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 (October 2021):
This month, we are pleased to announce an exciting development. One of the elders from our church named Kevin Godin (pictured above with his family) will be moving to Michigan in order to plant another church!
This work will actually be a replant of an existing church that has come upon hard times and is facing significant struggles, with an average attendance down from 150 people to around 25 people. That church has voted to completely disband and turn over all assets, including their building, to the church Kevin is starting. In addition, all leaders will step down, and all members will need to go through the membership process again. The constitution and bylaws will also be replaced. In short, everything will be new. Even the name of the church will be changed, the new name being Redeeming Grace Church of Southgate, MI.
Kevin has been working as a business executive and will continue his current job from the new location. He will serve as the lead pastor of Redeeming Grace Church of Southgate without financial compensation, and the congregation will use the money that would otherwise go to the lead pastor’s salary to hire an associate pastor who will help Kevin with the day-to-day pastoral responsibilities and church operations.
Kevin will be planting this church in partnership with the Anchored in Truth church planting network and will be under the immediate oversight of Redeeming Grace Church of Pittsburgh as his sending church. As of now, the plan is for the group in Michigan to officially constitute as a church on December 5.
You can pray for this endeavor in a number of ways:
- Please pray for Kevin to have the sustained focus and energy required for this endeavor alongside his very demanding job in business.
- Please pray for Kevin and his wife Beth as they search for a new house in the current housing market and that they’d be able to have a smooth transition.
- Please pray that God would provide the right man to be the associate pastor of the church.
- Please pray that the church in Southgate would be unified throughout this process. So far, things look promising in this regard, but there is always the potential for division with so many changes being made.
Also, please pray for our church in Pittsburgh, that God would provide additional qualified elders to replace Kevin. At this point, it looks like we have two men who seem well qualified. However, we would like to continue getting to know them for a season so that we don’t make any hasty decisions (both of the men just became members of the church this past summer).
As always, thank you for your faithful prayers. Our hope is ultimately not in our ability to plan or labor but in God to guide and bless. This makes prayer central to everything we’re seeking to do. Thank you for bringing these requests before our great God!
Josh & Becky Tancordo