Pastor Emeritus Harry Christie
In January of 1957, the Revered Robert F. Field became the first pastor of Colonial, and the group began meeting in the Cave Spring High School (now the Junior High School). The church was officially organized by a commission from Montgomery Presbytery on May 5, 1957. There were thirty-five charter members.
In 1959, on Maundy Thursday, the first building was occupied and became a multipurpose building used for worship, classrooms, and fellowship activities. In 1963, Mr. Field accepted a call to the Bedford Presbyterian Church.
In January of 1964 the congregation called as pastor, H. Fleet Powell, Jr. who was an Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Lenoir, North Carolina. He arrived on the job in March of 1964.
In 1965 and 66 an in-depth study of our needs was begun. Our church was growing and the fellowship hall was beginning to be too crowded. It was decided to build a sanctuary and pledges were received toward the retaining of an architect. The Sanctuary was occupied on Maundy Thursday of 1968.
Reverend Fleet Powell "retired" from our church at the end of January, 1991. He was later honored as Pastor Emeritus for our congregation (actually preceding Harry Christie in the honor). Fleed passed away on August 17, 1998.
The Rev. Bill Cole came to us as an extremely hard-working interim pastor, serving from Feb. 1, 1991, until July 31, 1991. He also worked as church custodian during this time. Dr. George Bowers filled in during the months of August and September 1991. During this time, a Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) discovered and called Dr. Michael Nevling, who started with us on October 6, 1991. He came to us from Edgewood Presbyterian church in Sanford, North Carolina.
The Rev. Nevling accepted a call to Middleton Presbyterian Church in Media, Pennsylvania, in 1999. Our church began the search for a new pastor with a PNC who, in December 2000, brought to us the Rev. Dr. Parrish Jones. Dr. Jones served as our pastor until August 2002, at which time the Rev. Harry Christie once again stepped in and served as our interim pastor. A newly elected PNC began the search for a new pastor.
The Rev. Brent T. Williams became our new (and current) pastor in August 2003. Brent, who was an intern here in 1986-87, came back to us with his wife Melissa and son Liam, coming from Falling Spring Presbyterian Church in Hot Springs, Virginia.