Welcome to Redemption Gilbert

We are a local congregation seeking to embody the gospel in all of life in Gilbert.

Location

Redemption Gilbert
1820 W Elliot Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85233


(480) 632-2220
gilbert@redemptionaz.com



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Sunday Services

We come together to remember and celebrate who God is, what He has done, and what He has promised. Click here to find out more about our Sunday Services.

Leadership

Each Redemption Church congregation is led by a team of local elders and staff. The unified body of Redemption (all congregations) is overseen by a Leadership Team.

Aaron Bower

Pastor & Manager of Commons Bookstore
About Aaron

I was born in 1973 in Mesa, Arizona and was raised by two hard-working parents who gave up nearly every comfort to provide for their six children.  Our home was a safe place – one of integrity, order and discipline.  I have five older siblings.  When I was five, my grandmother insisted on buying me a piano and my parents somehow managed to scrape up the funds to put me in piano lessons.  A fun story on the discipline of our home…I remembrer a moment where my dad told me that if he ever had to practice my music, he would get a hatchet and use the wood from the piano to fire it up!  Dad is a man of his word, a point for which i extend great honor  – but I was pretty sure he wasn’t kidding, so I probably drove the family nuts with all the piano playing.  

But The Lord uses everything, so he’s afforded me the opportunity to use that skill and passion for music in the Church in general, and Redemption Church in particular.   I’ve been on staff at Redemption in one capacity or another since 1998 and have enjoyed the journey immensely.  

For me, the greatest joy in my many years here has been the constant illumination of the scriptures and the preaching, which has always been incredible.   Growing up with  significant residue from a holiness tradition – one where you measure your relationship to The Lord with an assessment of your own obedience to the Law – I have been challenged on a weekly basis to trust in Christ alone and lean into the hope of Christ and rejoice in the Gospel.  Jesus is my hope, and I know I offer him nothing of value.  God is satisfied in Christ alone, and I’m the recipient of his grace and favor BECAUSE of Jesus.  

I have the great privilege of managing the bookstore, and serving in worship ministries on a regular basis.

I’m married to Debbie Bower, my delight since 1997 and have two beautiful children, Harrison and Makenna.  We live in Chandler.

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Aaron Kass

Production & Worship
About Aaron

I am an Arizona native, born & raised in a 20 square mile radius. Grew up playing athletics of all kinds, but devoted much of my time to golf, playing competitively through high school. It was about that time, in the wake of finding Redemption Church, that God brought me to grips with the idols of worship in my life, radically bringing clarity to the depths of my sin and my need for a Savior. From that point on, with tremendous freedom I began aiming to live all my life for Jesus.

Within a short amount of time after that, I would meet my wife, Britney, through Students here at Gilbert. We would go on to date a few years before getting married in July of 2006. We have 3 children: Rylee, Rory, and Jovi.

I have attended Redemption since 1998 and have been on staff since 2004. A lot of life has happened since, but one prayer remains the same–that I may be small, so God may be made much of, glorified and bless others!

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Ben Maughan

Director of Creative Arts & Lead Producer
About Ben

My father is a pastor, my fathers father was a pastor…so you could say I’ve grown up very involved in the church from the beginning. I can’t say I remember a moment when it all “clicked.” I believe God used the gift of childlike faith as well as time to draw me to Him.

I have been working full time for Redemption Church since 2007 and get to do many things, and work with many people, that I love. My hope is that everything I do here stays in the background, and yet glorifies God and blesses people. In 2015, I married my beautiful wife Alli, and life has never been sweeter. God has been gracious to me.

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Beth Border

Director of Early Childhood Ministries
About Beth

I have been married to Scott since 1986. We have three sons, Nick, Luke and Chris.

Born and raised in south central Pennsylvania, I grew up in the church, learning from my earliest years about my sin and need for a Savior. I gave my life to Christ at a young age and grew slowly in my faith throughout my childhood.

After moving to Arizona in 1998 with my husband and two young boys, we found Redemption Church. Gilbert congregation was the vehicle God used to grow my faith deep and to see His sovereignty and experience His hand weaving all parts of my life together for His glory and for my good.

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Brenda Poarch

Guest Services Admin
About Brenda

Native to Arizona, but spent my childhood living in Texas and Alabama before returning to Arizona in 1977. Mom raised us up in a Southern Baptist church and then started attending our local Air Force base church where I was involved in ministry. Even though at a young age I loved Jesus, I did not fully understand the relationship I needed to have with him, because it was still all about me and the things in the world I loved.

After marrying my husband, Justin in 1992, and having two beautiful daughters Rianna Rae and Cierra Jean, life for me became unfulfilled. Broken over my sin, God put it in my heart to diligently seek Him. He orchestrated friends and events that lead me to this church where I began to grow in my faith. I’m so bless to have a God that is loving, patient, full of grace and mercy. I love working here, because each day I get to experience what Jesus looks like through each brother and sister in Christ I serve alongside with. And I love them all!

