Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Evangelical Presbyterian (EP) Church of Newark, DE. We hope that you will worship with us or make a connection with one of the many places we have for fellowship. My desire is that you find EP to be true to its reputation. If you don’t please let us know. We seek to be a congregation characterized by warm people, joyful worship, historic roots, and a vibrant heart for missions.
Warm--Our congregation is known to be friendly and welcoming. We know that all people are created in God’s image. We all need to be forgiven, restored and healed. Jesus Christ is our common hope and our common bond. We are comprised of folks from every generation and many different backgrounds: young and old, American and international, college students and young adults, married and divorced. You are welcome among us. Click through to connect with ministries for men, women, youth, children or seniors. We have officers and staff dedicated in each of these areas to facilitate fellowship.
Joyful—Worship is important to us at EP Church. Our worship is unique in the region. We have many talented musicians and use a wide variety of instruments to accompany our worship music. Our preaching is Biblical and Christ centered, a combination that allows us to minister to long time Christ followers, new Christians and people with questions. We find that people often find their place among us in times of searching or loss, or in times when they are desiring something more for their spiritual lives than they have found elsewhere. These folks find our worship to be rich and substantive. We sing traditional hymns, contemporary worship songs, and Psalms. We follow Biblical pattern of worship that is reflected in key passages of Scripture like the Lord’s Prayer and the call of Isaiah in the Old Testament (Isa. 6).
Historic Roots—the EP congregation began in 1706 as one of the first Presbyterian churches in the United States, the Head of Christiana Church. In 1938 the pastor of Head of Christiana, Rev. Henry Welbon, and the congregation found themselves locked out of their sanctuary. They loved their heritage and their church building, but they believed that the denomination was not holding fast to the life-giving message of the gospel of Christ or trusting the reliability of the Word of God. So, they started a new work and EP Church is the fruit of their labor. Since that time we have planted four other congregations in our area: Glasgow ("Reach") Church, Berea Presbyterian Church, Heritage Presbyterian Church and Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. Some of these churches have planted daughter churches, and we are a proud grandmother church!
Our congregation is a member church of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). We embrace the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms as our doctrinal standards. The Westminster Standards state that the Bible is the only rule of faith and practice for Christians. Part of honoring our history is seeking to keep in step with what the Holy Spirit is doing today. We are historic, but not nostalgic about the past.
Vibrant Heart for Missions—Supporting Missions is part of our DNA as a congregation. We believe that a church should never exist for itself, but for the glory of Christ and the advancement of his kingdom. We are pleased to support career missionaries in every corner of the globe, many of whom are in senior leadership positions. We support regional church planting. Locally, we partner regularly partners with Good Neighbors and Sunday Breakfast Mission. Our summer camp ministries for children and youth and our monthly outreach events provide a context to invite friends and neighbors to learn more about Christ.
We are the host church for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) and Reformed University Fellowship-International (RUF-I). The University of Delaware is a major research university, recently rated #12 in the nation among public universities. It is a destination for international students as well. EP Church believes that God put us close to the University for a reason. We have a kingdom responsibility to bring the gospel to bear on the campus.
Our current morning sermon series is on the Gospel of Matthew. We have graded Sunday school for youth and children before the service. Each quarter we host Christianity Explored during the Sunday School Hour. This class is for folks exploring the Christian Faith. No question is off limits! There are also men’s and women’s inductive Bible studies during the Sunday School hour, as well as an in-depth study of the Gospel of John. During the evening service I am teaching Christian theology, using one of our doctrinal standards as a guide. We also spend time in prayer in the evenings. Feel free to come with your requests for prayer.
EP Church is not a perfect church. By God’s blessing we have been around for many years. We are thankful for our strengths and aware of our weaknesses. Overall, we want to remain faithful to Christ, welcoming to new people and a place where we are growing in Christ. We are earnest about making disciples and keeping in step with the mission of God. The world around us offers constant stimulation with little lasting satisfaction. We believe that the church is called to be a different kind of place. A place where God meets with his people, gives them joy, and grants them rest in fellowship with Christ and one another. We hope you will join us.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Jay Harvey