Meet Our Leadership Team
Brian Hedges (Lead Pastor)
Raised in a pastor’s family, Brian was graciously drawn to Christ as a teenager and began preaching when he was 18. Brian became our Lead Pastor in 2003. Brian is married to Holly, who works in administration at a local Christian school. Brian and Holly have been married since 1996 and have four children. Brian is the author of Christ Formed in You, Christ All Sufficient, The Story of His Glory, Watchfulness: Recovering a Lost Spiritual Discipline, and other books. He also enjoys working out and playing golf, and is an avid reader. Among his favorite authors are Saint Augustine, John Calvin, John Owen, Charles Spurgeon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and C. S. Lewis.
Brad O’Dell (Pastor for Discipleship and Small Groups)
Brad grew up as a pastor’s kid in the southern Midwest and experienced a heart change and call to church ministry in his early twenties. He spent about a decade in Virginia, where he earned his Master of Divinity and gained pastoral and discipleship experience. He loves seeing the supernatural work God does in people’s lives through the seemingly ordinary rhythms of small groups. Contemporary influences include John Piper, Tim Keller, and Kevin DeYoung; older influences include C.S. Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, Herman Bavinck, Thomas Chalmers, and John Calvin. However, his wife and best friend Katie and his parents are still his main go-to sources for ministry wisdom, and he is so blessed to have them. He enjoys hiking, fly fishing, and recreational sports, but most enjoys what Lewis calls “the golden sessions” — long evenings with good friends, talking, laughing, telling old stories.
Josh Townsend (Worship Pastor)
Josh grew up in a Christian home just north of Lansing, Michigan. He surrendered his life to Christ at a young age and served in multiple church ministries throughout his youth. Worship ministry in particular captured Josh’s heart and attention in high school where he began leading worship at his local church. Josh and his wife Sarah got married in 2017 and moved to Arizona where Josh completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Worship Arts at Grand Canyon University. One of the most formative influences in Josh’s understanding of worship and discipleship is James K. A. Smith’s book You Are What You Love. Josh joined our leadership team at Redeemer Church in 2020 and is excited about sharing the good news in the Michiana area. He and Sarah love their husky puppy Luna and enjoy the outdoors, watching movies, reading books, and hosting gatherings for friends and family.
Kathy Eby (Director of Children’s Ministries)
Kathy was raised in Christian family in small-town Iowa. After high school, she attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where she met her husband Matt. She has previously worked as a nanny, boarding school dorm parent, and mobile home park manager, along with homeschooling her five children for eight years. She brings her varied experiences with children and management to her work in Redeemer’s children’s ministries. Kathy’s theology has been influenced by her education at Moody as well as sitting in some seminary classes at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Her heart for Christ has been nurtured through the music and lives of Christian artists including Rich Mullins, Andrew Peterson, and Audrey Assad. She enjoys reading, walking in nature, and the chance to build relationships with others through open and honest conversations.
Ashton Glod (Pastor for Student Ministries)
Ashton came to Christ with arms wide open when he was nine years old at camp. Ever since, he slowly grew more and more in love with God through family, church involvement, and reading God’s Word. Ashton’s formative experiences in youth group inspired him to pursue a lifetime of youth ministry. This dream led Ashton to get his BA in Youth Ministry at Moody Bible Institute and pursue his MA in Apologetics and Evangelism at Dallas Theological Seminary. Ashton has been heavily influenced by the writings of John Calvin, C.S. Lewis, and William Lane Craig. It was at Moody that Ashton met his wife Sarah. Now they have one son, Judah, and are excited to serve at Redeemer. Ashton and Sarah deeply enjoy watching movies, searching for quirky coffee shops, traversing through nature, and reading captivating novels or theological books.
Julia Azcuna (Administrative Assistant)
In addition to working part-time as the Administrative Assistant for Redeemer Church, Julia has been homeschooling her six children for 20 years. She and Lyndon moved to this area in 2011 to take care of her parents and ended up staying after they both passed away. Although she would like to be reading more these days, two books that had an impact on her life are In Light of Eternity, the Life of Leonard Ravenhill by Mack Tomlinson, and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. Others that have been very inspirational in her spiritual growth are John Piper and various Puritan writers. She loves doing biblical counseling with One Hope Biblical Counseling a lay ministry focused on walking with one another during difficult times. Most importantly, she loves spending time with the family, laughing and enjoying life together!
Andy Lindgren (Lay Elder)
Andy grew up in the home of a worship leader and placed his faith in Christ at a young age. As a teenager the Lord moved powerfully in his life, and knowing Jesus became his singular ambition. Andy has a passion for studying, preaching, and teaching God’s word. Born and raised in Southwest Michigan, he relishes experiencing the beauty of nature with his lovely wife, Jenni, and their inquisitive children. His spiritual influences include Augustine of Hippo, John Calvin, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, A.W. Tozer, C.S. Lewis, Keith Green, R.C. Sproul, Don Carson, John Piper, and Timothy Keller. Few things bring him more joy than seeing others recognize the worth and beauty of the Triune God.
Phil Krause (Lay Elder)
Raised by missionaries in Central America, Phil began his journey with Christ as a boy. He is married to Christy and they have six children. Phil has worked in Christian ministry as an audio producer for several nationally-syndicated Christian radio programs. He echoes Paul’s words, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” God has used the ministries of Steve Lawson, Lance Quinn, D. A. Carson, John Piper, and Ed Welch in Phil’s spiritual growth. He enjoys the music of Michael Card and outdoor activities like fishing and camping with his family.
Steve Johnson (Lay Elder)
Steve accepted God’s grace at age 14, when Ephesians 2:8-10 became personal for him. After serving in the U.S. Army, he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics and earned a Master of Business Administration degree. Steve has worked in the technology industry and helped with the family farm since the early 1970’s. Steve has been married to Colleen since 1977, and together they have raised three children and numerous foster children. They also have four treasured grandchildren. Prior to joining Redeemer, Steve served as an elder in a church plant in Boise, ID, and in a multi-campus church in Boulder, CO. The Lord continues to grow and refine him through teaching from authors such as Francis Schaeffer, C.S. Lewis, and Tim Keller, as well as local church pastors and members.
Tim Smith (Lay Elder)
Tim was raised in a Christian home and was saved as a young person. After high school he joined the Navy and was mentored by a godly, caring Christian man. Tim and Lisa were married in 1992 and made Redeemer their church home in 1995. They have raised three sons and enjoy golfing and going to the beach together. Tim works as a superintendent for a local construction company and enjoys mentoring younger guys. Lisa works as the volunteer coordinator for the Pregnancy Care Center of Niles. Tim has benefited spiritually from John Owen’s Mortification of Sin, Jonathan Edwards’ The End for Which God Created the World, and sermons from John Piper.