First public service at CTK Somerville was a joyful celebration

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The room was abuzz with excitement as 55 adults and 16 children filled the small sanctuary on the edge of Davis Square. The celebration got started: Christ the King joyfully launched its newest congregation last Sunday in Somerville.


The launch is the culmination of over two year's of work by David Richter, who arrived to town in January of 2013 with his wife, Kelly, and their two children, Sam(7) and Luci(4). Driven by a desire to be deeply rooted in the neighborhood, David and his family immediately began attending and hosting community events and meetings. Admittedly, the transition from Minnesota was easy for the young family who loves eclectic communities and artists. “We felt like we were home the first week in town,” David shared.

He likewise encourages others at CTK Somerville to connect to a service opportunity in the city, mercy ministry opportunities, and host regular social gatherings in their homes or around town. David explained, “We’re interested in building deep, authentic community and investing in our city and the lives of those around us." 

We’re interested in building deep, authentic community and investing in our city and the lives of those around us.
— David Richter, Pastor

This Spring, the group will participate in several events, including hosting a Christianity Explored class starting April 3rd, volunteering at the annual fundraising dinner and silent auction, Under the Roof, benefiting the Somerville Homeless Coalition on April 12th, and inviting the city to an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 19th. In addition to special events, they gather weekly for community groups throughout the city and a pub night, Somerville Think & Drink, where they engage in a thoughtful and peaceful discussion on spirituality, theology and philosophy through a wide variety of topics. 

Last Sunday was the first in a series of monthly services to be held through the summer leading up to a full launch of weekly services in September.


The entire CTK family is delighted about what the Lord has done. We look forward to a continued celebration of God’s faithfulness through the relationships and community involvement of the CTK Somerville congregation.

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