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Brett Osborne

Gilbert Facilities & Guest Services
About Brett

I was born in Atlanta Georgia and attended a Baptist church growing up although I did not know Jesus as my Lord and Savior. It wasn’t until I moved across the country to Arizona and met my future wife that God began to open my eyes and heart to who He is and the depth of my sin.

I met my beautiful, fun, amazing wife Ronda on a blind date and married her in 1997. God has blessed us with two great sons Jonas and Nixon. Through conversations as to how we would raise our family, we were led to this church and we immediately began serving His people. Its through the love and grace of Jesus and His provision in our lives and our marriage that our eyes and hearts have been opened to Him.

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Brian Berger

Pastor of Adult Discipleship
About Brian

I am married to Julie Berger. We are both native Arizonans. In fact, our dads both graduated from Coronado HS together in 1969. We have two kids, Katelyn and Tyler. We live in Chandler. We love sports, board games, and sharing our lives with our Redemption Community.

I trusted in Christ for my salvation as a 7th grader at a Scottsdale Bible Church winter camp in 1989. I was already a fairly moral kid, a good student, a pretty good athlete, and now I had Jesus. It seemed to me to be the icing on an already pretty good cake.

It wasn’t until my Junior year at Arizona State that I really started to understand the truth about who I was. It was a terrifying thought that God searches mind and heart rather than outward appearance. In my heart, I was indifferent towards God and zealous for baseball. I didn’t live for his pleasure, I lived for the approval of man. I felt like every moral act I’d ever committed was done more to keep up an appearance rather than out of service to the Lord Jesus.

I found Christian Community in ASU’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I also started to attend East Valley Bible Church with my girlfriend and Tyler Johnson, my teammate. It was there that God started to show me how the cross of Christ was way better than I had ever before imagined it to be. I’m still walking a narrow path today thanks to God’s grace and the many people in our church that walked with me, encouraged me, and taught me along the way.

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Bruce Barclay

Lay Elder
About Bruce

I have been married to my lovely wife Terese since 1983. Solomon says it perfectly about Terese when in SOS 5:16 it says, “This is my beloved and this is my friend.” She is a special ed teacher at Burk and teaches swimming lessons in the summer. We have two grown boys, Josh and Caleb. Josh is married to Jordan and they have three children named Lily, Jude and Daniel. Caleb graduated as an architect but started his own branding and marketing company in 2012. I currently work at Intel as a software engineer.

I came to know the Lord at a very young age (7) at Lake Geneva Youth Camp. I grew up going to church and got involved in Young Life during my high school years. It really helped me to have close Christian friends. I would have to say though that God really worked strong in my life in the late 1990’s when my wife and I started to serve in Student Ministries here at church. Our marriage was a big struggle for many years. It was not fun at all. During our time in Student Ministries, we both drew closer to the Lord and learned repentance. Worked on dying to self and God started to bless our marriage and our spiritual life in a big way.

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Cate Roberts

Bookkeeper
About Cate

My husband Jim and I joined our families to make one, 4 years ago. We are blessed to share 4 adult children (2 sons, 1 daughter, and 1 daughter-in-law).

My sons and I moved from NY to Arizona in 2001. We immediately started coming to Redemption Church, where God completely changed our lives. He powerfully used the leadership here to save both of my sons, and then myself. I have been working here at the church since 2008. We love and are forever grateful to God for our Redemption family!

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Christina Turner

Elementary Coordinator
About Christina

I am a native Arizonan and have lived here all my life. I have been married to the best guy in the world for 31 years. We have 3 grown sons, 2 beautiful daughters-in-law and 2 grandchildren.

I stand amazed at how God has blessed me and shown me undeserved mercy and grace. I am a “work in progress” and His great patience with me continues to amaze me.

I love working with the children at Redemption Church and especially enjoy doing creative arts, drama and directing the Voice of Truth kids choir. His little lambs are so precious to Him, and it is humbling and an honor to work with them.

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Chuck Bishop

Lay Elder
About Chuck

God brought my wife Kathi into my life in 1980 and we were married in 1982.  We have three children-two of which are married.  Tanner and his wife Jenna attend Redemption Gilbert, while Becca and her husband Jonathan, along with Paul our youngest, live in Eugene, Oregon.  I am a contractor by trade and my wife Kathi does biblical counseling with Redemption Church.

I was raised in a church going family but did not know Christ.  Kathi and I were married in the Catholic church but both of us were drawn and came to faith in Christ a few years apart under Tom Shrader’s teaching ministry.  We have both been active members of Redemption for about 22 years.

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Cindy Kirstein

Kids Konnection Co-Coordinator
About Cindy

I was born and raised, along with my three sisters, in Northern New York, 45 minutes from the Canadian border. I graduated from ASU with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Child Psychology. Married my best friend, Kenneth, in 1992. We have four children, Lucas, Lauren, Samuel and Emily. We also have a new grandson, Maxwell.

Both my husband and I grew up in a legalistic church and in our early adult lives we both left the church. We became engaged and started looking for a church to get married in. Through friends we found a church that we liked and started premarital counseling. God used this church and the pastor to save us both during this weekly counseling.

We eventually found Redemption Church to attend in 1999. God has used Redemption Church to strengthen my relationship with Him, to learn His Word and to rest in His grace and mercy.

