Nehemiah Restoration Fellowship (NRF) is a Messianic assembly of Believers in Yeshua located in Cleveland, Tennessee.
Put simply, we believe that the Torah, God's instructions as found in Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, are still relevant and obligatory for believers today. Not out of some misguided attempt to earn salvation (ie. legalism), but out of a heart that desires to obey the Creator, since He knows what's best for us. You may already be familiar with groups that call themselves Messianic or perhaps "Hebrew Roots." We have found there is quite a bit of baggage associated with these terms, and each carries its own theological and doctrinal nuances. For NRF however, we prefer to define ourselves as a Messianic Assembly, much like a Messianic Jewish Synagogue, and not a Hebrew Roots congregation. (note: see document here for an explanation of the differences: Messianic and Hebrew Roots.pdf)
Our fellowship community started out meeting in homes in 2020, and despite the challenges the year brought we nonetheless persevered. We started with just four (4) families, but within just a few months grew enough that our gatherings could not be contained in living rooms any longer.
We started with three overseers (elders, co-pastors) who split the burden of teaching and leading the congregation. It soon became clear that we needed a central meeting location, and more organization. So we started our filing to become an official non-profit organization, with a board of directors to provide oversight and accountability.
In April, 2021, we began public meetings every Sabbath in The Church of God at Jerusalem Acres building in Cleveland, TN. Within just the first few weeks, our size actually decreased. It seemed Adonai had plans we did not anticipate, and two of the three co-founding leaders moved out of state, just three months apart. This was not a signal of discord, however, but one of Father's hand at work, and placing these ministers where they are needed.
Since then, the congregation has become home to new members, attending from as far north as the Knoxville, TN area, and as far South as the Blue Ridge, GA area.
At present, we are served by two Zakanim (Elders), who both serve as our Messianic Pastors, with many other great people serving the Body together.
Our vision for the congregation is to continue to grow as Adonai blesses, and to in turn be a blessing to our local community and the world at large. We are hoping to have more outreach ministry opportunities in the near future. We are also working on networking with other Messianic congregations, to work together to build and expand the Kingdom.
We gather together every Sabbath (7th Day of the week, Saturday), as well as for the Biblical Feasts (Moedim, appointed times) and other special times. We come together to corporately share in the worship of Adonai (YHWH, the Lord), God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Check out the Visiting page for what a typical worship service looks like for us, and feel free to review our Statement of Faith. If you have additional questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page or feel free to email us at: email@example.com.