In the early 1980's the Spirit of God was moving throughout South Africa with thousands of people getting saved and hundreds of churches springing up everywhere. Redemption Centre International was born in this fire of revival.
I can vividly remember our first service that was held in a school classroom in Ennerdale, Johannesburg on a Spring Sunday in October 1983. Only a handful of believers showed up. What a wonderful day of small beginnings! That was followed up by more great services and the church grew rapidly. We moved from the classroom into the local Civic Centre Hall and then into a tent and it wasn't long before we had 200 members.
In 1989 we opened the doors of the Redemption Centre Bible School. This was a great milestone for the church. We are overjoyed and proud to say that more than 1000 students have graduated from this Bible School. RCI's Bible School has produced well trained Christians who can be found serving in churches throughout South Africa and in many other countries including New Zealand, Australia and the USA. More than fifty of the graduates from RCI Bible School have gone on to be pastors.
We started with construction of the building in 1989 and completed it in 1993. The construction was funded solely from the contributions of RCI members. Today the building stands as an impressive facility that can seat over 1400 people. A beacon in the community, numerous community enrichment projects have been held at RCI over the years and the church still thrives in its community.
During the volatile years of the struggle against apartheid, before the first democratic elections in South Africa, Apostle George John Ryland played a significant peace keeping role in the community the church serves. RCI was a place of refuge for many victims of the violence, especially women and children. The church assumed the role of peace maker.
After thirty years the church remains a blessing to its community. The Bible School continues to train up Christians for the ministry and the children's feeding projects are carrying on. Vibrant youth programs enrich the lives of people and ministry to families and senior citizens is well established. The church also provides paralegal services to its community and has a strong ministry to prisoners. RCI has been and remains a recognized church and stakeholder in its community for over 3 decades.