Jeremy was born in Ogden Utah and raised amongst the LDS Culture of Northern Utah. Though brought up in an LDS home, at about the age of 13 he decided to live his life according to his own desires and understanding which only led to sin and a destructive lifestyle. His life was drastically changed for the better when he was led to a saving knowledge of the biblical Jesus at the age of 20.Since then he has been studying God’s word and getting renewed in his mind day by day which has increased his love for Jesus and desire to serve His people. He spent approximately one year serving as both a youth intern and worship leader at Washington Heights Church. During that time he met his beautiful wife, Stacy. After that he spent two years as the worship leader at Ogden Valley Community Church and also received some training through Calvary Chapel Bible College. It was at that time that God called Jeremy to assist in the planting of Refuge Church. Approximately one year into the new church-plant, God called Jeremy to serve as part of the pastoral team at which time he was ordained and acknowledged as an elder of Refuge Church. Jeremy has been serving as Lead Pastor since 2012. Jeremy’s other areas of ministry include overseeing Refuge House Churches and Refuge Church Biblical Counseling.Jeremy has two awesome young boys named Roman Grey and Luke Hudson. He looks forward to seeing the ministry that God is accomplishing in the Ogden area continue at both Refuge Church, and the other gospel-centered churches in Northern Utah.Follow Jeremy on Twitter here.
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Sunday WorshipWe have two offering boxes located at the front of the sanctuary and one located in the rear.
CONTACT USCall801.391.2712 Emailrefugechurch@refugeutah.org Sunday Meetings5101 S. 1050 W. Riverdale, UT 84405MAP Mailing Address568 35th ST Ogden, UT84403
Refuge AcademyRefuge Academy is a ministry of Refuge Church that offers day-care, early learning and Kindergarten.The Mission of Refuge Academy is as stated,"Refuge Academy is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian school, which strives to provide a quality academic education based on Christian principles. Refuge Academy is committed to leading students into a genuine relationship with Christ while providing an excellent academic program."For more information about the school please check out our website.
Carter was born and raised in Ogden Utah, and came to know Jesus at a young age. Carter became involved with worship ministry when he was 13, and was very involved with the youth group at the church he was attending. Throughout junior high and high school he went on yearly mission trips to places like Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Mexico. God used many of those trips to start shaping Carter’s heart for sharing the Gospel. But after high school, the fire and excitement for the Lord began to fade, as it unfortunately does for so many young people that are not sure where to “fit in” within the church, after they graduate. But the Lord proved faithful and steadfast, rescuing Carter from lukewarm, lone-ranger Christianity, and the eventual doubts that had developed. Since then, God has rocked Carter’s world, and through multiple trips to Haiti, has jolted him with a renewed passion for seeing the Gospel spread to the nations, and to see God’s glory magnified.Carter currently oversees the Missions ministry at Refuge, where he also plays drums for the worship team. In his downtime, he enjoys writing music, playing and watching basketball, and getting tattooed.
Bob has been a follower of Jesus for nearly thirty years. He has a wonderful wife named Suzanne. Together they have a son named J.P. and a daughter named Rachael. Bob has been involved in ministry in many ways throughout the years including street evangelism, adult discipleship, men’s ministry, and leadership training. He has served as a Small Group’s Pastor, teaching team pastor, and helped with the development of discipleship curriculum. He is certified as a biblical counselor with Stephen’s Ministries and has earned a B.A. in Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University. At Refuge Bob has primarily been involved with leading a House Church and helping with the discipleship of people who are new in their relationship with Jesus. Bob is passionate about preaching the Bible and encouraging people in their life with Jesus.
GIVING OPTIONSOnlineGive online to the Refuge Church PayPal Account. Sunday MorningsRefuge does not pass a plate in church, but has anoffering box at the back of the sanctuary on the Welcome table.
