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 (September 2022):
One of our highlights this past month was the "Love Your Neighbor Days" we were able to do as an outreach to the homeless population in Pittsburgh. For several weeks, we collected various supplies in a bin in the church foyer for the homeless and then used those supplies to assemble more than sixty drawstring backpacks stuffed with all kinds of items that the homeless find helpful. We then went out on two different Saturdays in order to distribute these supplies in various homeless camps around the city (our group from one of the two days is pictured above). It was a wonderful time! We had a lot of great conversations, prayer opportunities, and evangelism opportunities. We praise God for the seeds that were planted and the impact that was made!
We also kicked off a 7-week Evangelism Training Course that takes place right before our Worship Gathering on Sundays. This course uses the "Two Ways to Live" curriculum and consists of videos, class discussions, and practical exercises and assignments. We have 31 people participating! We've divided participants into three classes that are running simultaneously in order to reduce class size and thereby facilitate greater skill development. Please pray that God would help participants to not only acquire a greater ability to share the gospel but also impart to them a deep passion to see the gospel advanced.
In addition, please pray for our upcoming Community Group semester, which begins September 11. So far, we've had 84 people sign up for this Fall semester, including numerous people who are new to the church (this represents about 65-70% of our average Worship Service attendance). Please pray that more would sign up as well in the two Sundays that remain in the enrollment period. Since these groups are our main shepherding and discipleship mechanism for the church, it is critical that as many as possible are in a group so that healthy person-to-person ministry takes place in the church.
Lastly, please pray for the "Season of Giving" for our church building renovations, which runs from August 21 through September 11. We've done a lot of renovations so far, with one of our elders acting as an in-house general contractor. Although this has reduced costs significantly, we've discovered that it's just too much for us to handle. We've therefore enlisted an architectural firm, which has already completed its initial drawings, and are seeking to hire a general contractor to oversee the rest of the renovations. We believe these renovations will cost somewhere around $400K. Thankfully, we have around $160K in the bank designated for the renovations, but that leaves around $240K outstanding. Please pray that God would put it in people's hearts to contribute generously and thereby provide the needed money for the other projects we desire to do (you can find a detailed description of our plans here). About half of the building is still stripped down to the concrete, and the parking lot is a mud-pit when wet and already maxed out (we're having to park people in the grass most Sundays).
I know we say it a lot, but thank you so much for your prayers and support - they mean the world to us!
Josh & Becky