Welcome to Redemption Gateway

We are a local congregation seeking to embody the gospel in all of life in the Gateway corridor.

Location

Redemption Gateway
8743 E Pecos Rd #112
Mesa, AZ 85212


(480) 553-8295
gateway_info@redemptionaz.com



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Sunday Services

Join us on Sundays at 9:00am, 10:45am, and 5:00pm for energetic music, practical Bible teaching, and a meaningful experience with God. Redemption Kids is provided for birth-5th grade.

Leadership

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

Luke Simmons

Lead Pastor of Redemption Gateway
About Luke

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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Matthew Braselton

Associate Pastor
About Matthew

I married my wonderful wife Kristie in 2001, and we are blessed with 5 crazy kids: Bethany, Harper, Benjamin, Judah, and Shiloh.

God graciously saved me at a very young age, and the faith of my youth carried me through some very difficult times in my family growing up. Through high school and college, God continued to grow me as he tried, tested, and refined my faith and knowledge of Him. I have been serving in ministry since 1998, and vocationally since 2004. God continues to show me more and more of my sin as I mature in Him, but He also shows me more and more of Himself and His grace that covers me, for which I am eternally grateful!

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Geoffrey Wilcoxson

Elder
About Geoffrey

I married my wife Darcy over 17 years ago after meeting her at Northern Arizona University. We have four kids, 3 boys and a girl. We are currently foster parents for newborns up to 1 year old.

Being raised in a Christian home, I knew the stories and who Jesus was yet he didn’t invade my heart with the truth of the Gospel until my junior year of college. It is sobering when I knew my sin separated me from Jesus and I needed a savior. I am thankful He continues to grow me and reveal how wonderful He is to me.

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Seth Troutt

Associate Pastor
About Seth

I have been married to Taylor since 2013. We have a dog named Calvin, do CrossFit, and like Netflix and pizza.

If you would have met me in high school you would have met one of the most destructively self-righteous people you have ever known. I loved to win arguments and make fun of people. God placed faithful pastors into my life who graciously, yet firmly, called me on my pride and moralism; I knew about the gospel of grace, but internally I was living out of a gospel of moral conformity that led simultaneously to insecurity and arrogance. The gospel — that the kingdom of God has come near in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus — has again and again and again shown me how good, gracious, glorious, and great the Lordship of God really is.

I am a graduate of Arizona State University and (will shortly!) have a Master of Divinity in Biblical Communication from Phoenix Seminary. Before coming onto Redemption Gateway’s staff, I served at Grace Community Church in Tempe for seven years.

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John Kronwald

Redemption Communities Pastor
About John

I am so blessed to be married to my long-time friend and high-school sweetheart, Lindsay. We have four kids: Jack, Emma, James, & Kate. We play hard and laugh often!

I’m so thankful to have been raised by parents that loved Jesus deeply. Growing up in the church, I had many people teaching me the truths of God week after week. God used all of those influences in the home and in the church to grab a hold of my heart at a young age. By the time I finished high school I really saw my relationship with Jesus deepen. I began to own my faith and live it out even when it was costly. God used (and continues to use) people and circumstances to refine me, stretch me, and grow me more and more into the image of his Son.

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Jodi Cherney

Redemption Communities Admin
About Jodi

I have been married to my husband Kyle since 2010. We spend a lot of time outdoors hiking, rock climbing, and running.

I grew up in a Christian family in western Michigan and was surrounded by Christ-like people who lovingly invested their time in me. As I got older, I started to understand the depths of my sin, and along with it, the overwhelming span of God’s grace and power to renew and redeem all of creation. On my own, I desire control over my life and I fear the unknown. However, the Holy Spirit is continually refining me, teaching me, and helping me to rely on Him.

I assist John Kronwald, the Redemption Communities Pastor, with supporting and connecting people to Redemption Communities as well as helping with the Start Here classes. I am here to help new attendees and members make connections with ministry and group leaders.

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Dale Thackrah

Pastor of Counseling & Care
About Dale

I was born and raised in Southern California and lived there for the first forty years of my life. I still hold Southern California close to my heart for many reasons, but chiefly because I was saved there in 1996, married my gorgeous wife, Shawna, there in 2003, and entered into my first pastoral position there from 2005-2010 at Compass Bible Church.

In 2010, God moved Shawna and I to Arizona for the next chapter of our life and ministry. Since being in Arizona, we’ve adopted our two beautiful children, Noah James and Kenna Grace, purchased our first home, and found a wonderful community of like-minded believers here at Redemption Gateway.

My ministry is focused on teaching the critical foundations of doctrine in a way that people can experience the practical ramifications of faithful application. I believe that scripture is not just to be read as a historical document, rather it is to be experienced and applied in a way that the Triune God-head is exalted and glorified through the worshipful obedience of it.

I hold a Masters of Theology degree from Talbot School of Theology, and I am a member of the Association of Biblical Counseling.

