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 (December 2022):

As you can see above, it's a clear day in Pittsburgh—and also getting a bit chilly!

The changing of seasons also reminds us that time is moving ahead rapidly. Every day that passes is one day less than we'll have on this earth to do the work Jesus has called us to do (yet also one day closer to seeing Jesus face-to-face in heaven!). As Jesus reminded his disciples while he was still on earth, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work." What an important truth for us as well!

With this in mind, we're grateful for all of the opportunities God has given us to reach out to those who are far from him. One of the opportunities we're most excited about is the Christmas party that we'll host at our house in just a week and a half. Each year, we make it a habit to bake a whole lot of Christmas cookies and then distribute those cookies to our neighbors along with an invitation to our Christmas party. We then invite numerous people from our church to come as well and then pray that God would open the doors for meaningful connections between church folks and the people we're trying to reach. So far, seven non-Christians have told us they're coming! 

Two of those attending are especially notable. One of them is a, a mom from the Free Oil Change event we did a couple of months ago. She has been attending our church ever since we changed her oil and has also been bringing her young daughter (who, according to her, has never been to church in her life). 

Someone else who will be at the party is our neighbor from across the street. It's been very difficult to connect with her and her boyfriend, who lives with her since we don't have a whole lot in common (for example, he regularly smokes marijuana and she has a tattoo that says "F*** your religion"). And yet, they're coming to the party! Please pray that God will provide gospel opportunities. 

Finally, please pray for a guy who has been coming to church regularly for the past few months because he seems to have a romantic interest in a certain young lady in our church. She is very mature in her faith and trying to handle the situation with appropriate sensitivity. However, in the course of coming, he seems to have developed a genuine interest in the gospel. This is the first Protestant church he's ever been to and is grappling with the truths of the gospel for the first time. Several men in the church, including me, have also been developing good friendships with him. Please pray that God would work in his heart and draw him to Jesus. 

Lastly, we have been blessed with numerous people who are interested in becoming members of the church (if I remember correctly, we have 22 people in the membership class right now). It is unclear whether several of them understand the gospel. Please pray that God would give me and the other elders wisdom in the membership interviews and that we would be able to minister to these membership candidates effectively. 

As always, we remain profoundly grateful for your prayers and support. We pray that this Christmas season would be a time of tremendous blessing and encouragement as you spend time reflecting on the Savior we have in the person of Jesus. 

Serving Him,
Josh & Becky