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Connor McKenzie

7TEN Intern
About Connor

I am the youngest member of a family of four. I graduated from Mountain Pointe High School in 2014, and am currently enrolled as a student at Grand Canyon University. Moreover, I am in the process of earning a bachelors degree in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Studies.

God in His loving sovereignty gave me faith in Jesus Christ during a Redemption summer camp going into my seventh grade year. Sadly, the next five years of my life were filled with wild debauchery and anxiety. Unfortunately, during this time period I became the president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club at my high school, and hid the lifestyle I had been leading from many.

In my first week of college God in His mercy restored the joy of my salvation, and placed me in a Christocentric community.  Ever since, God has graciously exploded His joy into my life, and removed significant sin from it.

I currently serve as a 7TEN intern for Redemption Gilbert where I get to help college students and young adults get connected to RC groups within the ministry. Additionally, I assist in the setting up for 7TEN, and I work with the guest services team on Sundays. I also sometimes get to do food runs for my coworkers.

Outside of the workplace you will probably find me doing homework in Peets Coffee, playing sand volleyball, or randomly nailing some high-arching 3 pointers on the basketball court with Paul, Jed, and Cory.

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Curtis Field

Pastor of Biblical Counseling & CARE
About Curtis

I am truly blessed to be married to my amazing and beautiful wife Angela, who deeply loves Jesus and our family. The Lord has blessed us with 4 wonderful daughters – Adrianna, Savannah, Alyssa, and Tiana.

Growing up I experienced many different religions and denominations (Mormonism, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Catholic, Southern Baptist to name a few). However, after many years of partying and selfishness in High School and College, God saved me in my early 20s. I wasn’t looking for Him, but He rescued me and saved me one night after a night of partying. He graciously opened my eyes to see my desperate need for a Savior, and He redeemed me as I put my faith and trust in Jesus for my salvation.

Since that night, I have been so blessed to grow in my love for Jesus, my understanding and awe of His steadfast, eternal, infinite love for me, and my desire to see Him glorified. He has impacted every area of my life, and He is my salvation, my redeemer, my hope, my rock, my refuge, my friend, my God, and my loving Father.

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Dani Gailfus

Students Admin
About Dani

I am an Arizona native and moved to Gilbert from Mesa in 2000. I grew up in a christian house hold where I attended a christian preschool and elementary school all the way up until we moved. That is when we visited Redemption Church. My parents got me plugged into a student ministries small group and sent me to my first summer camp. I realized I was living two different lives between school and church. God opened my eyes to the fact that I was more about religion than relationship. It wasn’t until I was a senior that I really grasped the whole concept of saved by grace and what a relationship with Him looks like. I realized I wanted to serve in student ministries and disciple students just like my leaders had with me.

I recently was married in July of 2014 to Mason Gailfus who I met through student ministries. His servants heart and love for God attracted me right away. God continues to use our relationship to push me closer to him. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to be part of His story and placed this community of people around me as we work to spread His glory.

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David Kronwald

Lay Elder
About David

I was born in South Dakota. My family relocated to Arizona when I was in grade school. God saved me at the age of eleven. Through both struggles and celebrations, Christ has been my constant anchor. I am grateful to Him for his love, mercy, and grace. He has and continues to bless my life beyond measure. I have been married to my best friend, Ann, since 1979. We have four grown children, John, Jaclyn, Jordan and Jamie. John and his wife Lindsay, are active at Redemption Gateway. Jaclyn, her husband Steve, and Jamie are all active at Redemption Gilbert. Jordan and her husband Josh are active at Cornerstone church. Our kids have blessed us with eight grandkids.

I work at Western Foodservice Equipment and Design, where I design and equip commercial food service facilities. In addition to my role as an elder, I also lead an RC Group in south Chandler. Redemption Church has impacted our family in tremendous ways. We have attended here since the first service in November, 1991. I love this church and so appreciate the sound Bible teaching, great music, and friendly people.

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Deanna Simanton

Elementary Coordinator Admin
About Deanna

I am an Arizona native, born and raised in Tucson (yes, I am a University of Arizona alumni and an even bigger U of A Wildcat fan!) I married my high school sweet heart and best friend, Tim, in 1988 and we have five amazing children: John Michael (wife, Amber), Courtney (husband, Tyler), Chelsea, Matthew and Joshua, a beautiful granddaughter, Lauryn, and another grandbaby due to arrive. We are incredibly blessed!

I grew up in church, learning from a very early age about my sin and my need for Jesus. I was saved at a young age, and slowly grew in my faith over the years. However, by the time I was married, I felt like my faith had stalled, I was just going through the motions and going to church became more of a “to do” rather than out of a desire to seek God. (By God’s divine appointment), we moved our family to Gilbert in 2001, after my husband, Tim, accepted a job with the Gilbert Fire Department. We were invited by some friends to visit Redemption Church and this has been our church home ever since. God has used this church to grow us, challenge us, revive us, renew us, and by HIS grace, transform us!

