When Ben and Brooke Fischer moved to Nampa from Notre Dame, they soon joined with a small group in Eagle, Idaho for the planting of Holy Trinity Church in 2009. With an eye to ministry towards college students at NNU, Ben and Brooke conducted Bible studies and prayer groups for several years as an outreach of Holy Trinity. Following Ben’s ordination to the presbyterate in the Anglican Church of Rwanda, the Nampa Mission began meeting weekly on Sunday evenings in September 2011 to worship the Lord in the Anglican tradition. Holding fast to the ancient rhythms of worship, with an emphasis on teaching the Word and obeying the Holy Spirit, services also pulled in the best of today’s music and song.
For three years, the Nampa Mission met as a local extension of Holy Trinity’s mission to the Treasure Valley, meeting in a church, a house, a banquet hall, and the American Legion Hall. In 2014, the pastoral leadership of Holy Trinity recognized that the Nampa Mission was becoming a distinct church body. With blessing and support from Holy Trinity, the Nampa Mission became Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church on August 31, 2014.
We are an evangelical Anglican church in the ancient liturgical tradition, which means that we emphasize genuine whole-life discipleship through the Holy Spirit, under the authority of the Holy Scriptures, and grounded in the sacramental experience of the Church.
As a church within the larger Anglican Communion, we merge three streams of our Christian heritage: we are ANCIENT, EVANGELICAL, and CHARISMATIC
We see that the Christian faith—“revealed to the apostles and prophets” (Eph. 3.5), set down in Scripture, and spread through the power of the Holy Spirit—has always been expressed through a visible church. Preserving “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 1.3), we hold fast to the received teaching and boundaries of the faith, as expressed in the Apostle’s, the Nicene, and the Athanasian Creeds, as well as in the liturgies of worship passed down through the Church in Britain. In keeping with the dynamism of the ancient church, we expect the Holy Spirit to meet us as we enter into the rhythms of praise, preaching, prayers, and Eucharist that have been exercised throughout the Church’s history.
In common with most evangelicals, we understand the mission of the Church to be the declaration of God’s redeeming work in the world, which was achieved by Christ’s atoning sacrifice and the subsequent activity of the Holy Spirit, calling people to become disciples who make disciples. We look to “God’s Word written”—the “God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3.16) canon of the Bible—as the primary means by which the Holy Spirit speaks to His people and according to which believers can be made accountable to one another. We hold Scripture as “containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life,” to which all practices and traditions of the Church must be submitted.
God changes His people by His Spirit, renewing us in the image of Jesus Christ and moving us towards the fullness of knowing Him (Col. 3.10). Part of this renewal and transformation occurs as we gather in His presence. Through the reading of the Word and its exposition, through prayer and pointed insights, through praise, and through the grace of weekly Communion, the Holy Spirit brings God’s healing light into our lives. As we submit to His lordship and receive His peace, the Spirit breaks our bondage to sin and frees us to live as more obedient followers of Christ. When we gather, we bring an expectation that God will be active by His Spirit in the work of conviction and liberation, healing and restoration.
In 2000, the Province de L’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda, or PEAR (Anglican Church of Rwanda) gathered a group of Anglican churches and Anglican missionary priests for a sustained mission in North America. Aiming to birth mission-oriented churches within the Anglican tradition, and recognizing the failing witness of the Episcopal Church USA, PEAR encouraged bold gospel proclamation and clear-minded exposition of Scripture to both Christians and those not believing in Jesus. In 2008, as the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) was formed and incorporated into the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans through the inaugural GAFCON in Jerusalem, we joined in partnership with the new province in America. Finally, in June of 2016, the Church of Rwanda released its American churches fully into the ACNA Province. While the organization and composition of the mission has shifted through the past fifteen years, our mission in America has remained constant, embracing the reality of a global church whose center has shifted to the Global South. Churches like ours embody this shift: infused by the evangelical spirit of the East African Revival, tangibly connected to the burgeoning global church, for local ministry in the places where our God has called us as his witnesses (1 Peter 1.1-2).
Rev. Dr. Ben Fischer
Ben is a missionary priest of the Church of Rwanda and the founding pastor of Redeemer. Coming to Idaho to teach literary history at Northwest Nazarene University, he has now lived here ten years. He and Brooke are blessed with Ruthanne, Laurelai, and Moriah.
Rev. Lance Hancock
Lance is a curate (pastor-in-training) for Redeemer. He and Teresa have called Idaho home for four years, and they have the great joy of raising Amadeus.
Rev. Joseph Miller
Joseph serves as Deacon at Redeemer. He works full-time as a welder building furniture during the week. He graduated from Northwest Nazarene University having studied film. He enjoys hiking, writing, playing music, and motorcycling.