Todd Burus: the church planter for Charlestown, Boston, MA

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Todd Burus: the church planter for Charlestown, Boston, MA – Todd Burus is coming to Charlestown! So how is it that more than a year before he will even pack his family and the truck in Louisville, KY, he is running a Kid’s Games camp for over 200 kids? The answer: teamwork.

The effort that was begun by Joe Souza’s Celebration Church in 2005 has now been officially handed off to Burus. And with the help of Tanner Turley and his team from Redemption Hill Church Medford, MA, the event was a great success.

“It’s incredible,” Burus said, “the welcome  we received and the way the community just embraced us. We are looking forward to great things with this ministry in the future.”

Burus is planning to relocate to Charlestown in 2013. He will begin working with Turley and Jon Chasteen at Redemption Hill before being sent out formally.

You can learn more about Burus at


Medford Team Featured in Baptist Press

Medford’s Redemption Hill was featured in an article by Carol Pipes of Baptist Press last fall. From contextualizing the Medford culture to the back story that led Lead Pastor Tanner Turley and team to the Boston area, this piece is a super snapshot for future planters to gain some valuable perspective.

BOSTON (BP) — Basketball takes teamwork. As the freshman boys basketball coach at Medford High School, Tanner Turley strives to teach his players the importance of working together rather than relying on one or two standout players to win games.

He has the same goal as pastor of Redemption Hill Church in Medford, Mass., five miles from downtown Boston.

Turley, a Nehemiah church planter missionary with the North American Mission Board, moved to Medford last year with his wife Marsha to lead a church planting team that includes two other families — Jon and Leigh Chasteen and Josh and Jessica Miller — and US/C2 missionary Abbey Cook.

“It’s been a tremendous blessing to share the load of ministry with others who are likeminded, who have the same biblical vision for the church and who are committed to living out the Gospel together in the context of a team environment and community of faith,” Turley said of the team planting model.

The Medford team initially focused on investing in the community. …

-> Click here for the full article

Connect with Turley and the whole Redemption Hill scene on the Web at Follow Turley on Twitter. Check out our interview with Turley from March of 2011 here.

Tanner Turley Church Planter Boston Medford

BOSTON –  announced today the launch of its interview and video with Tanner Turley, church planter and pastor of Redemption Hill Church  in Medford, MA.

Medford –With the students of Tufts University in the west and multi-generational neighborhoods in the east, the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic challenge of Medford, MA were just what Tanner Turley was looking for. With his team from North Carolina, Turley and Chasteen and Miller and Cook are now living examples of Christ serving the community in both practical and spiritual ways.

Click here for the Medford page.