Brian Hedges (Lead Pastor, Elder)
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, and other books. He also enjoys reading, and loves the theological writings of John Calvin, John Owen, and Jonathan Edwards, and the imaginative stories of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien: which means his teaching is riddled with quotes in Old English juxtaposed with illustrations from Narnia and Middle Earth.
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.
Sarah Newell (Children’s Ministry Director)
Sarah came to know the Lord at a young age. Her love for the Word and ministry lead her to Moody Bible Institute where she graduated with a degree in Bible. She has been influenced by many mentors and authors including Nancy Wolgemuth, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Paul David Tripp, and others. She began working in children’s ministry in her teens and helped begin Children’s Worship at Redeemer Church. Sarah makes her home in Niles, MI with her husband A.J., their five children and a boxer. Sarah loves being outdoors, entertaining guests, and enjoying deep conversations with friends over a good cup of coffee.
Lyndon Azcuna (Student Ministry, Elder)
Lyndon became a follower of Christ at the age of nineteen. He was born in the Philippines but has spent most of his life in the Chicago-land area. Lyndon is the Executive Director for LifePlan, a local parachurch ministry, and, in his role as elder, coordinates our student and outreach ministries. Lyndon has been married to Julia since 1991 and they have six children. As a family they love being with each other and enjoy serving others together. Lyndon is an adventurous eater and his secret dream is to join Andrew Zimmerman in one of his shows on Bizarre Foods. Lyndon has been influenced spiritually primarily by the book of Romans, the Puritan writers and others like A.W. Tozer, John Piper, Tim Keller, and Richard Owen Roberts.
Andy Lindgren (Adult Education, 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.
Tim Smith (Property Oversight, 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.
Phil Krause (Prayer Ministries, 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.