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Stephen Love - Lead Pastor

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Stephen Love was born in South Bend, Indiana, and came to know his Savior Jesus Christ at his father’s South Bend church plant as a young boy. Stephen's wife, Mandy, was born in the Chicagoland area and came to know the Lord at a conference with CRU while in college. Stephen and Mandy have been married since 2010 (they first met in 7th grade) and have been blessed with four beautiful children: Stephen Jedidiah Jr. (b. 2012), Elias Nathanael (b. 2014), Jade Ruth (b. 2015), and Simeon Joseph (b. 2017). Stephen received a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from Moody Bible Institute, a M.A. in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, and a certificate in history from The University of Oxford, England. He accepted the call to preach the gospel in 2002. From 2010-2019 he faithfully served the body of Christ at New Life Fellowship Church in Waukegan, IL as Assistant Pastor and Elder. While in Illinois, he also worked as the Director of Development at PADS Lake County, the local Homeless Shelter. Mandy received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Kansas and has loved serving the body of Christ since meeting her Savior in 2001. She served as the Women's Youth Director at Grace EPC in Lawrence, KS and upon moving back to IL, she worked at North Chicago Community Partners, a non profit organization, where she helped develop and sustain a "community school" model in an under resourced area. Beginning in 2017, Stephen and Mandy began praying about church planting. Simultaneously, unbeknownst to them, the Lord was kindling passions within a few long-time South Bend residents to plant a Christ-centered, disciple-making, community-loving church in South Bend. Understanding the need for another gospel-focused church in the urban context, it became clearer and clearer, by God’s grace, that He was leading Stephen and Mandy to move from the Chicagoland area back to Stephen's hometown. Redemption City Church was launched in September of 2020. Stephen is the self-proclaimed biggest Notre Dame and Denzel Washington fan. _MG_1277

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Ron Perry - Elder

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Jared Hendrickson - Elder

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Jared made an initial profession to follow Christ when he was young, but sin and selfishness bloomed into full scale inner turmoil in his late teens. In college, his heart was awakened to a universal human truth... the truth that he needed some power outside of himself to act on his behalf, and that Power had a name - Jesus Christ - and He had already been working in Jared's heart! He repented, was baptized, and continues repenting to this day, finding peace, increasing purity, and forgiveness with God, in Jesus name alone. He was given a gift from the Lord in 2003, in the form of a delightfully strong and assertive woman named Loni. Together, they have four children, all of whom are slowly working out their faith alongside their parents. Their presence at RCC is the product of years journeying towards the Holy Spirit... Jared had been working bi-vocationally in technology fields since 2007, as he and Loni were also deeply invested in another faith community - leading worship through song, facilitating small groups, etc. However, after moving to South Bend in 2013, they slowly began growing restless - burdened for a church that was in their city, made up of the people they live near and had grown to love. God answered that prayer one-thousand fold when Redemption City Church was launched. Jared and Loni are overwhelmed by the grace of God to include them in a diverse, sincere community of broken people, longing to become the family that God intended. When not working, he enjoys golfing, soccer, kickin' it with friends, petting Samson at the local zoo, playing video games with his kids, and pretending that he knows how to grow food. He doesn't have a single favorite verse, but he really loves the books of Romans, Hebrews, and James.

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Edward and Denise Hayes - Deacons

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EDWARD: I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior at church camp when I was 18 years old. I was sitting in the chapel when I felt like the evangelist was speaking directly to me. He told me that I was a sinner and nothing I could do on my own would ever earn my way to heaven. I could feel the Holy Spirit convict me and point me to the only one who could save me, Jesus Christ. DENISE: I was saved when I was 15 years old; I was at a revival service at my childhood church. That night, for the first time, I understood how my sin was separating me from God and that only through a personal relationship with Jesus (not church attendance) could I be saved. I repented and gave my life to Christ that night. We’ve had a passion for reaching the city of South Bend for Jesus for the past 10+ years through various ministries and local agencies. In 2019, when the church we attended announced it was planting a church in South Bend, we felt God calling us to work and worship in the city where we had been serving for so many years. The body of RCC loves big and loves authentically… it is a beautiful representation of Mark 12:30-31, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength… love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.” We are blessed to be a part of such a genuine, loving body of believers. EDWARD: Isaiah 41:10… Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand DENISE: John 15:5… I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me. We were married on October 22, 1994. The Lord blessed us with a daughter, Olivia, in April 1999 and a son, Edison, in August 2002. EDWARD: Golfing and hunting DENISE: Cooking/baking and genuine one-on-one conversation over a good cup of coffee