Pastor Randy Bond, previous pastor of RHSBC, moved to Arkansas in 2014, and RHSBC members voted in a pastor search committee to begin the long process of searching for a new pastor. This process included collecting resumes, listening to numerous sermons, and conducting interviews in order to find a pastor whose doctrine, views, and outlook matched up with the Biblical foundation and beliefs of RHSBC.
In the meantime, the church had two interim pastors to help the church with transition and prepare everyone for a new pastor. Pastor David Lee, a retired pastor from Las Vegas, served for one year. Following Pastor Lee, Pastor Richard Brown, a church member and retired pastor from California, served until Pastor Boone was called as Red Hills’ Pastor in May of 2016.
The Red Hills congregation was ecstatic when Boone was voted in. He, his wife, Meaghan, and his three kids packed up their home in Kentucky and moved to Cedar City following the vote.
“The more we talked with the search team, the more that we knew it was God’s hand in this. We came to the conclusion, with the search team, that this is where God was leading,” said Boone.
Boone was born and raised in La Grande, Ore. He moved to Kuna, Idaho when he was 10 and helped in his dad’s tire store there. He attended Boyce College in Louisville, Ky. where he met and married his wife, Meaghan, and graduated with his bachelor’s degree.
Following his and Meaghan’s graduations, the couple moved to Cascade, Idaho where Boone served an internship at Central Valley Baptist Church. They then moved back to Louisville where Boone began his master’s degree at Southern Seminary. Until he received his calling to Red Hills, he served as the associate pastor at Edgewood Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, Ky.
Boone has been at RHSBC for just over a month, and he is enjoying getting to know the church members as well as the various ministries that are coming out of the church.
“I really want to see Red Hills be a church that prioritizes community involvement. I want to see us be a church who is engaged, be a church who is doing good, and be a church that is sharing Jesus with the community. That’s what Jesus wants us to do,” Pastor Boone said.
“Love others, love God and make disciples – if we’ll just come back to those three core areas, usually we’ll end up doing what (Jesus) wants us to do,” he added.
Boone is excited with what Red Hills already has, including engaging, exciting worship, Sunday services, people meeting for prayer, discipleship, mentorships, missions—local, regional, and global – and small groups where people learn in scripture and become involved in life together.
RHSBC has had some difficulties in transitions in the past, but Boone is excited to see how God continues to work in the church.
“One of the things that excited me about Red Hills was in spite of past difficulties, the church has stayed really strong and connected. Ministry has been taking place,” Boone said.
“I’m just coming to help,” he added.
Boone is excited to continue getting to know the church members as well as plugging into the Cedar City community with his family.
“I want the community to know that Red Hills is there. It’s a place they can come when they have questions or needs,” Boone said.
“We need to be that Christ-like presence in people’s lives. We want to be part of the community,” he added.
RHSBC has Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday Worship Service at 10:45 a.m. There are also Wednesday Evening services from 6 to 7 p.m., as well as youth services on Wednesday nights from 6 to 7:15 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.rhsbc.org.