SCHOOL OF MINISTRYWHO: Refuge School of Ministry is for any born-again follower of Jesus Christ – male or female.WHAT’S THE PROCESS: Refuge School of Ministry consists of 2 phases (NOTE: Signing up for Phase 1 does not lock you into Phase 2. You can just do Phase 1 if you wish).Phase 1 is a 12-week course during the summer where participants will gain a fuller understanding about The Person and Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Gender Roles, Soteriology (study of salvation), Missional Christian Living, and The Gospel and it’s implications for your life. Each topic will be taught by varying Pastors/Leaders within Refuge Church.Phase 2 is a 12-week course (starting in the winter) where participants who have completed phase 1 can go deeper in their specific ministry area of interest. There will be 3 tracks offered where we’ll focus on your head (theology), heart (character) and your hands (the mission).1. Women’s Ministry – Want to learn to teach God’s word? What are the priorities of women in ministry? In the Women’s Ministry track you will have the opportunity through preaching/teaching practicum to practice your gifting amongst your peers, learn how to structure a lesson, gain essential teaching/preaching tips to help you flourish, and learn what the priorities are for women in ministry.2. Pastoral Ministry – Do you have the gift of teaching and/or preaching? Do you feel called to be a pastor? What type of pastor is God calling you to be? What does it mean to shepherd the flock? In Pastoral Ministry you will be given the opportunity to practice sermon preparation, preaching practicums, learn what a shepherd is and what his responsibilities are to his flock. 3. Worship and Arts – Do you feel God calling you to be a worship leader? How do you serve Jesus with your artistic abilities? Want to learn how to glorify God with your ability? Gain a practical ability to communicate the gospel through your art and discover what that looks like to be theologically deep yet artistically vibrant.RESULTS: Whether you come to phase 1 or stick around through phase 2 participants can anticipate personal growth and maturity, God-given confidence and clarity of calling, competency in your calling and for those that finish phase 2 a certificate of completion.SIGN UP: If you’re interested provide us with some basic information. Please include name, age and gender, your personal testimony of how you met Jesus and what you hope to get out of the process.You can e-mail your information to email@example.com
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WORSHIP & ARTSMusic TeamsThere are a variety of ways we worship and enjoy God through music at Refuge Church. Refuge music is worshipful, energetic, loud, and skillfully played. If you think God may be leading you to get involved in the music ministries of Refuge Church we’d love to hear from you.Overseer Brian SauveContact firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Incarnate (Refuge Artists Cooperative Blog)The Incarnate (our Refuge artists cooperative blog) is a place for the artists in our church to worship Jesus, encourage the body of Christ, and reach out to those who don’t yet know Jesus through their art. Refuge is the home church of artists who are songwriters, painters, photographers, videographers, poets, and more. The list goes on and on because Jesus has graced Refuge with so many artistic people. If Refuge is your church home and you would like to submit some art to be considered for publishing on our blog feel free to contact us.Deacon Lexy SauveContact email@example.comThe Incarnate Website www.the-incarnate.com Refuge Resources We have a number of resources for spiritual growth and evangelism at the resource center in our main Sunday morning gathering area. If you have questions about resources or want to help with resource inventory and organization please get in touch.Deacon Sarah BauchContact firstname.lastname@example.orgAudio/Visual, Service Logistics If you’re into graphic design or running sound or something similar we invite you to connect with us about getting involved in our Audio/Visual ministry. Also, if you’re a worker-bee and would like to help with Sunday morning setup or ushering we’d love to talk to you about serving on our Sunday morning Logistics Team. Overseer Brian SauveContact email@example.com Web/MediaIf you have any questions about our web ministry and/or content get in touch and we’d love to talk with you.Deacon Cody HockinContact firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNITYAt present the men and women of Refuge Church meet in House Churches, gender, and age-specific gatherings for the unique encouragement that can be found in those contexts. These gatherings take place at various times throughout the month. The primary focus of these gatherings is developing healthy gospel-centered interpersonal relationships. While the days and times of the gatherings are generally consistent month-to-month you can find any updates on schedule and time changes for these meetings on our calendar by clicking our EVENTS tab above. HOUSE CHURCHESHouse Churches are one of the most important parts of community life at Refuge Church. As wonderful and important as corporate worship and the preaching of the Bible on Sunday mornings are, Sunday mornings don’t facilitate the level of growth in community and personal relationships that Jesus wants for His people. House Churches are the primary place where we can grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus through spending time learning to pray together, live life together, repent together, and strengthen each other. If you’re not attending