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.”