Minister of new church has no trouble finding miracles
Kathy Richardson sees miracles in the pews and the paint, in the curtains and carpet, and in the tables and speakers and the sign out front.
They’re not big miracles, maybe, but small, sparkling shards that blend together into a mosaic of possibility. Just look, she’ll say: That sage-green paint in the back third of the church? Originally, she wasn’t crazy about it, but then she got those pews — just $650 for all of them, more than half off the original asking price — and the cushions matched the paint.
Tell her that’s not a miracle.
“All along, people have told us, ‘Oh, we just want to bless what you’re doing,’ ” she explained. “So, we’ve gotten discounts, we’ve gotten deals. With God’s help, we’re able to build this.”
On Sunday, she will officiate at the dedication of The Potter’s Remnant, a nondenominational, full-gospel, evangelical Pentecostal church at 3098 I-70 Business Loop. The name comes from Isaiah 64:8: “But now, O Lord, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”
The Potter’s Remnant, a division of Frontline Ministries, grew from a life group that Richardson, who’s been involved in ministry since she was 15 and holds a master’s degree in theology from Lee University, used to hold in her Grand Junction garage. It started small, she said, just a handful of people, but grew to 12 people, then 20, then 35, then more than 50 people crammed into her garage. On Dec. 31, she said, “God just began to speak to me.” Maybe it was time to look for a permanent home for this life group that had grown into something more.
On Jan. 8, she said, she was driving on the I-70 Business Loop and saw that the former Backyard Outfitters building was for rent. Intrigued, she made a few calls, received an incredible deal on rent, she said, and the work sprinted forward. A volunteer stuccoed the blue cinder-block walls, and more volunteers painted. Calls were made and deals offered for a sound system, for decor, for other supplies that a fledgling church home needs as it begins to flutter its wings.
The loyalty to and support for this new endeavor flows from an existing sense of unity and fellowship, said Richardson, who also serves as director of women’s health and childbirth services at St. Mary’s Hospital. She and the congregation have worked to create a spiritual home where the common goal is a shared path toward God.
“It takes work, it takes prayer,” she said. “It’s all about prayer and obedience. We have to look at what’s going on around us. People are looking for what’s real. They’re looking for love and unity and compassion.”
The Potter’s Remnant is totally Bible-based, she said, with an eye toward real-life applications of what’s in the Bible. Sometimes, that requires a dose of straight talk, she said. She’s known for a motto of, “Grow up and get a grip. I have zero tolerance for excuses.”
“The most compassionate thing I can do is tell the truth,” she said. “And there are biblical principles for that.”
Her goal, she said, is a spiritual community where the broken are healed, where wounds are bound and hearts are mended, and where hope springs amid the rubble and wreckage of modern life. She said the dedication service Sunday was planned particularly for the first day of spring, a time of renewal and rebirth.
Everyone’s welcome at The Potter’s Remnant, she said, because the brightest miracles are in the people who unite to create a new home.