During the summer of 1955, a small group of Edina residents discussed the need for a local Presbyterian church. Initially, they met in homes and planned the first worship service, held on September 18, 1955.
On May 7, 1956, Christ Presbyterian Church of Edina became a reality. No name had been chosen, so the church was referred to as the “Presbyterian church in Edina.” The name “Christ” was not chosen lightly but came from a deep conviction that this church must be dedicated to Him who is the cornerstone of the church.
On a very cold Sunday, December 6, 1956, groundbreaking ceremonies took place. Turning the first spade-full was the newly installed pastor, Rev. Roger R. Anderson. The congregation numbered 283.
By 1960, CPC had 627 members and added 13,000 square feet of space, tripling capacity. The Sanctuary was enlarged and additional space added for education and offices. The Edynamoes, our vibrant seniors program, was formed in 1978 and they continue to gather monthly for fellowship and lunch.
Dr. Roger Anderson served as Senior Pastor, counselor, and adviser until his retirement on July 1, 1988. His remarkable gifts enabled him to lead Christ Presbyterian Church to become one of the country’s largest Presbyterian churches.
In 1989, the Reverend John Crosby was installed as Senior Pastor at CPC. John was formerly Executive Pastor of National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. In 1999, CPC built a new Sanctuary that seats 1000 people. Under John’s leadership, CPC has continued to grow, with over 2000 adults and students attending worship services and programming on Sunday mornings and evenings, Wednesday nights, and Saturday evenings.
After commissioning a worship community for the next generation called Upper Room, The Table at CPC was launched in 2009. The Table is a Sunday night worship environment that seeks to be moving in Christ's love through creativity and community. The Table offers innovative worship, creative discipleship, and missional outreach, with the end goal of seeing people transformed by Jesus to transform their communities.
CPC has also spearheaded many efforts to serve and partner with others in the Twin Cities and across the world: 7,000,000 meals have been packed in Feed My Starving Children mobile packing events at CPC, 2,000 kids have been sponsored by CPC members through World Vision partnerships in Africa, a pioneering partnership between CPC and Opportunity International has been launched in Nicaragua, and 20 ministries coordinated by our Deacons serve those in need locally.
CPC celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006. As CPC looks toward the next 50 years, how will we engage with the world? As our congregation grows, there may be new buildings, new ways to fellowship, and as Christ is preached and taught, God will draw new converts. As the love of God is shared, there will be new projects and new relationships near and far. CPC will continue to be the people of God, joyously serving Him.