Providing leadership to Redeemer's staff and ministries.

Steve Walker
Lead Pastor

Steve WalkerSteve has been a pastor since 1981 and the Lead Pastor at Redeemer's since January 1990. 

Though he has earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College, a Master of Theology from Dallas Seminary, and a Doctorate in Ministry from Western Seminary, Steve will correct you if you call him anything but "Steve." He believes he has one of the best jobs in the world, and would rather be teaching the Bible than doing nearly anything else. One of the passions of Steve's life is to help others find and follow Jesus.

Steve also loves bicycling, anything Mac (iPhone, iPad, iMac), a good story read or told, strong coffee and anything really well-made. Given a choice, he'll lean toward using anything with two wheels instead of four (he rides an Independent Fabrication Bicycle and a Vespa 300 GTS). When asked how long he's been married to his college sweetheart, Barb, Steve's standard answer is, "Not long enough." Whenever possible, they enjoy the company of their two grown children, Melissa and Justin. Also, as “Grandpa" to a precious granddaughter Ellory, he is looking forward to this new adventure as a grandparent and enjoying the wonderful gifts that come with this role.

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Suzy McAmis
Associate Pastor: Children and Youth Ministries

Suzy joined the Redeemer’s staff in August 2002. She is passionate about helping children of all ages discover God’s amazing love and truth in ways that are relevant, challenging and fun. Suzy provides leadership and oversight for the ministries of Nursery through High School.

In responding to God and reaching beyond Redeemer’s, Suzy is active in the community. She serves on the Douglas County Commission on Children & Families and organizes the annual community Father Daughter Dance.

Suzy is married to the love of her life, Jon, and together they share four children: Tiffany, Summer, Jay and Mollie. Suzy and Jon are also blessed to be grandparents of three precious boys: Michael, Gabriel and Romeo. 

Her nurturing gifts also spill over into her hobbies. Suzy is a gifted artist, enjoys gardening and most any activity that allows her to use her creativity skills, including throwing sticks for Jon. (You will have to ask her or Jon to hear the rest of the story.)

Before moving to Roseburg, Suzy operated an emergency shelter for teens and was the Youth Director at the First Presbyterian Church in Brookings, OR.



Hugh Heinrichsen
Associate Pastor: Pastor of Spiritual Formation

Hugh HHugh and his family began attending Redeemer’s in June 2007. He joined the staff a year later and currently serves as Associate Pastor.

A California transplant since middle school, Hugh is grateful to call Oregon home. His experience in ministry began at age 17 when he began leading worship at church. This grew into a passion for serving God with his life. Hugh studied at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and graduated from Corban University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Family Studies, and a Master of Arts in Human Service Counseling: Marriage and Family from Liberty University. Hugh married his wife, Peggy, in 2000. They have two children, Eden and Hudson.

At Redeemer’s Hugh leads our Groups Ministries, oversees our Creative Team, and is our primary pastoral counselor. 

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Mike Kildal
Executive Pastor

Mike joined Redeemer's staff in August 2011.

After almost 14 years in Ohio, Mike and his family returned to the Roseburg area, where they previously served in youth ministry for seven years. Mike and his wife, Judi, have four children. Nick and his wife, Amy, and their grandchildren, Aubrey and Mason, live in Dayton, OH, where their second son, Kris, also lives and works. David and Jennifer are college students. Mike holds degrees from Cornerstone University and Bethel Seminary.

Mike's passion is “to mobilize, motivate, and release adults to impact 'their' world for Christ and to support them with his core value of relationships.”



Linda Audiss
Lead Team Administrative Assistant

Linda AudissLinda and her family began attending Redeemer's in 2007 and she joined the staff in December 2010. She loves her position of serving as the Lead Team Administrative Assistant to Steve, Mike, Hugh and Suzy.

Linda's family includes her husband, Jay, daughters Jacqui and Kelly, and son Micah and his wife Erin. Prior to moving to Roseburg in 1999, they lived in Florence, OR.

In her spare time, Linda enjoys spending time with her family, Bible studies, scrapbooking, quilting, knitting/crocheting, gardening and cooking!



Jenny Barton
Administrative Assistant to the Pastor of Spiritual Formation
Jenny Barton

Jenny's attended Redeemer’s for the majority of her life. She’s always been drawn to the genuineness and transparency of the people, the leadership’s passion to help her understand the Bible, as well as the practical application of it to her everyday life.

She's wife to Aaron & mom to Aibel & Eden (their twin 4 year old girls). After leaving the staff in 2011, she enjoyed working at home with their twins for 3 years. She’s excited to be back on staff in her new role. She loves to spend time with her family, enjoy the great outdoors, explore parks with their girls, and network with friends.

Here at Redeemer's, she works closely with Hugh Heinrichsen as his Administrative Assistant. Jenny feels blessed to be a part of a community like Redeemer's - both as family in Jesus and staff.


Providing support to our staff and ministries volunteers.

