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Meet the Redeemer Team

 

The Pastors

Lead Pastor

Paul Kim

Paul Kim

Lead Pastor

Paul was born in Hawaii but has lived in CA for most of his life. He met Linda at UC Berkeley and to his surprise, after a couple of years of pursuit, a relationship developed! They got married a few years after college, during which Paul attended seminary at Westminster CA. In 2001, the Kim family moved down to San Diego to plant a church. What began as a scratch start church has now developed into Redeemer San Diego! Paul enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids, eating good food, and rooting for the Chargers and Cal football.

Pastor of Congregational Care

Bryan Schafer

Bryan Schafer

Pastor of Congregational Care

Bryan is a Southern California native and grew up in the North Coastal San Diego area surfing and spending nearly every day in the ocean. He has an insatiable desire for being in the great outdoors amid the fauna and flora of God’s creation. Bryan married his wife Heather while they were in their early twenties and have two grown children- Christopher and Casey. Bryan serves the congregation at Redeemer though the care ministry of the church and has a passion to see the gospel transform people to their fullness in Christ. Bryan was called into the ministry in 1996, first serving at North Coast Presbyterian Church, and now at Redeemer. Prior to working full time in the ministry, Bryan worked as a pilot for a large international corporation and has extensive experience in real estate.

Pastor of Community/Life

Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson

Pastor of Community/Life

A native of San Diego, Peter grew up with a love of sports, which led him to play baseball at UC Davis, majoring in Psychology and Organizational Studies. There he met his wife Katy, also a college athlete. As students, they served in Athletes in Action (AIA), which led them to do a yearlong stint with AIA in Costa Rica. Peter has over 13 years of experience in ministry throughout churches in Northern California, Oregon, and San Diego and also holds a Master’s of Divinity degree. Peter enjoys coaching and mentoring people, talking theology, hanging out with his wife and three kids, and having his heart routinely broken by the San Diego’s sports teams. Peter loves serving at Redeemer and being a part of a gospel-centered church.

Church Planter

Jonathan Kerhoulas

Jonathan Kerhoulas

Church Planter

Jonathan grew up in a small town in western North Carolina. He attended Asbury University in Kentucky for undergrad and Gordon-Conwell in Boston for seminary. Jonathan joined the Redeemer family in 2014 to work with college students and young professionals. For the next several years, Jonathan served as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation. In January 2019, Jonathan became the lead pastor of a new church plant in San Diego – Trinity San Diego. Redeemer is excited to plant our first local church with Jonathan, his wife Danielle, and their three kids, Mason, Penny, and Aaron.

 

Ministry Directors

Executive Director Of Operations

Tricia Langowski

Tricia Langowski

Executive Director Of Operations

Tricia grew up in Minnesota, and loved the winter playground of skating, skiing, and snowmobiling, most right outside her back door. She left the land of igloos, after graduation, and moved to California in pursuit of waves, sunsets, and the Marine Corp. (Husband’s career). She enjoyed a successful career in finance/accounting with several companies over the years but none more called to, and blessed with, than working here at Redeemer (15 years and still loving it!). She has raised two daughters, and can say the life lessons learned have equipped her well for being a servant for God’s Kingdom work.

Student & Family Ministry Director

Kyler Wright

Kyler Wright

Student & Family Ministry Director

Kyler is a Midwest-boy, spending all of his life in Texas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. He graduated from Oklahoma State in 2009 with a Psychology degree and has been working in student ministry since college. Kyler married his best friend, Diana, and they have three awesome kids, Hannah Jane, Henry, and Holden. Kyler is enthusiastic, fun, and loves connecting with others. He enjoys a good run, playing basketball, drinking coffee, and holding babies. Kyler joined Redeemer in June of 2015 and has loved building relationships and pointing students to Jesus. Come say “hey” to him this week.

Men’s Ministry & Education Director

Dave Friese

Dave Friese

Men’s Ministry & Education Director

Dave grew up in Long Beach. He and his wife, Becky, met working in ministry at their home church. They have been married for over 35 years and have four adult children who love the Lord. Dave has his doctorate in Marriage and Family. After being a pastor for over 30 years, Dave and Becky started a non-profit counseling center: Restore and Rebuild. It has two locations: here at Redeemer and in Solana Beach. Additionally, he is working part-time at Redeemer as the Director of Adult Education and Men’s Ministries.

Kid's Ministry Director

Katherine Loftis

Katherine Loftis

Kid's Ministry Director

Katherine is a Southern California native whose loves include cooking, music, the beach, and, most of all her husband Chad. They met at their previous church while both volunteering in the High School ministry and 3 years later they were married. Katherine received her degree in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College and is very excited to be in her role serving the youth and families of Redeemer. She fell in love with Christ at a young age and is honored to hold a position in which she can help kids fall in love with Christ as well.

Worship Ministry Director

Alex Fine

Alex Fine

Worship Ministry Director

Alex was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, and graduated from Wheaton College in 2007. He then spent two and a half years in Central America, where he learned Spanish working with missionaries in San Jose, and one year at International Justice Mission (IJM) in Guatemala City. In 2010, Alex moved to San Diego and has been leading worship on staff ever since. Alex married his amazing wife Lauren on New Years Eve 2013. Together they enjoy leading worship at Redeemer, working with the large homeless population of San Diego, and playing board games like nobody’s business.

Welcome Coordinator

Linda Michel

Linda Michel

Welcome Coordinator

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