a house church, you need to be. God has designed us to be dependent on Him by being co-dependent upon what He is doing in and through each other. FIND ONE CLOSE TO YOU12th Street House ChurchLeader: Norm Dunham (801) 675-6445Thursdays at 6:30 pmLocation:1330 HendersonOgden, 84404South Ogden House ChurchLeader: Jeramy Berkholder (801) 389-1669Wednesdays at 6:00 pmLocation:377 W 5250 SWashington Terrace 84405Roy House ChurchLeader: Joe Davenport (801) 917-9962Thursdays at 6:30Location:3122 W 4725 SRoy, 84067Syracuse House ChurchLeader: Dan Berkholder (715) 828-0753Wednesdays at 6:00 Location:2604 W 2850 SSyracuse, 84075Job Corps House ChurchLeader: Casey Hennessy (801) 675-6906Wednesdays at 7:00LocationClearfield Job Corpsat The Piano RoomNorth Ogden House ChurchLeader: Buzz Krishnan (801) 388-0454Tuesdays at 6:30 pmLocation: TBDIf you want to attend, host, or lead sermon discussions in a House Church please contact us.Overseer Jeremy BairContact email@example.comYOUTHRefuge Youth (ages 12-18) gather for to learn about Jesus, how live out the gospel, pray, and build a community of believers . We meet on Wednesdays at 6:30pm, in the commons at the church. Find out more information and events on our youth group facebook group.Guys Discipleship Night: Friday September, 7th 6:30pm Meeting at Buzz's House: 3701 Harrison blvd. in Ogden ((its a blue house)Call 801801-388-0454 Buzzor 801-644-2639 CodyGirls Discipleship Night: Thursday September, 6th 7:30pmMeeting at Kelli's House 1878 East 5750 South in OgdenCall 435-406-4405 Kellior 801-866-7644 LexyOverseer Cody HockinContact firstname.lastname@example.org
W.O.W. (Wise old Warriors)W.O.W. is a gathering for those 35 and older. Gatherings take place on the last Friday of every month. Times and meeting places vary but are announced in Sunday services and on Facebook.Overseer Bob TegartContact email@example.com
HospitalityIf you or someone you know is in need of meals due to injury, pregnancy related issues, or something similar, feel free to contact us and we’d love to put a team of people together to help out. Overseer Jeremy BairContact firstname.lastname@example.org
Gender GroupsCurrently our Mens/Womens groups are in transition, but will be starting up again in early 2013.
EVANGELISMCHURCH PLANTING & MISSIONS Refuge Church is a church-planting-church. We want the world to know that Jesus saves from sin and hopelessness! We see church-planting as the primary instrument of evangelism and world-change in the book of Acts. We also see the planting of local churches as the best practical strategy for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in the world.Our desire to help people know Jesus through preaching the gospel has led to many church-planting partnerships in Utah and around the world. At present Refuge Church has missionary church-planters working amongst orphans and children affected by human-trafficking in Bolivia, and is a partnering church with the Calvary Church Planting Network(CCPN). If you’re interested in learning about church-planting, or opportunities to serve on an overseas mission team, please contact us. Calvary Church Planting Network (CCPN) www.calvarychurchplanting.org
EQUIP The pastors of Refuge Church believe that our primary job is to help people meet Jesus and fulfill His purpose for their lives. The Bible explains in Ephesians 4 in the New Testament that the primary job of a pastor is the “equipping the saints for the work of ministry.” In obedience to Jesus the pastors of Refuge Church came up with a set of core classes designed to help train people to discern their spiritual gifts and put them to use serving God and others. The program is called EQUIP and currently consists of four classes: Class 1. Gospel In the Gospel Class participants learn to understand and apply the message of the biblical gospel. Most people have no problem understanding the gospel: Jesus' righteous life, His wrath obsorbing death on the cross and his sin conquering resurrection. What gets lost though is the power of that gospel message to have implications in and through all aspects of our lives. So the gospel isn't just what saves us, but it's also what sustains us. Class 2. Spiritual GiftsFinding your place in the body of Christ is important for the Body and for you. n our class on Spiritual Gifts participants will learn about the nature, role, and appropriate use of the various gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Bible. Each participant will also take a spiritual gift survey that a pastor will review and utilize to help them get started in the right direction for using their spiritual gifts.Class 3. Missional LivingIn our Missional Living class participants learn how to see and embrace Jesus as our missionary God and the church as His missionary people. Emphasis will be on learning practical and easy ways we can live missionary lives amongst friends, family, and co-workers. The benefits of living in community with other followers of Jesus and how regular participation in christian community helps us excel at Missional Living will also be covered.Class 4. Refuge Disctinctives In our Refuge Distinctives class participants get a broad understanding of what makes Refuge Church unique. Emphasis will be on helping people get a clear picture of Refuge Church’s Core Values, Mission, Vision, and Theology. The goal of EQUIP is to help the members of Refuge Church grow in their relationship with Jesus and build like-mindedness amongst the Refuge family. If you believe Jesus has called you to serve at Refuge Church please contact us for the next dates and times on which EQUIP will be running. Overseer - Darren ColwellContact - email@example.com
