When Michelle and I moved to Bartow County in 1998, we found a warm, loving congregation at Bartow Cumberland Presbyterian Church (CPC) filled with people who have a relationship with Christ and who have a true desire to share the good news of the love of God.  Since moving to Bartow County, God has blessed us with three wonderful children and a loving church family in which to raise those children. 

            The people of Bartow CPC desire to hear the Word of God speak to our lives.  We put a high priority on taking care of each other and the community around us.  We have always supported missionaries that God has called and sent out into all the world.  Our church is small enough that everyone matters yet big enough to do the work to which God calls us to do in the world. 

            I invite you to visit our church to see if this is a church where God is calling you to worship and grow in faith. If you are looking for a connected church where you can celebrate and use the gifts and talents that God has given you and a small church that wants to share the good news of Christ’s love, forgiveness, and faithfulness, please join us. 

            Some information about how God was at work in my life before moving to Georgia: I grew up in Austin, TX, where I attended the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Austin.  It was through the youth ministry program in South Texas Presbytery where I began to discern God’s call to minister.  In 1986, I left Texas to see the world and moved to McKenzie, TN, in order to attend Bethel College, now known as Bethel University.  I graduated from Bethel College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1990 and went directly to Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA, where I earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Christian Education. 

            On a side note, I love to hike, cycle, read a good book, anything that has to do with music, going to a play at a theatre, trying new restaurants, cooking, and traveling to see new places and different cultures.  One of my greatest joys is to learn and to be with people while they are learning.  

Pastor Mark Rackley

Bartow Cumberland

         Presbyterian Church

A friendly church with a Christ-centered message