Ballantyne Presbyterian Church (founded under the name Cornerstone ARP Church) had its beginnings in the efforts of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) denomination to plant new churches. In June 1996, First Presbytery of North Carolina called Rev. Morrie Lawing to lead the effort of starting a new church in south Charlotte. While initially the church met for home bible studies and worship services privately (1997), services were opened to the public when they were held at Tower Place Movie Theatre in Pineville (1998).
In 1999, Sunday services were moved to the campus of Reformed Theological Seminary. During this time, membership soon grew to 83 communicant members. On Feb. 6, 2000, First Presbytery authorized the transition of Cornerstone from a mission church to an organized church, and elders were elected and installed on March 11th
In 1987, First Presbytery had purchased a 6-acre lot located on the corner of Providence Road West and Community House Road in the Ballantyne area. The land was deeded to Cornerstone from First Presbytery in order to build its own meeting place. In May 2001, Cornerstone voted to begin a building campaign, and eight months later a groundbreaking ceremony was held on the church property. On November 11, 2002, the new building was dedicated. In April 2005, after many years of faithful and selfless service, Rev. Lawing accepted a call to start a new church in Denver, NC under the name Christ Church ARP.
In 2006, Rev. Frank Reich accepted the call to become the pastor of Cornerstone and served in this capacity for a year. In February 2007, Cornerstone changed its name to Ballantyne Presbyterian Church (Associate Reformed Synod).
Looking back on our history, it is evident the Lord has been faithful and abiding with us in our short pilgrimage thus far.
Ballantyne Presbyterian Today
Ballantyne Presbyterian Church called Dr. John Currid as our Senior Pastor in 2008. Dr. Currid received his doctorate from the University of Chicago, and has over twenty years of teaching experience, his last post being Reformed Seminary's campus in Jackson, MS. He moved to Charlotte recently to teach in the Old Testament department at Reformed Seminary's Charlotte campus. Dr. Currid served previously in the Presbyterian Church in America as an ordained minister, and brings with him a deep love for and commitment to the local church.
We are truly blessed by this providence and are thankful for Dr. Currid's excellent expository preaching, wisdom in leadership, and pastoral heart for ministry. God is richly blessing our church family and granting us great spiritual growth and excitement for ministry in our community and beyond!
In 2009, we called Rev. Robert Arendale as our Associate Pastor. Robert is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. His wife Christy and young daughter Elizabeth are also part of the Ballantyne family. Robert leads our Outreach and Christian Education committees as well as preaching regularly on Sunday mornings and evenings.