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Redeemer pastor Dr. Lee to step down

Led church for 17 years

Last year, Dr. Richard Lee, senior pastor of the First Redeemer Church in Cumming, introduces presidential candidate Rick Santorum to the congregation. Aldo Nahed. (click for larger version)

Richard Lee and his wife, Judy. (click for larger version)
August 06, 2013
CUMMING, Ga. — Dr. Richard Lee, senior pastor of the First Redeemer Church, caught nearly 5,000 members of the congregation by surprise when he announced Sunday, July 28 he would step down Sept. 29 from his role as senior pastor.

"I will do so believing in the depths of my heart that this is the will of God," he said in an open letter to members.

Lee said he will remain in the role of the founding pastor of the church.

"This will be a secondary role, meaning that I will be available to aid the work of our new senior pastor as needed and will return to preach from time to time as the opportunity arises," he said.

First Redeemer will be under the leadership new pastor, Jeff Jackson and his wife, Catherine.

Sept. 29 is also the 17th anniversary of the First Redeemer Church. The church started in 1996 at a renovated warehouse in Forsyth County.

"During the years since, we have witnessed God's amazing favor upon our church family," he said.

Starting from a small group of 87 attenders on that day, the church is about 5,000 members strong at their 50-acre location, 2100 Peachtree Parkway.

"Personally, Judy and I, as your Pastor and wife are able to look back at what has been the most productive 17 years of ministry in our lifetime," he said.

Lee said First Redeemer Church was made possible because of Tucker-based Rehoboth Baptist, which had the vision to launch in Forsyth County back in 1996.

Lee said he will focus his time on the "There's Hope America" ministry through radio broadcasting, book publishing and preaching opportunities.

In addition, he will continue to serve as president of "There's Hope for the Hungry."

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    Tremendous Man
    August 06, 2013 | 09:18 AM

    I have met Pastor Lee and used to watch his television show that he and my friend Jody Hice starred.

    This is truly and amazing, successful, and good man.

    I hope he prospers and does well in the future.

    Bill Evelyn
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    Pastor Lee's great contribution
    May 10, 2014 | 01:39 PM

    I have never met Pastor Lee, but through his Patriots Bible I have learned so much of the will of God on our nation.
    His greatest contribution will be the lives he touches through his ministry to revitalize our nation through God's Word.
    Thank you Pastor Lee for the dedication to God and Country.

    Edward Tracey
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    Dr. Lee
    July 24, 2014 | 11:36 AM

    Please. I attended Rehoboth for years, coached the sports teams, etc. Then one day the arrogant Dr. Lee decided that he'd had in with Tucker, GA and needed to head where the $$$$$$ was.....north to Cumming. Even convinced staff that he "needed" a helicopter to fly from Tucked out to Cumming so he could "preach" in both places. The minute he had the members/money, he bolted from Rehoboth, taking "his" TV ministry, There's Hope and all the TV equipment and leaving what had been since the Lester Buice days, a thriving church with no pastor. Since, he's become an even more egotistical, self focused and quite wealthy "man of God". Has he done good things....probably. But for who? I can tell you from his home, multiple vehicles, i.e. Mercedes Benz's, Sports cars, luxury SUV's that it was not in the name of God that good old Richard Lee did any of these things. It was for his own glory. That's sad indeed.

    Charles Johnson
    Alpharetta, GA
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