When a Christian uses the word “belief” we mean more than an intellectual knowledge, though belief is certainly not less than mental engagement and commitment. Thus, to assert that we believe certain truths is to assume an inseparable connection between such truths and a way of life—a manner of speaking and touching and walking and listening that can ultimately and only find grounding in what our Savior Jesus calls love. Love is the giving of oneself not only for the sake of one’s friends but in the ultimate, against-the-grain move, dying for one’s enemies.
At Covenant, we seek to be a Body of Believers committed to loving each other, but we are also strongly committed to the renewing of our minds in regard to the central tenets of the gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Old and New Testaments. The Westminster Confession of Faith (linked at right) assists us in answering the question, “What do you mean when you say ‘central tenets?’” But we encourage our people and others to find out what we truly “believe” by spending time with us to see whether you think our words hold up to scriptural standards, and whether our lives and our “life together” mirror our proclamation that in Christ Jesus there is good news to be made known and by which to live.
On October 1, 1978 Covenant Presbyterian held its first services and Sunday School class at Reid Chapel on the campus of Samford University. Founding pastor Bill Hay would serve in the role of senior pastor for more than thirty years. On March 4, 1979, Covenant was received into membership in Evangel Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America. By June of 1979, Covenant had purchased nine acres on the corner of South Lakeshore Drive and Old Montgomery Highway and soon began construction on what is now the Fellowship Hall. The first services in the new facility were held in November of 1981 and additional buildings would follow for administration and Sunday School. In 1986 Covenant hosted its first World Missions Conference, beginning a yearly tradition and strong dedication to the mission field, both in Birmingham and abroad.
The next decade brought tremendous growth to Covenant and on April 7, 1996, Covenant Presbyterian held the first service in its current Sanctuary. In 1997, several of Covenant’s members felt the desire to send their children to a Christ-centered day school and that year Covenant Day School was founded. As it grew, along with the church’s membership, the need for a dedicated children’s building became clear. The “We Will Tell” campaign to raise funds for this building was launched in 2006 and in 2008 the nursery, day school, and children’s Sunday Schools moved in. The move freed up space previously used for the nursery and in 2011 it was renovated to create separate spaces for the junior high and high school ministries.
Covenant has always been committed to serving the Birmingham community and planted two daughter churches within two years of each other. Reverend Murray Lee, who himself grew up at Covenant, founded Cahaba Park Church who held its first service at Mountain Brook High School in 2007. In 2009, Cross Creek Church began meeting at Shades Crest Elementary School pastored by Reverend Chris Peters who had helped grow several ministries at Covenant.
In 2009 Covenant began a new chapter as Bill Hay announced his retirement and a search committee was formed to find a new pastor. On May 20, 2011, the congregation voted to formally call Bill Boyd as its new senior pastor. Under Rev. Boyd's leadership, Covenant continued to grow and developed a deep level of corporate worship and community building under the framework of "gospel hospitality." Rev. Boyd also championed our renovation campaign, "Faithful Over a Little," leading us to a beautiful new fellowship and gathering space that the Birmingham community as a whole has enjoyed since early 2017.
At this time, Covenant is in a season of transition. In the coming months, our Session, along with our Teaching Elders, will begin the process of looking for a Senior Pastor that will lead us toward God's calling for his church.