Our Story

How it all started...

Early in the 1990’s God began to wake up some believers in Yadkin County to the doctrines of grace. Many were reading anything they could get their hands on that talked about reformed theology. Some read Table Talk by RC Sproul. A pastor in Winston Salem at Redeemer Presbyterian Church had written an article for Table Talk and the folks read it. One woman, Suzi, called the pastor and they talked about the article and the possibility of coming to the church. Soon, several families began to come.
Over the years the thought of planting a church in Yadkinville began to develop. A group of men started meeting weekly at Solus Christus with a staff member from Redeemer, Mark Brown, for prayer and bible study.  Mark (his wife Jeannette and family) accepted the challenge to move to the country to plant the church.  Redeemer Yadkin Valley (RYV) began its gathered worship in people’s homes and driveways, and eventually located to Allison Oaks in downtown Yadkinville. Mark, Jennette, and everyone attending poured their lives into the county. The church did amazing things in the community. It started clinics, shelters, cared for the Piedmont Village nursing home residents, and hosted county wide church events.
After six years Mark decided to leave the pastorate and begin work with Hospice. Hunter and Julie Dockery were attending RYV after returning from their year long sabbatical. Hunter was asked to preach as the church tried to figure out the future. Many of those attending decided to make a change themselves and the church membership receded to a core group of about thirty. At one point there was a congregational vote to join a church near them, dissolve altogether, or continue on believing God was not finished with Redeemer Yadkin Valley. The vote was unanimous to continue.
As Mark Brown left, Hunter was unwilling to become the traditional full time teaching pastor of RYV. He did not believe he could do any better than the previous pastor at building the church in Yadkinville in the traditional way. He had taken another full time job, but was happy to preach regularly.
This bi-vocational situation meant that a new model needed to be worked out at the church. It was a “minimalist model” of church. There were no “professionals” running the church and everyone was responsible for what happened. Some preferred the traditional model and chose no longer to be involved. Others saw this idea and began to gravitate towards it. It was a relaxing and intimate setting to hear the word of God in a simple structure. RYV began to grow.
During this season of transition, the Hahnes and the Kwasnys began attending RYV. Brian and Josh joined Hunter in preaching. Each participated in the by-vocational model of pastoring while having full time jobs outside the church. Each shared leadership with Mitch Lineberry as elders and preach in rotation.  The congregation of RYV voted to call all three of them as teaching pastors for the church.
As people from a variety of different areas around the Triad continue to visit and want to be a part of RYV, it has become evident that RYV will not be a geographic-centered church. Gathering to worship is not intended to be community by itself. Community is expected in the areas where people live. We have begun to build missional communities in various geographies where people live who are part of RYV.  In early 2018 we left our building in Yadkinville and relocated to Williams Rd in Lewisville. This provision has put us right in the center of where everyone is living. It has worked to our advantage and further fuels our gospel mission - to live out into this minimalist model of weekly worship and missional communities.

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