Hampton Presbyterian Church jumped to life in 1805 with the vision of Rev Dr. John Black ushering Rev. Matthew Williams into the pulpit. From the very beginning, HPC has held a value for reaching into the community with a passion for mission. The northern wild country of Allegheny County was ripe for the gospel, and HPC took root as an ambassador for Jesus Christ. Today, HPC lives into this philosophy through its mission statement: Grounded in faith and guided by the Holy Spirit, we are sent as faithful ambassadors to reflect the hope of salvation through Jesus Christ.
As a congregation, HPC seek to live into this mission statement by providing a vibrant children’s program, which includes a Pre-School that serves nearly 200 students. The elementary school program engages children through a variety of activities. Summer programming bursts the walls of the church with children, and family nights create fun encounters with God’s truth. The youth program is recognized as premier within Pittsburgh Presbytery. Aside from a 90% involvement in worship, HPC’s youth have a healthy discipleship initiative, mission focus and mentoring program.
HPC says, “Our adults are amazing! When a need is present, they respond.” Homebound communion, visitation, basic assistance, young mothers’ meals, Bible studies, small groups and more make up a slice of some of HPC’s servant pie. Beyond the membership, the church supports 12 local mission agencies and 11 international missionaries. The Mission Committee is keen on making sure each penny given to the church for mission is being properly allocated to ministries that provide hope and exposure to the gospel message.
In recent years, HPC has expanded the adults’ opportunities to serve by providing two mission trips per year (one domestic and one international). HPC says, “You may be surprised to know that we have supported Anchorpoint for 25+ years! Our partnership with this ministry is ever expanding, even as we explore new opportunities for ministry together.”
“The activities that inspire hope for us as a church would be the purposeful focus upon the next generation and assisting parents to raise the next generation with confidence in the gospel message of Jesus Christ, Who is the author of hope. It is energizing to see children and youth express their faith in real and tangible ways as they emerge as leaders in their community.”