We are multi-congregational in structure.

Open the 'Mission & Structure' Document below to learn more about how this leadership works.

Mission & Structure Document
Our Mission

The local church is God's chosen instrument to communicate the good news of the Gospel. In word and deed, the local church is called to represent what God has done and where He is taking the world. We are his witnesses and His ambassadors. We are sent into the world, but set apart as a light to the nations. As we go, we are to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples.

In light of this mission, Redemption Church is structured to support the multiplication and health of local churches. We are structured to help unique, contextualized local congregations be faithful to their calling as God's people. The central organization, leadership, and brand of 'Redemption Church' exist for the sake of the congregations, not the other way around.



Mission and Structure

“We exist to glorify God by birthing and strengthening healthy local congregations.”

Leadership Development

We are intentional with structured efforts to develop, release, and support leaders. We invest heavily in theological education and church planting, while also providing internships and pastoral residencies for those pursuing vocational ministry.

Leadership

Each Redemption congregation is led by a team of local elders and staff. The unified body of Redemption Church (all congregations) is overseen by a Leadership Team.

Frank Switzer

About Frank

Lead Pastor of Redemption Arcadia

Married to Jackie, we have two daughters. Shelby, the oldest, is a junior at North Park University in Chicago, and she is majoring in Biology. She also plays on NPU’s volleyball team. Darby is a junior at Northwest Christian School here in Phoenix, and she also plays on the volleyball team.

I grew up in a great family, but one that did not attend church. At the age of 27 I began dating Jackie Palfenier and she was attending North Phoenix Baptist Church. As part of our “dating plan” I wanted to attend church with her to try to figure out “the Jesus thing.” God used Jackie and NPBC to save me in June of 1987.

Since then, I met Tom Shrader in 1990 and began attending his Bible studies. He would disciple me where he could and when we had time. Eventually, the business I was involved in was sold and I was left with no career at the age of 35. I went back to school, earned a few degrees, and in 2000 entered vocational ministry. In 2011 I was called to Redemption Arcadia and I started here in February of 2012.

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Luke Simmons

About Luke

Lead Pastor of Redemption Gateway

I’ve been married to Molly since 2001. We have three daughters, Abby, Caitlin and Mary and one son, Hank. We like to laugh, play, swim, watch football, and learn.

Without Jesus, my life has been marked by arrogance, selfishness, and pride. I took pride in my morality and looked down on others who didn’t seem as good as me. God took ahold of my life through a neighbor who invested in my life as a 17 year old and challenged me to read the book of John with him, where I encountered who Jesus really is. Jesus is my treasure because he rescued me from the guilt, shame and punishment of sin that I deserve and he gave me new life in him. He is the King of kings and I want to live for him. Jesus is changing my life now by allowing me to see that I never outgrow my need for him. I am more sinful than I ever dared believe, and more loved and accepted by Jesus than I ever dared hope.

I graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Speech Communication, where I played baseball and married the prettiest girl on the swim team. I’m currently working on a Masters degree from the Missional Training Center.

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Neil Pitchel

About Neil

Pastor of Central Operations

Kate and I were married in August of 1977. We have a daughter Cali who is a content director at an advertising firm in Seattle. Our son David lives in Gilbert. We’re all avid sports fans (mostly Boston teams). Kate and I love to travel, especially on cruises.

I was raised in a Jewish family in Boston so I knew nothing of Biblical Christianity until I first heard the gospel while a student at UMASS. After many years of struggling with the difference between my Jewish upbringing and the “gospel of grace” I decided Jesus was a great teacher and prophet like Abraham or Moses. Then I read “Mere Christianity” by CS Lewis and had to decide if Jesus was Lord, liar or lunatic. After reading the New Testament and watching the lives of Christians I knew there was only one possibility that He was indeed my Lord and Savior.

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Riccardo Stewart

About Riccardo

Lead Pastor of Redemption Tempe

In 2007 I married Holly and we have been blessed to have two young boys, Noah and Eli.

