Location: Glenwood Spring, CO
Date of Founding: 1955
Average Sunday Worship Attendance: 40 adults and 20 children
Worship Service: 10:00 am
Pastor: Matthew Shedden serves as pastor. He in his wife have three young children who love to be outside and enjoy the Colorado life.
Defiance Church is a growing community rooted in God’s love for the people in and around Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Valley. Our congregation is a unique combination of historic Anabaptism, with Eucharistic-centered worship, and a call to be a witness to God’s Kingdom.
A high point of last year was our baptism service which included two men with different pathways to our congregation. One man was from the Denver area and found our congregation soon after he became a Christian. After falling in love with the scriptures, he was in search of a church and found a spiritual home at Defiance. The second man was going through a challenging time, and he was led to our congregation via his relationship with our church pastor. This relationship provided an opportunity for him to start attending church, and he never stopped coming. Both men received the same gift of salvation. Both men developed a relationship with the Pastor, as he taught them the gospels and to pray the Psalms before they were both baptized. It was a lovely baptism service by the river that turned into a great celebration with food and community.
Many people learn from our congregation that the historic name of our town was actually Defiance, which is where the name of our church comes from. We talk about the name as a sign for where we live and love, our hope that violence is not the last word and that through his son, God defied Death. In a world bent on death, defiance is to be our stance as a people of life.
Lately, the Spirit has been calling our congregation to renew our worship together by bringing more of a fullness to our Sunday time together. Additionally, we are meeting the local community’s needs by praying and worshiping the Triune God together. Two things that only the church can offer to our broken world.