Sandhills Presbyterian Church is a congregation rooted in biblical and historic Christianity.
The following documents, though not constitutional, are also helpful in understanding what we believe as a church: Westminster Confession of Faith, Modern English Version and, for children, the First Catechism.
SUMMARY OF OUR BELIEFS
From the PCA Website, WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe the Bible is the written word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit and without error in the original manuscripts. The Bible is the revelation of God’s truth and is infallible and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.
We believe in the Holy Trinity. There is one God, who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
We believe that all are sinners and totally unable to save themselves from God’s displeasure, except by His mercy.
We believe that salvation is by God alone as He sovereignly chooses those He will save. We believe His choice is based on His grace, not on any human individual merit, or foreseen faith.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, who through His perfect life and sacrificial death atoned for the sins of all who will trust in Him, alone, for salvation.
We believe that God is gracious and faithful to His people not simply as individuals but as families in successive generations according to His Covenant promises.
We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells God’s people and gives them the strength and wisdom to trust Christ and follow Him.
We believe that Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to judge all mankind and to receive His people to Himself.
We believe that all aspects of our lives are to be lived to the glory of God under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
KEVIN SKOGEN, SENIOR PASTOR
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Rev. Kevin Skogen grew up in eastern Washington State and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA in 1983, and Covenant Seminary in St. Louis Missouri, in 1990. He is currently continuing his education through the Institute of Reformed Worship with Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old, sponsored by Erskine Seminary. In between his undergraduate work and seminary Pastor Skogen worked in jail evangelism for three years with Youth for Christ, Tacoma. After seminary Kevin returned to Tacoma and served as an associate pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church with senior pastor, Dr. Robert Rayburn. In 1993 Kevin became the pastor of Reformed Presbyterian Church, Lookout Mountain, Georgia where he pastored for almost 17 years before moving to the Sandhills and becoming the senior pastor at SPCA. Kevin met his wife, Dana, while in college at PLU and they were married in July 1983. Dana and Kevin have six children and at last count sixteen grandchildren.
Jacob skogen, associate Pastor
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Rev. Jacob D. Skogen holds a Masters of Theology from Duke Divinity School as well as a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has taken Doctorate level classes from Erskine Theological Seminary, as well as Duke Divinity. He holds a B.A. in History from Mercer University and obtained a minor in Education. Jacob has devoted his life to serving the Church of God. He is committed to discipling, teaching and mentoring young people and currently serves and the Minister to Youth and Families as well as the Director of Christian Education. He has been teaching since graduation from college and more recently spent two years teaching at Sandhills Classical Christian School, and a year at Covenant Preparatory School. He currently serves as the Dean of Covenant Prep's lower school, as well as their Chapel leader. Jacob has been at Sandhills Presbyterian church for over five years and continues to take courses online in order to further his own education. He has been married for eight years to the former Lindsey Wegrzyn and together they have four children: Joseph Dale, Jericho Grayson, Macy Kathryn, and Josiah Rayburn.
Andy Wilkison (Clerk)
DeaconS Pastor Emeritus
Tom Martin Bill Bivans
Sandhills Presbyterian Church had its beginning in October of 1990. Bill Bivans, who was then the pastor of Countryside Presbyterian near Cameron, NC, offered to lead a group of approximately eight adults in a weekly Bible study. This Bible study continued into the spring of 1991. Around the same time, Harry Reeder, then pastor of Christ Covenant in Matthews, NC, also met with the group and shared a vision for a new PCA church in the Sandhills.
The core group formed a committee to discuss and determine just how a PCA Church might be formed in the Southern Pines area. The first meeting of the Steering Committee was on March 7, 1991. It was decided at this time to look for a rental property to be used as a Church meeting place. The committee found a promising location in the Town Center Shopping Center, at the corner of Broad St. and W. Illinois Ave. This empty store had formerly been a Men’s clothing store and was quite well suited for use by a new young mission Church. The rental agreement was signed on April 17, 1991. In addition to support from the Presbytery, Christ Covenant PCA Church of Matthews, NC also provided much financial support during the early years, serving as a “mother church.” The first Church service was held on May 12 (Mothers Day), 1991.
A mission congregation of 35 (including children) called Ken Cross to be Sandhills’ first pastor. Ken & Lynn Cross arrived in Southern Pines with four children in September of 1993.
Additional rental space for a nursery was acquired and worship services were enhanced by the arrival of Amy Ivey, Sandhills’ first full-time music director.
Sandhills made the transition from a “mission church” to a “particular church,” electing is first elders and deacon.
Sandhills purchased a piece of property on the corner of Pee Dee Rd. and Hwy. 22 in Southern Pines (the church’s present location) and in the same year the Session called Steve Hill to be the church’s first Assistant Pastor. Steve and his wife, Dianne, moved from Mississippi in order for Steve to serve the church in a variety of capacities including oversight of the youth ministry, missions, and mercy ministry of the church.
Construction began in December on the new church building at 650 Pee Dee Rd. in Southern Pines.
BJ Buracker joined the staff as the new youth director, making a five year commitment. In return the church committed to supporting him through seminary.
Construction was completed in December of 2002, and the building was dedicated during a service of worship on January 12, 2003.
Assistant Pastor Steve Hill returned to Mississippi after five fruitful years of ministry.
In May of 2005 the congregation voted unanimously to call Dr. Bruce K. Lax as an Associate Pastor. Bruce came to the church after having ministered in a number of PCA congregations in Florida and western North Carolina, along with his wife, Mona, and daughter, Rachel, in order to serve the church in a variety of capacities including oversight of the church’s Christian Education and Small Group ministries.
In May of 2006, the Session called Chip McAulay to serve as an Assistant Pastor. Chip and Carol came to Sandhills from neighboring Montgomery County with their two sons Cameron and Boone. In addition to a number of other ministerial tasks, the Session charged Chip to focus his ministry on pastoral care, welcoming visitors, and strengthening the infrastructure of the church.
In June of 2007, BJ Buracker concluded five years of thriving ministry to the youth of the church. He and his wife Kimberly departed for Edinburgh, Scotland, to pursue advanced degrees in order to better serve the Lord in the future.
In August of 2007, the Session called Drew Martin to serve the church as an Assistant Pastor. Drew and his wife, Meg, came to Sandhills from Chapel Hill, NC. In addition to a variety of other ministerial tasks, the Session called Drew to focus his ministry on the youth and families of the church.
In November of 2007, Mike Windish started as our Pastoral Intern.
In February of 2008, Pastor Ken Cross concluded fifteen years of ministry here to pursue other ministry opportunities.
In August of 2008, Pastor Bruce Lax concluded three years of ministry here to help his wife, Mona, with her business.
In July of 2009, the congregation overwhelmingly voted to call Pastor Kevin Skogen as Senior Pastor. Kevin Skogen came to the church in September 2009 after 16+ years of service as the Senior Pastor at Reformed Presbyterian Church in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, along with his wife, Dana, and daughters Annie and Bonnie.