Christian Brothers coming to town

Posted 2/13/14

It won't be possible down the road to get a car repaired on Saturday and Sunday at the new Christian Brothers Automotive shop in Castle Rock, say the owners, Steve and Andrea Peterson of Castle Rock.

For a couple of months, the new store at 5271 …

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Christian Brothers coming to town

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It won't be possible down the road to get a car repaired on Saturday and Sunday at the new Christian Brothers Automotive shop in Castle Rock, say the owners, Steve and Andrea Peterson of Castle Rock.

For a couple of months, the new store at 5721 New Abbey Lane, which opens at 7 a.m. Feb. 24, will be open on Saturdays while they develop a customer base, but after that it will be closed all weekend long, Saturdays and Sundays, so employees can have that time off.

“Everyone has the right to a family life,” Andrea Peterson said in a recent interview.

And that's only one of several operational requirements for this faith-based store that's the 125 store in the Christian Brothers chain, started in Houston by two born-again Christian friends who were frustrated about not being able to find a trust-worthy mechanic.

Franchise owners such as the Petersons must be born-again Christians, but it's not a “hard-and fast-rule” that employees are, the Petersons said.

What is hard and fast is that the shop operates with Petersons' courtesy vehicle that will take customers to the nearby outlet mall, or grocery store, or other location, are the words, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” from the New Testament, Matthew 22:39.

Every quarter the Petersons, as well as the shop's manager and two technicians, will participate in a community service day project — and twice a year they will provide free oil changes for low-income people. If the mechanics find something else that would make the car unsafe, they'll repair that, too. The Petersons said they'll enlist churches' help to find people in need.

This company is about “relationships, not transactions,” he said.

Steve Peterson, who most recently was CEO of a company that owned and operated hospitals, said before they owned this franchise, he had been a long-time customer at Christian Brothers Automotive in Texas where they formerly lived. And he always had their two daughters, college students, take their cars to a local Christian Brothers shop.

“We know they won't take advantage of them,” Andrea Peterson said.

When Steve and Andrea Peterson, who had always loved Colorado for skiing vacations, decided on a new chapter, being empty nesters now with both daughters in college, they decided on Colorado — and on owning Christian Brothers franchise, in part because of the chain's reputation for honesty and integrity.

And they were greatly impressed during a meeting with the Christian Brothers' founder and general counsel that they were asked to join them in prayer, to ask God to reveal if this was the right opportunity for the Petersons and for the company.

Things fell into place, and the couple moved to Castle Rock more than a year ago to get established in a church and in the community. Steve Peterson is on the town's Public Works Commission, among other efforts. Andrea teaches tourism and hospitality classes at Metro State University.

“It was a God thing,” Andrea said, that led them to getting this location for the shop, which is close to The Meadows, a community full of young families with newer cars.

And it's a Peterson thing to make sure it's worthy.

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