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Idlewild bldgFrom the beginning God’s hand has been on Mint Hill Presbyterian Church. It began in 1971 as Idlewild ARP on Idlewild Road in Charlotte, NC. The church prospered and grew for many years. During this time the church used innovative outreach ideas like Sure Foundation (an adult music group that toured singing contemporary Christian music) and New Vibrations (a youth music group that also toured using music as outreach) to reach people for Christ.  By the late 1990’s, our membership started to decline and in 2004, under the leadership of our new pastor, Dr. Barry Eller, we believed that God was calling us to move the church from Idlewild Road to our present location in Mint Hill.

During this transition we met in various locations over four years including Craig Avenue ARP, Bain Elementary School in Mint Hill, and a rented vacant church in Hemby Bridge. Yet even in these years of transition God sustained us and we were able to buy our present property on Brief Road in 2006.  Shortly thereafter we started the construction process which lasted for several years.  In 2011, we moved into our new building and we began to worship as a congregation in Mint Hill.  We are excited to see what the Lord has for our congregation as He continues to work in and through us to make disciples of all nations!