In 2004 three couples gathered together to dream and pray about planting a new church in the Anglican tradition that would hold to the timeless truths of the Bible, while being passionately engaged in bringing the transforming love of Jesus Christ to their community today. A similar group formed in Greensboro around the same time. As the Winston-Salem Group and the Greensboro group met and prayed in their separate cities, we began to discern that God was calling us to combine our resources and plant our first church in High Point.
In the Fall of 2007, members of Christ Church began meeting to discuss how God might be leading us to plant a church in Winston-Salem. Under the leadership of Rev. Ben Sharpe, we decided to begin evening worship services and weekly community groups in January of 2008.
From the beginning we have been involved in ministry to the people of Tanzania through our “Mission Tanzania” outreach. This ministry has helped educate pastors, provide safe drinking water, underwritten educational expenses for students, and provided a loving Christian home for orphans.
Our first mission outreach to our own community was a door-to-door canned food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank in July 2008. We have maintained this connection with Second Harvest Food Bank since that time as our primary means of caring for the poor and food-insecure in our area.
Likewise members of Christ Church have been very active in serving the Sudanese Refugee community in the Triad by providing cultural coaching, furniture and bedding for families, tutoring for children, and advice to parents navigating the bureaucracy of finding a job, getting a car, or obtaining insurance.
In January 2009 we had the opportunity to move to the Clemmons Civic Club. It was a great location for the next stage of growth and development as a local church. We were the 19th new church plant to use that space for worship.
In June of 2010 we moved to the historic church building at the corner of Queen and Melrose in the Ardmore section of Winston-Salem. In some ways this was a homecoming for us as some of the first members of Christ Church had felt drawn to pray for this location as early as 2004!
God has richly blessed our Church with numerical growth, and most of all with a real sense of joy and hospitality. We would consider it a tremendous blessing if God led you to become a part of the Christ Church story. You are welcome with us!