Christ Presbyterian Church began as a desire and vision for a Biblical/Reformed work in the Victoria area and grew out of a small group Bible Study.
In January of 1998, Rev. Mike Singenstreu was formally called by the South Texas Presbytery as church planter for the Victoria Presbyterian Mission. The first formal worship service began September 13, 1998, with the new name of Christ Presbyterian Mission. The steadily growing group of believers participated in Vacation Bible Schools, home Bible studies and even a summer mission trip to Mexico with an enthusiastic cross-generational group from the growing mission church.
After 3 1/2 years of the Lord’s work in building and growing a group of 9 to 70+ members and regular attendees, the members petitioned the South Texas Presbytery to become a particular congregation of the PCA.
The South Texas Presbytery formally recognized the particular church under the name Christ Presbyterian Church, PCA - Victoria, Texas in June of 2002.
It is by God’s grace that this church was begun and remains. CPC is currently meeting at 1929 Red River in the Crossroad Center as we await God’s timing and we begin to build on the property He has graciously provided for us on Glascow St. on the north end of Victoria.
To Glorify God and enjoy Him forever
“Christ Presbyterian Church glorifies the living God, proclaims His grace, and affirms the full authority of Scripture. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, who equips His church to connect individuals and families to the hope in Christ, we serve the needs of home, community, nation and world."
Christ Presbyterian Church seeks to challenge all those God brings into our midst (privately and corporately) to become passionate, vital and connectional so that they may be equipped to impact the needs of their home, community, nation and world.
People with hope in Christ are:
- Passionate to find in Christ and His Word the absolute truth that will direct their lives.
- Vital witnesses of changed lives.
- Connectional, seeking to connect others to the hope in Christ so that they may be equipped to serve the needs of individuals and families.
CPC has a desire to celebrate the abundant life that our God has provided us through His Son Jesus Christ and the on-going work of His Holy Spirit. Hence, we seek to :“Embrace the Generations with the Word of God”, expecting to see many won to Christ, believers trained, equipped, and winning others to Christ.
About Our Pastor
Pastor Mike Singenstreu and his wife, Leslie, have been married for 40 years and have been blessed with 2 sons, 3 daughters, 3 more sons (in marriage to their daughters), and – so far –4 grandsons and one more grandchild on the way.
Eldest son, Zachary was taken home to the Lord in 1996 after a bicycle accident at the age of 15. This loss and heaven’s gain is a source of a great deal of passion for the urgent ministry of discipleship that motivates Mike, his family and ministry. Mike & Leslie’s family, daughters- Laura, husband Russell and their sons, Zachary, Sean and Lee; Hannah, her husband Jonathan and son Milas; Clara, her husband, Benjamin and baby, and youngest son, Tanner, form the encouragement that keeps that passion strong.
A second career pastor, the love for God’s church began years ago in youth ministry and opportunities for church involvement. After graduating from Reformed Bible College and Covenant Theological Seminary, the pastoral ministry became the focus of that work God had directed. In 1998, Mike was called to Victoria to organize and plant the church that became Christ Presbyterian. Having been the son of a U.S. Army Sergeant and moving from one end of the country to the other, coming to TEXAS was like coming HOME! - “We weren’t born here, but we got here as quick as we could!”
Along with the church and the delight in shepherding a congregation of growing believers, Mike serves as Director of Chaplains of the Victoria Fire Department, and has served on various boards.
That urgent passion expressed in “Embracing the Generations with the Word of God” is not just a mission statement; it is also the purpose of the ministry of glorifying God. For believers of all ages, knowing Him personally, enabling His people to be equipped to know, live, and communicate the Word in relationship forms the body of Christ Presbyterian. The joy of pastoring in that direction is a continual delight.