History of the Kirk of Holly Springs

Spring of 2012 – Several families began to meet and discuss the idea of forming another Presbyterian worshipping community in southwestern Wake County.

March 17, 2013 – First formal meeting of interested individuals held at the home of Brick and Joan Calloway in Fuquay-Varina. 15 people attended. The group agreed to begin meeting on a scheduled basis.

May 19, 2013 – Representatives from the group (Mary Bethel, Jeff Gross, and Jeff Tucker) met with the New Church Development and Evangelism Committee of the Presbytery of New Hope to inform the Committee of our desire to form a new worshipping community in southwest Wake County and to get the blessings of the Committee. Gordon Marshall, Committee member and Pastor at Cotton Memorial Presbyterian Church in Henderson, volunteered to be a liaison from the Committee to our group.

Summer of 2013 – First Presbyterian Church in Smithfield donated hymn books to our worshipping group.

August 25, 2013 – Discernment Team was elected by the group to provide leadership to the new worshipping community development efforts. Those elected were Mary Bethel, Rev. Donna Coffman, Chris Daniels, Jeff Gross, and David Yow. (note: Rev. Coffman stepped down in April of 2014 due to health concerns and Mary Ellen Taylor was selected to join the Team).

September 22, 2013 – Discernment Team meets with Rev. Ted Churn, Executive of the Presbytery of New Hope, to update him on development efforts and to gets his guidance in our efforts.

September 26, 2013 – Letter was sent to the leadership of the Kirk of Kildare Presbyterian Church in Cary expressing our interest in entering into conversation with the Kirk about developing a potential relationship. Jody Welker, Senior Pastor at the Kirk, was very supportive of our initiating this process.

October 2013 – Vision and mission statements were developed by our worshiping community.

October 16, 2013 – Leadership Team met with the Kirk of Kildaire Session to express our desire to explore a formal relationship with the Kirk.

February 16, 2014 – Leadership Team members along with Rev. Melinda Merkley King, Associate Pastor at the Kirk of Kildaire, and Jim Pinson, Kirk of Kildaire Session member, visited the Friendly Avenue Campus of the Westminister Presbyterian Church in Greensboro to observe their satellite campus operation and to talk with leadership at the satellite to gain insight into the mechanics and logistics of such a relationship.

March 9, 2014 – Rev. Jane Love lead the members of our worshipping community in a retreat to help us provide further clarity to our journey as we continue to move forward.

March 27, 2014 – Leadership Team met with the Kirk or Kildaire Session to make the formal request to pursue exploring a satellite relationship with the Kirk. Doug Nagy and Kimbery Underwood, Kirk Session members, volunteered to be liaisons with us. (note: Kimberly stepped down after several months).

June 8, 2014 – The Kirk of Kildaire Session approved our worshiping community being a formal Ministry Team of the Kirk. Our worshipping community officially became the Kirk of Holly Springs, a Satellite of the Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church.

Spring and Summer of 2014 – Committees formed to carry out the on-going work of the Kirk of Holly Springs

August 2014 – Several hundred additional hymn books were donated to us by the Wake Forest Presbyterian Church.

October 2014 – A grant of $5,000 was received from the Capital Area Presbyterian Council, Inc. (CAPCI) to support the work of the new Ministry Team.

January 11, 2015 – Kirk of Holly Spring held its first worship service in the Holly Springs Masonic Lodge. 58 people were in attendance. The Rev. Alice Fisler, a Parish Associate with the Kirk of Kildaire, was the worship leader.

February 22, 2015 – The Rev. Scott Phillips lead our satellite congregation in a retreat to provide input for the development of an action plan for moving our Ministry Team forward.

July 2015 – Discussions were initiated with the Holly Springs United Church of Christ about utilizing their facilities for our worship. This would provide a larger meeting space.

September 13, 2015 – Royce Espey was elected to the Leadership Team to replace David Yow who was elected to the Session for the Kirk of Kildaire and a plan of action for the next two years was approved.

December 6,2015 – Alicia Coleman was elected to the Leadership Team to replace Jeff Gross who rotated off the Team.

March 2016 – Received notification that our application for a 1001 New Worshiping Community Seed Grant in the amount of $7,500 was approved.

April 2016 – Kirk of Holly Springs entered into a rental agreement with the Holly Springs United Church of Christ to utilizing their facilities for worship and other congregational functions. The time for Sunday worship services was changed to 9:45 a.m. The first worship service was held on April 3 with 39 people in attendance. The Rev. Alice Fisler was the worship leader.Received notification that our application for a 1001 New Worshiping Community Seed Grant in the amount of $7,500 was approved.

July 21, 2016 – The Church Development and Evangelism Committee of the New Hope Presbytery approved providing $50,000 to use to hire a Stated Supply Associate Pastor.

September of 2016 – A Pastoral Search Committee is formed.

December 11, 2016 – Paul Kindig and Mollie Sears are elected to the Leadership Team to replace Mary Bethel and Mary Ellen Taylor who rotated off the Team.

April 16, 2017 – Jonathan Sherrod was called to be the first stated supply pastor for the Kirk of Holly Springs and this was his first Sunday in the pulpit. His 20 hour a week position is supported by funding from the Presbytery Church Development and Evangelism Committee.