Welcome to Redemption Arcadia

We are a local congregation seeking to embody the gospel in all of life in the Arcadia area.

Location

Redemption Arcadia
3330 East Camelback Road


(480) 788-0851
arcadia@redemptionaz.com



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Sunday Services

Join us on Sundays at 9:00a, 10:45a, or 5p.

Kid's Ministry is provided at 9:00a and 10:45a for children birth - 12 years.

Childcare is provided for children birth - 4 years at the 5p service.

Leadership

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

Frank Switzer

Lead Pastor of Redemption Arcadia & Elder
About Frank

I grew up in a great family, but one that did not attend church. At the age of 27 I began dating Jackie Palfenier. She was attending and fully embedded at 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.

Naturally, I married Jackie in September of 1987. We have two daughters, Shelby and Darby, born in 1992 and 1996. I have had the privilege of baptizing them both into the Christian faith.

In 1990 I met Tom Shrader (one of the founding pastors of Redemption Church) 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 (1994) and I left the marketplace with no career at the age of 35. I went back to school, earned a few degrees (Grand Canyon University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Arizona State University), and in 2000 entered vocational ministry. In 2011 I was called to Redemption Arcadia and I started at the Arcadia congregation in February of 2012.

Besides Jesus and my family, I like running, hockey (especially the Chicago Blackhawks), and movies.

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Cody Kimmel

Pastor of Church Formation and Worship & Elder
About Cody

I met my wife, Lauren, in Texas after graduating from Texas A&M University.  While pursuing a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, we welcomed two of our boys, Kyler and Hayes, into our family.  In October 2015, we welcomed our third, Wesley.

I was raised in a strong Christian family here in Phoenix that exemplified the nature of God’s grace.  Although I professed faith at a young age, it took all of high school and college for God to bring me to a place of complete dependance upon His grace and mercy for my life.

I love the church.  I am excited that I get to use my time, energy, and talents in shepherding God’s people.  I hope that God’s ministry through me is to aim the affections of the church towards Him.  It is a humbling reality to live in the shadow of God’s grace and at the behest of His Spirit and I am truly blessed to have been reconciled into His family.

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Tyler James

Family Pastor
About Tyler

Born in Vermont, my sister and I spent our school breaks exploring the beautiful mountains of my dad’s property.  The rest of the year growing up was spent in Southern Florida, getting into trouble and looking for shark teeth at the beach.  My mother and step-dad raised us in a Christian home, but I’d say my faith wasn’t my own until after my family and I moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1999 for work.  We grew to love Prescott and I enjoyed the small town life.  After a brief tour of the party lifestyle and a brush with a pretty serious medical condition that required a few surgeries, my faith began to grow and I began feeling called to vocational ministry.  I started working at a local church in Prescott in 2004 on the janitorial team, volunteering with kids’ worship, and eventually helping lead the kids’ ministry and youth program while I continued discipling students.

I moved to Phoenix in 2010 for a change of pace and got involved with Praxis Church as a volunteer.  I met my wife, Helayna, at a Redemption Community in Scottsdale.  We hit it off and were married on the one year anniversary of our very first date.  Eventually, we were sent out as a part of the Redemption Church Flagstaff plant.  We had our first child, Eleanor, in Flagstaff in the middle of a snowstorm in December 2012.  She’s full of joy and loves all things princess related.  We then moved to Los Angeles, California, where I served for four years at an incredibly faithful church, Reality LA, as the Kids and Youth Director.  It was here that our second child, Roland, was born.  He’s a gentle soul, but he’s also a toddler – it’s complicated.  We love exploring the city, going for walks, and watching movies; things most families like to do in the city.

We have always felt a draw to the Phoenix area.  Even when we moved to Flagstaff and Los Angeles, we knew we’d end up back here.  We just love this city, we love what God’s doing here, and feel called to be a part of it.  During the past few years, God has been building a burden in my heart for families.  Any approach to ministering to kids and students is, in the end, best done through equipping parents in discipling their kids.  All our best programs and plans fall short if they’re not reinforced in the home.  My heart is to see families built up in their role as disciplers and deepened in their dependence on God’s grace through it all.  My family and I are humbled to be here, and so excited to meet you!

