Colleyville Presbyterian Church began as Irving Presbyterian Church in 1973. In 1976 the young congregation called its first pastor, Dale L. Smith. Thirty-six years later Pastor Smith continues to serve as CPC's pastor. Teresa Vaida has served as church secretary since 1996, and Linda Pritchett serves as accompanist; a role she has faithfully fulfilled for 19 years to date.
In God's providence as the young congregation looked for a place to purchase land, build, minister, and grow the decision was made to locate in the Colleyville area. This was due in part to the fact that two founding families had moved from Irving to Colleyville and two other key families were commuting to Irving from Colleyville at that time. Colleyville did not have a Presbyterian church and the opportunities for fruitful ministry in Colleyville and the surrounding Mid-cities area appeared to be great.
The congregation purchased four acres on Cheek Sparger Road in 1978 for $12,500 an acre and proceeded to construct, on Saturdays, its first building. During that time the congregation met for worship and Sunday school in the Bedford Heights Elementary School cafeteria. The first building was completed a year later in August of 1979. Today it serves as the office building for both CPC and the Covenant Christian Academy grammar school.
Pastor Smith brought with him a vision for Christian education. As a consequence the congregation committed itself to establishing a Christian day school as part of its ministry to congregation and community. Covenant Christian Academy was thus begun in September of 1979 with six students in Mrs. Shepherd's five-year-old kindergarten class. Covenant Christian Academy is now a leading, classical college preparatory school in the DFW area with nearly 600 students.
In the early 1980's a classroom building was added to the west of the original sanctuary/classroom building. Finally, in the mid 1980's the current sanctuary building, situated to the east of the initial building, was constructed. That building was extensively remodeled in 2003 with the sanctuary and nurseries being enlarged and a foyer added.
Temporary portable buildings located at the west end of the church's property provided for additional classroom space for CCA. The school is currently engaged in a planning process that will lead to the removal of the portables within the next few years.
Though the church and school are now governmentally independent there continues to be a happy sharing of facilities. Additionally, Pastor Smith's wife, Anne, now serves as grammar school principal at CCA.
The church's plans for the future include the construction of a permanent sanctuary/classroom/office building in the area where the portables now sit. The current sanctuary building would then be converted to a fellowship hall.
Colleyville Presbyterian's ministry represents a commitment to the old paths of historic, Reformed Presbyterianism with a vision for the application of the Gospel and Lordship of Jesus Christ over all of life in the 21st century.
Soli Deo Gloria!