Our church is centrally located in the western suburbs of Denver, easily accessed by I-70, I-76, or I-25. We belong to the Presbyterian Church In America (PCA), and are part of the Rocky Mountain Presbytery.
Mission Statement & Values
CPC Wheat Ridge exists to glorify God by worshiping him, nurturing believers and their children, and reaching out with the good news of Jesus Christ.
The main purpose of any church is to glorify God. The way a church honors him is by their life together, their worship together, and how they conduct themselves in word and deed. Our mission statement, based on Matthew 28:16-20 and Acts 2:42-47, focuses on our work together as a covenant community. Our values, explained below, show how we fulfill our mission of worshiping God, nurturing believers and their children, and reaching out with the gospel.
1. Biblical Worship
The centerpiece of our worship, nurture, and outreach is our corporate worship, morning and evening, on the Lord’s Day. The focus of these services is the outward and ordinary means by which the Spirit of Christ saves and sanctifies the Father’s chosen people—the reading and preaching of God’s word, prayer, and the sacraments of the Lord’s supper and baptism. These are the methods that Jesus Christ has promised to bless with his presence for making disciples. Our goal in these services is to worship the Triune God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength as we sing the Bible, pray the Bible, read the Bible, preach the Bible, and see the Bible in the sacraments.
(Num. 28:1-10; Ps. 92; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:42-47; 1 Cor. 11:23-26; Rom. 10:14-17)
2. Genuine Fellowship
Local churches are visible expressions of the house and family of God and the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, those who belong to the church are connected to each other and devote themselves to fellowship—to partnering together in following Jesus. Not only is this fellowship shared in corporate worship as we address “one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” and partake of the one bread and cup in the Lord’s supper, but ought to be seen throughout the entire week as we serve one another in material things and nurture one another in spiritual things. Our fellowship is genuine when we move past mere socializing to a real sharing of our lives together.
(Col. 1:13; Eph. 2:19; Rom. 12:4-5; Acts 2:42; Eph. 5:19; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; Rom. 12:15)
3. Sound Doctrine
Sound doctrine ought to lead to spiritually healthy people who strive after holiness and are zealous for good works. Consequently, in our worship services, Sunday school, and Bible studies, we seek to teach that pattern of sound words that is drawn from the Scriptures and therefore is true, accurate, and helpful. As a Presbyterian church, we believe that this pattern of sound words is best summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. An online copy of this confession and catechisms can be found at www.pcaac.org/bco/westminster-confession.
(1 Tim. 1:8-10, 6:3; 2 Tim. 1:13, 3:16-17, 4:1-5; Titus 1:9, 2:11-14)
4. Earnest Prayer
The Bible says that “the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” and that we are to pray “at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” Therefore, prayer is important to all aspects of the life and work of the church. We not only pray as individuals and as families, but also as a church in our services and studies. Prayer expresses our dependence upon God to bless his people and our belief that he is “able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.”
(Jam. 5:13-18; Eph. 6:18; Matt. 6:6; Eph. 3:20-21)
5. Family Religion
The home is the primary place where what is learned at church is practiced and parents bring their children up “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” The following five practices of family religion are central to this kind of home: (1) Regular attendance and full participation at public worship, morning and evening, together as a family; (2) Observance of the Lord’s Day; (3) Memorization of Scripture and the Westminster Shorter Catechism; (4) Spiritual conversation in the normal course of life as well as parental example; and (5) Consistent family worship and/or private worship.
(Dt. 6:6-7; Eph 5:18-6:4; Adapted from Rev. Terry Johnson’s chapters in We Give Praise to God.)
6. Biblical Missions
Reaching out to those who are not Christians with the good news of Jesus Christ is one of the marks of a healthy, thriving congregation as it seeks to fulfill the Great Commission given by Jesus to the Church. We fulfill this mission in three ways. First, we financially and prayerfully support missionaries. Second, we give to the church planting work of our presbytery—the Rocky Mountain Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in America. Third, we seek as a church and as individuals to make the most of every opportunity given to us by the Lord to testify to his saving grace.
(Phil. 1:27-30; 1 Thess. 1:6-8; Matt. 25:31-46, 28:16-20; Luke 10:25-37; Phil. 4:10-20; 1 Pet. 3:15; Heb 13:2)
Scripture quotations and references are from the English Standard Version.
Adopted by the Session of Covenant Presbyterian Church on November 12, 2021.
Our worship philosophy is based on historically Reformed principles:
To experience God's holy and loving presence as He comes to us as our Father through Jesus Christ, His Son, and transforms us by His Spirit.
To declare God's great worth above all things. Worship is true when we reflect back to God the radiance and beauty of His excellence. This is done through the word, prayers, the sacraments as well as psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
To express that our Father seeks "true worshipers" who "must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:23-24). Worship is the cultivation of our hearts and minds so that we give Him proper reverence and praise.
To inquire first not what we think of God, but what He thinks of us, and how we adore and serve and cherish Him. We do not sit in judgment on God, but God judges us and rightly calls us to account in all we do.
To glorify God and magnify Christ as the purpose for the church. Worship is what we will keep doing, now and into eternity, after all other vital tasks of the church in and for this present age are concluded.
In keeping with these principles, our worship services are distinctly traditional. We welcome you to visit us soon!
Our pastor is Brad Irick. Although born and raised in California, he was blessed to marry a Colorado girl, Ali Stanton, in 1997. To their union, the Lord added a daughter, Mackenzie, in 1998 and a son, Cam, in 2005. Brad graduated from Colorado Christian University in 1997 and Reformed Theological Seminary in 2009. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Heidelberg Theological Seminary in Sioux Falls, SD. During his free time, Brad enjoys spending time with his family, watching golf when not playing it, and usually has his nose in a fantasy or science fiction novel.
The history of our church is one of dedication and transition under God's faithfulness. Throughout its life, the aim has been to glorify God in the salvation of souls and in the edification of its members with God's Word.
Joined together in 1937 as First Bible Presbyterian Church of Denver, the first congregation consisted of believers from the United Presbyterian Church and Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
After years in various meeting locations, the church assumed its present location with a new building in Wheat Ridge in March, 1955. A dedication followed in October with Dr. Robert G. Rayburn presiding. The first pastor was W. Harold Mare, who later went on to be a professor at Covenant College.
Since then, through difficult and prosperous times, faithful pastors and notable speakers have represented the gospel of Christ in this church body. A few of those men include Oliver Juliusson (1960s and 1970s), Homer Fernandez (1970s), Ronald Shaw (1980s), Jim Talarico (1990s), Evan Hock (2000-08), Intrim Bob Stuart (2008-2009), Kevin Carroll (2010-2012), Joe Puglia (2013-2018), and Pastor Brad Irick (2019-present).
Through the years the church not only changed in leadership, but changed in name and church affiliation. For years, it existed as a Bible Presbyterian Church. Later on, it joined the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod and was renamed Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church. Now, by the grace of God, the church thrives as Covenant Presbyterian Church, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, formed in 1973.