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Josh Prather

Pastor of Community and Global Initiatives & Elder
About Josh

I married my wife, Rachel, in July 2011.  We both enjoy the beauty and solitude that only the wilderness can provide, and on our days of rest we can be found rock climbing on one of the many mountains throughout Arizona.

Growing up in the home of a pastor, I was raised to follow Jesus at a young age.  However, when I entered high school I sought only to please myself, cared nothing for the desires of others, and life became more meaningless and filled with sorrow as years passed.  God gave me new life when I was a freshman in college at the University of Cincinnati, and I surrendered my life to the authority of Jesus.  I transferred to Liberty University where Jesus continued to reveal Himself to me and His heart for all nations.  After finishing my undergraduate degree, I continued my studies at seminary.

Rachel and I moved to Arizona in 2010 so I could intern with East Valley Bible Church. My role now is to work alongside all Redemption Church’s community and global leaders, and give shape to the cross-cultural work of each congregation. Currently we live downtown and attend Redemption Arcadia where I serve on our elder team.

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Stephanie Shumate

Operations Manager
About Stephanie

I was born and raised here in Phoenix, AZ, the oldest of four children born to two amazing parents who love and seek to serve the Lord in all they do.  God saved me at a young age, but it wasn’t until junior high that I started to truly grasp the magnitude of what the Lord had done for me and seek to live my life in light of that.

After working for Disciple Nations Alliance, a small non-profit here in Phoenix, for just over five years, God called me to Redemption Arcadia where I started in May of 2012.  I am so thankful that He led me here and am excited to see how He will continue to use His church in the community around us.

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Tammy Lauterbach

Children's Director
About Tammy

I am an Arizona native that grew up going to a Catholic church with my parents and sister.  We moved from Tucson to Phoenix when I started junior high.  My two best friends brought me to church in the 7th grade and I have been a believer ever since.  I met my husband, Eric, at my 16th birthday party and we quickly became friends.  Soon after, we started dating and eventually we were married the summer of 2003.  Eric and I started attending Praxis Tempe in 2008 and then switched to Praxis Arcadia when it opened in 2009 as it was so close to our home.

I am now a mother of two kids, Jack and Ruby.  I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University, and taught 4th grade in the Paradise Valley School District for five years.  Prior to teaching, I was a Children’s Ministry Director for a medium sized church in Scottsdale, and most recently, I launched and ran the children’s ministry for the Redemption Scottsdale church plant.

I have a passion for children, specifically teaching the bible and showing the love of Christ.  When I actually have free time, you’ll find me reading a book, running, or going to the spa.  I’m excited to be a part of Redemption Arcadia’s children’s ministry and am looking forward to seeing what God has planned.

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Ben Baer

Community and Global Initiatives Coordinator
About Ben

I moved to Arizona from New York six years ago after growing up and going to school in various states around the Midwest. My father was the minister of the First Baptist Church in my hometown in Ohio, but by the time I moved to Arizona I had little desire to be a part of any church or even to call myself a follower of Jesus. God regained His grip on me in the Fall of 2013, and since then has illuminated the deep calling in every Christian to care for the least, last, lost, and left out, especially here in the city where He called me, Phoenix.

My education and work in the arts led me to my position in Education and Community Engagement with The Phoenix Symphony, where I’ve had the chance to be involved with neighbors experiencing homelessness at area homeless facilities and to be connected to children at local domestic violence shelters through volunteerism with Free Arts. Through further education and training in programs like Surge and the Intercultural Leadership Table, I’ve been introduced to interfaith peacemaking and have had the chance to come alongside refugee families in town. Through these I’ve also had opportunities to learn from area leaders at Neighborhood Ministries, Alongside Ministries, and Hope Women’s Center, and get to know the men, women, and children with whom they do life.

My hope as the Director of Community and Global Initiatives is to collaborate with and empower Christians, guided by the Holy Spirit, to live out our deep and identifying quality to love our neighbors, our city, and the world.

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Ken Dickinson

Facilities Campus Supervisor
About Ken

I am an Arizona native, born and raised mostly in the East Valley. Through job and life opportunities I have also lived in a few other western states. I moved to Phoenix in 2014 to better serve and be in community with the Redemption Alhambra and Arcadia congregations.

