The Rev. Joseph “Joe” Arnold was recently ordained and installed as pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church by the Central Carolina Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
The church is located at 217 Midway Road in Rockingham.
Arnold is a May 2013 graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte and holds a Masters of Divinity. He was called to the gospel ministry in the midst of a successful 16 year engineering career. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1994 and a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2003.
Arnold has been married to Loretta for 22 years and they have two children, Emily and Nate. Loretta is a 1993 graduate of East Tennessee State University and is employed part-time as an RN at Pinehurst Medical Clinic. The Arnolds are in the process of relocating to Rockingham and are looking forward to being a part of the Richmond County community.
Covenant Presbyterian Church began as a mission church of the Central Carolina Presbytery of the PCA. In 2005, a congregation of eight met for a home Bible study and soon moved to a two-room store front where the church soon grew and needed additional space. In 2007, the property at 217 Midway Road was obtained and construction began for the new church building. The church elected ruling elders in 2009.
“In 2010, a new sanctuary was added and within five years the Lord has graciously enabled the congregation to be debt free,” said church member Lisa Crowley. “Most recently, a church steeple was added in remembrance of the late Mrs. Betty Hatcher, the wife of 63 years of Mr. Stan Hatcher. Betty passed away in April after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.”
“Parishioners at Covenant have been gathered from many different denominational backgrounds to become a multi-generational church family that is warm and welcoming,” said Crowley. “Covenant’s focus is to know the Lord Jesus Christ and to make Him known in the local community, the city, and in the world. They are committed to the truth of Scripture and the Gospel message that it presents.
“The church supports missionaries in China through the PCA’s Mission to the World organization. Covenant is also supporting the planting of a church in Indiana through the PCA’s Mission to North America. The church will be gathering shoe boxes filled with items for Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse. Many opportunities for ministry in the local community are being planned,” Crowley said.
Sunday School for all ages is at 9 a.m., with worship following at 10 a.m. A Sunday evening service will resume on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Men’s Fellowship Breakfast, Women in the Church and Adult fellowship opportunities occur often. Women meet weekly at the church for craft/sewing classes. More information can be obtained via the website www.covenantpcarockingham.org as well as the church’s Facebook page: Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA).
Additional information regarding upcoming ministry and fellowship opportunities can be obtained by contacting the church.