Families Rooted for Generations

The vision of the Redeemer to reach skeptics has a natural corollary — the creation of a community of believers who love Jesus, love each other and love the city of New York. When Redeemer began 25 years ago, it was a church focused on the then-current demographics of Manhattan — single, young professionals. At that time there were three families with a total of six children in the Redeemer community — and three of those were the Keller boys!

While New York has always been a challenging place to live and especially to raise a family, over the years many people have caught a vision for what our city could be with families committed to living here long-term and seeing the opportunities this city provides for their children. Redeemer Moms’ Groups began to spring up on both the East and West sides, providing families a community in which to wrestle with how to live out the gospel while facing the challenges of parenting in the city.

Along the way, Redeemer Family Ministries was formed. It exists to equip and support couples and families as they seek to live out the gospel in their marriages, family relationships and neighborhoods. Over 150 dating or engaged couples attend the six Premarital Seminars offered every year. Newly married couples are starting their marriages off well and building community through our monthly Marriage Lab program. Our yearly Education Forum and Thinking About Kids seminars help couples and parents navigate the many challenges and opportunities of raising children in New York City. Our church membership increases every year through our Communicants class, taught by pastors and elders.

Today there are approximately 400 families in the Redeemer community, with over 500 children participating in our weekly Sunday worship programs. We are grateful and excited to have a new generation of native New Yorkers who love the city not because of what it has to offer them, but because it is their home!

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Articles in this Issue

How do you sum up 25 years?
Kathy Keller
Differently the Same: Redeemer’s Next Twenty-five Years
Tim Keller
Great Hope for Our City
John Lin
Prayer and the Life of Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Tim Keller
New York City Draws Us in and Sends Us out
Melanie Penn
“What Do You Want to Do with Your Life?”
Tom Jennings
Why Emphasize Faith & Work Integration? Reflecting on the Role of CFW as RPC Celebrates 25 Years
David Kim
Equipping Our Church to Do Justice and Love Mercy
Elise Chong
The Story of City to City and the Birth of 300 Churches
Clara Lee
The Redeemer Diaconate: 1991-2014
Jenny Chang
A Look Back at Redeemer Counseling Services
Judy Cha