Red Tree Church was started in early 2008 as twelve people gathered in a living room to pray, study God’s Word and celebrate the gospel together. By 2009 a small group of believers began meeting in a music bar with the idea that a church with a commitment to the centrality of Jesus, radical community, and biblical mission could have a kingdom impact on West County in St. Louis. Today, hundreds of people gather each week to do that same thing in multiple Red Tree Family churches. Much has changed in our methods through those years, (we don’t meet in a bar anymore) but what hasn’t changed is our deep desire to be the church in our city and for our city. Red Tree is seeking to be the sort of church where lives are being changed by the gospel in a way that reflects God’s glory to the world around us. Red Tree Church is still about Jesus, Community, and Mission. We’re seeking to live our lives together with Jesus.
And that’s who we are as the church. Red Tree Church has always been a people, not a place. And now, we are not one expression of the church in our city, but many expressions. By God’s grace, we are now a family of churches throughout St. Louis and the world. Our goal today remains the same as it was in that family room in 2008. We desire to glorify God as He transforms lives with the gospel.
Throughout history, God has consistently been about one thing: filling the earth with His glory. We see that most acutely in the redemption of His people. We believe that the church is the main vehicle through which God is revealing His glory to the world and drawing people to Himself. That is why our focus is to bring Him glory as He redeems His people.
Red Tree Church is more focused than ever on making disciples who see their communities as opportunities to reflect God’s glory and share the person & work of Jesus. It is our great hope that God will use this movement to saturate our city with the gospel as He brings glory to His name.