Staff
Steve Walker
Lead Pastor

Steve WalkerSteve Walker has been a pastor since 1981, and the lead pastor at Redeemer's since January of 1990. 

Though he has earned a Bachelors of Arts from Wheaton College, a Masters of Theology from Dallas Seminary, and a Doctorate in Ministry from Western Seminary, he'll 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 his life is to help others find and follow Jesus.  He also loves bicycling, BMW motorcycles, anything Mac (iPhone, iPad, iMac), a good story read or told, strong coffee and anything really well-made.   When asked how long he has been married to his college sweetheart, Barb, his standard answer is, "Not long enough."  Whenever possible, they enjoy the company of their two grown children, Melissa and Justin.

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Hugh Heinrichsen
Pastor of Fellowship and Counseling

Hugh HHugh and his family began attending Redeemer’s in June of 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. He studied at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL and graduated from Corban University with an bachelors degree in Psychology. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling at Liberty University. Hugh married his wife, Peggy, in 2000. They have two children, Eden and Hudson, and live in Sutherlin, Oregon.

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

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Suzy McAmis
Pastor of Children and Youth Ministries

Suzy joined the Redeemer’s staff in August of 2002 as a part time employee. Her passion for kids quickly made a huge splash in the Children’s Ministry area at Redeemers. Helping kids discover God’s amazing love and  truth in ways that are relevant, challenging & fun really capture the purpose and essence of her ministry. Today, Suzy is providing 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 for Children & Families, Organizes the annual community Father/Daughter Dance and serves as a liaison between Redeemers and a government funded free lunch program for targeted segments of our community.

Suzy is married to the love of her life, Jon. Together they share four children: Tiffany and her husband Thomas, Summer, Jay & Mollie. They are also blessed to be grandparents of two very active boys, Michael and Gabriel. 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.... was Youth Director at the First Presbyterian Church in Brookings, Or.

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Mike Kildal
Developer of Ministries and Teams

Mike joined the 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 his second son Kris live and work in Dayton,OH. David and Jennifer are college students. He holds degrees from Cornerstone University and Bethel Seminary.

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

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Matthew Cherry
Worship and Media Director

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

Matthew is originally from British Columbia, Canada. After graduation, He joined an international music ministry sharing God's love in 13 countries and 43 states after which he was 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.

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Kory Mereness
High School Youth Pastor

Kory joined the staff of Redeemer's in June of 2011 as the High School Youth Pastor. 

Kory is originally from Texas, where he graduated from Lubbock Christian University with a degree in Bible, and met his beautiful wife, Mandy. God has allowed him a variety of opportunities to serve in youth ministry as an intern, volunteer, and pastor. Kory is delighted to serve Christ at Redeemer’s through the primary passion of his heart - leading High Schoolers to follow Jesus.

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Ruth Botens
Care Ministry Director

Ruth BotensRuth and her husband, Mike came to the Roseburg area in 1999. Started attending Redeemer's after trying a couple of churches and knew they were home.
She did volunteer work for 7 years with Wendy Ashenbrenner as her mentor and then was hired full time in Sept. of 2008.

Care Ministry involves: Visitation to the sick, elderly, hospitalized people in our body. Senior luncheons , meals ministry, staffing for the kitchen for funerals and weddings are a few more areas she works in managing.  Grief support classes and Divorce support classes also fall into care ministry.
In addition to care ministry Ruth is involved in decorating, hospitality for the kitchen and coffee and baristas for the Cafe Plaza. Managing those are just a few more things she enjoys doing here at Redeemer's and fall among a list of other things she is involved with.
She has a passion to see people heal beyond their circumstances and find hope in what Christ has done for us.

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Mauro Cettina
Director of Facilities and Environments

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Hi, my name is Mauro Cettina, I’m 59 years old, a child of God, husband, father, grandfather and the new Director of Facilities and Environments at Redeemer’s.

In 1976 I married my wife Gloria and we have been married 37 years. We have two daughters, Emily and Camille.  Emily, her husband, Adam, and their two kids Abigail and Isaac are members of Redeemer's.  My younger daughter Camille lives in Portland.

I previously served at Rolling Hills Church as Facilities Manager for 13 years.  In April, God brought us to Redeemer’s.  Believe me when I say I wasn’t looking for another job,  but when the Lord whispers in your ear it’s good to listen.  God’s fingerprints are all over this new phase of my life.  Gloria and I are so happy to be a part of this growing and vibrant body of believers. 

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Candis DeFea
Financial Coordinator
Candis DeFea
Candis DeFea has been employed by Redeemer's as the Financial Coordinator since May of 2001 and assists as a member on 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 two granddaughters, Mariah and Paris.  They have attended Redeemer's since 1999, where they credit sound Biblical teaching as their springboard to a deeper relationship with Christ.

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Abby Chappell
Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Abby Chappell

Abby moved to Roseburg from Eugene in August 2011 and currently serves as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator.  She enjoys working with youth of all ages and has a heart for teaching kids how to make godly choices and grow deeper in their relationships with Jesus.  She loves the little annex of the church office that she shares with Laura, Suzy, and Kory.

