Who We Are

Connectional Church

Evergreen Presbyterian Church belongs to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  This mainline denomination speaks to our theological heritage in the reformed tradition and the structure of government under which we operate.  The PC(U.S.A.) is a "grassroots" denomination, meaning it is the work of the people in local congregations that drives the work of the national denomination.  


We have two books to our Constitution, both informed by the witness of Scripture to the  nature of God. The two books are: The Book of Confessions, a book compiled of historical documents known as confessions made by the church throughout history.  These documents recognize the work of the Holy Spirit across place and time as the history of the world unfolds; and The Book of Order, which gives us guidance in areas such as worship, the foundations of the church, governing and discipline.  This book allows offers us structure and guidlines in keeping with the reformed tradition while also allowing the local body the freedom to make decisions pertienent to its function and daily ministry.

Our Priorities

1. Feed My Sheep – Living out the teachings of the gospel through our Outreach Ministries

2. Illuminating – Guided by Scripture, we seek God’s will for our lives

3. Nurturing – Teaching God’s love through caring, sharing, and celebrating the lives of all God’s children

4. Sharing – As we are fed by the hand of God, so our hands reach out to feed God’s people

5. Sheltering – We may be a small church, but together we can accomplish big things

6. Serving – As a congregation, we strive to be a witness to God’s renewing presence in the World

A Community of Believers

As people of faith we believe that we are joined together through the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is our responsbility and joy to live in relationship with one another as we serve, worship, and fellowship. 

We share our lives with one another, encouraging families, supporting individuals, and nurturing each persons growth in faith. 


Our Leadership Team

Joseph Johnson

Pastor

Joseph was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in 1985 and came to Evergreen in November 1990.  

Ashley Drake Mertz

Associate Pastor

Ashley was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in March 2014. She began work at Evergreen in February 2014.  She is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. 


Katherine Hatfield

Music Director

Katherine has a degree in Music Education and has been at Evergreen since 2011. 

Rhenella Smith

Accompanist

Rhenella has a degree in Music Education and is a member of Alabama Music Teachers Asosciation. She has been at Evergreen since August 2016. 

Michelle Quattlebaum

Evergreen Preschool Ministry Director

Michelle has been with EPM since 2005, becoming the Director in October 2012. 

Carol Kinney

Administrative Assistant

Carol has been the Administrative Assistant at Evergreen since August 1995.  


What We Believe


01

Jesus Christ

Our conviction is that Jesus Christ himself must stand at the center of all our theological reflections, or we are committing the sin of idolatry. If we want to better understand the character of God, for example, we look to Jesus Christ, and he reveals that God is a God of love as well as power. If we want to ponder who we are created to be, we look to Jesus Christ and see true humanity living in perfect response to the love of God.

02

God

Our knowledge of God and God’s purpose for humanity comes from the Bible. We believe God is the creator of all and dwells in each person. We see the Creator as the guide for our lives as we try to emulate the life of Jesus Christ, God's Son. 

03

The Holy Spirit

On Pentecost, the seventh Sunday after Easter, Christians commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ early followers.Through the Holy Spirit, God empowers us to grow in faith, make more mature decisions and live more faithful lives.

04

Sin

Presbyterians believe the Bible when it says that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Unlike crime, which involves the breaking of human law, sin is a condition of the heart or an expression of that condition where we are estranged from God and fail to trust in God.

05

Salvation

Presbyterians believe God has offered us salvation because of God’s loving nature. It is not a right or a privilege to be earned by being “good enough.” No one of us is good enough on our own — we are all dependent upon God’s goodness and mercy.

06

The Church

Church connectionalism is shorthand for saying that we are one body—not because we find one another agreeable or each other’s views congenial, but because God in grace and mercy has called us together. Our unity does not lie in us. Our unity is Jesus Christ.

Belief statements adapted from the PCUSA website. For more thorough explanations of Presbyterian beliefs and the Reformed tradition visit: 

www.presbyterianmission.org/what-we-believe


Our Mission and Vision

Evergreen Presbyterian Church, known as “The Church with a Heart for the Community”, has taken the life of Christ as a directive for our own lives: love God with all of your strength, love your neighbors, be a light to the world, and feed God’s sheep. From this directive and from our theological traditions, the call to civic engagement arises.