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Congo Partnership Ministries

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In Partnership with The Presbyterian Church in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Presbyterian Church Community of Kinshasa (CPK) & Presbyterian Church Community of Congo (CPC) .  The connection between Presbyterians in Eastern Virginia and the Congolese dates back to 1891 when William H. Sheppard from Hampton Institute, along with Samuel Lapsley, founded the American Presbyterian Congo Mission at Luebo in Belgian Congo.  Since 1960 the Presbyterian Community of Kinshasa (CPK) has been an autonomous partner church of the PC(USA) in the metropolitan area of Kinshasa and the western provinces of Lower-Congo and Bandundu. In 1983 the CPK was divided into three presbyteries, which constituted the first synod. In 1995, the CPK had an estimated 40,000 communicant members, 10,000 active youth and 86 ordained pastors. Two pastors have finished doctorate studies, one of them a woman. The CPK meets regularly in its own General Assembly and in church-to-church consultations with the PC(USA). It receives mission personnel and maintains a Committee for Cooperation to plan, coordinate and evaluate the specific joint programs. This committee consists of three representatives of each church with the CPK president serving as moderator.  The Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC) is the most historical and largest Presbyterian Church in the Congo with more than 1,250,000 members as of 1995.

Rooted in the ministries of the American Presbyterian Congo Mission (APCM), it is concentrated in the provinces of West- and East-Kasai and also has parishes in Shaba. The church is organized in eight synods, with 53 presbyteries, entailing 692 parishes and 269 preaching points with 878 pastors and 61 evangelists.

The CPC is firmly committed to the ecumenical movement and maintains a good relationships with the World Council of Churches, of which it has been a member since 1972.

History of CPK & PEVA

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Sister Church Pairing

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The Sister Church Pairing Program, or Congregation-to-Congregation Ministry has led to better understanding between members of congregations that live far away from each other...30 PEVA churches have been paired with 36 CPK churches.   READ MORE...

PW PEVA & CPK Feeding Program

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PEVAs Presbyterian Women and their sister CPK-Presbyterian Women in the Kinshasa, DRC started a feeding program for the children of the Congo in 2002.  There is a CPK Women's Center and over ten feedings centers. READ MORE...

Congo Mission Network Conference

October 17-19, 2019 
First Presbyterian Church, Knoxville, TN
Claim a New Day 
Partners in Creating a New Congo 
Healing the Wounds of War While Laying the Foundation of Peace and Empowering Youth
 and Women for Leadership

You can reserve hotel rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott here:  
Book your group rate for the CMN Conference
The Courtyard by Marriott is directly across the street from First Presbyterian Church.
Parking is free at the church.  Reservations for the group rate must be made by September 17.
To register, go to 
To read about our conference speakers, please visit: 

Congo Partnership Ministries Mission Statement

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In one response to answer Christ’s call
to love one another
we strive to strengthen our relationships with our sister churches;
support each other’s efforts
to grow in Christ;
and advocate for policies and action to foster both.

Make a Gift to the Congo Ministries

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Please mail your check payable to:
801 Loudoun Ave 
Portsmouth VA 23503