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.
Contact our lay elders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joel Brooks, Lead Pastor
Joel is married to Lauren and has three children – Caroline (14), Natalie (12), and Georgia (9). The Brooks moved from Atlanta to Birmingham 21 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.
Jeff Heine, Pastor of Teaching & Discipleship
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 (6) and Eleanor (4). 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 a son named Morris, (3). 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).
Josh Hausen, 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 a son, Elliot (2).
Joel Busby, Planting Pastor
Joel joined the Redeemer staff in 2016 as Planting Pastor and will be planting a new congregation in the West Homewood area in 2017. Joel grew up in Birmingham and attended Samford University. He is married to Mandy who works as a photographer and floral designer. After some time in church ministry in Missouri and Texas, the Busbys returned to Birmingham in 2008 for Joel to study at Beeson Divinity School. He completed his M.Div in 2011 and has taken up doctoral studies since. Busby has served in a variety of roles at Mountain Brook Community Church since 2009. The Busbys live in Homewood with their two boys, Henry (5) and Leland (2).
Matt Francisco, College Pastor
Matt Francisco grew up in Marietta, GA 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 Crestwood with their two delightful children, Sarah (4) and Ezra (2).
Paige Bierman, Administrative Assistant
Paige Bierman grew up in Alexander City, AL and graduated from Auburn University with a public relations degree. She is married to Josh, who works as a Sr. Project Representative at BECC. After living two years in Lagrange, GA, 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 son, John (born in January 2017), and two dogs, Miller and Sam.