Giving Thanks When The Water Is Over Your Head
by Jim Brannon
Redeemer Baptist Church of Aurora began with nine men from Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church here in Aurora, starting a Henry T. Blackaby’s “Experiencing God” Bible study in January of 1993. A three month study became a six month time of prayer, study and fellowship. As those men individually prayed about where God was at work around them, they started to have a sense that God wanted to use them, collectively. In the fall of 1993 their wives became involved and as couples, they sought God’s leadership. Ultimately, seven families felt led to start a new church in eastern Aurora.
Sunday evening services started in a member’s home in January with the expectation of starting Sunday morning services on Easter Sunday. After several months of planning, the first Sunday morning service was held on April 3rd, 1994 at the Meadowood Recreation Center in Aurora. Garvin Collier, one of the original nine men, preached on “The Essence of Easter.” The following Sunday, age graded Bible study classes were begun for preschool, children, youth and adults.
Since the beginning, all persons who feel led to join our fellowship, are asked to participate in a new member orientation class, called “Redeemer Life,” in which everyone is asked to share their testimony of how and when they accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. This has proven to be a special time and many of the new members have shared their testimonies with the congregation when they are presented for membership.
Garvin Collier continued to preach until the church called its first full time pastor, Rick Richardson of First Baptist Church, Atascocita, Texas in March of 1995. In April of that year the church approved a constitution/bylaws and voted to constitute as the “Redeemer Baptist Church of Aurora.” We are members of the Colorado Baptist General Convention, the Southern Baptist Convention and the Mile High Baptist Association.