In 2000, Dr. Jim Belcher planted a church in Orange County. He envisioned a church that emphasized the beauty and substance of ancient Christian worship, that empowered Christians to live as kingdom ambassadors in every sphere of life, and that maintained a deep engagement with the scriptures. Redeemer was born. By God’s grace and through the dedication of many faithful people, Redeemer grew and matured.
After firmly establishing and growing the church, Dr. Belcher left Redeemer in 2010 to write for InterVarsity Press and serve as professor at Knox Seminary in South Florida. During his last few years at Redeemer, Dr. Belcher wrote Deep Church, the story of our church and the ideas that shaped us. While Redeemer continues to develop, these ideas remain central to our identity. Dr. Belcher returns often to visit and preach.
Rev. David Juelfs joined Redeemer as an assistant pastor in 2008 and was called as the senior pastor in 2012. A native southern Californian, David is committed to leading Redeemer into a long-lasting vision that helps Orange County thrive for generations. We don’t simply want Redeemer to thrive, we want our neighbors, their children and their grandchildren to thrive. In this second chapter of Redeemer, a team of dedicated elders, deacons, and many other talented leaders are reimagining what Redeemer could become while staying faithful to our history.
Redeemer is committed to connecting deeply with our local communities and serving our neighbors through our parish ministry. We are working to establish a college ministry at UCI that will offer students the hope of Jesus and a vision for their responsibility to shape the culture of Orange County. New leaders are being empowered and trained across Redeemer to teach, mentor others, and shape the ministry of our church. We are praying and working to draw those in need of a church community into Redeemer, and as our neighborhood parishes grow to plant new churches committed to loving their neighborhoods as Jesus has love them. We are thankful for all God has done in the life of our church and the path he has set before us to love and serve Orange County as together we follow Christ in the renewal of all things.