The Grace Presbyterian Church in Christchurch (GPC) began meeting in 1974 (it was known as Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) for many years, but changed to match the GPCNZ denominational name in 2008). GPC is a relatively young church that is strongly connected to historic Christianity.
Why was GPC founded?
Unfortunately, in the late 1960’s mainline New Zealand churches experienced serious problems when many of the main Bible doctrines were rejected. For GPC, this led a small group of mainly university students, along with some older Christians, to form an independent Presbyterian fellowship in Christchurch. Over the years this church has grown and seeded daughter churches in Canterbury.
In the early days, GPC was ably ministered to by Dr Andrew Young. After a short stint in Australia, Andrew Young became principal of Grace Theological College in Auckland in 1995. After Pastor Young came the ministry of Rev Neal Benfell (Australia), who is now principal of a school in Australia. From 1999 until 2007, Geoff Macpherson was in full time ministry with GPC. In 2007, Pastor MacPherson moved on to plant a new church in his hometown, Gisborne. Rev Richard Eyre served as interim pastor between 2008 and 2010, and in 2010 Rev Rusty Milton was installed as pastor at GPC.
In 2000, GPC was able to join with other like-minded churches in New Zealand to form the Grace Bible Churches (a federation of reformed Presbyterian churches). Then, in February 2003, the Grace Presbyterian Church of New Zealand (a fully fledged denomination with a common constitution) was formed, with GPC as one of its founding members.
Today, GPC is an evangelical, Bible-believing and teaching church made up of families and individuals from all over New Zealand and the world. GPC has a rich diversity of ethnic groups represented among its members, as well as people of all ages and stages in life. Central to the life and ministry of our church is clear, straightforward Bible teaching without gimmicks.
If you’re not in Christchurch, there are other GPC churches around the country. You can see the full list on the GPC Church Finder page, some of the churches have their own website, listed below:
City Presbyterian Church in Auckland City
Shore Presbyterian Church, North Shore
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Flat Bush
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Manurewa
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Takanini
Grace Church, Rotorua
Grace Community Church, New Plymouth
Grace at Wellington
Grace Bible Church, Dunedin
Wyndham Evangelical Church, Wyndham
Grace Presbyterian Church, Invercargill