Redeemer Community Church is a church plant of the ARP. A congregation in Paducah, Kentucky, New Geneva Community Church, had been praying about planting a church in Murray, Kentucky, for several years. In the process of building a core group, a big prayer was answered when God sent Mike and Emily Chipman, to Murray to pursue careers in education. Mike’s gifting in teaching the Scriptures and experience in ministry were the final piece needed to allow Redeemer to move to become an official church plant.
Our pastor is Rev. Mike Chipman. His wife of 13 years is Emily, and together they have three beautiful daughters. Mike and Emily are both teachers at Murray High School, where Mike teaches Biology and Emily teaches Art.
Mike is a graduate of Murray State (BS, 2002) and Reformed Theological Seminary (MAR, 2011). He worked in full-time youth ministry for 10 years before deciding to teach school and look to planting a church in Murray.
Martin Luther did not like to use the word “church” to describe a church, because just like today this word had come to mean a building or an institution. He preferred to use the words “community” or “assembly.” This puts the emphasis back on the church being a people instead of a building. As much as possible, we want to do the same. Where we meet does not define us. We currently meet in a rented facility. We are extremely thankful for the use of the facility.
Our desire is for our church to be visible out in the community where unbelievers are and to remind ourselves that we are part of a movement instead of a building that is part of an institution. Our members open their home for fellowship, bible studies, and hospitality. In addition, we do not wish to have our money tied up in pursuit of a large building, but strive to use our money for missions, helping those in need, and to make a better community, all for the glory of God.