New church holds first service

(Courtesy Photo) Rev. Logan Keck preaches to worshipers at a recent Christ the King-JP/Roxbury service.

(Courtesy Photo) Rev. Logan Keck preaches to worshipers at a recent Christ the King-JP/Roxbury service.

EGLESTON SQ.—Christ the King-JP/Roxbury, a new Presbyterian-affiliated Christian church in Egleston Square, held its first service last month.

“We want to be a neighborhood church and we are particularly concerned with seeing people across many backgrounds reconciled to God and one another through the Gospel,” said Rev. Logan Keck the church’s founder, who lives in Egleston Square with wife Melissa Keck and their children.

Currently meeting in the San Andres United Methodist Church building at 169 Amory St., Christ the King is an evangelical Protestant church. It is affiliated with the Georgia-based Presbyterian Church in America, which formed in the 1970s as the conservative branch of the denomination, according to its website at

Christ the King is a branch of a multi-congregational church of the same name that also has started churches in Cambridge and Dorchester, among other locations.

Keck, a North Carolina native, identified Egleston Square as a great location in 2011 due to its diverse character and position on the JP/Roxbury border. According to the church website, Egleston is a “depressed area” that can benefit from Gospel outreach, as well as a diverse area where a church can impact multiple cultures.

“Cultures collide in Egleston Square, and the Gospel working through the church has the power to make this place a beautiful picture of God’s kingdom on Earth,” the site says.

Christ the King holds a full service on the last Sunday of every month, and smaller weekly services. The debut service on Feb. 24 drew about 40 worshipers, Keck said. This Sunday, March 31, at 4 p.m., the church will hold its Easter service followed by a free dinner.

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