On September 14, 1998, a group of Christians met at Tom’s Park Activity Center in Hendersonville, NC to discuss the formation of a new church where the gospel of grace would be faithfully preached from the pulpit and lived out by the people of God. On September 21, 1998 a congregation of 103 assembled and called Rev. S. Dean Turbeville. He accepted the call to be Minister of Reformation Presbyterian Church, which would soon become a part of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian denomination.
The first worship service was held on September 27, 1998 in the chapel at Bonclarken. At the conclusion of the second worship service on October 4, 1998, the body of believers became organized as a church when eighty-three adults took their vows of membership and four elders were elected. On October 13, 1998, First Presbytery received the newly formed church and added Rev. Turbeville to the roll of presbytery. On October 25 seven deacons were elected. On January 10, 1999, Rev. Turbeville was installed as pastor, and the elected elders re-affirmed their vows.
In February 1999, Cliff Shipman very generously donated the old Grace Lutheran Church building that had been vacant since 1978. Shortly afterward the church purchased the building next door (formerly the Chariot building). After major renovations to the Chariot building, the first worship service in the newly named Kirkside Hall was held on September 23, 2001.
Today Kirkside Hall houses a fellowship hall, classrooms, and offices. In December 2006, the renovation of the sanctuary building was completed. Over the brief history of RPC, several pastors have served the congregation. In May 2009, Rev. Matt Lucas was called to serve as the pastor.
God’s blessings on Reformation continue, as is evident by the joy filled worship and fellowship among believers. Reformation gathers weekly to worship our Savior and seeks to live for Jesus by being a blessing to our community and world.