Resettling a church isn't easy, but new pastor Michael Dixon said he and the members of Christ Ridge Presbyterian are up for the challenge.
Dixon began his tenure as pastor March 1. It was also a fresh start for the congregation, which moved into a new church building on Gold Hill Road. The congregation had been holding services in conjunction with Riverview Presbyterian after leaving the old Fort Mill Post Office building at the corner of Tom Hall and Springs streets more than a year ago.
"We're still figuring out the routine of having a new pastor in a new building," he said. "It's basically a restart for the church."
With a new church at 1070 Gold Hill Road, the congregation of about 50 has plenty of room to grow, Dixon said. In addition to the sanctuary building, the church also owns a little more than four acres surrounding it, so it could eventually build a school or other buildings on the grounds.
But for the time being, Christ Ridge is taking things slow. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. each week, followed by a weekly service at 11. The church also holds prayer meetings at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Dixon came to the church from Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City Ga., where he served as an associate pastor. But he is no stranger to the area. He grew up in Charlotte and attended Charlotte Christian School before attending Covenant College in Chattanooga, Tenn.
"I was in high school when I knew I wanted to be a pastor, and I had been working towards it since" Dixon said.
Carriage Lane was Dixon's first position after he finished his degree. At 28, he is still young but said he is up for the challenge of leading an entire congregation.
"I get to preach more as a head pastor," he said. "I get to do more of the duties I've wanted to do, but not been able to do as often as an associate pastor."
Dixon loves to preach. He will spend all week working on his Sunday sermon, he said. The trick is to be well prepared, but not stiff, he said.
"It's always challenging not to get stale," he said.
Dixon and his wife are expecting their first child, a girl, in April.