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

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

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Liberty Dryden
Nursery Coordinator

Liberty DrydenLiberty began volunteering as Redeemer’s Nursery Coordinator in February 2009, and was soon hired on staff.

She was able to work from home and spend Sundays sharing God’s love with Redeemer’s youngest members! In April, 2010 she felt God’s (and Karen and Suzy’s) calling to join the office staff, as well. She now serves as the Nursery Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to Matthew. She feels this is the best of both worlds as she is involved with children and worship! Liberty married the love of her life, Tom, in 2000 and they have two active little boys, Carter and Conner. She enjoys teaching, reading, camping, scrapbooking, music, movies and just hanging out with her family.

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Trina Lee
Event and Weekend Coordinator

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Trina joined the staff at Redeemer's in April 2013 and serves as the Event and Weekend Coordinator.

A sixth generation Oregonian, Trina grew up in Douglas County and returned in 2012. After graduating from Cornell University with a bachelor’s in Communication, she worked for over nine years as the Executive Director for Oregon DECA. Trina began serving in ministry in 2003, which included young adults, women’s and children’s ministries. She is passionate about connecting people together and seeing others grow in Christ through community.

Trina enjoys running, hiking, traveling, concert going, podcast listening and tweeting.

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Adam Heinrichsen
Technology and Video Coordinator

Adam HeinrichsenAlthough born in California Adam was raised in Oregon and is very proud of that fact. He and his wife Abbie, along with their daughter, moved back to the Roseburg area in March of 2011 and began attending Redeemer's full time. Adam joined the Redeemer's staff in June of 2011 and is happy to be doing something that he loves.

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 California that Adam really felt that God had placed  on his heart a strong desire to be involved with ministry full time.

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Linda Audiss
Administrative Assistant

Linda AudissLinda and her family began attending Redeemer's in approximately 2007.  She joined the office Staff in December, 2010.

Linda's family includes her husband Jay and their three young adult children Jacqui, Micah and Kelly.  The family moved to Roseburg in 1999 from Florence, Oregon.  She loves her position of serving as the Administrative Assistant to Steve, Mike, Hugh and Suzy!  In addition, she maintains the church calendar, coordinates facility use and is the office contact for weddings.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, supporting the kids' sporting events, bible studies, scrapbooking, quilting, knitting/crocheting, gardening and cooking!

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Sherrie Alberding
Receptionist

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Sherrie Marie Alberding was born in Eugene, Oregon. She graduated at Springfield High School and married her high school sweetheart, Andy, at age 19. They had their son, Kyle, in 1998 and their daughter, Kelsey, in 2000.

In 2001 they moved to Winston and started attending Redeemer’s with her in-laws, Jim and Sunday. Not long after attending church, Sherrie had accepted Jesus in her heart and learned to trust in His plans for her life, which has led her here.

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

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

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Judi Kildal
Front Office Assistant

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Judi joined the staff in March 2013 and serves as a Front Office Assistant. Her duties include producing the bulletin and mid-week e-mail announcement, monitoring the website, 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 (and his wife Amy) and Kris live in Dayton, Ohio. David is a a student at UCC and Jennifer attends Multnomah University.

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Laura Hentschel
Children's Assistant

Laura HentschelLaura helps Suzy out with the Children's Ministry, which is children ages birth through 5th grade, by preparing classrooms for our very gifted and dedicated Sunday school teachers. She is also responsible for calling volunteers for the varied positions that we offer as areas of service. Doing such a thing involves much paperwork. 

She, and her husband Bob, have 3 grown children that are all serving the Lord and their first grandchild, Elijah Nye, was born September 2008.

She enjoys flower gardening, reading, hanging out with her mom, girls & grandson as well as kicking back in the evenings with her husband at home. Her passion is mentoring young people the ages of my children that the Lord brings into her life.

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Shelley Miller
Financial Assistant
Shelley Miller
Shelley joined the Redeemer's staff as Financial Assistant in September 2011.

In 2005, Shelley and her husband, John, moved out of Southern California and relocted to Roseburg to live in a better environment for raising their family.  At that time, Shelley "retired" from 20+ years in finance and human resources at their family business to be a stay-at-home mom to their children, Ethan and Emily.  With the kids now older, and the first off to college, Shelley was anxious to get back to working part-time and was thrilled to find the opportunity to help out at Redeemer's.  She loves working with numbers and the challenge of making everything balance to the penny!

In her spare time, Shelley enjoys helping with the Roseburg Lacrosse Booster Club, spending time with family, traveling, camping, photography, cooking...and a good game of Scrabble!


Scott Swanson
Middle School Intern

Scott Swanson

Born in Bakersfield, California, 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 is incredibly grateful to be serving as an intern at Redeemer’s and to be a vessel for God to spread His word to middle schoolers. 

 

Scott enjoys going to the theater and watching new movies, using art to create things, and long walks on the beach (i.e., if Oregon had a beach and it wasn’t a jillion degrees below zero!) But the one thing Scott loves more then those things is being with people. Especially people like you, who are reading his bio right now.

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