About San Miguel Basin Christian Fellowship (a.k.a. The Redvale Church)
San Miguel Basin Christian Fellowship is a fellowship of the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are an eclectic assembly of believers from various denominational backgrounds and Christians who have not been affiliated with any. Consequently our congregation may have differences of opinion about some variations of church doctrine, but we are united in our belief that we are saved by the free gift of the blood of Jesus Christ through the grace of God Almighty.
We strive to welcome all who come to worship with us regardless of our differences and to love others as we have been loved.
SMBCF was formed by members of the Redvale Church which began in 1910 as the First Congregational Church started by Reverend James F. Walker. It became a United Church of Christ congregation sometime in the 1960s. Members of the Methodist Church in Norwood joined the congregation upon its demise, as did congregants from churches in the Norwood area. Pastor Clint Perry assumed the leadership role as our pastor around 1983. Pastor Clint and the congregation disassociated with the UCC due to doctrinal differences and the SMBCF was formed as a nondenominational community congregation made up of brothers and sisters in Christ from various denominational backgrounds. We are united in our common core beliefs and choose to focus on the areas we agree on and not let our differences divide us. Pastor Clint passed away the summer of 2017.
Pastor Ken Lawrence filled in as our interim pastor from September 2017 through June 2018. On July 1, 2018 Pastor Ken became our new pastor. He has lived in Norwood since October 2006 where he and his wife, Chris, and two of their sons, Thomas and Robert, run Ministry Haven, a retreat center for pastors and missionaries. Pastor Ken was ordained into the ministry on June 4th, 2000. He has previously been pastor of churches in Leona Valley, CA and Norwood, CO.
What We Believe
As a community church made up of brothers and sisters in Christ from diverse Christian backgrounds, we agree on the following:
There is one God, eternally existing in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-creators and each possess all of the attributes of God. God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and everything in it.
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is one with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on a cross for all sin, and was raised from the grave after three days to demonstrate His defeat of sin and death. He ascended into heaven and will return again to earth to reign as our powerful Leader and Forgiver.
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is one with God the Father and Jesus Christ. Those who accept Christ as their Lord and Savior will receive the Holy Spirit to live inside them. The Holy Spirit serves as our comforter, guide, and advocate. The Holy Spirit is given to Christians and provides guidance in living, an understanding of the Bible, and prayerfully intercedes for them.
ABOUT THE BIBLE
Our foundation is based firmly upon the Bible as our final authority on Christian beliefs and as a guide to living. The Bible is divinely inspired by God, the original language is without error, given to mankind so that we may know and understand the truth of God and His love.
The Lord’s Supper is to be observed as a memorial and an expression of fellowship with the Lord and with one another. As a memorial, we are reminded of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for our sins. As an expression of fellowship, we are reminded of the unity of believers in Christ. The Lord’s Supper is open to all those who belong to the Lord Jesus.
We believe in the power of prayer and practice prayer for one another, for our communities, our families, our country and people around the world.