Center Point Charlottetown Staff
Meet Center Point Church Charlottetown’s lead pastor, Howie MacMaster (or as we like to call him “Pastor MacMaster!”). Howie is the founding pastor of Center Point Church, a multi-site church in Prince Edward Island that was started in 2010. Under Howie’s leadership, Center Point is dedicated to introducing people to Jesus and helping them follow Him. He is known for his passionate and relevant approach to preaching the Bible and his desire to help others know Jesus and love Him more.
Howie was born in Charlottetown, PE and shortly after moved to Georgetown, PE where he grew up. Howie is an Island boy at heart. He graduated from Bible College in 2001 and entered full time ministry in 2003.
In addition to his passion for communicating God's truth, he loves to workout, read, follow/play sports, and go to the beach. He has a yorkie-poo dog named Bailey and lives in the downtown Charlottetown area. Most of all, Howie loves Jesus deeply and has a passion for the church to grow in Prince Edward Island.
Meet Jessica, Center Point Church’s Administrative Coordinator. Jessica has been attending Center Point Church for over 4 years and has been on staff part time since 2017. Jess keeps us calm, cool and collected by keeping us organized and structured. She has been a faithful part of getting Center Point Charlottetown up and running in this new phase of Center Point Church’s Ministry.
Jess lives in Charlottetown and can often be found watching Netflix docu-series on crime or telling us about the most recent one she's seen! She brings a creative and positive flair to everything she does at the church - because of this, most things we do at the church are colour-coded (or are of a colourful nature)! Jess exemplifies what it means to be faithful to God’s leading and allowing Him to use the gifts He has given to serve His people (joyfully, we might add!). Pray for Jess as she keeps her eye on the tasks needed to begin and continue this ministry in Center Point Charlottetown.
What We Believe
About the Scriptures:
We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error.
About God :
We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second member of the Trinity (the Son of God) who became flesh to reveal God to humanity and to become the Savior of the lost world.
We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the sole basis for the forgiveness of sin. Therefore, God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin.
About the Christian Life:
We believe all Christians should live for Christ and not for themselves. By obedience to the Word of God and daily yielding to the Spirit of God, every believer should mature and be conformed to the image of Christ.
About the Church:
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving him and by making him known to the lost world.
The History of Center Point Church
Center Point Church was officially launched on May 9th, 2010, in an old United Church building in Murray River PEI. This was not meant to be a permanent location and so we didn’t stay there for long. Six weeks later we made a move to Red’s Corner located just outside of Montague. Here we were meeting in their banquet room and dance hall. April 2011 brought, once again, some more change. At this time in our history Center Point Church merged with Kingsway Christian Fellowship and this gave us a more permanent meeting place in the centre of Montague at 4 Brook Street.
Over the next three years we kept growing and saw God do some great things. On July 7th, 2013 we started another church in Charlottetown that we held at the Holland College campus in the evening. We started small in Charlottetown as we were getting 8-15 people regularly per service.
Excitingly, things started to grow again in Montague and the space in our building on 4 Brook Street was getting too small to hold us. Because of this, we transitioned our Sunday morning service to the Montague Regional High School in September 2014. Center Point Montague, continues to meet at the local High School, and this provides us with lots of room for growth.
About a year after this transition, in the fall of 2015, our Charlottetown Church was growing and so we moved to the University of Prince Edward Island. During this time and into the winter of 2016, we experienced explosive growth. We had between 80-110 people gathered on a Sunday evening. However, with the summer months coming along we were no longer able to use this space at the university and we moved back to Holland College.
God continued to open up doors for our church in Charlottetown. On September 23, 2018 our Charlottetown Church made another transition and this time it involved quite a bit of change. Since it had always been an evening service, we decided the time had come to finally relaunch Center Point Charlottetown as a morning service experience. With this, our new location to meet was at the Charlottetown Cineplex at 10am.
We are excited for what the future holds and for the things God has planned to do through both our churches. We believe in a God who is faithful, limitless, and that can do great things through his people!
The Meaning of our Logo
Our new logo, which was redesigned in 2018 for our Charlottetown re-launch, represents so much of what we are trying to communicate at Center Point Church. We took one of colours from our home church's logo (Montague), to signify that each campus has their own unique identity but that we are still very much connected to each other.
The lamppost is not only a common and familiar sight on PEI, but it is also signifies much of the culture we live in. The Lamppost signifies the essence of time. A lamppost may be retro-looking/vintage in its appearance, but is still very useful in our era of technology and innovation. At Center Point, we do not ignore the past - we acknowledge that all throughout history, Jesus has been building his church, and that it stands on the blood, sweat, and tears of faithful men and women who have gone before us.
We carry the torch they have worked so hard to hand off to us. Also, we understand that we live in the present - an age of postmodern, individualistic, technological thought and reason - and God has called us to be light in a world that so desperately needs him. We engage culture and seek to be relevant to this current generation that the light of Jesus Christ may shine.
Lastly, and most importantly, the lamppost has one purpose - to be a light in darkness. As Center Point Church - we are the lamppost, and our only purpose - our structure, our frame - is to draw attention to the light. Jesus Christ is our light. He is the Center Point. Without Jesus at the top and Jesus’ light shining from us, we are nothing but broken and useless. This lamppost is meant to serve as a reminder to all who come to Center Point Church, and to hold us to this truth - Christ is the light of this church…his church.
As Jesus said in John 8:12
“I am the light of the world, Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”