I grew up in a home where faith in Jesus was made important. However, during my high school years I went into a period of rebellion. After high school, God graciously arranged for me the responsibility of managing a business in another state, away from my disobedient lifestyle. There, along with the weight of the responsibilities of management and attending a local church, God crushed my hard heart and His loving Spirit drew me back to Him. I moved back to Arizona to help my parents with my father’s illness. God provided healing for my father and also led me to Redemption Gilbert. At Redemption Gilbert, my faith in Jesus was deepened and grew.

Building furniture and being creative with projects brings me joy and rest. I love that God has called and invited us into being a part of the tasks of making, building, and creating things for the common good. Jesus has completely changed the way I think about and view everything. There is not one square inch that He does not have influence or control over. I want to live all of my life all for His glory.

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Michael Burton

Facilities Campus Lead
About Michael

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, I came to know Christ at the age of 16, despite growing up in a home where we attended a church almost every Sunday.  God used the ministry of Young Life to grip my heart with the gospel of grace throughout high school and during my college years at THE Ohio State University.  After graduating, I decided to pursue my desires for home building and design by serving as an AmeriCorps with Habitat for Humanity in Columbus for a year.  Having completed my service year with Habitat as a Construction Crew Leader, I began to realize that God has placed a deep desire in my heart to serve the people and communities around me with the gifts and abilities He has given me.

I moved to Phoenix in the summer of 2016 to further pursue those desires and to feed my adventurous spirit, knowing that God can use me wherever and however He pleases.  I have hopes to eventually gain a Master’s degree in Architecture and work in a design-build firm.  Some of my other passions are music, designing spaces, reading science-fiction, eating pizza, and being outdoors enjoying God’s beautiful creation.  I have been overwhelmed with God’s grace in my life since moving here and am so grateful that I get to serve the church in the ways I have been able to and, Lord willing, will continue to.

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Jim Morlan

Elder
About Jim

I was raised the grandson of a Baptist minister who I never knew. He had died before I was born, but his wife, who was a wonderful woman, lived with my mother, father, brother, and I in Southern California. My wife, Pat, and I were married in our late teens and I embarked on a career with a national company. We lived in California, Arizona, New Jersey, New York, back to Southern California, and then Philadelphia. In 1986 I bought a business in Phoenix. During those years we got away from regular church attendance. That changed when we moved to Phoenix, met several great gospel teachers, and became immersed in the Word. We had lived our lives, but never got away from our Christian values. Throughout my life I have encountered and overcome many challenges. You can’t deny God’s work in our lives. As an elder, I hope to impart those experiences to others at Redemption Arcadia.

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Steve Wheeler

Elder
About Steve

God used my wife, Ann, and eldest son to “grab” me in middle age, some 20 years ago.  After several careers of modest professional accomplishment in the legal, energy, and healthcare fields, I have finally learned that my true identity is in Christ and that my primary mission is to worship and faithfully serve the Lord.  As such, one of my favorite Bible passages is James 2:14-26 (faith without works is dead).  Ann and I are grateful parents of 4 children and 13 grandkids.  When not trying to be an obedient disciple, I enjoy my family, watching European soccer (no commercials), and doughnuts (any kind, any place, any time).

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On Being a Local Congregation of Redemption Church

REDEMPTION'S MULTI-CONGREGATIONAL STRUCTURE

Redemption church is multi-congregational in structure. This means that a central governing body provides structure, direction, and support for the ministry of each local congregation. Local congregations, like Redemption Arcadia, are united and collaborative, but each has its own leadership and is free to contextualize its efforts. Click on the link below to learn more about the overall structure of Redemption.

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REDEMPTION'S BELIEFS AND PRACTICES

We are a non-denominational church with a Reformed view of salvation. We believe that all of life is all for Jesus. We have been saved by grace through faith, which is itself a gift. That gift empowers us to be a transformed people who embody His redemptive power and participate in the renewal of all things.

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REDEMPTION'S OUTWARD FOCUS

We are a sent people. As the church we are not called to turn inward and build our own kingdom. We are called to turn outward and give ourselves to the spread of the Gospel, the establishment of healthy local churches, and the multiplication of disciples. This is a call to invest beyond our church, beyond our tribe, and beyond our generation.

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Community and Global Initiatives

We strongly believe that all members of the body of Christ are sent people, called to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel to the world. Therefore our community and global efforts should never be limited to structured programs. However, in response to the needs in our community, and God's heart for the nations, we do build global partnerships and facilitate opportunities to participate in God's mission of blessing the nations in Christ.

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