New church in the Heights moves to new home

The Heights Presbyterian Church outgrew its original meeting space, in the living room of the Robertson home. [photo by Marci Robertson]

Cleveland Heights is home to a number of beautiful churches, many with strong, historical roots in the community. So, why another church in the area?

"The story of Jesus doesn't grow old," said Pastor Mark Robertson, planter of The Heights Presbyterian Church, "and with new churches, communities are awakened to encounter an authentic Christ, whose beauty and truth transcends time and place.”

The Heights Presbyterian Church is a member church of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a denomination with roots that date back to the Protestant Reformation. It was born out of a mission of Harvest Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Medina. Harvest Church and the NEO Church Planting Network seek to bring similar gospel-centered [churches] into several Greater Cleveland neighborhoods.

Church members first began meeting as a Bible study group in Robertson’s living room in July 2015. In October 2015, they began meeting at their current home, First Baptist Church, 3630 Fairmount Blvd., at 6 p.m. on Sunday evenings. Childcare is provided for children of all ages, with older children meeting in their own "children's church."

According to Robertson, the church seeks to present the gospel story as it is intended: as ancient truth that is always relevant. Members seek to represent the neighborhood's diversity, loving their neighbors and their community. They embrace the artistic gifts of those who attend, enabling worship to be aided by music and worshipful aesthetics. They also acknowledge that a church is far more than a Sunday meeting place, and desire to integrate the gospel narrative into all aspects of life.

Visit to learn more about The Heights Presbyterian Church, see its calendar, and find out about its men's, women's, and small group ministries.

Marci Robertson

Marci Robertson moved with her husband, Mark, and their two children to the Heights in May 2015. They have enjoyed getting to know Cleveland's East Side and being involved in this fantastic neighborhood. 

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:01 AM, 03.28.2016