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Worship


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Worship


Sunday Worship

Worship - 10:00am
SUNDAY SCHOOL - 8:45AM

See our other weekly events here.

Worship at The Kirk is designed to be: 

  • Biblical in content
  • Positive, upbeat and joyful in nature
  • Friendly, affectionate and gracious in spirit
  • Relational, relevant and reverent in approach

Learn more about what to expect on Sunday mornings.

Children's Worship

For those who desire a worship option for their preschool-aged children (3 year olds and up), the Kirk provides a worship experience at the child's developmental level from 10:15–11:15 a.m. each Sunday morning. Learn more about children's worship.

 
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Staff


Staff


Pastors

BEN PORTER

BEN PORTER

Rev. Ben Porter
Senior Pastor

Ben's passion is to see the Kirk built up as an inviting community that offers a preview of the culture of heaven to St. Louis and the world. Ben also enjoys wrestling with his kids, going on dates with his wife, following English soccer, and doing handyman projects around the house.

Contact Ben – phone: 314.392.4761
email: bporter@thekirk.org

MIKE KENNISON

MIKE KENNISON

Rev. Dr. Mike Kennison
Associate Pastor

Mike serves as Associate Pastor for Care and oversees the Small Group Ministry of the church. He has a passion for caring for people and brings to that work more than 30 years of pastoral experience.

Contact Mike – phone: 314.392.4746
email: mkennison@thekirk.org

 

DAN DORIANI

DAN DORIANI

DAVID KLOTZ

DAVID KLOTZ

 

dr. dan doriani
THeologian In Residence

Dr. Daniel Doriani is Professor of Theology and Vice President of Strategic Academic Projects at Covenant Theological Seminary, where he also served as Dean of Faculty and Professor of New Testament. He also has fifteen years of pastoral experience, principally as Senior Pastor of Central Presbyterian Church, a large university church in St. Louis. Doriani earned graduate degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary and Yale University, where he was also a research fellow. Doriani is a council member and regular blogger for The Gospel Coalition He has written thirteen books on Scripture, hermeneutics, and gender and family issues and has contributed to eight others. He and his wife Deborah have three daughters.

Contact – 314.392.4700

DAVID KLOTZ
Executive Administrator & Head of Staff 

David brings over 40 years of experience to the Kirk as a small business owner, corporate executive, consultant and advisor in the business, non-profit and church/para-church communities.

David works in partnership with the elders, staff, and congregation as a leader, mentor, and co-laborer fulfilling the mission and vision of the Kirk. He collaborates closely with Ben Porter in this role.

Contact David – phone: 314.392.4700
email: david.klotz@thekirk.org

Ministry Staff

GEORGE BRYAN

GEORGE BRYAN

George Bryan
Director of Worship

George has a passion for leading, creating, and designing liturgies that transform God's people and push them toward Christ. George and his wife met and married in their home state of Nebraska.
 

Contact George – phone: 314.392.4702
email: gbryan@thekirk.org

 

 
ANNA JOHNSON

ANNA JOHNSON

Anna johnson
Director of Children's Ministry

Anna's love for children and her desire to assist parents as they raise their children in the Lord has led to her involvement in children's ministry for over eighteen years. Anna taught in the classroom for 16 years before the Lord called her to begin working in the church. She desires for children to learn God's word, to love God's word, and to live God's word - all in a nurturing and grace-filled environment. Anna's husband Jack is currently serving in the United States Air Force, and they have one daughter, Emma Grace.

Contact Anna – phone: 314.392.4760
email: anna.johnson@thekirk.org

TAYLOR CLEMENT

TAYLOR CLEMENT

Taylor Clement
Head of School – Kirk Day School

Taylor loves helping students see God’s presence in all subject matter and to teach them that they are known and loved. Away from the Kirk, Taylor loves spending time with his wife (Katy) and son (Anderson), reading, watching movies, and following his favorite sports teams.

Contact Taylor – phone: 314.392.4735
email: taylor.clement@kirkdayschool.org

 
JOHN SPENCER

JOHN SPENCER

John spencer
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRY

John has a heart and passion for youth ministry and serves as the Director of Student Ministry.  He is passionate about walking life with students as they encounter the Gospel.  John enjoys spending time with his family, reading the occasional book, running, and partaking in both sides of music as a listener and musician.

Contact John – phone: 314.392.4742
email: john.spencer@thekirk.org

 

 

 

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Beliefs


These are the things life is about. Not because we think so. But because God does.

Beliefs


These are the things life is about. Not because we think so. But because God does.

What drives us

As the family of God, we worship the Triune God, teach the truth of his word, and equip his people to reach the world.  

Our Vision

The Bible teaches that all the benefits which God provides to us, including salvation, as being made possible as a gift of his grace – rather than as a result of any goodness in us or as a reward for doing anything to earn them. We believe that at the heart of this gospel is the grace of God, shown most clearly through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

To acknowledge the goodness of God and the value of his gifts to us, we have chosen to adopt the phrase, “Grace changes everything.” We trust you might see that God’s grace is our motivation, method, and means for all we do and seek to accomplish at the Kirk. This idea is most certainly expressed in Titus 2:11-14: "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works."

We are continually learning how grace changes everything in our individual lives, and in our communal life. The following is a brief overview of how grace impacts our fellowship together:
•    Grace changes how we WORSHIP: seeking to be Christ-centered and engaging.
•    Grace changes how we CARE: seeking to serve one another as a loving and authentic congregation that welcomes all who come.
•    Grace changes how we CONNECT: seeking to integrate every person into the community and the mission of our church.
•    Grace changes how we ENGAGE: seeking to reach and transform our local community and the world with the hope of the gospel.

 

What defines us

We earnestly strive to follow Christ and His Apostles through the theology taught in the Bible.

We believe that the purest human expression of scriptural doctrines is found in the Westminster Confession of Faith with the Larger Catechism and Shorter Catechism.

The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored.

All mankind participated in Adam's fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.

The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own amazing love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ.

Those sinners to whom the Spirit gives new life, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become sons of God, and will persevere as Christians to the end by His power to keep us.

Justification is by faith and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.

The goal of God's salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness, good works, and service for the glory of God.

At death the Christian's soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever's soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.

Baptism is a sign of God's covenant and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ.

Jesus Christ will return to earth visibly and bodily at a time when He is not expected, to call everyone to an account and fulfill and the eternal plan of God.

The Gospel of God's salvation in Jesus Christ must be proclaimed to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns.

 

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History


A bit about where we've been.

History


A bit about where we've been.

"Kirk" is an old Scottish word meaning "church."  

We like to trace our roots back to the 16th century when the protestant reformation ignited across Europe bringing the truths of scripture to common men and women. Presbyterianism specifically finds its roots in Scotland. Hence our name.

Our congregation specifically began in 1966 at our current location, though at that time the sanctuary was our current chapel. In 1982 we became a part of the Presbyterian Church in America since it holds unwaveringly to the belief that the Bible is God's holy and infallible word and that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. These are core beliefs that we still hold today. Since then our church and our denomination have continued to grow as the Lord has given us the ability.

We are thankful for our many years of ministering to families and individuals. Many that have grown up here are now raising their families here as we believe that church isn't just a place to go on Sundays, but a community that has been created by God himself to live life together as we grow in what it means to be called the redeemed people of God.

One of the core tenets of the gospel is that we are free to come to God through Jesus. There are no entry fees, degree requirements, or shameful secrets that can disqualify us. We are merely told to repent and believe. Likewise, these are the things that make us a church. If this describes you, or are interested in learning what this gospel looks like, we'd love for you to join us.