Ben Barnes serves as Director of Worship Ministry at Redeemer. Ben has been working with bands, planning worship services and leading worship for fifteen years both within and outside of the church walls. He continuously juggles ministry, a growing family and his desire to find time for more coffee and the occasional laugh.
Diane Lantzy has been involved with the Administrative functions of Redeemer UMC since 1999. Currently, her responsibilities are the finances of Redeemer Church including budgeting, payroll and stewardship.
John Goodell is the founder and managing partner of Post Companies, LLC, a collection of online tools and consulting services used by organizations of every size across the United States. ChurchPost.com is an online communications platform used by both individual parishes and by conferences & dioceses across the country. In the past 15+ years, Post Companies has launched sister services for mission-based organizations including SchoolPost.com, TemplePost.com and BroadcastGenius.com. In 2012, Post Companies launched 501websites.com, a company that builds superbly elegant, mobile-ready and fully managed websites (designed and deployed in about two weeks). Last year, Post Companies launched 365CustomCritical.com to help organizations manage IT infrastructure and cloud-based applications on any budget.
Keith Lamb is a recent addition to the staff here at Redeemer, joining us in 2019. He has been a member of the church for over 20 years and had the opportunity to join our team after 25 years in the financial industry. As the Business Administrator, he is responsible for Human Resource related functions, building security team and other financial aspects of the church.
Mark Jaycox – 30 year TV and Radio veteran, currently VP/GM of 94.1 Duke FM, Q106, i92.9 and Fuel 92.1 in Lansing. Marks passion for media and marketing is only surpassed by his love for God and his family. He and his wife Sally – along with their 5 kids, moved to Dewitt in Nov. 2017 and became members of Redeemer in the Spring of 18. Mark and Sally are very involved in the church and the community and enjoy the opportunity to give back whenever possible. The world of traditional and digital marketing can be tough to navigate. As a member of several industry- related groups and a media sales trainer, Mark will share his insights on how to effectively build brand awareness in today’s fragmented and over cluttered marketplace.
Rev. Michael T Sawicki has been the pastor at Midland: Aldersgate since 2013 and provides leadership for the whole church. He is strongly focused on developing personal relationships and guiding individuals into relationship with Jesus Christ. Michael is happily married to his wife, Patty. They have two daughters. On a clear, calm morning you might find Michael enjoying his love of flying in a Cesna over the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Rebecca Fitton – is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Rebecca sees individuals and couples in her practice at Redeemer Church. She has also worked in ministry settings with Young Life and by helping to plant a church in Burlington, Vermont. She loves supporting good emotional health in ministry settings as she personally understands the pressures and complexities of ministry.
Rod Kalajainen has served pastoral appointments in the West Michigan Conference for 42 years. He has been the Lead Pastor of Redeemer United Methodist since 1988. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary. He has led Redeemer in a “Turnaround” and actively coaches other pastors and churches in dealing with transformational change.
Ron Bekkering has been involved in Student Ministry for 20 years. He joined Redeemer in 2006 and serves as the Director of High School and College Ministry. He has a passion for making the local church great and leading High School and College students to a closer relationship with Christ. You will find him leading Redeemer’s Workcamp mission trip and serving at Christian Athletic Camp in the summer with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind.
Sue Campbell has been serving in Christian Education for over 22 years and is the Director of Children’s Ministry. She loves to see children learn about God’s love for them and help them make new discoveries as they grow in their faith. Using the creativity God put in her, Sue also enjoys trying out new ideas and décor, which makes Redeemer Church a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Tammy and Justin Bowman have been serving as the Directors of middle school ministry at Redeemer Church for 11 years. They are passionate about helping students discover who God has created them to be and serve with a dedicated team of volunteers who enjoy leading students as they encounter all the awkwardness and exciting changes this stage of life brings. Justin and Tammy enjoy exercising and spending time with their three not-so-small children.
Tim Trommater serves as one of the pastors at Redeemer Church. He has served in the Michigan Area Annual Conference, since 2015. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University and a Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology. As one of the pastors of this multisite ministry, Tim serves in Pastoral leadership for both the St. Johns and DeWitt Campuses, as well as directing adult ministries of the church. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a former public school teacher, husband, father, and author.