I began serving in childcare on campus during Women’s Ministries events in the spring of 2001, and in 2008, joined Staff as part of the Children’s Ministries team. It is such a joy to have the opportunity to serve our Redemption families and to share the Gospel with children each Sunday! I am truly humbled and blessed to serve along side a wonderful team, our pastors and Godly leaders, who are passionate about the Lord!

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Denise Cassel

Administrative Support
About Denise

I married my wonderful husband and best friend, Shawn, in 2007. We were blessed to have our friend Pastor Curtis Field marry us in Pennsylvania in the church my husband grew up in. We have 3 amazing kids–Kierstynn, Chase, and Alden–and a sweet Miniature Schnauzer named Daisie. I love to be at home taking care of my family, and I also enjoy crocheting, reading, and watching movies on the couch with my husband. We are part of an awesome Redemption Community, and we love studying God’s Word together, serving together, and enjoying fellowship together.

I have been working at Redemption Gilbert since 2007, and it’s the best job I have ever had! I work for Communities and Communications, and one of my favorite things about working here is having the opportunity to help many different ministries. That has allowed me to get to know and help many people on staff, which has been a huge blessing to me. To be surrounded by people who love Jesus, who serve and pray faithfully, and who put feet to the gospel is truly amazing.

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Eli Maughan

Communications & Youth
About Eli

I was born in Geneva, Illinois but shortly thereafter, we moved to Gilbert in 1998, so Arizona is all I know.

I have two absolutely amazing parents and 3 older brothers that have been such an important influence in my life from day one. My dad is a pastor so I obviously grew up in the church . Using that, God really cultivated in me a heart for the church and seeing people grow, wherever He has and/or will place me. I remember believing in God at a young age but that’s as deep as it went. I can’t really recall a specific time or place where God saved me, but for growing up in the church He has really utilized that to develop, challenge, and spiritually grow me into knowing that I’ve done nothing to earn my salvation and that He is my Savior.

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Faith Herrera

Café Assistant Manager
About Faith

I married Jessie Herrera in 1991. Our immediate family consists of 2 kids and 7 grandkids. Our daughter Britney and her husband Aaron Kass have given us four beautiful grandchildren – Rylee Mae, Rory Aaron, and Jovi Augusta. Jessie’s son, Jessie Jr, is married to his wife Faith and have three children – Chance, Trinity and Nathan. (Yes, two Jessie’s and two Faith’s)

I was born in Columbus, IN. I grew up going to church with aunts and uncles or the local church van would pick me up. God saved me at the age of 8. I was exposed to many different theologies and cultures. I moved to Arizona in 1982 with my mom and step dad. It wasn’t until Jessie and I started attending Redemption where God opened my eyes to His sovereignty and His “amazing grace” which grew my faith. I appreciate the solid teaching of His truth and the gospel through scripture. I’m also thankful He loves me in spite of me. I’ve been on staff at the church since July 2002, having served in Womens, Students, CGI, Administration and now the Commons Café as an Assistant Manager. Wherever they need me I will go!

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Greg Olimb

Facilities
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Heath Kelley

Facilities
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Jed Maughan

7Ten Worship Leader
About Jed

I was born in a pastor’s home and have been surrounded by solid theology and gospel teaching my entire life. Thankfully God did not allow me to think that somehow that made me His child. At a younger age God let me start feeling the weight of my sin so that I knew that I needed a savior and right around my freshman year of High School is where I’d say my walk with Him really began. I met my beautiful wife Whitney in September of 2010, we were married 5 years later and she is my best friend in the whole world. The closest people to me are my family. My dad and mom, Tim and Susanne, and my 3 brothers, Ben, Jesse, Eli.

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Jeremy Olimb

Pastor of Adult Discipleship
About Jeremy

My wife, Rachel is an amazing woman. She is beautiful, funny, caring and loves Jesus. We were married in 2000 and have two boys: Asher and Beck.

I grew up in a loving, Christian family on the rural plains of Eastern North Dakota. I was a church kid, attending a Christian grade school, at church every Sunday and Bible Camp in the summer. At the age of 22, I married my best friend, Rachel, and in the process had to face the lack of ownership of my faith and ability to lead my new wife. I found myself face to face with my sin, my failures, and the understanding of my need for Jesus. Shortly after our wedding we moved to Arizona to start our life together. In the challenge of making a new marriage work, we found ourselves at the Gilbert congregation and quickly began to grow in in the Lord and together as couple. It has been a huge blessing to be a part of this congregation.

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Jerry Smith

Lay Elder
About Jerry

I am married to Joey Smith and we are in our 50th year of marriage. I was born in Iowa, Joey in Montana. We both attended Cornell College and graduated in 1965.

We have 2 sons, 1 daughter and 6 grandchildren. We moved from Iowa to Phoenix in 1968, where I began my 33 year career in the insurance business and retired in 2001.

We are one of the original starting families of East Valley Bible Church, now Redemption Church and I have been an elder from the beginning.

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Jesse Maughan

Sound Engineer
About Jesse

I was born in Illinois and soon moved to Arizona when I was just 3 years old. I have 2 amazing parents who have shown me how to chase hard after Christ. I have 3 brothers who are my best friends.

