Pastor Ron Carpenter preached his farewell sermon on Sunday and officially transferred leadership of the 21,000-member multi-campus Redemption Church in Greenville, South Carolina, to John Gray.
“I want the agreement of the house because this is not a trivial moment to me,” Carpenter, who founded Redemption in 1991, told the congregation. “This is the peaceful transference of power.”
Carpenter asked members of the church to lay their hands on Gray as he prayed for protection, wisdom and favor for Gray and his wife, Aventer. He then handed a key to Gray, noting he had it since the day he started Redemption.
“From this moment forward, this is Relentless Church,” Carpenter said after the emotional handoff, introducing the new name of the megachurch under Gray’s leadership.
The website of Relentless currently features a countdown clock, pointing to May 13, when the newly branded church will hold its first service.
“Pastor Ron did not ask Pastor John to continue Redemption in Greenville, SC; he asked him to take it, re-brand it, change the name and flow with the will of God and vision that God has placed inside of him,” the website explains. “Pastor Ron shared that he was taking his legacy of Redemption with him to San Jose, California, therefore, the shift to a new name had to occur. Pastors John and Aventer Gray celebrate Redemption and facets of the beautiful and effective legacy in ministry that have been built by Pastors Ron and Hope Carpenter.”
Until now, Gray had been serving as associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen. He will still preach on “various Wednesday nights at Lakewood,” according to Osteen.
After receiving the key, Gray said, “In a time when our nation is still so divided by class and by race, here on a Sunday morning white pastors just handed off their life’s work to black pastors in South Carolina. And the whole world must take note because this is how we break the back of that devil.”
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Source: Christian Post