In 2005, The Reverend Mr. Hunter Brewer accepted a call to plant a new church in the Gluckstadt area. This new church plant was largely sponsored by Highlands PCA, Pear Orchard PCA and Lakeland PCA. A borrowed session of elders from Highlands, Pear Orchard and Lakeland provided appropriate encouragement and oversight for this new work. Soon, financial support followed from the following PCA churches: First Presbyterian (Jackson), Trinity (Jackson), Redeemer (Jackson) Highlands (Ridgeland), Lakeland (Flowood), Pear Orchard (Ridgeland), Faith (Brookhaven) and Rainbow (Rainbow City, Alabama).
Toward the end of 2005, a core group of people interested in this new church plant met at the Lake Caroline Clubhouse for the very first time. Soon after, they began to meet on Sunday evenings for a Bible study at Highlands Presbyterian Church. This core group named the new work Madison Heights Church PCA.
On September 10th, 2006, the new Madison Heights Church held its first public worship service at the gymnasium of St. Joseph Catholic School in Madison. In November of 2007, the church was officially established as a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America by The Presbytery of Mississippi Valley. The new congregation elected its first Session of Elders: Corley Moses, Bert Marshall, Dan James and John Laws.
By 2009, the church had called its first assistant pastor, The Reverend Mr. Josh Kines, elected deacons, bought property and developed a master plan for our future campus. Soon after, the church called The Reverend Mr. Bill Whitwer to serve alongside Reverend Brewer and Reverend Kines. Mr. Nate Bonham served as youth pastor.
On November 6, 2011, the church broke ground at 415 Bozeman Road. The new Worship Center was dedicated on September 16, 2012. At that same service, the Josh Kines family, along with the Nate Bonham family, were commissioned as missionaries to Peru. As they departed, the Lord called The Reverend Mr. Randy Rhea to serve as our new Assistant Pastor. The Rhea family came from Corinth, Mississippi where Randy had served as church planter for Trinity Presbyterian Church. The Session soon called Mr. John Windham, a student at Reformed Theological Seminary, as Youth Director.
On December 31, 2013, Reverend Brewer stepped down as Senior Pastor to start the Mid-South PCA Church Planting Network. This, in part, was a fulfilment of the church’s early vision to be a church that planted other churches. Reverend Randy Rhea, Assistant Pastor, was elected to be the second Senior Pastor of Madison Heights Church. In March of 2014, The Reverend Dr. Chuck Frost was called as the new Assistant Pastor. In March of 2015, Dr. Frost was called by the congregation to serve as Executive Pastor.
In 2015, God’s gracious growth of the church led us to build new church offices and our Youth Lodge. Completed in April of 2016, this new addition provided much needed space for our rapidly growing youth ministry as well as providing more areas for classes and Bible studies. In August of 2017, the MHC family celebrated the ordination of The Reverend Mr. John Windham as Youth Pastor.
As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary as a church family, we are now well over 700 members and growing. Planning is underway to build additional educational and youth ministry space for the journey ahead.