If you are new to Refuge Church, we want you to know you are welcome here. Refuge Church is a life-giving, non-denominational church that seeks to provide an authentic, relevant, and enjoyable environment for people to encounter Jesus and grow in their faith. We are one church family that meets in multiple locations to worship Jesus and hear live-teaching about the Bible from our teaching team. Our desire is to share His love with others as we continue in the mission of "being a refuge to a hurting world" in and around our region and our world.
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The vision of Refuge Church is to be a refuge to a hurting world by connecting people to the power and presence of Jesus Christ.
Filled with compassion and offering hope to the poor, oppressed, and forgotten, Refuge Church is a refuge for a hurting world. As such, we have adopted the Refuge Cares Culture to serve as the environment for carrying out the vision of Refuge Church.
Refuge Church's Statement of Faith consists of eleven parts; Holy Bible, God, The Father, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Salvation, The Christian Life, the Church, Baptism, Communion and Marriage. Each are individual parts of a whole creating the foundation of beliefs for Refuge Church.
Jason Parks is known for his visionary leadership and his anything is possible outlook. With 20 years experience in corporate communications, professional development and global ministry, Jason is a sought after motivational speaker, professional trainer and Bible teacher. He’s spoken to over 2,000 audiences - from professional development workshops to public diplomacy with world leaders - and frequently speaks on leadership, communication, mental health, soul care and marriage enrichment.
Jason is the Founding & Senior Pastor of Refuge Church, a multisite church serving the Tennessee Valley and a global, online ministry, Church at My House which is viewed by over 27.5 million people in over 120 countries. He is a leadership instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and has earned the designation Certified Maxwell Leadership Speaker, Coach & Consultant. Jason loves this community. He has spearheaded efforts to provide over 1,000,000 lbs of free groceries to our neighbors in need — including the creation of a free grocery store — Refuge Market. Jason led the creation of Rooms of Refuge which provides dream bedroom makeovers to children and teens facing life-threatening illnesses. He also partnered with the Tim Tebow Foundation to bring Night to Shine, an unforgettable prom night experience for people with special needs, to the Greater Huntsville area.
Jason has earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts from the University of North Alabama, a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University, and a Master of Divinity from Rockbridge Seminary. He is also a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor, a Certified Mental Health Coach, a Certified Addictions & Recovery Ministry Specialist, and Advanced Certified in Human Behavior. He has served as a board member for several local nonprofit organizations including: UCP of the Tennessee Valley, Downtown Rescue Mission, and Alzheimer’s Association Mid-South Chapter. He is currently on the board for the American Red Cross North Alabama Office. Jason is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville Flagship Class 35, a member of Huntsville’s Committee of 100 and a member of Huntsville Rotary Club.
Jason and his wife, Jessica, have been married 19 years and they have three children.
Believers who invest their hearts, time, families, and finances in the building of a local church deserve to have confidence in church leadership. People are looking for leaders who conduct themselves with integrity and respect when making decisions that affect their lives.
WE ARE GUIDED BY PASTORS
The Senior Pastor leads the Senior Leadership Team. The Senior Leadership Team oversees the day-to-day ministry and operations of the church and, together with our staff pastors & church staff, serves the congregation and is responsible for developing the church's spiritual life.
The Senior Leadership Team members are:
Pastor Jason Parks
Pastor Mark Branon
Pastor Ben Cordray
Pastor Andrew Murray
Pastor Pat Perkins
Pastor Meghan Watson
Pastor Jason Parks
Executive & Global Missions Pastor
Lead Care Pastor
Lead Worship Arts Pastor
Lead Next Gen Pastor
Next Gen Pastor
Worship Leader (Athens)
Worship Leader (Harvest)
Worship Leader (Harvest)
WE ARE PROTECTED BY TRUSTEES
The Trustees are members of the congregation who oversee the finances and direct the provision of the facilities needed by the church. They provide counsel to the Senior Pastor Leadership Team regarding the major financial commitments of the church. The Trustees serve as Non-staff Elders.
The Board of Trustee members are:
WE ARE STRENGTHENED BY OVERSEERS
The Overseers are pastors of respected congregations and ministries who love Refuge Church and are willing to provide spiritual protection to the church. They may be called in to help in accountability matters relating to the Senior Pastor if requested by the Trustees. The Overseers serve as Apostolic Elders.