The church staff and elders serve the church body by working alongside the congregation in the various ministries of the church. Our pastors and elders provide spiritual leadership and teaching to equip the church. Pastors, elders, and deacons are called by the church based on qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.
Redeemer Lay Elders
Contact our lay elders at email@example.com.
Joel Brooks, Senior Pastor Team (Lead Pastor)
Joel is married to Lauren and has three children – Caroline (15), Natalie (12), and Georgia (10). The Brooks moved from Atlanta to Birmingham 22 years ago so Joel could attend Beeson Divinity School where he received his MDiv. in 1999. After graduation, Joel founded University Christian Fellowship (UCF). After establishing and serving nine years with UCF, the Brooks felt the Lord leading them to plant a church in East Birmingham. For months, they gathered with friends in their home to seek God’s heart concerning this possibility. On March 30, 2008, Redeemer Community Church’s first service was held in their home.
Josh Hausen, Senior Pastor Team (Executive Pastor)
Josh and his wife, Laura, have been members of Redeemer since 2010. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Samford University and a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School. Josh has the unique ability and opportunity to use both his business and theological training to serve the church full-time. The Hausens have four children: Elliot (4), and triplets Charlotte, Lucy, and Benjamin (2).
Jeff Heine, Senior Pastor Team (Shepherding Pastor)
Jeff holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Murray State University (’05) and an M.Div. (’08) and D.Min. (’15) from Beeson Divinity School. He is married to Jess, who leads worship at Redeemer and teaches English at The Altamont School. Jeff and Jess have two precious daughters, June (9) and Eleanor (7). The Heines have been a part of Redeemer from the very beginning, and Jeff has been serving as Associate Pastor since fall 2008. At Redeemer, Jeff oversees Home Group leadership and discipleship, and he frequently preaches on Sundays.
Dwight Castle, Pastor of Missions
Dwight is married to his sweet wife, Stephanie and they together have three children: Morris (5), Judah (3) and Emmet (1). Dwight moved from North Carolina to Birmingham in August of 2003, and has since established deep roots in the city. He came on staff at Redeemer in the Fall of 2008 after returning from the mission field in Northern Ireland. Dwight was attracted to many things at Redeemer including an obvious commitment to missions. In his role as Pastor of Missions, he oversees Redeemer’s relationship with local and global missionaries and ministries as well as frequently teaching and counseling members through decisions pertaining to mission work and ministry involvement. Dwight and Stephanie met in 2011 and were married the next year. Dwight has his BA from Samford (’06) and an MA in Counseling from Regent University (’14).
Matt Francisco, Pastor of Discipleship
Matt Francisco grew up in Marietta, Georgia, and attended Samford University. While at Samford, Matt met his wife, Erin, and they were married in 2009. Since 2008, Matt has worked with Campus Outreach, an interdenominational ministry focused on “building Christ-like leaders on the campus for the lost world,” primarily at Samford. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at Reformed Theological Seminary. The Franciscos live in East Lake with their three delightful children, Sarah (7), Ezra (5), and Amos (3).
Craig Millard, College Minister
Craig Millard grew up in Indianapolis, IN and attended Samford University. While at Samford, Craig was a member of the football team and was active in Campus Outreach and the starting of a college ministry known as RANSOM. He is married to Mahsa, who works as a pharmacist for a local independent pharmacy. Following graduation at Samford, Craig spent a year serving as a missionary in Southeast Asia. Upon his return, he taught in the inner city of Memphis for four years after attaining his Master’s in Urban Education. Craig and Mahsa moved back to Birmingham and have been attending Redeemer Community Church since January 2018. The Millards live in Crestwood with their daughter Zara.
James Kling, Operations Director
James grew up in St. Louis and came to Birmingham to attend Samford University, where he graduated with a business management degree in 2002. He met Stephanie at Samford, and they married in 2004. They have two children, Virginia (6) and Bennett (4). James spent 12 years in the construction world before feeling a tug to enter full-time ministry work. Stephanie is co-head of school at Crestwood Day School, a private, Christian K-8th grade school the Klings started in their home in 2008.
Regan Branch, Children’s Ministry Director
Regan Branch grew up in Birmingham and graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Communication Studies. After college she moved to New York City, where she worked in Children’s Ministry at Redeemer Presbyterian Church for six years. She is married to Charles, who works as a VP of Business Development at NextSite. The Branches moved back to Birmingham in 2017 and have one son, Harvey.
Connor Coskery, Youth Ministry Director
Connor grew up in Birmingham and attended University of Mississippi. Connor is married to Shelley, who works as a Nurse Practitioner at Children’s of Alabama. He returned to Birmingham in 2015 to study at Beeson Divinity School and completed his M.Div in December 2018. Connor has served in a variety of roles at Redeemer Community Church since 2015. Connor and Shelley lead a home group, live in Crestwood, and welcomed their first child, Jacob, in January 2019.
Lauren Starnes, Worship Ministry Director
Lauren Starnes has been a member of Redeemer for several years and has faithfully served in our worship leadership, Home Groups, and college ministry. She is married to Trevor and has two boys Everett (3) and Redding (18 months).
Paige Bierman, Ministry Coordinator
Paige Bierman grew up in Alexander City, Alabama, and graduated from Auburn University with a public relations degree. She is married to Josh, who works as a Business Development Manager at BECC. After living two years in Lagrange, Georgia, the Biermans moved to Birmingham in 2014 where they quickly committed to Redeemer. Paige comes to Redeemer after working in marketing and administration roles at Sayers Construction and Sav-A-Life Vestavia. The Biermans live in Vestavia with their two children, John (2), and Anna (0).
Kristen Williams, Administrative Assistant
Kristen is a Redeemer member, married to Gene, and lives in Crestwood. She’s originally from Monterey, California, meaning she loves the Los Angeles Dodgers and is continuously on a quest to find Birmingham’s best fish taco. The Williams’ welcomed their first child, Waylon, in February 2019.