A new church plant of Redeemer Church in Kent, Ohio.


Join Us

We welcome you to join us on Thursdays at 5:45 p.m.  Currently we meet at Faith Lutheran Church (931 E Main St, Kent) for dinner and a Bible study in Ephesians.  Childcare is provided.  Please reach out to Jacob Piland with questions or for details. Our next phase of church planting will introduce a Sunday evening worship service.  Stay tuned for details.


Distinctives of Christ Presbyterian Church

We are a church plant of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) devoted unashamedly to Biblical, confessional, Reformed truth; to rich Christian community; and to historic corporate worship. Our mission is to celebrate the Trinity through God-centered worship as we strive to exalt the glory and grace of the Father, to love Jesus Christ, and to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Our core commitments are to

  1. the Priority of the Gospel
  2. the Centrality of Worship
  3. the Necessity of Discipleship


About Us

Jacob Piland moved to Ohio in 2015 to teach at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.  During his six years there, he met his wife, Anginette, who is from Kent, and they married in 2019.  They have a shared passion to see the kingdom of God advance specifically in Kent.  They are expecting their first child in the Spring of 2022. Jacob grew up in North Carolina and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA, in 2012.  He then moved to South Hamilton, MA, where he earned his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  After seminary, he moved to Ohio in 2015 and taught at CVCA until God called him to pastoral ministry in 2021. ContactPastor Jacob Pilandjacob.piland@redeemerohio.org828.381.8478


Why a Church in Kent

Kent is a historically industrial city with a small town feel in Portage County, Ohio. It has, as the home of Kent State University, absorbed a new transient culture and a variety of walks of life. These dynamics make Kent an attractive, unique, and exciting place to live for many people. On a solemn note, the Kent area is keeping pace with the secularization of America. According to the most recent census, over 70% of Portage County population claims no religious affiliation. Of the ones that do, only a quarter of those claim to be evangelical Christians. The need for the gospel of Jesus Christ is apparent. Our vision is to be a church gathered in Kent devoted to Biblical, confessionally Reformed truth, and we long to become a faithful church that for generations will gather God’s people in Kent, grow together in holiness and a love for truth and worship, and speak and display the gospel of Jesus in Kent and beyond.


How we arrived here:  a Timeline

May 2020 – Jacob’s strong internal nudge to share the Gospel through pastoral ministrySeptember 2020 – Jacob comes under care of the Ohio Presbytery and begins his internship with Redeemer ChurchOctober 2020 – discussions begin about Kent’s specific need for the gospelDecember 2020 – Jacob and Anginette decide to pursue planting a church in KentFebruary 2021 – Redeemer Church agrees to support the church plant in KentMay 2021 – Jacob is licensed to preach by the Ohio PresbyteryJuly 2021 – Jacob comes on staff at Redeemer Church as the church planter in KentAugust 2021 – the core group of CPC starts meeting weekly for Bible study in KentOctober 2021 – Jacob is ordained and installed as CPC’s church planting pastor through Redeemer Church, by the Ohio PresbyteryNow – Christ Presbyterian Church gathers weekly for dinner and a Bible study, building a core group in order to build fellowship and momentum for a Sunday serviceEarly 2022 – Sunday worship services to begin in Kent


Give to Christ Presbyterian Church

OnlineClick here to give online, and make sure "Give to Church Plant" is selected.CheckChecks can be sent to Redeemer Church with “Church Plant” in the subject line. 190 W Streetsboro St., Hudson, OH 44236, Attn: Joel Gilliland.