History

gatheringIn August 1979, a small group of believers gathered together in the home of Dr. Wayne Curles. At the time, the Presbyterian Church was in the process of splitting, and the fledgling PCA was beginning to come together as a separate denomination. The congregation grew quickly, and after two months, began meeting at the local YMCA. In the autumn of 1980, Northgate Presbyterian Church incorporated and officially organized, and began meeting at its current location. The first communion service was held on November 23, 1980. A sanctuary was added to the building to accommodate the growing congregation in 1981. The dedication service was held on September 13, 1981. Rev. Dr. Curles served faithfully until late 1987. He then was called to serve as a missionary in Eastern Europe.

Since the beginning, Northgate has been known as a training and equipping church, with a strong teaching component. Rev. Ken Cross was installed as pastor of Northgate in October 1988. He brought to Northgate an inspiring gift of planting and nurturing new churches, and sent out several missionaries during his stay. He went on to plant two additional churches in North Carolina.

Rev. David King was called in March 1994. An accomplished scholar, Rev. King published Holy Scripture: Pillar and Ground of Our Faith in 2001, a study of the authority of scripture in comparison to the Roman Catholic view. He started the annual Fish Fry event at Northgate.

outreachRev. Richard Smith was called in 1999. Incorporating a relational focus into the theological strengths of the church, Rev. Smith is skilled at bringing people together. Under his care, the church has grown more unified and is thriving as a community of believers from many different ages and backgrounds. In 2000, he established a Summer Day Camp and VBS for neighborhood children, which is still going strong. In March 2015 Rev. Smith left Northgate to take a call with RUF-International at Penn State.

Current pastor Rev. John Albano was called in July 2016. Today, and looking forward to the future, the church hopes by God’s grace, to continue to faithfully proclaim the Good News of reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ and to grow in outreach and ministry to the surrounding area.

See photos from our 30th Anniversary Celebration Slideshow here.