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Megachurch Pastor Ron Carpenter is stepping down from Redemption of Greenville and moving his ministry to California.
"Would our life and our skills and our talent and our energy, if it was set in another place, would it yield something greater for the kingdom?" Carpenter says in a video message. "... It was about that same time that we began to ask ourselves these questions that an opportunity by a wonderful man, 73-years-old, who has a church in Northern California began to say, 'I really want you to pray about being my successor at this church.' And he began to tell me about how Northern California had never been unlocked."
Carpenter said they will be moving their ministries to the West Coast in 2018. Carpenter will be taking over Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose, California. Dick Bernal founded the Jubilee Center more than 30 years ago and is now retiring.
"We had an epic day at Jubilee! We were treated with some early Christmas music as well as a performance by the Jubilee Kids Choir! After delivering a timely message about change and growth, Pastor Dick made his official announcement about his retirement and most importantly who will be replacing him! Welcome to Jubilee Ron and Hope Carpenter! We can hardly wait to see you on January 21st! #change," according to a Facebook post.
Pastor John Gray of Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston will take over the Carpenter's Greenville congregation under a new name.
Satellite Redemption campuses in Florence and Asheville will be closing in the near future and a satellite campus in Charlotte will continue but will be separate from the Redemption group, which had seven locations, including a branch in Puerto Rico as well as an online campus, according to the Greenville News.
"You can always tell how much you love someone by whose hands you leave them in," Carpenter says in a video message.
Jessilyn Justice @jessilynjustice is the director of online news for Charisma.
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