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A Growing Mission

09. September 2015

Columns, Congregation of the Month,

  —Sam McCracken

Casper RP Mission Church

Location: Casper, Wyo.

Presbytery: Midwest

Organization Date: mission church

Membership: 6 communicant; 12 baptized (and 2 on the way)

Pastor: Sam McCracken

Web Site: casperrpchurch.org

Casper RP mission is a church plant of the Midwest Presbytery (MWP) of the RPCNA. Located in central Wyoming on the banks of the North Platte River and at the foot of Casper Mountain, Casper is the second largest city in the state and is its business capital. A major thoroughfare during pioneer days, Casper grew around Fort Caspar, the railroad, and ranching. The latter half of the 20th Century brought intermittent bursts of growth, largely through the mining industry.

In 2010, Morgan and Lianne Hespe and their children from the Laramie RP Mission Church, located over two hours to the south, moved back to Casper after attending the University of Wyoming. They began exploring the possibility of planting an RP Church. Bob Hemphill conducted Bible studies with interested individuals and families. In summer 2012, Pastor Wade Mann (Shawnee, Kan., RPC) and his family spent the summer in Casper and conducted worship services and outreach. A commission of the MWP was formed that oversaw continued preaching in Casper and sought to move the work forward. In 2013, the small group of families and the Casper Commission began searching for a ...

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