Redemption Fellowship was founded by Pastor Louis Wilson and his wife Ella Wilson in August 1995 when services began in the Covenant House of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, GA. By the close of 1995, Redemption Fellowship had a mighty membership of ten individuals dedicated to “building on the word and the work of God”.
Redemption Fellowship continued to experience growth and in November 1996, the leadership began negotiations to buy the church building and land that was located at 418 Highway 279 in Fayetteville, GA and the purchase was finalized in February, 1997. As the young church continued to grow, additional staff was hired and ministries for men, women, youth, and children were started.
In September of 2000, our former Senior Pastor Mike Higgins came to Redemption as interim pastor on loan from New City Fellowship in Chattanooga, Tennessee and in May of 2001 was installed as Senior Pastor of Redemption Fellowship.
Pastor Mike received Christ as his personal Savior on January 15, 1978. After graduation from college, Mike entered the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. Just prior to entering the military service, Mike accepted the Lord’s call to ministry of the gospel. He became an ordained elder in the Church of God in Christ and served in several pastoral positions. Mike attended Covenant Seminary, graduating in 1996 with a Master of Divinity degree. He then accepted the Lord’s call to the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) as the Chief of Staff/Associate Pastor of New City Fellowship. As a result of 9/11, Pastor Mike was mobilized by the Army in 2003 in response to Operation Noble Eagle. He has also served at Fort McPherson as a Chaplain (Colonel).
Pastor Mike and his wife Renee have two daughters, Mary and Michelle. Renee serves faithfully in the worship ministry of Redemption Fellowship and teaches the noon Bible study every Wednesday. She frequently opens their home to the members of Redemption for times of fellowship and Bible studies.
Under Pastor Mike’s leadership, Redemption Fellowship has continued to grow. There are now more than ten ministries within the church and the church currently supports eleven mission organizations or missionaries both in the United States and abroad. Redemption also helps to sponsor Summerhill Community Ministry, an inner-city ministry to the children and youth of the Summerhill Community in downtown Atlanta.
Pastor Mike’s intentional vision for growth in areas of leadership and his emphasis on accurate scriptural interpretation, personal lifestyle evangelism, prayer and mercy have been the hallmarks of his direction for the church. He believes that there are five things Redemption Fellowship must do to be effective in Kingdom building. They are Christ-centered Worship, Intentional Discipleship, Mercy/Mission Ministries, Aggressive Outreach, and Loving Fellowship.