Sherrie Alberding

Laura Hentschel

Sherrie was born in Eugene, OR and graduated from Springfield High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Andy, at 19 and they had their son, Kyle, in 1998 and their daughter, Kelsey, in 2000.

In 2001, the Alberdings moved to Winston and began attending Redeemer’s with Sherrie's in-laws, Jim and Sunday. Not long after attending church, Sherrie accepted Jesus in her heart and learned to trust in His plans for her life, which has led her to work at Redeemer's.

On the weekends you can usually find Sherrie at a racetrack, watching her daughter's cheerleading and her son’s football games. She also loves going to the Duck games whenever possible!

Sherrie feels truly blessed to be part of the Redeemer’s family and honored to be the receptionist!


Judi Kildal
Office Assistant

Steve Walker

Judi joined the staff in March 2013 and serves as our Office Assistant. Her duties include producing the bulletin and weekly email, monitoring the website, coordinating baptisms, and providing general office support.

After 13 years of church ministry in Ohio, she and her husband, Mikal, are enjoying being back in Roseburg and serving at Redeemer’s.

The Kildals met as students at Cornerstone University and were married in 1984. They have four children: Nick with wife Amy and children Aubrey and Mason live in Dayton, OH; Kris also lives in Dayton, OH; David is a senior at University of Oregon; and Jennifer is a junior at Multnomah University. 


Providing leadership for Nursery through High School Ministries, under the direction of Suzy McAmis.

Ruth Bilder
Children & Youth Assistant

Ruth Bilder

Ruth began attending Redeemer’s about 20 years ago, joined the staff in about 2003 for nine years, took three years off to be available to help out with young grandchildren and is back again. She has missed being a part of the staff and is excited to be back.  
Besides working Monday - Wednesday, she will continue to hang out with her three young granddaughters one day a week.  She loves being a part of Guatemala missions, Women’s Ministry, Girl Talk and the awesome Bible Studies that are offered at Redeemer’s.  She plays ice hockey, loves to read, garden, do beading and hang out with her family.


Abby Chappell
Children’s Ministry Pastor

Abby Chappell

Abby moved to Roseburg from Eugene in August 2011 and serves as the Children’s Pastor. She enjoys working with youth of all ages and has a heart for teaching children how to make godly choices and grow deeper in their relationships with Jesus. Abby loves kids locally and around the world, volunteering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Umpqua Valley and serving on the Southern Oregon team for Operation Christmas Child.

A graduate of the University of Oregon with degrees in Spanish and Education, Abby is a loyal Ducks fan. She has been married to her husband, Jeremy, since August 2010.

Abby enjoys hiking, running, singing, speaking Spanish, and hanging out with her husband.  


Kory Mereness
High School Youth Pastor

Kory joined the staff of Redeemer's in June 2011. 

Originally from Texas, Kory graduated with a degree in Bible from Lubbock Christian University, where he also met his beautiful wife, Mandy. They are the proud parents of 1-year-old Peter.

Kory loves the outdoors, barbecue, every pro sports team from Dallas, and lives to be a deep, obedient, and sincere follower of Jesus. He is happy to impress upon our high schoolers any of those aforementioned things.

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Molly Pedersen
Nursery and Childcare Coordinator


Molly was born and raised in Salem, OR and moved to Roseburg in 2011, when she married her husband, Kenny, a longtime resident. Together they have five children: Jacqueline, Jamison, Anika, Andrew, Zuna and Tzeitel.

A friend in Salem suggested Molly try out Redeemer’s, and she and Kenny started attending while still dating. The Children’s Ministry at Redeemer’s was an important draw, as well as the sound biblical teaching, and they knew this would be their church home.

Molly is excited to be a part of a ministry that has so positively influenced her own family. She looks forward to meeting families with young babies as their children grow and are cared for by the Children’s Ministry team.


Scott Swanson
Middle School Coordinator

Scott Swanson

Born in Bakersfield, CA, Scott grew up in good old Roseburg and joined the Redeemer's family at the age of seven. He has had a variety of jobs, from being a co-pilot to taking care of the elderly with dementia. Scott has been blessed by God to be married to the most incredible lady he has ever met, Mrs. Mandy Swanson! He is incredibly grateful to be serving at Redeemer's and to be a vessel for God to spread His word to middle schoolers.



Brent Kostner
Children's Ministry Coordinator
Brent Kostner

Brent was raised in Sutherlin, Oregon. He began following Christ as a junior in high school, which is also when he met his wife, Phylicia, and they married in 2006. He served in both youth and children’s ministries at a church in the area for 8 years before joining the Redeemer’s staff in March of 2016. He loves showing kids, and really everyone, that following Jesus is the best adventure that anyone could go on. In 2013 he graduated from Moody Bible Institute. Brent and Phylicia have three wild and crazy sons: Oscar, Abraham, and Arrow. He is a big fan of the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Blackhawks, and loves playing board games.


Providing leadership for our Care and Prayer Ministries.