REFUGE KIDSWe love kid’s at Refuge Church! On Sunday mornings we have Bible classes for kids ages zero to eleven. In each class kids receive age-appropriate Bible teaching and have a lot of fun! Our kid’s ministry volunteers work hard to help each child connect with Jesus every week. We send home materials every Sunday for parents to use to follow-up with their child in regard to what they're learning at Refuge. Children's ministry isn't supposed to be the primary instrument of discipleship in the lives of children, but a supplemental tool for discipleship in their lives. We believe the Bible portrays the home as the primary context of evangelism and discipleship for children, and the parents as the primary teachers of the gospel and Bible to their kids. We love to come alongside parents as they seek to raise their children for Jesus. We recognize that not all children have Christian parents who are able to share the gospel with them or disciple them. We believe God has called us to be the spiritual family such kids need. To get involved in Kid’s Ministry or get answers to additional questions you may have please feel free to contact us!Overseer - Tom JonesContact - firstname.lastname@example.org
Deacon - Tiffany SmithContact - email@example.com
BIBLICAL COUNSELINGLife is hard sometimes. In many of life’s storms a good Christian friend is a sufficient guide to help us navigate our struggles. In other cases we need the help of our House Church friendships. But sometimes the help of pastors who are more studied and gifted to guide us through spiritual and practical struggles is needed. If you are dealing with anything for which you would like prayer, a listening ear, and some biblical counsel please feel free to call or email us to set up a meeting with one of our pastors.Overseer - Brian Sauve Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Cody has grown up in Utah and began his relationship with Christ in his late teens. He has a heart for ministry and sharing his failth with those arround him. He has a great wife named Cindy and both love building community. Cody is serving as Refuge Church's Youth Group. He has expressed his desire to serve God by ministering to teens and his desire is to build a community of young believers that believe and share the gospel. Cody found growth in his walk with God when he was invested in, and that is why he wants to do the same. He is convinced of the scripture of Paul's letter to Timothy to pass on to faithful others what has been passed on to him. If you have any questions about his background or are interested in Youth Group he would love to chat with you.
Brandon has been doing music ministry since he was kid. Whether it was traveling or recording music, it consumed his life. So much so that music became his god. After getting married at 18 to the love of his life, he found the heart of worship for the first time. He worked as a producer for 12 yrs and served as a worship leader at multiple churches. Traveling and teaching on worship/arts has been his mission for the last 5 yrs. He has led worship and put on conferences in Italy, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Mexico, and all over the US. God called Brandon, his wife Leanne, and his 5 kids Noah, Alivia, Elijah, Isaiah, and Ella to Utah in Aug 2012. His desire is to invoke and equip worship leaders, musicians, and all artist types to do the work of the mission. Follow Brandon on Twitter here.
Jesus saved Darren in his youth and has kept him in his grace ever since. God called Darren to pursue becoming a pastor when he was 17. Over the years he has served as a youth leader, missions leader, and worship leader. When he was 26, God, in his amazing grace, blessed him with his beautiful wife, Kayla, and recently gave them the amazing gift of their son, Jude. He currently leads the North Ogden house church and is over the accounting and administrative functions at Refuge. Follow Darren on Twitter here
Tom was born-again at the age of 13 in Roseville, California. In 2000 God moved Tom and his family out to Roy, Utah. Upon moving to Utah Tom attented Alpine Church where he taught Sunday School and served the Body in various ways in his time there. Tom has also served on leadership for a college group (This Generation) that met at Weber State University. In 2007 God begun to stir Tom's heart for full-time ministry. Tom joined Refuge Church very early on in it's planting. He and his wife Andrea have been attending Refuge since 2009.Tom has completed Refuge Church School of Ministry and since 2011 has been serving as the Pastoral Overseer of Refuge Kids.In June of 2012 Tom was ordained as a Pastor/Elder of Refuge Church.Tom and his wife Andrea have been married since 2006 and they have one rambunctious child named Isaac.Follow Tom on Twitter here
Tom's favorite books areThe Pleasures of God
by John PiperThe Knowledge of the Holy
by AW TozerWhen People are Big and God is Small
by Ed WelchTom's favorite Bible verse is Hebrews 4:14-16Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Brian Sauve became a follower of Jesus at the age of six while living in Middlesex, England. He married his awesome wife Lexy in June of 2010. He served as a worship leader at Washington Heights Church until God called him to Refuge in 2009. Brian now serves as the overseer of Worship ministry and Youth ministry. He loves a good cup of coffee and the musical stylings of Thrice, La Dispute, and Norma Jean.Follow Brian on Twitter here
"And He (Jesus) is the head of the body, the church." Colossians 1:18"when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away."1 Peter 5:4
