StartCHURCH Stories Featuring: Revive Church

By Mariel Villarreal

In today’s video blog, we interview Pastor Derik Kerber to hear the journey of Revive Church in Fair Haven, Vermont!

Planted in one of the least churched areas in the nation, Revive Church is focused on changing lives, reaching the next generation, and impacting the culture for Jesus.

Originally led by his grandfather, Pastor Derik Kerber took over the role of lead pastor of the church when he was 22 years old. About his call to pastor, he says, "When I was 15, I messed up big time and had to spend three months working with my grandfather - but that summer transformed me. I rededicated my life to Jesus and got on fire for God. Before I went back to school, my grandfather told me, 'Derik, of all of my grandchildren and kids, I can see you pastoring this church when I'm gone.' That's all it took for me. I knew God called me to lead and to pastor."

When Derik and his wife started pastoring the church a few years later, they started with just family. Now, a few hundred people call the church home, and they recently moved into a new, bigger building on Christmas eve. Pastor Derik says, "We will be celebrating eight years this June. To God be the glory! We have seen many people give their lives to Christ. It's not always been the easiest, but I wouldn't change it for the world."

One of their main focuses is on reaching the next generation, and they hope to create a youth center one day to fulfill that mission. Pastor Derik says, "We want to raise up teenagers to be business leaders, ministry leaders, and the fathers and mothers that this nation needs tomorrow. This will ultimately lead to changing the culture, and it's all going to start with the message of Jesus Christ."

A few highlights include:

  • Answering the call to lead a church

  • Pastoring in one of the least-church areas in the nation

  • The process of getting a new church building

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Revive Church is focused on changing lives, reaching the next generation, and impacting the culture for Jesus.

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Facebook: @WeAreReviveChurch
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