Meet the Founders

I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for Us?

Then said I, Here am I, send me. –Isaiah 6:8

A burning commitment to follow and to please God was the motivation that stirred Clinton and Sarah Utterbach to answer the call of God on their lives.

Their obedience to the call resulted in them making a life-changing decision in 1979 to leave successful careers, home, and family in order to attend RHEMA Bible Training Center. More importantly, their obedience resulted in countless souls, bodies, marriages, and lives being changed for good by the power of God because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ which the Utterbachs had committed their lives to proclaim.

The Utterbachs founded Redeeming Love Christian Center in their home in 1980, but within only a few months, they needed to relocate to a larger facility. Eventually, they outgrew that location and knew they would need a building large enough to accommodate the people God was adding to their church. When God guides, He provides. Five years after their first home meeting in Hackensack, New Jersey, the Utterbachs and the RLCC congregation moved into the church’s current location in Nanuet, from which they launched a school and a media ministry, while the Lord added to the church daily. In 2002, they expanded to include another church campus in the Poconos.

After a prolonged illness, Clinton Utterbach fell asleep in Jesus in 2005, but the vision he carried lives on. Today, Senior Pastor Emeritus Sarah Utterbach and co-pastors, Edward Pfundstein and Gregory Carr remain in step with the Spirit of God as the vision continues to unfold. In this new season, the pastors and congregation of Redeeming Love Christian Center are enthusiastically moving forward to fulfill their mandate to reach the lost, equip the Church, strengthen families, and to usher in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.