a need to worship and continuously grow and follow Jesus more closely. At the same time they had a desire to connect with their community and to serve others. They experienced a special calling to grow as a community of believers yet serve the geographic community around them in order to be used by God to reach the lost.
Following the Biblical model outlined in Acts 2: 42 this group of five desired to plant a simple church founded upon the teaching of Jesus when he said, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...and Love you neighbor as yourself" AND when he instructed his disciples to "Go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you."
After much prayer and following God's leading the group sought to affiliate with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and contacted her home office in Livonia, Michigan. After considerable consultation with the EPC the group had its first organizational meeting in September of 2011and elected officers.
In October of 2011 the group sent a formal letter of intent to the Church Development Committee of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic of the EPC requesting to become an EPC Mission Group. The request was received and the group of five was approved as the New Horizon EPC Mission Group. Shortly thereafter the group engaged the assistance of a church planter that will serve to assist the New Horizon EPC Mission Group in becoming a mission church and then a particular church of the EPC denomination.
A New Beginning..
On January 8, 2012 the New Horizon EPC Mission Group celebrated the Lord’s Supper at it first public worship service at the Ramada Biltmore West in West Asheville with 23 persons in attendance. For more details see The Layman Online.
On Charter Sunday, March 4, 2012 New Horizon EPC Mission Group received its first five members, one by letter of transfer and four by reaffirmation of faith. During the month of April, 2012 the congregation conducted the "Each One Reach One" campaign and another thirteen persons were taken into membership, one by profession of faith and twelve by reaffirmation of faith. The Leadership Team of the church also attended its first presbytery meeting during which a brief DVD about the New Horizon story was shown to the commissioners and guests. Then in May, four more joined the ranks by reaffirmation of faith giving us a total of 22 charter members and one member was commissioned to work with Operation Heal Our Patriots in Alaska, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse.