In 2007, the Presbytery of the South of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church extended a call to Pastor Eric Watkins and his family to move to St. Augustine and begin a church plant with several families in the area who wanted a self-consciously reformed church committed to reformed theology, evangelism, and community.
The Watkins began an exploratory Bible study in January of 2008 that grew from a couple families to 30+ people in about a month, and to 50-60 people in a few months. The church started worship services in May of 2008 and by God’s grace has steadily grown. It now has its own seven-acre facility with a sanctuary and separate fellowship/Christian education hall. Many of our members call Covenant their first church home, while others came because of a desire for deeper preaching and teaching, as well as worship that exalts God as holy. In late 2020, Pastor Watkins accepted a call to Harvest OPC in San Marcos, California, and Covenant prayerfully began a search for a new pastor who would preach Christ, shepherd His people, and reap His harvest. In March of 2021, Pastor Z. Bulut Yasar was unanimously called as pastor by the congregation of Covenant OPC.
Covenant strives to be a congregation that reaches the oldest city in the New World with the gospel of the world to come. We are a confessionally reformed, Word and Sacrament church. We seek to rightly divide the Word of Truth, to preach Christ and Him crucified, and to worship the Triune God with reverence and awe, in Spirit and in Truth. We are a multi-generational, multi-cultural church that is committed to evangelism in our neighboring communities, discipleship that focus on all ages, fellowship events that build strong Christian families, and service activities that focus inwardly (body life) and outwardly (community life). We invite you not only to come and visit, but also to help us become more and more what it is that God would have us to be—a mature church that seeks to glorify and enjoy Him in all that we do together.