Centerpoint Church begins services

TROY — If you are looking for a small church with a big message, you might want to check out Centerpoint Christ Community Church, a new church start-up in Troy, according to lead pastor Paul Calvert.

“Our axiom this year is ‘Break Through,’” Calvert said. “It is our true desire to help people understand the message of ‘grace’ and how it can change their lives. When an individual begins to understand ‘grace,’ they begin to understand the gospel message. That has real life implications and it helps people ‘break through’ the patterns and strongholds that are keeping them from God.”

Calvert said that while there are plenty of churches in the area, he started a church because there is not a church with the style, delivery and message he brings to the area.

“We are a PCA church, and there isn’t another one until you get to south Dayton,” Calvert commented, noting that PCA stands for Presbyterian Church in America, a reformed denomination.

Many people may be familiar with another PCA church, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, started by the late D. James Kennedy, who popularized Evangelism Explosion. Other current voices in the PCA and reformed faith include Timothy Keller, popular author and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (New York City) and Dr. Ligon Duncan III, pastor of First Presbyterian Church (Jackson, Miss.), R.C. Sproul, the late Francis Schaeffer and Paul David Tripp.

Centerpoint is a friendly group of people, with members coming from Troy, Tipp City, Huber Heights, Sidney and more, according to Calvert. He said the ministries of this small church are already making an impact in the community through service to the soup kitchen and a ministry called, “We Love Birthday Parties,” a way to show love through the simple act of celebrating birthdays for at-risk kids who may not otherwise have their special day remembered.

The pastor noted that he preaches from the Bible in an expository fashion, and brings the message in a way that people can understand and relate. The music style is blended/contemporary, and the dress is casual, he said.

“I find the combination of casual church worship and high regard for scripture to be refreshing,” said Rick Kesig, a Centerpoint church member. “People can wear jeans and be casual, but the message is highly reverent. It makes an environment for people at all walks in their faith to feel comfortable — and to learn and grow deeper.”

The church leadership is inviting people who are seeking a “grace-filled” church with a family atmosphere to try Centerpoint. Visitors will find some familiar worship songs, hymns and new music all blended together. There is a nursery and children’s church for kids ages infant to 6th grade. Prior to the service, an elegant array of hospitality items are served during a fellowship time.

Centerpoint is currently meeting at the banquet room of the newly remodeled Motel 6 on State Route 55 and I-75 in Troy. Fellowship time is 10:30 a.m. and the church service begins at 10:45 p.m.

For more information, check at the church website at