The vision for Christ Community Church, a church in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), began in early 1990 when the PCA decided to plant a new flagship church in the north suburban Indianapolis area. Pastor Tim Kirk, who was serving as an assistant pastor in the Chicago area was called to plant the church and began having small group meetings that August. The first service was held at Clay Jr. High (now Clay Middle School) cafetorium in Carmel on November 11, 1990 with 120 men, women and children in attendance. Christ Community continued to meet in Clay Jr. High for four years. During those early years the Lord blessed CCC with steady growth and maturity, with it being particularized as a self-governing church on March 28, 1993. At the same service the initial Ruling Elders of David Shorey (who also was the Director of Worship), Roger Svendsen and Bill Kennedy were ordained. In 1994 John Williams and Keith Whitlock were ordained as the first CCC Deacons. God has since called numerous elders, deacons, staff and ministry leaders to faithful leadership and support at CCC. Their names and roles are recorded elsewhere in the CCC archives.
In May of 1995, CCC was led through a building campaign to discern God's will regarding a permanent church home. The current facility at Main Street and Gray Road, Carmel became available shortly afterward, as the church then occupying it moved to a larger building. In August of 1995, believing that the Lord had provided the means to proceed, CCC purchased the facility and moved in later that fall. Although the church facility seemed much larger than needed at the time for a membership of 200+, it quickly began to be fully utilized for the work of church worship, internal ministries, and outreach to the community, including a Christian counseling program, homeschool teaching and meetings of local neighborhood associations. In addition, CCC's leadership and members believe their call to include being salt and light to the greater Indianapolis area, to include outreach commitments to supporting inner-city work, Right-to-Life efforts, and aid to homeless shelters and evangelism.
In response to the initial vision of the PCA, CCC has been a "mother" church to three "daughter" churches in the metropolitan area, including the now particularized churches of Crossroads Community Church (Fishers area) in 2001, New City Church (East Metro Indianapolis) in 2007, and Midtown Church (Meridian/Butler University area) in 2015. The senior pastors for two of these churches (Pastor Scott Dean at Crossroads and Pastor Roger Williams at New City) first served as Assistant Pastors/Youth at CCC prior to their church planting calls. CCC has also supported local church planting through presbytery and PCA led initiatives.
A significant ministry for CCC from its early years was foreign/US missions. Approximately 1/7th of all general operating funding has gone toward this ministry supporting missionaries and their work, internationally as well as to other US based ministires outside of the local work of CCC. Additionally, CCC has focused financial and oversight support of college-age ministries in the Central Indiana area through Campus Outreach as well as to the PCA denomination's Reformed University Ministries. Also, a significant role in missions in the US and beyond in short-term missions has been CCC's youth program with mission trips to Monterrey, Mexico, St. Louis MO, Michigan and West Virginia.
In 2013-14, the CCC Deaconate led two major upgrades of the church building. Prior to 2013, the facility only had a very small kitchen, which seriously hampered dinners and other meal oriented events. Utilizing a sporadically used area, the deacons led a transformation of the room into a modern kitchen area that supports major church functions. Connected to that modification, the primary entry area to the church sanctuary was greatly enlarged through interior wall removal and area reconstruction that dramatically enhanced the narthex of the church. Shortly thereafter, in late 2014, the sanctuary was also updated with improvements to the pulpit stage area, new movable walls in the north end and other more cosmetic upgrades. In the fall of 2016 a new major effort added a patio/meeting area to the outside of the main church entryway. In 2020 the original large Sunroom in the southeast end of the building was renovated to be a playroom for the young families of CCC.
During our history at CCC, we have helped lead improved involvement and cooperation of central Indiana PCA churches. In 1990, CCC was part of the Great Lakes Presbytery that stretched from the Michigan Upper Peninsula to Kentucky to the Ohio/Indiana border to the Illinois/Indiana border. Due to PCA church growth and re-organizational efforts, the Central Indiana Presbytery (CIP) was formed in 2010 with Indianapolis as its focal point. The 15 churches in the CIP also support two church plants, and Reformed University Fellowships at Purdue University/W. Lafayette and Indiana University/Bloomington as well as a highly interactive communication at presbytery and PCA related activities.
In January of 2016, Pastor Kirk announced his decision to leave CCC and move to a newly created Director of Central Indiana Presbytery Church Planting position. The Session elected to call an interim pastor to help in the transition time needed to find a new senior pastor. A seasoned PCA pastor from Denver Colorado, Pastor Jim Talarico, was selected for the transition. He served in the interim role starting in June 2016 through September of 2017. During this time a Pastor Search Committee was formed and resulted in the selection of Pastor Josiah Jones who most recently was the Senior Pastor of a PCA church in Evans, Georgia. His installation was in September 2017, as the new CCC Senior Pastor.
Since arriving, Pastor Jones has emphasized local outreach to the communities of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and the North Indy area. The CCC Vision remains "As we increasingly engage Christ's gospel, we look forward to that day when individuals, values, institutions and communities in the North Indy area are becoming more and more like the kingdom of God."