I was brought up a pastors kid. Naturally I was surrounded by ministry all my life. I don’t have a date and time God got a hold of me, but going through jr. high and high school, God slowly revealed more and more of Himself to me. Once I graduated, I felt a strong calling to get heavily involved in ministry, using my gifts and talents for the kingdom. Now I live to devote my everything to furthering the kingdom.

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Joel Buckingham

Pastor of Worship
About Joel

I have been married to my beautiful wife Sarah since 2008 and we have three wonderful kids together: Lilly, Isaac, and Ezekiel.

I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. I am the second born of 3 boys in my family. My dad has worked in Christian education for over 30 years. I attended Christian schools all the way up through high school and the truth of the gospel had been taught to me my entire life. I always believed in who Jesus was and would call myself a Christian, but I don’t think the reality of who I am as a sinner and who Jesus is as my Savior hit me until my first year of college. It was then that I began to grow and truly know His grace in my life.

I have been attending Redemption since 2001 and began working on staff in 2006. I currently Pastor, Worship and Production and lead worship on Sundays. I get to work with the most amazing team and always find myself thankful for Redemption Church and the people here.

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John Bell

Pastor of Facilities
About John

I grew up in Oregon and Idaho. I moved to Arizona in 1986 where I met and married my beautiful wife Leslie in 1988. God has blessed us with three children who are now “mostly grown.” I worked in business until 2007 when I joined the Redemption staff.

When I was young, I became aware through the Bible that I was created to be in a close relationship with Jesus. But, my natural sinful tenancies kept me from Him. I learned that I could not earn God’s favor but that I must truly repent, confess my sins, and trust that Jesus will make things right again. I knew in my heart this was true so I repented and trusted in Jesus. God changed my heart and that has made all the difference.

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Josh Litzau

Facilities
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Tracey Prim

Early Childhood Coordinator
About Tracey

I have been married to my husband Miles since 1995. I know, I look like I am only 25. I was born in Columbus, Ohio. I am number 5 of 7 siblings. (But I am the favorite)!!!

Miles and I have 4 kids: Silver, Tara, Brett and Brady, all of which live out of state. Miles and I have had the wonderful pleasure to have traveled to 13 different countries. We have been at Redemption for 15 years.

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Justin Marshall

Pastor of R/Kids
About Justin

Nicole and I are college sweet hearts and were married in 2003. We have 3 beautiful daughters Sophie, Ashlyn and Lola. I love The University of Michigan Wolverines and I am a Sun Devil Alumni–college football Saturday’s are my favorite hobby. As a family we are passionate about foster care and adoption. We love the opportunity to live out scripture together as a family.

I was born in Detroit, Michigan but have converted to a life long desert rat. I love Arizona and the ability to enjoy so many aspects of Gods creation in one location and the fact that the beach is only six hours away isn’t bad either.

I spent the first part of my life growing up in a Baptist church where I learned to be a good kid on the outside. I was morally compliant but I knew there must be more. After my father accepted a job offer; me, my brother Eric and our parents moved to Arizona. I started junior high in Arizona and quickly realized all the temptations the world has to offer and found myself drifting from the things of God. I started believing the lies of selfishness and self gratification. In 1998 after attending Redemption for a couple years; God opened my eyes and changed my heart. The Gospel became clear and Jesus became my everything.

I love that the Gospel is not age graded. It is exactly what a high school and junior high student need. Being in student and children’s ministries for the last 15 years has allowed me to see Jesus is what a student needs. My desire is that students meet Jesus and plant a firm foundation that will propel them into their lives as followers of Jesus.

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Laurie Verdugo

Administrative Support
About Laurie

I was born in Mesa, Arizona in 1971 to my wonderful parents who always loved me beyond measure. Being the youngest of four children gave me many opportunities to learn and follow. I am married to my best friend of 20 years Rick and we have three fantastic children. Josh is 15, full of love and always making me laugh. Sarah is the most wonderful middle child, she is 12 and the light of my life in so many ways. Tess is my sweet youngest at nine years old. She has the spark that so many of us wish for but only dream of.

I was saved when I was 26, God used this church and the many amazing people that attend here to transform my life. I am constantly in awe of Gods grace and mercy towards me. I love to cook, bake, exercise, and hang out at home with my family.

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Marsha Rosser

Special Needs Coordinator
About Marsha

I grew up in Lansing, Michigan and attended a Baptist Church in my neighborhood. God has always pursued me but I didn’t have the eyes or heart to see until I came to Redemption Church. I started working in Kids Konnection and attending at Redemption Church in 1999 at which time I joined Children’s Ministry as Special Needs Coordinator. God had been preparing me for this position for many years. He has also been changing the hearts of our entire family ever since for His glory.

My husband and I married in 1975, and have raised two special daughters McKenzie and Morgan. McKenzie’s marriage has given us a wonderful son-in-law and a new granddaughter Weslie. God has blessed us beyond what we could of ever imagined or deserved.

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MaryAnn Little

Commons Bookstore
About MaryAnn

My husband Jim and I married in 1993. We’re a blended family, and share 5 kids and 2 grandkids. A bit of his, mine and ours, and we’re here to say…it works.

