After hearing Pastor Jeff Noblit's preaching online, Josh Tancordo decided to move down to Grace Life Church of the Shoals to serve as a summer intern. While there, he met his future wife, Becky. After Josh had been mentored in Muscle Shoals for four years, the congregation commissioned Josh and Becky to plant Redeeming Grace Church in the summer of 2014.

After Josh and Becky built relationships and hosted a Bible study in Pittsburgh for two years, Redeeming Grace Church officially covenanted together as a church in October of 2016. Today, Redeeming Grace Church is a gospel-centered church that values rich biblical preaching and authentic Christian community. More than anything, they are passionate about Jesus. They want to see him worshiped, treasured, and exalted. To learn more about Redeeming Grace, visit https://www.redeeminggracepittsburgh.com/our-story.

 

Update from Pastor Josh Tancordo (January 2022):

This past month, we were able to do something we've never done before: have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service! The community response was incredible. We had over a hundred people show up, about a quarter of whom I didn't recognize. I preached a message from Isaiah 9:6 about how Jesus is the Prince of Peace who brings us peace with God, peace with one another, and peace within ourselves. At least a couple of the new families also came back a few days later for our Sunday morning worship service.


We also assembled and gave away 27 duffel bags to a local charity led by Reformed Baptist friends of ours called the Foster Love Project. This organization helps foster kids in the area. Each of the bags will be given to a child upon their entry into the foster care system and is stuffed with a specific list of supplies.

Finally, we were able to host an outreach-focused Christmas party at our house. We were really disappointed that we didn't get to do this last year due to COVID concerns, but this year we did it. Josh went around our street, delivering homemade Christmas cookies as well as invitations to our party to many of our neighbors. We also invited several non-Christian friends we already know, as well as a few Christians. Many of them attended the party, and we were able to connect with two families who are new to our street and with whom we didn't have any relationship before. One of them has a daughter Grace's age, and we made plans to have them over in January to hang out more. Please pray that God would open doors for the gospel. 

In addition, please pray for us as we go through the process of appointing additional elders. At one time, we had four elders. However, one of them moved to California with the Air Force in 2020. Then, as I mentioned a few months ago, we sent another elder out to (re)plant a church in Michigan. That leaves us with only two elders, and so we'd like to appoint two more. Please pray for wisdom in that process. 

Furthermore, as always, please pray for a harvest here in Pittsburgh. We're grateful for the numerical growth our church has seen this past year, but we long for a harvest of souls. We have three people who are interested in being baptized, one of whom will likely be baptized January 9. Please pray for many others to be born again and follow through with baptism as well. 

Finally, thank you so much for the thoughtful Christmas packages many of you sent! They touched our hearts. Thank you also for your prayers. Have a wonderful New Year!

Serving Him,
Josh & Becky Tancordo