At Independent Presbyterian Church, we believe God calls us to be a Christian community, actively engaged in transforming lives through our living faith in Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. You are invited to worship here and to discover ways to grow your faith, serve in ministry to others, and build relationships through fellowship. All are welcome. 

Pastor Sebastián is my kind of pastor. Stout and strong, with a perpetual smile on his face, he greets us on Sunday morning as we arrive at his Presbyterian church, tucked away in the tiny village of Ruíz Cortines, Chiapas, Mexico. The congregation is one of seven he pastors throughout the nearby villages, some of which have buildings, others of which meet under the shade of a tree.

Dancing in Holy Places. That’s the title of my sermon Sunday morning. It’s also how many of you have spent you summer on mission trips to Mexico, Zambia and Mobile and ministering to others through other IPC ministries. This week, the dance continues.

As the crow flies, it’s 8,116 miles from Birmingham to Mwandi Mission in the western province of Zambia. Unfortunately, you can’t take such a direct route; the IPC 2018 Mwandi Mission Team’s journey covered 12,000 miles and took several days to complete. Why would anyone travel so far by planes, trains, boats and buses when there are worthy missionary opportunities blocks from our church? The people of Mwandi.