Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church began in 1722, but the church didn't receive its first pastor until 33 years after its organization. That pastor was Rev. William McKennan. In one of his first sermons to the church, he preached:

Let us labor at the throne of grace ... with diligent use of all the outward and ordinary means, whereby Christ communes to his children and true followers the real benefits of the new, and well ordered condition of Grace: and thus - “Press forward to the mark for the prize is the high calling in Christ Jesus." His words have stood the test of time and apply to us today.

As we embark on our 2023 Annual Giving Campaign, we do so as McKennan implored, laboring together at the throne of grace, with diligent use of outward and ordinary means ... pressing forward.

Our history book tells us that the church was small in number and feeble in strength under McKennan's leadership. He never had more than 20 people who contributed to the support of their common ministry. And yet, they pressed forward.

Time and time again, this has been the story of our church. Through changing pastors and demographics, through community challenges and great accomplishment, and through a world history that has included great wars, economic upheavals, and global pandemics, ours is a community that has always pressed forward.

We are blessed to look back and be inspired by the generosity of the generations that came before us. I hope that when future members look back, maybe at the 400th anniversary, they will say the same of us. There is no limit to what we can achieve - if we all come together under one of the first admonitions from the first pastor of our church and ... press forward.

Stay warm,
Pastor Nate