Christ The King Somerville is a church plant of Christ The King Presbyterian Church, a multi-congregational church in Boston, MA.
CTK Boston has its beginnings in the uniting of three groups in 1995. In 1994 the Presbyterian Church in America sent Pastor Terry Gyger to plant a church in Boston. At the same time Pastor Osni Ferreira was pastoring a Brazilian Presbyterian church in the area. After connecting several times to discuss the possibility of a concerted endeavor, the two groups joined each other as Christ the King Presbyterian Church. When local Brazilian Pastor David Gomez decided to return to Brazil, the congregation he led joined the effort as well.
After much prayer and a remarkable financial gift, the group purchased a building on Prospect Street in Cambridge (originally the Prospect Street Congregational Church), on July 13, 1995. In February of 1996 Pastor Osni returned to Brazil and was succeeded by Pastor Samuel Viera. Christ The King Presbyterian Church was formally constituted as a particular church in the Presbyterian Church in America in August of 1996. In March of 1999, Terry Gyger accepted a call to Redeemer Presbyterian in New York and nine months later Rick Downs was installed as associate pastor. Pastor Samuel returned to Brazil at the end of 2002 and Pastor Naamã Mendes arrived in February of 2003. Today Naamã and Rick work together with their assistant pastors to feed and encourage a truly multi-cultural church.
From its inception, CTK held church planting as a core component of its mission. The earliest church mission statement described the purpose of the church “to ignite and fuel a church planting movement.” In the late 1990s, CTK was invested in planting three Brazilian churches around the city. In 2002 we played a significant role in launching Citylife, a center-city church in downtown Boston. In 2006 CTK planted an urban church in Boston’s largest and perhaps most diverse neighborhood—Dorchester. CTK Newton, at the gateway to Boston’s western suburbs, launched in September 2010. CTK Jamaica Plain/Roxbury and CTK Roslindale launched in September of 2013. And in January of 2013, David and Kelly Richter moved to the city to begin the work of planting CTK Somerville. CTK Somerville will launch monthly services in March of 2014 and weekly services in September of 2014.
By God’s grace, CTK Boston hopes to see at least 20 healthy, reproducing churches planted in the next 20 years, extending out into the suburbs and the North and South Shores.
CTK's location in and vision for the city is deliberate. We love the city and want to live in the city, pray for it, and work for its peace and well being. We want to take seriously the issues facing the city and work to bring the values of the kingdom of God to bear. We long to see the city healed and beautified.
At the center of CTK's vision is the conviction that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, that every malady and grief is addressed and substantially healed in this gospel. We long to see a transformation of the city by the outgrowth of the lives of the congregants as they are transformed by this gospel. We are convinced that the good news of the love of God expressed in the death and resurrection of Jesus towards real sinners with real problems will change everything as it courses through our communities.
Christ the King Boston is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The PCA was founded in 1973, and quickly grew from its roots to spread across the United States and into Canada. For theological, historical, and representative reasons, the PCA organizes itself into regional groups known as Presbyteries. Christ The King is part of the Southern New England Presbytery, which is comprised of churches in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We are also part of the City to City network of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC. Other churches in the network are located in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Washington DC, Sydney, Dubai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cape Town, Rome, Moscow, London, Madrid, Paris, Edinburgh, Dublin and many other cities around the world.