Welcome! We are excited to share with you our dream to plant a church in Auburn, Alabama. Through this site, we hope you will learn more about our calling, vision, and plan for planting.
We understand we cannot do this alone. We hope you will consider partnering with us as we embark on this adventure.
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility…” – Ephesians 2:13-14
After graduating from Texas Tech University (Chris) and Auburn University (Cara Jane), we met while attending seminary at Baylor University. We married in 2011 and, with a desire to see churches planted in college towns, we moved to Norman, Oklahoma to join the team planting Providence Road Church, just down the street from the University of Oklahoma. For five years we shared our lives with this church, particularly the college students. In 2015, we welcomed our firstborn, Bo, to the family, and in March of 2017, our baby girl, Ellie Jane, arrived. In May of 2017, we were the first church planters sent out from Providence Road Church with the goal of planting in another college town, Auburn, Alabama.
Before landing in Auburn, we are spending a year at Summit Crossing Church in Huntsville, Alabama studying multi-ethnic church dynamics, recruiting core team members, receiving specific coaching for church planting, and developing relationships in Auburn and across Alabama. We plan to transition to Auburn during the summer of 2018 to launch the first missional community of Union Church.
Auburn is the fastest growing city in Alabama with approximately 90,000 people in the Auburn/Opelika area and is home to more than 27,000 students at Auburn University. Our journey to planting in Auburn has been shaped by two specific burdens. First, a conviction to see multi-ethnic churches planted in the South as a clear demonstration that the gospel unites people despite racial and political divisions. Secondly, the belief that college towns are an under-resourced but strategic mission field, uniquely positioned to advance the Kingdom domestically and internationally. We cannot wait to live and work in a place where these two passions are combined. Our desire is for Union Church to be a gospel-saturated community that equips and sends out missionaries locally and internationally.
Listen to a sermon Chris preached at Providence Road in which he shared the purpose and vision behind church planting in Auburn/Opelika.
We are inviting you to invest in the vision God has given us for His church in Alabama. Our hope is to be financially supported during our year of preparation in Huntsville and our first three years in Auburn. We are looking for monthly partners who will commit to join us on this church planting journey through monthly giving and praying. In addition to monthly giving, we also welcome one-time gifts.
Thanks to the generosity of many, our first year in Huntsville is fully funded. We are now turning our attention to our time in Auburn. Any gifts made from this point forward will go directly toward planting Union Church in Auburn.
We are raising support through our sending church, Providence Road Church. To give, follow these steps:
- Click here.
- Type in the amount you are committing to give.
- Select “Brister Support” from the “Give to” menu.
- Designate if this is a recurring or one-time gift.
- Fill in your email, name, and credit card or bank account information.
If you prefer to write a check, please make checks payable to “Providence Road Church” and write “Brister Support” in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to:
Providence Road Church
220 1/2 E. Main Street, Suite 1
Norman, OK 73069
All gifts are tax-deductible.