I was raised in a loving Catholic family and didn’t know Christ as my Savior. At 20 years old, an elderly couple kept asking me to go to church with them. One Sunday, I agreed. God saved me a week later. It was not the happily ever after story….But God (I love the But God) was there for me through every hard time and taught me more than I could have imagined. He really loves me!!!

We’ve been attending Redemption since 1998 and have served in different ministries including Childrens, Womens, and leading a Friday night Redemption Community together. Then joined staff in 2007 and have loved being a part of this body and serving in a church where God is glorified and His Word is taught.

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Mary Donovan

Receptionist
About Mary

I was married to Jack in 1974 and am the mom of 4 children and grandmother of 4 grandkids.

I was born, raised and married in Massachusetts and 3 years into our marriage Jack took a job in Wisconsin where we spent 18 years before moving to Arizona.

God graciously opened my eyes to salvation in Christ Jesus when I was in my 20’s and struggling in my sin. He pulled me out of a works based religion and made it clear that His death, burial and resurrection had accomplished my salvation by paying the full penalty for my sin! That truth changed my life forever and He is my Rock, my Strength, Comfort, and Helper plus so much more!

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Mason Gailfus

Production & Worship
About Mason

My wife, Dani, and I were married in 2014. We have enjoyed the growth God has begun in our hearts through this new chapter of life together.

I was born and raised here in Arizona. My family was not really a church going family except for holidays. I began going to Redemption Church when I was in Jr. High. I went through student ministries and was saved at a Summer Camp my freshman year. My mother passed away that following year and that was a real test of my “new” faith. But God has only grown me more and more in my trust in Him since. I began working with the Production Team my senior year of high school. My wife and I met that same year and began dating soon after. Redemption Gilbert has been my home for years and I have loved serving in any way God needs me.

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Matt Driesbach

Associate Youth Pastor
About Matt

I married the love of my life and high school sweetheart in 1998 and then was blessed to become the father of two. My boy Micah in 2001 and my beautiful little girl Madison in 2002.

I am an Ohio native and claim my roots for only one reason. OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY! Go Buckeyes! Moved to the Chicago suburbs at age 9 after a short stint in New Jersey. I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home and made a profession of faith at a young age. The gospel became more real to me progressively as I experienced my own sin and God’s overwhelming grace. God has been so merciful in my life to put me around people and places that challenge and encourage me.

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Neil Pitchel

Pastor of Central Operations
About Neil

Kate and I were married in Boston on August 20, 1977. We have lived in the valley since 1989. We have a daughter Cali who is a Director of Marketing for a google analytics firm in Seattle. Our son David works for Chase as a mortgage originator and lives in Gilbert. We’re all avid sports fans (mostly Boston teams). Kate and I love to travel, especially on cruises.

I was raised in a Jewish family in Boston so I knew nothing of Biblical Christianity until I first heard the gospel while a student at UMASS. After many years of struggling with the difference between my Jewish upbringing and the “gospel of grace” I decided Jesus was a great teacher and prophet like Abraham or Moses. Then I read “Mere Christianity” by CS Lewis and had to decide if Jesus was Lord, liar or lunatic. After reading the New Testament and watching the lives of Christians I knew there was only one possibility that He was indeed my Lord and Savior.

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Patrick Buck

Communications, Youth & R/Kids
About Patrick

I am an Arizona native, born in Mesa and raised in Chandler my entire life. I have one older sister, Sydney, and two amazing parents, Brian and Lisa. I was practically born in the church, surrounded by the Gospel and a believing family from a young age, but it wasn’t until my freshman year of High School that God ‘kicked my front door in’ and showed me a life worth living with Him.

Since then, God has continued to show his love for me in light of my mistakes and my sinful heart. He’s given me a deep passion for ministry and has blessed me to be able to do life with a great co-leader and an awesome group of high school guys. My desire is to live a life that exemplifies and brings honor to the name of Jesus, and my faith is in my God whose grace is sufficient to daily redeem me sustain me to the end.

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Paul Artino

Executive Pastor & Pastor of 7TEN
About Paul

I’m married to Lauren and have two daughters and one son: Evangeline Love, Vera Grace, and Silas Jacob. They are my most favorite humans of all time.

After what can graciously be described as a “reckless” college career, God saved me while working as a waterski instructor/boat driver guy at a Summer Camp in Florida.  My journey has included working in construction, marketing and advertising, oyster shucking (seriously), as a children’s pastor and as a pastor to college students and young adults.

I currently serve as Executive Pastor at Redemption Gilbert, where I provide oversight and vision to our Guest Services teams, our Community and Global Initiatives, and 7ten, our gathering of college students and young adults.

When I’m not in my office laughing with Jed, you can find me at home being sneak-attacked by my kids, posting up my interns on the basketball court, or wandering around in the out-of-doors.

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Preston Cook

Facilities
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Rachele Wilson

Early Childhood Coordinator
About Rachele

I was born and raised here in Arizona with my brother, Richard, and my sister, Cyndi. In January of 1996, God brought my husband, Randy, into my life. We met in a saddle shop in Gilbert and 4 “short” years later, we got married.

