About Us


History

In 2009 a small group of newly-converted Christians began meeting together in Columbia, Missouri each week to study the Bible.  The group had no local leadership but various speakers traveled from outside Columbia to provide teaching on a rotating basis.

As the Bible Study grew, some members of the group became convinced that God was beginning to form a new church in Columbia. They also began gathering for worship on Sunday mornings.  Though the group did not yet have a pastor, various preachers sometimes provided teaching in the Sunday morning meetings.

In December 2011, Nathan Rages, who had been helping teach at the Bible Study, also began traveling to Columbia from St. Louis each Sunday to lead worship services.  Nathan and his family then moved to Columbia in March 2012 to be a part of the new church.  In June 2012, Nathan was formally ordained as an elder (pastor) in the church.

In May 2012 the church adopted the name Redeeming Grace Church.  The name points to the redemption accomplished in the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ and the amazing grace of God displayed in the salvation of sinners.


Distinctives

Although we have much in common with other Bible-believing churches, these characteristics make Redeeming Grace Church different than most area congregations:    
  1. We believe the Bible teaches that, while men are fully responsible to repent of sin and believe on Christ, God is ultimately sovereign in the salvation of sinners.
  2. We believe that salvation in Christ includes deliverance from the power of sin.  True Christians will persevere in holiness because they have been born again by the Holy Spirit and are new creatures in Christ. 
  3. We encourage all believers to take an active role in our worship meetings.  This includes  requesting songs to sing, giving testimonies, sharing from Scripture, and praying. 
  4. We desire hearty, honest fellowship among all believers in the church.  We want to live out the Bible's instructions to encourage one another daily, correct one another, pray for one another, bear one another's burdens, serve one another, fervently love one another, etc.
  5. We welcome believers of all demographic characteristics and doubt the wisdom of "marketing" a church toward particular groups of people.
  6. We desire simplicity in the organization and activities of the church so that the focus remains on what is spiritual and essential.  
  7. We seek to practice Biblical church discipline in a spirit of humility and love.  
Please see also our basic beliefs.


Membership

We do not have a written membership roll.  However, we do believe strongly that every Christian should be committed to a particular local church.  That commitment includes these Biblical responsibilities:
  1. Believers baptism
  2. Meeting attendance
  3. Submitting to the authority of Scripture and church leadership
  4. Pursing personal holiness
  5. Preserving unity within the church
  6. Loving fellowship with, service to, and prayer for one another
  7. Giving to the needs of the church


Pastor

Nathan Rages grew up about sixty miles southwest of Columbia on a farm near Sedalia, Missouri.  He was blessed to be raised in a Christian home and was saved by God's marvelous grace at age ten. 

Nathan attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and graduated in 1995 with an Accounting degree. After college, Nathan began a sixteen year career working for a mid-sized CPA firm in St. Louis.  Believing he was being called by God into full-time Christian ministry, Nathan retired from his financial services career at the end of 2011.

Nathan has been preaching and teaching the Bible at least occasionally since his college years.  For about ten years he was part of a start-up church in St. Louis City where he spoke regularly. Most recently he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher at a Southern Baptist church in St. Charles, Missouri.  Nathan also has some experience in pulpit supply and conference speaking.

Nathan's theological understanding has been helped by such earlier writers as the English Puritans, J.C. Ryle, Charles Spurgeon, and American Presbyterians like Hodge and Alexander.  More recent influences include A.W. Pink, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, A.W. Tozer, Francis Schaeffer, John Piper, Conrad Murrell, and Charles Leiter.

Nathan has been married to his wife Lorri for nineteen years.  They have two children: Julia (16) and Hudson (13).  Nathan enjoys reading, fitness, traveling and (sometimes) home improvement projects.
 

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