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Meet a Church Planter: Rick Carbonneau in Redwood City, CA

Rick Carbonneau became a part of Acts 29 this year and has replanted Redeeming Grace Church in Redwood City, California – a church committed to being on mission and planting more churches. But it wasn’t always that way…


Acts 29: Tell us about your calling to plant… or re-plant?


Rick: Our situation at Redeeming Grace Church is different in some ways than an original church plant. We have been in the processes of replanting an established church for the past 3 years. This has brought on a number of different dynamics.


That being stated – I do believe God has called me to lead a church planting church through mentoring young pastors, training, leading and coaching them. My passion is to leave a legacy of church planting churches on the SF Peninsula and greater SF Bay Area. Currently, I am part of a newly established church planting network which is one of the reasons why I desire to be a part of A29 so that what I am trained and mentored in I can pass on to other new church planters.


My philosophy has radically changed in the past 4 years due to a re-ignition of the gospel and missional theology. My former pastor and seminary had a philosophy that America did not need new churches but better pulpits. While, I struggled with this philosophy at first I soon embraced it the longer I was in seminary and served at my former church. I’ve been awakened to the Acts model.


Acts 29: How did you become involved with Acts 29? What have been the biggest benefits of being in the network?


Rick: We became involved through the teaching ministry of Mark Driscoll and Acts 29/Resurgence media - these have been the biggest benefits to date but a growing relationship with A29 leaders has been a tremendous help.


Acts 29: What advice do you have for men who are wrestling with the decision to plant?


Rick: If you can do anything else - do it because it will kill you and everything about you unless Jesus has called you.


To read more about Rick and Redeeming Grace, see their full profile. And, read about more Acts 29 church planters here!