The journey for a vibrant, gospel-centered church in Gillette, WY began more than two years ago in the hearts and minds of many people from differing walks of life. Through an array of circumstances, God brought about the reality of this bigger-than-any-man-could-handle task.
It began in 2015 when members of Antelope Valley Baptist Church approached Emmanuel about taking over the property and buildings they owned in Gillette. At the same time, the vision for Emmanuel’s church planting strategy was well underway and after much prayer and discussion, the Executive Team and missions committee did just that.
In 2016, Prolific Church Planting Network launched as a ministry of Emmanuel. The goal is to plant churches throughout Montana, neighboring states and internationally. In turn, these churches will also make disciples and plant churches. We hired Steve Fowler to be our Church Planting Pastor in August 2016. In September 2016 we hired Don Sullivan, a pastor with 20 years’ experience and a call from the Lord to plant a church, to be our Church Planting Pastor in Gillette.
Don and his wife, Renee, moved with their children to Gillette in December 2016. They officially closed Antelope Valley Baptist Church and began laying the groundwork for a new work. Redemption Church was born.
Throughout the last two years, teams from Emmanuel and other missions-minded churches sent people to work on the building and grounds getting the facility modernized and ready for a church launch. Additionally, the Lord began to stir a passion in people from around the country to help with this new work. They have relocated to Gillette as part of the leadership team.
That day has now arrived! On January 21, 2018, Redemption Church will hold is first official service at 10am. This is a day of great celebration! We invite you to join us in prayer and if you can, make your way down to Gillette and support them as they hold their first service. Several families from Emmanuel are going and we’d love to send as many as are willing. We rejoice at what God has done and our prayer for Redemption is that many people come to Christ as they reach the community of Gillette and outlying areas.
The church is located at 2801 Antler Road; Gillette, WY 82718.
Pastor Don & Renee Sullivan and family (taken during VBS2017):