Church Staff

Born and raised in Southern California, Pastor John's pastoral education and ministry have taken him through St. Louis (MO), Cambridge (England), upstate New York, Orlando (FL), and now Salem (OR). He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Irvine, and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In addition to his long pastoral experience, he briefly worked in the aerospace industry and recently taught High School for four years (Math, Physics, Computer Science).

Pastor John met his wife, Kelly, in upstate New York. They were married in 1994 and have three children: Anya (25), Lilia (22), and Jej (16).

Pastor John's favorite Bible verse is "...Speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ." Ephesians 4:15 (ESV) He would tell you that in his experience, though it may get messy in the middle, speaking the truth as you see it with love for others will take you to the right place in the long run.

AMY ANDERSON - Bookkeeper/Office Secretary. Amy's is the friendly voice you'll hear when you phone the church office. She is a young influencer in the church seeing to the financial responsibilities while launching several ministries. Amy also prepares our worship service resources as well as assists with preparations of baptisms, funerals, and marriages.


JONET SCHUTZ - Faith Community Nurse. Jonet  is an RN with many years of experience and well-equipped to discuss health issues with members and emphasizes the importance of addressing physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs.



ELYIA RODRIGUEZ - Preschool Director. Elyia is our preschool director as well as our lead teacher for both the 3’s and 4’s classes. This is her 2nd year as Redeemer’s Preschool Director after previously serving as a preschool assistant, preschool teacher, and substitute director in Salem, OR. She came to Redeemer for the opportunity to teach a faith-based curriculum and share her faith.


LYNETTE LEBOW - Preschool Assistant, 3's Class


JOCELYN RALSTON - Preschool Assistant, 4's Class