Glorifying GodThe Worship of the one true God of the Bible is the highest purpose of every gathering of the community of believers of Refuge Church (1Corinthians 10:31). Worshiping our God and Savior Jesus Christ is the most satisfying act in which the human heart can engage. Enjoying God above all things is also the medium that brings Him more glory than any other activity in which humans can engage. Therefore we will pursue the satisfaction of our hearts and the glory of God simultaneously through passionate, unified, truthful worship as often as we can.Strengthening BelieversThe spiritual strengthening of Jesus' people for the purpose of enabling them to serve Him well and be effective missionaries for Him in their spheres of influence is what Jesus wants for His church, and is therefore a core value of the community of believers at Refuge Church (Ephesians 4:11).Reaching Lost PeopleGod came into human history as the man Jesus Christ on the greatest rescue mission the world has ever seen, or will ever see. He lived a perfect life fulfilling the requirements of the moral laws and religious rituals described in the Old Testament of the Bible on behalf of mankind. He died on the cross in our place for our sins. In so doing He was suffering the penalty for our sins which is death and the experience of the wrath of God. Additionally, He rose again from death conquering Satan, sin, death, demons, and hell on behalf of all people who repent of their sin, and trust Him to save. Because He has reached out to us in such an unparalleled and loving way, reaching out to those who don’t know Jesus through gospel preaching and gospel living is of utmost importance to the community of believers of Refuge Church.
WE BELIEVE that there is only ONE LIVING and TRUE GOD, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The One true God is therefore commonly referred to as the Holy Trinity. Each Person in the Trinity are equal in power and glory. The Triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things in the universe.WE BELIEVE that the SCRIPTURES which are comprised of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, are the Word of God, fully inspired, without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice.WE BELIEVE in GOD THE FATHER, an infinite, personal Spirit. He is perfect in holiness, wisdom, power, and love. He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of people and He hears and answers prayer. He saves from sin and eternal death and judgment all who come to Him through faith in Jesus Christ.WE BELIEVE in JESUS CHRIST, the second person of the Trinity, God’s only Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth and sinless life. We believe in His literal miracles, teachings, and penal substitionary atoning death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection from the dead, ascension into heaven, and perpetual intercession for His people as their exclusive and final High Priest. We believe in His literal, personal, visible return to earth at the Second Coming.WE BELIEVE in the HOLY SPIRIT, the third person of the Trinity. We believe that He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. We believe that He regenerates and brings to spiritual life all people who repent of their sin and trust in Jesus Christ as their Savior. We believe that He indwells the believer in Jesus Christ, and conforms them progressively into the character of Jesus Christ. We believe that He is the source of spiritual power which alone can enable followers of Jesus to live successful lives for Jesus. We believe that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in the Scriptures are available to the church today. We believe that they are extremely valuable and strengthening for individual Christians and local churches when they are exercised in accordance with the strict Holy Spirit inspired guidelines regarding the pracitce of the gifts of the Spirit ifound n the Bible. We believe all spiritual gifts are distributed by the sovereign will of the Holy Spirit and that no one gift is manifested as evidence that a person has been baptized with the Holy Spirit. The greatest manifestation of the Holy Spirit's presence and transforming power in our lives and local churches is the love of God working through the people of God who are pursuing Jesus in the Word of God.WE BELIEVE that ALL PEOPLE are sinners by nature and choice and therefore under condemnation according to God’s justice. We believe that God eternally forgives and regenerates by the Holy Spirit those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. WE BELIEVE in the UNIVERSAL CHURCH, the living spiritual body of true believers in the biblical Jesus Christ, of which Jesus is the HEAD and all regenerated persons are members.WE BELIEVE that the Lord Jesus Christ committed TWO ORDINANCES to the Church: 1) Baptism, and 2) the Lord’s Supper. We believe in baptism by immersion and the open communion celebration of the Lord’s Supper with all regenerated believers.WE BELIEVE in and await the pretribulation rapture of the church. WE BELIEVE in the personal, visible, premillennial RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST to earth. We believe in the literal establishment of His Millennial Kingdom on earth. We believe in the literal resurrection of the just and unjust. We believe Jesus will eternally bless His people who are counted righteous by God through faith in Him, and that He will enforce the eternal judgment of the wicked in hell where they will suffer conscious eternal torment forever under the wrath of the holy and just God of the universe, Jesus Christ.
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