I grew up in Southern California as a huge sports fan of the Raiders, Lakers and Dodgers. Growing up my family attending services at Love and Faith Christian Center in South Central Los Angeles. My mother was a great example of a Christian, however, her example was not enough to draw me to Jesus at a young age.

It was through playing football that I had the opportunity to leave California to attend Arizona State University. While playing football at ASU, in my Senior year of College, God begin to work on my heart. For the first time I was able to understand and sense the weight of my sin and the grace of God was an overwhelming relief and joy. I was lead to saving faith through the ministry of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I was pleased to know the saving faith of the Lord and his power to change me.

I received my BA in Elementary Education at Arizona State University and a MA in Global Urban Leadership from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, WA.

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Sean Mortenson

About Sean

Lead Pastor of Redemption Scottsdale

I married Sharon, my high school sweetheart, in 2003. We are blessed with three beautiful kids, Cosette, Graham, and Charlie.

I grew up in a culturally Catholic home and, while I called myself a Christian all through high school, I had no concept of the gospel. When I left home for my freshman year of college God exposed the fleeting nature of everything I had found my identity and comfort in. He saved me that year and I began to grow and learn more about who he is and what he desires for me.

I graduated with an undergraduate degree in architecture and worked for a local firm for fours years. During that time I was serving in the local church, taking on various leadership roles, and began sensing a call toward vocational ministry. Having joined a church staff to help lead a college ministry for a few years, it became clear that God was moving me to the next step.

In 2009 I joined Praxis Church to help launch its new Arcadia Campus. I served as Lead Pastor of Arcadia for its initial season and transitioned into a role overseeing creative media and communications for Redemption Church (which Praxis had become) in the summer of 2011. This was a wonderful, healing, formative season for me as I grew in understanding and leadership capacity.

In 2013 my wife and I began praying about where God was leading us as a family. Sensing the call to lead a congregation again, we considered every possible option. Ultimately, God narrowed the possibilities to two, including staying in The Valley and planting a new Redemption Congregation. After a season of prayer and discernment with the leaders of Redemption in 2014, we decided that the best place to plant was exactly where God had me all along: South Scottsdale. We set the wheels in motion at the beginning of 2015 and Redemption Scottsdale officially gathered for our first worship service in October of 2015. God continues to build the house; we continue to pursue faithfulness.

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Tim Maughan

About Tim

Lead Pastor of Redemption Gilbert

I have been married to Susanne since 1984. We have four sons. Benjamin, Jedaiah, Jesse, Eli.

I grew up in a pastors home but didn’t know christ until my college years. Its always true that God shows you the bad news of our sin before he shows us the good news of his grace.

Thats what God did for me in the summer of 1980. I saw my sin for the first time as something that was a big deal to God and something I couldn’t deal with. I embraced the forgiveness of God that was provided through the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Its now 32 years later and I’m even more blown away now at what God provides in Jesus than I was then.

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Tom Shrader

About Tom

Founding Pastor

I was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa. After graduating from St. Ambrose College, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona. In 1978 I began a successful career in the fast-paced, highly-competitive, commercial real estate industry. Eventually I joined a colleague in forming their own real estate brokerage firm. My life was changed forever in March of 1980 when I met Christ for the first time. During the past several years, I’ve been involved in a teaching ministry in the Phoenix area. Since January of 1991 I’ve continued this work under the banner, Priority Living of Arizona. I currently lead three weekly study groups, targeted primarily at business men and women. My teaching offers sound biblical answers to practical, everyday questions.

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Tyler Johnson

About Tyler

I have been been married to Hayley since 2002 and we have 4 children, two boys and two girls.

I grew up in a family that was passionate about baseball and nominally “Christian”, sort of a default “American” identity. But when I was 17 God began to truly move in me and around me. By the time I was 18 I had surrendered to Christ.

I went on to play baseball at Arizona State University. It was during my five year baseball career there that God laid hold of my life, exposing those things I had previously found security in. In 2000 I sensed a strong call into local church ministry. At the end of my baseball career at ASU my pastoral ministry career began and has continued to move forward.

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