A Church with a Rich Heritage
A young soldier once described Redemption Hill Church when he said, "It's the biggest church I've ever been in that has the caring spirit and love of a small church.” Perhaps this is a result of the church's humble beginnings or simply by the grace of GOD.
The church known today as Redemption Hill began in 1953 as a mission of First Southern Baptist Church. They first gathered in the home of Rev. Thomas Stewart and his family, but soon moved to a room above the fire station on Platte Avenue. On May 11, 1954 the mission was organized into Second Baptist Church with 20 charter members and applied for affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention.
On August 25, 1954 the church purchased two acres of land to construct a building. On January 19, 1955 the church changed its name to East Side Baptist Church. In March they broke ground and began construction.
During the next few years many pastors came, but it was hard to financially support them.
Brother M.P. Bishop was the first pastor after organization until he resigned in September 1956 to establish Fielder Road Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas which is still thriving today.
Roy Corley and Jack Redford briefly served as pastors until Rev. Bill Austin was called as pastor on September 7, 1958. He served until March 8, 1962 when he resigned to serve First Baptist Church of Thornton, Colorado.
On April 15, 1962 Rev. George Ray was called as pastor. On January 16, 1964 the church changed its name to Circle Drive Baptist Church which would be its name for 56 years. The church quickly experienced large growth in Sunday School and built an educational building. Construction began on April 12, 1964 and it opened on October 4, 1964 with a record Sunday School attendance of 264.
In 1968, Brother Ray resigned, and Dr. E. Lewis Adkison (“Preach”) started serving as pastor on April 1, 1968. Only a year later, the building was getting crowded and the need for a new auditorium, more classrooms, and a "reaI kitchen" was evident. The church broke ground on February 4, 1973 and moved into the facilities on March 5, 1974.
On July 1, 2000, Dr. Adkison retired after 32 years of service. Dr. Mike Routt (the current pastor) became Pastor on February 10, 2002. Dr. Mike, Kathy, and their three daughters moved from Rose Hill Baptist Church in Kentucky where he served as Lead Pastor.
In April 2003 the Church started "One Church - Two Locations." The "Central Campus" met at 801 N. Circle Drive, and the "Northeast Campus" met in Timberview Middle School. Dr. Mike Routt preached at both locations on Sunday.
In November 2004, the church began a three-year fundraising campaign called "His Vision - Our Legacy" to help improve the church building. In August 2005, Redemption Hill Church merged back to one location, but this campaign was continued in hopes of building a second location. After this campaign ended in 2007, GOD led the church in a slightly different direction.
On August 9, 2009, GOD miraculously provided 35 acres of property at the corner of Marksheffel and Bradley Roads. The church paid $1,350,000 for property that was worth $3,583,000.
On May 2, 2010, after much prayer, study and deliberation, the church agreed by a 92% majority, that it was God's will to completely relocate to this location.
As a result, two teams were formed:
The Master Planning Team would create the master plan for Phase I of the relocation.
The Capital Fund Raising Team would discover GOD’s will for raising funds for Phase I.
In March 2011, the church approved by a 92% majority Phase I, a 52,000 sq. ft., $10.5 million-dollar facility. Then the Capital Fund Raising Team began a 3-year fund-raising campaign to help finance this project. Through church family giving, the eventual sale of the “old campus,” and outside gifts, the church started raising funds for the construction of Phase I.
In February 2018 the old campus was sold as the next step in this process, and the church moved to a transitional location at 124 Delaware Dr. On August 5, since the church was no longer located on Circle Drive, its members voted to change the name to Redemption Hill Church. Phase I is finally here as groundbreaking occurred on April 20, 2019.
It is clear that GOD has been good to Redemption Hill and its ministries. The little church where 10 to 30 people gathered is now a larger church where hundreds of people gather to worship, study GOD's Word and be equipped to share the love of JESUS in our community. The church and its ministries have experienced much growth over the years and over 10,000 lives have been impacted as a result. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
As the church looks to the future there will be many changes - but with GOD's help and guidance the goal of Redemption Hill Church will still be to boldly present the Gospel and to love and minister to people everywhere.