We both grew up in loving christian homes but drifted away as young adults. But God was heavy on our hearts so 6 months before we got married, we were introduced to Redemption. We fell in love with the teaching and started taking classes to grow in our marriage and our love for God.

I love my job working in Redemption Kids! It’s not only rewarding to serve the parents and their children but I continue to grow in my faith and love for Christ.

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Randy Heape

IT Helpdesk Technician
About Randy

God introduced me to my wife, Alice 38 years ago. We were a blind date. I married a Christian girl, and I thought I was a Christian, but God revealed to me that I was a “fence-sitter”. I moved my family from Southern California to Gilbert, AZ to help start a business, “our way”. But God, instead, started it “His Way”. I was invited to attend a Priority Living business breakfast. It was there that God in His way exposed me for who I was and created a desire to know Him on a personal level.

We’ve been attending Redemption Church for 20 years. We were blessed with a son, Spencer. He is a product of Redemption’s Student Ministries. Alice and I have served in children’s ministries, student ministries, and newly marrieds. The RC group we attend has driven me to a deeper relationship with Jesus. Now I get to serve the staff at Redemption. I am truly blessed.

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Robyn Kuhl

Kids Connection Co-Coordinator
About Robyn

My parents raised my three sisters and I in Lake Oswego, Oregon. I met my husband while attending Oregon State University. Peter and I dated through college and were married in 1994. We have three boys.

We moved to Arizona in 1997 and found East Valley Bible Church shortly after. I began serving in R/Kids and Women’s in the spring of 1999. Under the leadership of Redemption Church, our family has grown in our knowledge and love for our gracious savior Jesus Christ. We are grateful for the sound teaching of the gospel and opportunities to serve the body and community.

I have had the privilege to be on staff with R/Kids since 2012. I currently work for both R/Kids and the Commons Café.

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Ronda Osborne

Communications Coordinator
About Ronda

I was raised in Arizona and I have lived all over our great state. I have been married to my awesome husband Brett since 1997. We have two amazing sons, Jonas Caden and Nixon Jude.

While still a newlywed, I started to think about what I would tell my kids about God. Which led to what I believed about Him. Those questions are exactly what He used to draw me to Himself. Around this time, I was invited to a Bible study where those questions I had about God, the world, humanity and myself started to be answered. Coming to the Lord in faith in the Spring of 1998 changed absolutely everything!

Redemption Church was the vehicle God used to grow my faith deep. It’s where I met my “In Christ” family and friends. I am continually in awe of His love, provision and His faithfulness toward me. Even before I knew Him, He was there…always there.

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Ryan Lambros

Pastor of Youth
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Sarah Young

Early Childhood Coordinator/Admin
About Sarah

I grew up in a Christian home with two loving parents, an older bother, two older sisters and a younger brother. There was a lot of freedom and imagination, but also an encouragement to know and understand the world around us. As I grew up and saw and experienced that world, I began to better understand the need for Jesus, His redeeming grace and forgiveness. What started as a prayer of a little girl, became a desire to grow and chase after a relationship with the one who made this world, but also gave us the longing for the place where we are meant to be.

When I started attending Redemption Church I started serving with Children’s Ministries, not only because I love kids, but because I wanted to be able to love and encourage them as they started their journey in this world, even if it was just for a short time once a week. Now getting to be apart of the team, whose job revolves around those kids and sharing the love of Christ with them, is a blessing words cannot describe.

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Shannon Butler

Youth Resident Pastor
About Shannon

Married to the love of my life, Sabine, since 2007 and we have two loving children, Senia 9, and Shamar 6.

Born and raised in Tallahassee, FL, I grew up in a Christian home and forever indebted to my family for their out pouring of love and support throughout my life. I was saved on Oct 16th 1988 in my childhood church and life didn’t get easier for me, however it did become clearer to me of my need for a savior. Athletics afforded me the opportunity to attend college at The Northern Arizona University where I would find my wife and my purpose in life. Not a bad deal.

I came across Redemption Church through a former teammate and mutual friend Roger Robinson which has lead my family and I to become members of this great congregation in 2016. I’m currently a student in the MTC (Missional Training Center) seminary school and serving as a residential pastor with Students. I continue to stand in awe of the wonder of Jesus and thankful for the redemptive work of the cross.

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Sherry Simon

Womens Administrator
About Sherry

My husband Roger and I married in 1988 and have two amazing kids – son Cory and daughter Jordan. They fill up our time with volleyball, girl scouts and playing taxi driver!

I have been attending Redemption for just over 15 years. I always thought I was a believer (grew up in a “mixed marriage” of a Methodist mom and Catholic dad). It wasn’t until I started attending Women’s Ministry and serving in the kitchen that I realized I WASN’T saved! Good Friday, 2001 found me on my knees, blubbering like an idiot realizing the magnitude of my sin and in awe that He would send His only son for ME! I haven’t looked back!

I love serving the women of Redemption. My passion comes from the fact that it was through this ministry that God saved me! I look forward to what He has in store for me and the women of Redemption!

