A Congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Our History

Christ Covenant Church was born out of prayer and a realization that the east side of Michigan does not have an abundance of confessional, reformed churches. From the start, our group has attracted people from Midland and the surrounding communities of Bay City, Saginaw, and Mount Pleasant, who share the vision of establishing a church that wholeheartedly teaches and embraces reformed theology.    

In the summer of 2003, a small group gathered on Dave and Rhonda Sarafolean’s driveway each Sunday evening to discuss what a new church might look like.  By the end of that summer, the group had grown to nearly thirty people.   It continued to meet during the fall and winter, holding its first worship service in March 2004.  In November 2005, Christ Covenant Church became a particular (self-governing church) when elders were installed.  A year later, Pastor Sarafolean left his position at the Dow Chemical Corporation to serve the church full-time.  In May of 2007, deacons were ordained and installed.

We met in the building on the corner of Gordon and Grove Streets in Midland in our early years.  Due to structural issues with that building, we were forced to move out on short notice in June 2011.  We used the youth center of another church in town for several years.  In early 2016, we purchased the former Community of Christ building at 2821 Ashman Street, Midland.

In the summer of 2017, our congregation voted to leave the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and affiliate with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC). We were officially received into that denomination in October 2017 in a service of recognition and installation conducted by the Presbytery of Michigan and Ontario.