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From NFL to Church Planting

The National Football League (NFL) is not a typical training ground for church planting. Yet Eddie Williams’ story is not a typical one. Eddie grew up in the bay area of San Francisco, California. His childhood was rootless, filled with constant upheaval and moves from one area to another. He learned to keep his prized belongings with him if he didn’t want to lose them. His dad was absent and the family home was vulnerable to robbery. Eddie’s mom, who provided strength and stability for the family, also battled cancer. She dreamed that Eddie would be an NFL player. Her…

Redemption Church

Planting churches is exciting work. Seeing those churches grow into thriving, fruitful communities is rewarding beyond measure! A recent visit to Redemption Church in the heart of San Francisco revealed a community of people committed to God, each other, and living out the gospel in their city.  One attendee commented, “The gospel is what kept me coming back. No matter what the sermon is, Christ is the centerpiece.”  Redemption brings to mind the words of the apostle John, when he wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in truth.” Watching Redemption launch, grow,…

A Gospel for Everyone

by Nick Parsons, Director of Development San Francisco is associated with a lot of things. For some it is the Gold Rush, the Beat Generation and the Hippie Movement. For others it is the Golden Gate Bridge, trolley cars and rows upon rows of narrow Victorian houses. More recently San Francisco has become associated with tech startups, expensive housing and $4 artisanal toast—which is delightful, I might add. One association looms large in the minds of many Americans—San Francisco as the “Gay Mecca.” It is easy to understand why. No city has a richer history of LGBT communities, political action…

Redemption Church in San Francisco Meeting Now!

  With 7.5 million residents, the San Francisco Bay Area is the 5th largest metropolitan area in the United States.  It is known for its technological hub, Silicon Valley, and attracts cultural creatives from around the world.  It is also one of the least churched regions in the US.  Justin and Emilie Anderson have moved here to plant a church this fall.  Before moving to San Francisco, Justin planted a growing church in Tempe, AZ and successfully transitioned the congregation to the next generation of leaders.  Redemption Church was one of the supporting churches for New City Church in Phoenix, planted by Orchard Group in 2011. When speaking…