Where We Pray: North Presbyterian Church puts its arms around the community with service, outreach

CINCINNATI - The Tri-State is rich in the number and variety of houses of worship. In our weekly feature, WCPO shines the spotlight on where we pray.

North Presbyterian Church

  • Address: 4222 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati (Northside)
  • Lead Clergy: Rev. Erwin F. Goedicke, Pastor; Gary Loomans, Youth Director; Joann Ashley, Urban Missioner; Chris Wallhausser, Minister of Music; Rev. Larry Sansoucie, Pastoral Associate MORE
  • Members: 100
  • Affiliations: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Member of the Presbytery of Cincinnati

Core Beliefs: North Presbyterian Church  (NPC) is committed to being a missional church in Cincinnati's historic and diverse neighborhood of Northside. "That means we believe we've been called by God to live out the love of Christ in our community." -- Rev. Erwin F. Goedicke. MORE

A recent first-time visitor to the church shared one of the reasons she came: "I know this church does so much for this neighborhood."

About North Presbyterian Church

"I've been a member of a church wherever I lived since I was a baby,"  said parishioner Jonathon Kopke. "But 13 years ago, when I was really hurting, my wife and I happened to visit North Church, and we were immediately hugged into the family."

North Church is known throughout the neighborhood and beyond for serving and loving the people in its community, according to Rev. Goedicke.

"This is a place where people are accepted as they are, loved into greater wholeness, hear and experience the good news of Jesus Christ, and are invited to become part of the larger activity of God in their lives and in the world," said Goedicke, pastor since 1987.

Over the past 20 years, the church has experienced a renewal of its ministry and mission. Though it is small, NPC is an active and vital congregation. The church facility now provides a home to another congregation, World Outreach Christian Church , led by Pastor Gregory Chandler. 

NPC also houses two non-profits: Whole Again (a ministry of World Outreach Christian Church) and Dramakinetics . It also hosts YouthWorks for the summer, an organization which provides a mission trip experience for church youth groups from around the country.  

With a thriving youth ministry, partnership with the Churches Active In Northside (CAIN) community ministry, and hosting many community groups and events, North Presbyterian Church is a center of life in the neighborhood. 

"I love the church because it's the main way God has chosen for the world to know the 'good news of the Kingdom of God.'" Rev. Goedicke said, referring to Mark 1:14. "The fact that we do that very imperfectly doesn't change the fact that the church is the foretaste and sign post of the Kingdom of God. In precisely the same way that the fact that I am a sinful man doesn't change the fact that I am created in the image of God."

North Presbyterian Church in the community

  • Teen Impact Supper, Tuesday 6:30 p.m.
  • AA Groups on Wednesday: Women's Group 6 - 7 p.m.; Men/Women's Group: 7:30 - 8:0 p.m.
  • Saturday: Women's Group 10 a.m. - noon
  • During the fall, winter, and spring, the church hosts Northside Farmer's Market
  • The church participates in the annual block party with other neighborhood groups. This year's party is Sunday, August 24, 2014 on Hamilton Ave.

History

Originally known as the First Presbyterian Church of Cumminsville, NPC was founded in 1853, and has been at its present location on Hamilton Avenue, in the heart of Northside, since 1886. Through its commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ, its focus on the neighborhood, a strong music program under top choral directors, and its ecumenical leadership, NPC grew steadily through the 1950s.

Sunday Service Times: Worship 10:00 a.m. and Bible Story 11:30 a.m.

Connect:

  • Website 
  • Telephone: (513) 681-1400
  • Email: npc@fuse.net
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