More than 25 years ago, in 1989, the seeds of NPC were being planted as a group of people in central Ohio began praying for a Bible driven PCA church in northwest Columbus. This same group of people approached the PCA about planting this dream church in 1991. With the financial support of a church in St. Louis, Missouri, The Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church, and a committed pastor from Houston, Texas, Dr. Larry Allen, a theme, vision, and plan for this new church plant took flight. The theme of this plant came from Ephesians 3:20-21:
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!”
In 1992, the founding members of NPC scheduled their first official church service to be held on April 12 (Palm Sunday) at Scottish Corners Elementary. In preparation for this first service, these members spent countless hours sitting at the downtown Huntington office, after business hours, calling people around Northwest Ohio, with a script in hand, and inviting them to join them at this first service. They worked hard to prepare for this first service.
In the spirit of worshiping and thanking God for all that they had been given, they made a decision to proceed with an offering at the upcoming service. Janet McCune went out and purchased the offering plates we still use today. The group also wanted to follow in the spirit of a PCA church and ensure that attendees felt loved, cared for, and welcomed with food. A local bakery allowed them to pick up day old muffins and breads the night before this first service. Finally, the group held a few trial services that each had approximately 30 in attendance. This prompted their next big prayer requests as a group, to have 200 in attendance at that first, official service. Just as God has continued to do in the history of NPC, prayers were answered and the group was blessed to be able to worship with 203 people on April 12, 1992. The following year, in May, 1993, NPC officially became a "particularized church" in the PCA with a permanent governing body.
After spending several years meeting in Dublin school buildings, NPC was again blessed with a land donation in 1995. Between May 26 and 31 of this year, NPC closed on 11.5 acres of land from the Lowell Mast and Ruth Mast Trust. The next few years were spent planning and preparing for what would be the groundbreaking of the church building we now reside in and own. This planning took place in an old farmhouse that sat on our land and became our church's first official office. God blessed our church and community with a ground breaking service in July, 1997 that connected NPC and our community government officials together. The first church service in our new building was held in July of 1998.
Over the next many years, our church continued to grow and experience changes as we worshiped and learned from two pastors: Dave Dorst and Michael Potts. During that time, in 2000, our church vision and mission statements were revised. Our vision statement was to glorify and enjoy God by becoming a reproducing church, in order to make a significant impact for Christ in our community and world. We held on to a mission to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ for the glory of God.
NPC has pursued our vision of becoming a reproducing church in several ways. In 1997 NPC partnered with Steve and Tami Resch who planted Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in Gahanna. Walnut Creek in turn commissioned Todd Naille to plant The Granville Chapel in 2005. In 2004 NPC helped launch Grace Central Presbyterian Church in Columbus’s Short North neighborhood under the leadership of Greg and Charity Blosser. Grace Central planted Hope Presbyterian Church which now serves the Grandview neighborhood. From the original prayer gatherings in 1989 God has grown a church that helped plant churches that have, as of 2017, formed one of the newest Presbyteries in the PCA.
NPC’s vision has also been realized overseas through many partners in cross cultural ministries. Currently, through the ministries of the Eastman and Elmerick families NPC is helping to plant churches in Berlin, Germany. A long standing partnership with Living Hope Ministries in Haiti, supported by several short term missions trips in recent years, is helping to reach the rising leadership generation in Haiti with the gospel.
In 2007 we welcomed our current pastor, Dave Schutter, as our senior pastor. During his time leading our church to now, we have been blessed to learn and grow as a church of believers through his teaching and guidance. Through our “TRANSFORM" generosity initiative (2011-2013) we followed our vision as a church to be a reproducing church and in 2015 commissioned then Associate Pastor James Kessler and his wife Laura, with the aid of a launch team of NPC members, to plant New City Presbyterian Church in Hilliard, Ohio.
In 2012, Patrick and Tara Lewis moved to Columbus as NPC forged a partnership with Campus Outreach, becoming the hub church for Campus Outreach Columbus (CO), an evangelistic ministry to college students. Over the past five years CO has planted evangelistic ministries on the Ohio State and Bowling Green State campuses. Today 17 staff minister to more than 150 students on a weekly basis. From 2015-2017 the NPC family participated in the “Generosity from the Heart” campaign to not only change the desires of our heart in regards to time, money, and talent, but to ultimately bring our church to a place of glory for what God has given us and honor to what ultimately belongs to Him. As a result, we are now celebrating 25 years as a church community and debt free!