WHO WE ARE
Redwood is a church, but the word "Church" means different things to different people.
What we mean - when we say church - is what we read in the Bible from what those who followed Jesus wrote. They described church as those who were called out and gathered together.
THE STORY OF REDWOOD
The Redwood species claims the largest and tallest trees in the world. The average Redwood can reach 200-240 feet while the world’s tallest redwood tops out at almost 380 feet! Despite their impressive heights, redwoods have relatively shallow root systems that only reach down between five and ten feet. However, those roots will reach out sixty, eighty or even one-hundred feet from the trunk where they intertwine, interlock and even fuse with the roots of other redwood trees. Redwoods thrive by growing together with other redwoods in groves where younger trees are sheltered by the canopy of more mature trees. Redwoods are naturally resistant to insects, rot, disease, wind, flood and fire.
Thus the Redwoods seem to be a perfect metaphor for the church. Our roots are not to be in this world but while we are in this world, our very existence depends on our ability to be in relationship with each other. We are called and created to live in community.
GROUNDED IN SCRIPTURE
COMMITTED TO LOVE
GUIDED BY GRACE
COMPELLED TO SERVE
WE BELIEVE IN GOD.
Father - God who created and is creating.
Son - God’s only son, sent to save a hurt and broken world.
Holy Spirit - God’s constant, consistent and guiding presence in and among us.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
OUR FAITH IS ACTIVE, NOT PASSIVE.
We are called to embody and reflect “The Light of the World” (light is the ultimate form of energy, the very source of life).
THE GOSPEL MESSAGE IS CONSTANT
But the world around us is in a constant state of change. We are called to find new ways and new places to share the Eternal message.
EVERYTHING WE HAVE IS A GIFT FROM GOD.
We are called to be good stewards of all our resources -
Human, Financial, and Natural.
Dr. Charles Z Gardner
Charles is the founding Pastor of Redwood Church. Prior to starting Redwood, Charles was a United Methodist Pastor and served five different congregations in North Georgia, including three in the city of Atlanta.
Charles holds degrees from Georgia Tech, the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Charles is a native Atlantan and resides in Buckhead. His wife Shannon works at the Chick-fil-A Support Center and their son, Zach, is a freshman at Princeton University. Along with being an avid runner and golfer, Charles enjoys spending time with his family as together they pursue their passion for travel, theatre and sporting events.