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 Chris graduated from Texas Tech University and Cara Jane graduated from Auburn University, 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. Over the last five years we have shared our lives with this church, particularly the college students. What began as a living room of ten people now gathers as over 250 every Sunday. We are now honored to be the first church planters sent out from Providence Road Church to another college town, Auburn, Alabama. In 2015, we welcomed our firstborn, Bo, to the family, and in March of this year, our baby girl, Ellie Jane, arrived.
Auburn is the fastest growing city in Alabama with approximately 80,000 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.
Listen to a recent sermon Chris preached at Providence Road in which he shared the purpose and vision behind church planting in Auburn/Opelika.
Before landing in Auburn, we will spend 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 move to Huntsville in June of 2017, then transition to Auburn during the summer of 2018 to launch the first missional community of Union Church. Our desire is for Union Church to be a gospel-saturated community that equips and sends out missionaries locally and internationally.
We are inviting you to invest in the vision God has given us for His church in Alabama, including our preparation time in Huntsville as well as our initial season in Auburn. Our hope is to be financially supported during our year 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.
We will be 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.
Our initial goal is to raise $5000/month for our first year.
Here is a potential breakdown of what we need to achieve this goal:
- 20 partners giving $25/month
- 20 partners giving $50/month
- 15 partners giving $100/month
- 5 partners giving $200/month
- 2 partners giving $500/month
In addition to monthly giving, we also welcome one-time gifts.
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.