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Summer Montoya

Communities Admin
About Summer

I married my best friend Paul, when I was 19 and shortly there after found out I was pregnant. Through a new and difficult season of life, God brought my husband and I, two un-churched people to Redemption Church in 1996.  God took my heart of rebellion and stone and broke me. I am thankful now for the circumstances he used to bring me to my knees and see my need for a savior.  God was so good to save my husband and I during the same season.  He grew us together in Him and knit our hearts close as husband and wife.  We’ve been married since 1996 we have 3 crazy kids and a home full of laughter!  I couldn’t be more grateful for the family God has entrusted to me, the grace he fills me with to love them everyday and a sense of humor for the moments when I am weak.

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Susan Miller

Campus Coordinator
About Susan

I have been married to my wonderful husband Lloyd since 1990. We have 4 grown children and 5 beautiful grandchildren who we adore. All are here in Arizona as well.

Lloyd and I are both originally from California. We moved to AZ in 1997 due to the recession and Lloyd’s business in construction plumbing. We found Redemption Church shortly after and this has been our church home since.

I began as a volunteer at the church in 1997, then joined the staff in 2000 in Women’s Ministries. When the church expansion including the Conference Center took place 5 years later I became the Campus Coordinator. Through all of our changes and transitions over the years, I count it a great blessing to serve and be part of the Redemption Church staff. We are so blessed to have such a gifted, devoted, godly group of leaders at this church. I am thankful to work along side of them.

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Susan Timpani

Elementary Director
About Susan

By God’s grace, He saved me as a teen involved in my High School’s Young Life program. I am overwhelmed by His goodness as He has grown and shaped me through the decades of work, marriage and parenting the wonderful children we’ve been given. Raising our children in Gilbert, we eventually made our way to Redemption Church. The sovereignty and grace of God became our life’s anchor and our family flourished in the rich teaching, serving and fellowship environment. One of the great experiences and privileges of my life, has been to be on staff at Redemption Church. Through my ten years as a part of the Children’s Ministry team, I have seen God work in and through the Godly leaders and pastors that guide our congregation. It’s a tremendous blessing to have the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with children each Sunday!

Native to the NW, I became a desert dweller, along with my terrific husband Pat, when we married in 1986 and moved to Arizona. Our children, Ryan, Mark and Katie are a true gift. We are looking forward to the great joy that our first grandchild will bring, due Fall 2015 to Mark and Brie.

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Tim Maughan

Lead Pastor of Redemption Gilbert
About Tim

I have been married to Susanne since 1984. We have four sons. Benjamin, Jedaiah, Jesse, Eli.

I grew up in a pastors home but didn’t know Christ until my college years. Its always true that God shows you the bad news of our sin before he shows us the good news of his grace. That’s what God did for me in the summer of 1980. I saw my sin for the first time as something that was a big deal to God and something I couldn’t deal with. I embraced the forgiveness of God that was provided through the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Now these many years later, I’m even further blown away at what God provides in and through Jesus. The grace that God has shown us through the church He continues to build here in Gilbert is amazing and I am thankful to be able to be a part of it.

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Tom Shrader

Founding Pastor
About Tom

I was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. After graduating from St. Ambrose College, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona. In 1978 I began a successful career in the fast-paced, highly-competitive, commercial real estate industry. Eventually I joined a colleague in forming their own real estate brokerage firm.

My life was changed forever in March of 1980 when I met Christ for the first time. During the past several years, I’ve been involved in a teaching ministry in the Phoenix area. Since January of 1991 I’ve continued this work under the banner, Priority Living of Arizona. I currently lead three weekly study groups, targeted primarily at business men and women. My teaching offers sound biblical answers to practical, everyday questions.

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On Being a Local Congregation of Redemption Church

REDEMPTION'S MULTI-CONGREGATIONAL STRUCTURE

Redemption church is multi-congregational in structure. This means that a central governing body provides structure, direction, and support for the ministry of each local congregation. Local congregations, like Redemption Gilbert, are united and collaborative, but each has its own leadership and is free to contextualize its efforts. Click on the link below to learn more about the overall structure of Redemption.

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REDEMPTION'S BELIEFS AND PRACTICES

We are a non-denominational church with a Reformed view of salvation. We believe that all of life is all for Jesus. We have been saved by grace through faith, which is itself a gift. That gift empowers us to be a transformed people who embody His redemptive power and participate in the renewal of all things.

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REDEMPTION'S OUTWARD FOCUS

We are a sent people. As the church we are not called to turn inward and build our own kingdom. We are called to turn outward and give ourselves to the spread of the Gospel, the establishment of healthy local churches, and the multiplication of disciples. This is a call to invest beyond our church, beyond our tribe, and beyond our generation.

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Community and Global Initiatives

We strongly believe that all members of the body of Christ are sent people, called to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel to the world. Therefore our community and global efforts should never be limited to structured programs. However, in response to the needs in our community, and God's heart for the nations, we do build global partnerships and facilitate opportunities to participate in God's mission of blessing the nations in Christ.

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