Covenant has a long history in Central Florida. We were originally a late-1960s church plant in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (RPCES), organizing in Winter Park as Immanuel Evangelical Presbyterian Church in 1969. We founded Covenant Christian School in 1972.
In the early 1980s, the RPCES merged with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and we were renamed Howell Branch Fellowship. Our congregation and our school both continued to grow and thrive, and in the early 1990s, we decided to change our name to Covenant Presbyterian Church.
The congregation, school, and community around us began to change considerably, and by the 2000s, there was a need for a church 10 miles to the east, in Oviedo. Seeing this, we felt God was calling us to make a move to the rapidly growing bedroom community.
We made the decision to close the school, sell our Winter Park properties, and re-plant in Oviedo, where we began worshipping at Reformed Theological Seminary in 2002. During this time, we purchased a plot of land in Oviedo, but the economy of our area prevented the developing of that land right away.
Our History in Oviedo
In 2011, we began worshipping at Partin Elementary School in Oviedo. When an existing church property became available for sale, just across the highway from our undeveloped property, we opted to sell our land and move into our current facilities in 2014. We held our first service in our current building on August 3, 2014.
Over the course of our history, we have sat under four senior pastors. We are grateful for their leadership and for the deep commitment of many families who have worked to serve God through the local church with us.