Rev. Patrick Hitchman-Craig is the Pastor of Foundry Opelika. Patrick earned a degree in Religion from Wofford College and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. Patrick lives in Opelika with his wife, Rev. Kelli Hitchman-Craig, and their labradoodle, Florence.
In 1739, John Wesley acquired an old, dilapidated cannon foundry in London and converted it into a chapel. This former war foundry soon became the cradle of the Methodist revival which birthed a movement that changed the world. We take our name, therefore, from the first physical place of worship in the Methodist movement.
We believe that you belong. No bait and switch. No asterisks. There is a place for you at Foundry. Whether church is your thing, used to be your thing, or has never been your thing, you belong here and we pray that you'll find a community of grace & peace that is rooted in Christ for the renewal of all things.
Foundry is grateful to be a community made up of individuals who hold a variety of beliefs and perspectives. That said, we are anchored by the historic creeds of the Church (Apostles' & Nicene), shaped by the Wesleyan tradition, and belong to the United Methodist denomination. In a world where differences divide churches, neighborhoods, and nations, we long to be a truly reconciled community. We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ reconciles us and joins us together into one community in Christ even across the dividing lines that the culture imposes upon us.
We understand that different people have different reasons for wanting to belong to a church. Some people come to church so that they can grow closer to God. Others are looking for community and friendships. Some people come to church because they want to make a difference in the world with others. Others are drawn to the music, rituals, and symbols. Whether you are a seeker, a skeptic, or an every Sunday regular, there is a place for you at Foundry.
None of us are beyond the need for grace, nor are any of us beyond the reach of grace. None of us are are too old to grow in grace and none too young to experience grace, so no matter who you are, where you've come from, or the reasons that bring you here, we pray you'll find a community of grace & peace that is rooted in Christ for the renewal of all things.
We would love for your to join us at one of our weekly gatherings. We gather every Sunday at 10:00AM to sing, pray, listen, wrestle with scripture, and receive communion. These are practices that root us in the good news of Christ's life, death, and resurrection and help us encounter God's grace & peace.
Tables are where strangers become friends and friends become family. We all crave connection and are hard-wired for it, but finding community can be hard. We model our tables after a common practice of Jesus -- sharing a meal around a table and growing in relationship together. It's around tables that we encourage and equip one another to live lives of grace & peace.
Streets are where we meet our neighbors on common ground for the common good. As a church we desire to love our neighbors and our neighborhood as we participate in God's renewal of all things by extending the grace & peace of Jesus Christ to our neighbors.
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