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CTK’s mission centers on the commission of Jesus: making disciples, baptizing and teaching; proclaiming repentance and the forgiveness of sins in His name to all nations. The doing of these things has always taken on an indigenous quality wherever the church has been established. So we seek to be a church that makes sense in Cambridge, loving and serving the city while challenging its counterfeit gods.
We want to make disciples and citizens for the Kingdom through a biblical and reformed message, changing lives in Greater Boston, the nation and to the ends of the earth.
We want to be a multicultural church, strengthening the work of the local church and changing the world from where we are through the universal message of the Gospel.
1. People are more important than things.
2. Joy is a characteristic of a living church.
3. Unity in diversity reflects our Christian fellowship.
4. We are a multicultural church in a multicultural city.
5. We serve God by serving our brothers.
6. We depend on the help of the Holy Spirit to guide the church.
7. We emphasize missions and church planting.
8. We believe in God's promises to a church faithful in its giving.
9. We seek ethics and morality in the Christian life.
10. We emphasize prayer as a means of grace.
11. There are a variety of ways to succeed in Christian life.
12. Being a Christian involves all areas of one’s life.
13. We teach about God through His Word and our testimony.
14. We offer worship to God that’s centered on the principles of scripture.
15. We value the family as a divine institution.
16. We exercise discipline as the mark of the true church.
17. True spiritual growth is quantitative and qualitative.
We want to be a referential multicultural church to other Protestant churches by strengthening the work of the local church and changing the world from where we are through the universal message of the Gospel. Read more about our convictions.
In 1990, Rev. Alderi Matos was working on his doctorate and leading a group of Brazilian immigrants in worship. Originally called the Brazilian Presbyterian Church, this congregation grew and Rev. Alderi felt the need to invite someone to pastor the group full-time.
The church’s prayers were answered by Rev. Osni Ferreira, who led the church during its first years.
In the fall of 1994, Rev. Terry Gyger came up from Atlanta to start a new Presbyterian church in Greater Boston. His goal was to strengthen local Presbyterian churches and rescue the rich Christian heritage that is part of our nation’s history.
The following year, Rev. Osni and Rev. Gyger would meet and begin to explore the possibility of a multicultural ministry focused on ethnic diversity. Such a ministry would help those with international backgrounds to understand the rich Christian heritage of Boston, and would help North Americans to understand the vast richness of global Christianity.
After much prayer and guidance from God, Christ the King Presbyterian Church was formed that next year, or Igreja Presbiteriana Cristo Rei in Portuguese.
In May of 1995, another Brazilian congregation joined CTK as its pastor, Rev. Davi Gomes, enrolled in a PHD program at Westminster Theological Seminary.
At the same time, an abandoned building on Prospect Street, in the heart of Cambridge, became available.
The building was an answer to prayer, but it was also a challenge: its cost was beyond the congregation’s means. In dealing with the challenge, Rev. Osni and Rev. Gyger remembered a certain man of God's saying that they should "try something so great that it’ll obviously fail unless God is in control."
And God was in control.
After years of prayer, the church building could finally be financed, but the work was just beginning. In the sanctuary alone, walls needed to be painted, ceilings needed to be restored, windows repaired, and the electrical and heating systems had to be fully replaced.
Years later, the ministry continues to thrive because of the pastors God sent CTK: Rev. Samuel Vieira, Rev. Namaa Mendes, Rev. Bradley Barnes, and currently Rev. Rick Downs and Rev. Leandro Pinheiro.
The ministry has been fruitful and reached people from Korea, China, Brazil, Portugal, USA, Canada, England, Ireland, Italy and other countries; they all helped form Christ the King Presbyterian in Cambridge, which exists today as a testimony of the transforming power of the Gospel.
There are presently around 800 people of different nationalities and ethnicities that seek to exalt God here. Pastors Rick Downs and Leandro de Almeida developed ministries between their English-speaking and Portuguese-speaking majorities, respectively, which consist primarily of students, immigrants and families.
In the city in which our beautiful church building sat closed for around 50 years, Christ the King Presbyterian Church is a witness to the power of the Gospel. The Brazilian members supported and collaborated with their American brothers, and with the passing of time, four other churches were planted in Greater Boston.
We love this city, and we take its issues and problems seriously, as we work to spread the values of the Kingdom of God in this cultural and technological global hub.
We want to be a church that supports church planting in Greater Boston, and we’ve already planted Brazilian and American congregations in Marlborough, Framingham East Boston and Boston. Our current projects, which are well underway, include Newton, Dorchester, Somerville, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and Roslindale.