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Redeemer Baptist Church

Caption |Pastor DeFrance leads a prayer at the Redeemer Baptist Church
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By Jessica Hagy

On a typical Sunday morning on Jefferson Boulevard you might hear hands clapping, feet stomping and voices belting out songs of praise. Chances are, you’re passing by the Redeemer Baptist Church.

Every Sunday the chapel is booming with lively praise and a passionate sermon, led by Pastor Robert DeFrance. DeFrance has been preaching for thirty-five years, and started the Redeemer Baptist Church sixteen years ago. Over the last sixteen years, he’s seen a lot of change.

“I’ve seen people grow spiritually, I’ve seen many additions and growth in the community and helping the community as we should. The church is still growing, God is still changing people,” DeFrance said.

Much of the church’s growth is due to its welcoming, hug-you-when-they-meet-you kind of spirit. Redeemer regular Ruby Ewing says this welcome is Biblically based.

“We don’t turn away hot pants, miniskirts, blue jeans, tattoos. The Bible says come as you are, and just as I am, I come- we don’t discriminate,” Ewing said.

And Ewing comes just as she is all the way from Orange County every Sunday. For her, the people make the nearly fifty-mile trip worth it.

“The people are so friendly, so loving, so giving. Some churches sometimes there’s a young people set and an old people set. Here everybody is everybody and that’s what I really liked about it,” Ewing said.

In fact, Sunday worship incorporates every age group within the church. The fourth Sunday of every month the children lead devotion and prayer, sing the morning songs and conduct the services. According to Ewing, “it’s really cute, there’s no shame in their game.”

Redeemer is also welcoming to newfound churchgoers. At the end of every Sunday’s worship Pastor DeFrance invites visitors to standup and introduce themselves so the congregation can welcome them.

Four years ago, seventeen-year-old Asia Morrow was one of those standing visitors. Now, she’s here every Sunday.

“I like everything, everybody, the love I get from people. I love these people… unfortunately,” Morrow laughed.

But despite the high praise and warm welcome that characterize this church, Pastor DeFrance believes it’s the faith of his congregation that defines Redeemer Baptist.

“They believe the scriptures, they follow the scriptures, they are examining scriptures for themselves. They are taking care of me, they follow what I ask them to do, not blindly but with instructions scripturally. Its just amazing to witness that kind of following, I don’t have a hundred percent following but I got a good high percentage,” DeFrance says.

A strong following and a strong energy that livens up Jefferson Boulevard, every Sunday.

Caption | Young Churchgoers Get Comfortable.

Caption | Ushers prepare to collect donations.

Caption | Pastor DeFrance's Granddaughters.