The idea of Redeemer Fellowship Church began around 1999, when Chris and Brandi Bass began sensing God’s call on their lives to start a new church. Along with that calling, Chris also believed that he needed to pursue doctoral studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. So in 2002, Chris and Brandi and their daughter Haley, moved to Kentucky. Not even a semester into the program, Chris met Wes Pastor, the President of The NETS Institute for Church Planting (NETS), who was on campus recruiting seminary students to consider moving to New England. Chris and Wes immediately hit it off. Both men agreed that churches should be grounded on the historic gospel of Jesus Christ, since Jesus is the focus of every book in the Bible. Moreover, Chris and Brandi had already been thinking about the Boston area and Wes and NETS were looking for someone to start a church in this very location. In short, it was a perfect match.
In January 2006, Chris and Brandi loaded up a truck and their growing family (three children at that time) and drove to Vermont to begin a two-year apprenticeship program at NETS. During this time Chris had the opportunity serve at Christ Memorial Church, which is the local congregation that started NETS. The NETS program gave Chris and Brandi the opportunity to serve in a New England context as well as further equipping Chris for pastoral ministries.
Toward the end of their time in Vermont, Chris and the leadership at NETS prayed and sought God’s will for the precise location of Redeemer Fellowship Church. One thing everyone agreed on was that the church should be started somewhere in what they were calling the “general Cambridge area.” Here cities like Somerville, Arlington, Belmont, Watertown, and Newton were considered. Then, in God’s providence, in October 2007, Chris was surfing the internet and noticed that a Congregational Church in Watertown was merging with another church and selling its building. After much prayer and fundraising, NETS decided to attempt to purchase this property. In God’s sovereignty, their offer fell through, but they would later realize that God had not shut the door.
In July 2008, NETS sent the Basses down into the Boston area to start Redeemer Fellowship Church. Chris and Brandi moved with their now four children to Newton and began meeting with other believers who were interested in what they were doing. After being there for several months, they were contacted by the sellers of the Congregational church building one more time and were informed that a recent offer had fallen through and the building was back on the market. After even more prayer and fundraising, NETS decided to move forward on this property and on April 3, 2009, were able to close on the 111 Mount Auburn Street property in Watertown for considerably less than the first attempt.
In the Summer of 2009, Chris and about 12-15 adults went through a study on the "Core Values" of the church. This study was followed by three public "Preview Services," which were held on Sunday nights and then Redeemer officially began its Sunday morning services on September 27th.
Since then, the Lord has continued to do a wonderful work here at Redeemer Fellowship. In our short time together, the Lord continues to increase our number and grow those in attendance through the preaching of His Word. In Feburary of 2011, after a lengthy process, Redeemer appointed its first elders, who focus on shepherding the church. Then on September 11, 2011, RFC brought its charter members into membership under the leadership of the elders.
Currently Redeemer meets every Sunday morning at 10:00 AM and offers Fellowship Groups during the week. We invite you to come and join us and be a part of God's ongoing work in the life of this church.