Ruth Botens
Care Ministries Director

Ruth BotensRuth and her husband, Mike, moved to the Roseburg area in 1999. They started attending Redeemer's after trying a couple of churches and knew they had found their church home. Ruth volunteered with Redeemer's for seven years, with Wendy Ashenbrenner as her mentor, and was hired full time in September 2008.

Ruth directs the Care Ministries at Redeemer's, which includes visiting the sick, elderly, and hospitalized in our body; faciliating prayer and volunteer opportunities; hosting the Senior Luncheons; coordinating the meals ministry; and staffing the kitchen for funerals and weddings. Ruth also oversees the Care Ministries classes: DC4K, Divorce Care, Grief Share, and Single & Parenting. In addition, she is involved in decorating our church, serving on the Benevolence Team, and managing the Plaza Café. 

Ruth has a passion to see people heal beyond their circumstances and find hope in what Christ has done for us.



Barb Peterman
Care Ministries Assistant

Barb was born and raised in Douglas County. She and her husband, Matt, share three grown sons and three grandchildren, and have been attending Redeemer's since 2009. 

Prior to coming onto staff in April 2014, Barb assisted Ruth Botens with a Grief Share Class and our annual "When All Is Not Merry & Bright" grief service. Barb is excited to be serving on the Care Ministry team. 

When not at Redeemer's, Barb enjoys reading, watching football, making soap, and fishing with Matt.


Providing leadership for communication at Redeemer's, under the direction of Hugh Heinrichsen.

Matthew Cherry
Worship Director
Matthew Cherry

Matthew joined the staff of Redeemer's in October 2010 as the Worship and Media Director.

Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Matthew joined an international music ministry sharing God's love in 13 countries and 43 states after graduating high school. He was then credentialed through Youth for Christ and became a music director.

Matthew and his wife, Cristina, moved to Roseburg in 2006 and began attending Redeemer's in 2007. They have two sons, Levi and Micah.

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Adam Heinrichsen
Creative Coordinator

Adam HeinrichsenAdam was born in California, but proud to have been raised in Oregon. He and his wife, Abbie, along with their first daughter, Isla, moved back to the Roseburg area in March 2011 and began attending Redeemer's. Adam joined the Redeemer's staff in June 2011 and is happy to be doing something that he loves. Their second daughter, Arli, was born later that year.

Being the product of a Christian upbringing, Adam was involved in ministry from a young age. Always involved in worship and arts, along with children's ministries, it wasn't until his time at Grace Community Church in Chico, CA that Adam really felt that God had placed on his heart a strong desire to be involved with ministry full time.



Cathy Sjogren
Event and Weekend Coordinator

Cathy has been attending Redeemer's since 2007 and joined the staff in April 2014.

As a former "military brat," Cathy grew up in the small town of Knob Noster, MO near Whiteman AFB. She moved to the big city of St. Louis, MO and then on to Eureka, CA, where she met and married her husband, Keith. They decided to move to Oregon in 1998, Keith's hometown, and purchased the Dillard Store & Deli. Cathy is a simple gal, a hard-working mom of two children, Shuray and Derek, and enjoys serving as an usher at church, gardening (she loves all flowers) and watching movies with her family.


Providing oversight for Redeemer's facilities.

Mauro Cettina
Facilities and Environments Director

David Sherwood

Mauro is a child of God, husband, father, grandfather and the Facilities and Environments Director at Redeemer’s since April 2013.

In 1976 he married the most beautiful woman on earth, Gloria. They have two daughters, Emily and Camille. Emily, her husband, Adam, and their two children, Abigail and Isaac, also call Redeemer’s their home church. His younger daughter, Camille, and her husband, Ron, and baby Phoebe live in Portland, OR.

Mauro previously served at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin, OR as Facilities Manager for 13 years. While not looking for another job, the opportunity to relocate to Roseburg, be with his family here, and work at Redeemer’s had God’s fingerprints all over this next chapter. Mauro and Gloria have recently helped to launch Celebrate Recovery here at Redeemer's.


Providing oversight of the Benevolence Team and Business Office.

Candis DeFea
Benevolence and Financial Director
Candis DeFea
Candis has been employed by Redeemer's since May 2001 and leads the Benevolence Team.

Candis earned her Bachelor's in Business Administration and has spent most of her career working for nonprofits. She is passionate about balancing to the penny and, much to the displeasure of her co-workers, enjoys the art of perfecting a complex spreadsheet.

She and her husband, Del, have two adult children, Christina and David, and three grandchildren, Mariah, Paris and Rowan. They have attended Redeemer's since 1999, where they credit sound biblical teaching as their springboard to a deeper relationship with Christ.

Debbie Smits
Financial Assistant
Debbie Smits

Debbie and her husband, John began regularly attending Redeemer’s in 2013 after moving from Portland to be near family. She joined the Redeemer’s staff in April 2015. Debbie and John share three children, Tara, Jennifer and John along with nine amazing grandchildren. In her free time, Debbie enjoys cooking, quilting, gardening and spending time with family.