Our History

Center Grove Presbyterian Church (CGPC), began in the fall of 1981 as a home Bible study and a mission church of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod (RPC-ES). In 1983, both the mission church and the RPC-ES denomination were received into the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Soon after the church was declared a particular church in February 1987, Pastor Jeff Rakes accepted a call to another church, and the congregation elected a Pulpit Search Committee to search for a new pastor. In March 1988, Rev. Anthony J. Casoria (Pastor Tony), his wife, Nancy and their daughters moved to Edwardsville following an eleven-year pastorate in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In April 1994, CGPC moved into its first building on Center Grove Road. Sixteen weeks later, the building was struck by lightning during an evening thunderstorm and burned to the ground. Though a painful ordeal at the time, God in His wise providence used the fire as an instrument to refine and strengthen the congregation. In April 1996, we moved into our second building on the same site as the first. By God’s grace, the Lord continues to bless Center Grove with spiritual and numerical growth. The church continued to grow and in June 2004 the Lord blessed us with additional facilities including 11 classrooms, a kitchen, and a gymnasium/Family Life Center. Vacation Bible School became the first ministry held in the newly-expanded facility.

After 27 years of ministry at Center Grove, Pastor Tony Casoria retired in May, 2015 and moved to North Carolina with his wife, Nancy.

Pastor Wes James accepted the call to serve as our Senior Pastor in November 2015.

We believe the Lord has strategically positioned Center Grove in Edwardsville – a university town in the St. Louis metropolitan area – and are excited as He continues to build His Church. Soli Deo Gloria!

Favorite Links

Presbyterian Church in America (PCA):  https://www.pcanet.org/ The PCA’s Online Bookstore:  https://www.cepbookstore.com Ligonier Ministries (R. C. Sproul):  https://www.ligonier.org/ Monergism (Reformed articles, sermons, etc.):  https://www.monergism.com/ Truth in Action – Dr. D. James Kennedy:  https://www.truthinaction.org/ Westminster Confession of Faith:  https://www.pcaac.org/resources/wcf/