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LaDonna Blakemore

Counseling & Care Administrative Coordinator
About LaDonna
I have been married to Troy since 1996, and God has blessed us with two kids, Mark and Emma.  I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom.

I help with the administrative tasks involved with Redemption Exodus Groups.

My life was radically changed when God saved me at the age of 23. I lived my life only for myself, and what the world had to offer.  In His abundant grace and mercy, God opened my eyes to Him, and helped me to see my need for a Savior.  As I have grown in the process of making Him Lord of my life, He continues to amaze me with His unwavering love and faithfulness.
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Josh Watt

Redemption Students Pastor
About Josh

I’m married to my best friend Aubrey. She is a beautiful wife and loving Mom, and she makes coming home sweet. I’m Dad to my three boys: Elijah, Roman, and Jude . As a family we like to eat and when we are not eating we are usually thinking about what we want to eat next.

I became a follower of Jesus at a FCA baseball camp as a high school senior. On July 4, 2000, God gracioulsy showed me that my attempt to find joy in this life apart from Him was silly and utlimately sinful. From that day I began the lifelong process of following Jesus. It is interesting though how God often has to take things away from us in order for us to know Him deeper.

After college, I moved away for graduate school. I moved away from home, family, friends, and everything comfortable. I had nothing left to distract me…. so for the first time I opened the Bible and read it cover to cover. For the first time in my young faith, Jesus was bigger than just my personal savior. He was the center of my story, the center of the Bible, the center of human history, and He was the center and source of all joy. I have never recovered from this truth.

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Joshua Ruiz

Pastoral Resident (Students)
About Joshua

I am a born and raised Arizona Native.  I come from a crazy blended family of 8 (3 brothers, 2 sisters).  I’ve lived most my life in the east valley, attending Red Mountain High School and graduating from Skyline High School in 2001. Immediately following high school I was employed at Empire Machinery (a Caterpillar Machinery Dealer) and until recently, have been there for 15 years.  I attended Southwestern Bible College in Phoenix AZ (now known as Arizona Christian University) for two years before changing gears after meeting my wonderful wife, Lauren Ruiz and marrying her January 22, 2005.  By God’s grace our marriage is hoppin’, resulting in our 4 crazy great kiddos: Aidyn, Isabel, Violet, and Nox.  We run pretty fast through our daily lives, not really leaving much possibility for a boring day in our home.  Group gatherings, good food, and good time spent together minister to our souls.

I grew up in a small Baptist church in Mesa where I came to the saving grace of Jesus Christ at a young age.  Growing up knowing the truth and goodness of God, I found myself in great distress in my late teens and early twenties as I struggled to live out what I swore so deeply to believe, sadly proving to have significantly weaker flesh than the Christians I considered true believers.  God’s grace however was much deeper than the depths of my sin, and learning that truth has brought me to greater love and worship of Him.  My life is His and I long to serve him until my dying breath.  Should it ever be said  that I am a passionate worshipper of God, it would have to hold true that the greatest sinners always make the greatest worshippers.  Its why I sing so loud!  To Christ be all glory!  I’ve had the privilege of serving God’s people in worship leading for over 15 years now, and look forward to many more.  I love the church, I love serving the body of Christ, and love serving in youth ministries!

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Robbin Howey

Redemption Students Administrative Coordinator
About Robbin

I have been married to Jim since June 1993.  We moved to Arizona from San Diego one week after we were married and have made the Phoenix area our home. We have six amazing kids (four of which are teenagers) Kyla, Kevin, Rylie, Reagan, Jordyn and Presley.  

I grew up in a Christian home and my mom was very dedicated to making sure my brothers and I were raised in church.  It wasn’t until I went away to college that I fully understood my daily need for Jesus.  Since then, Jesus continues to make himself bigger and bigger in my life.  I love spending time in the Word and am constantly amazed by God’s character and unchanging love for me.

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Mark Andress

Redemption Kids Pastor
About Mark

I married my lovely wife Patti in May of 2006, and we have three beautiful children: Sophie, Brennan, and Ashlyn.

I grew up in and around the church, and at the age of 16 God really got a hold of my heart and my affections. As my understanding of His love and grace grew deeper, my love and passion for Him grew stronger. I began to get involved with different church ministries like music and missions, and through several key discipleship relationships, God instilled a desire in me to lead and train others. My hope is for God to use me to teach and train new leaders for effective ministry.

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Laurie Roland

Redemption Kids Administrative Assistant
About Laurie

I am a native Arizonan. I met my Husband, Michael in 1987 at work, and we married October of 1988.  We have been blessed with 3 daughters. Twins, Ashley and Brittany and our youngest is Chelsea. They are grown and married to wonderful men who have helped complete our family. They have recently blessed us with 7 grandchildren. All three young families also attend Redemption Gateway.

I came to Christ at a young age. My Grandfather was a Baptist minister and he and my grandmother were a vital part in my spiritual growth. After losing my Grandfather in 1985, I attended several churches over the years looking for a new church home. As my young children were growing up, I was praying to find a church with a very strong children and students ministry. In 1998, God led me to East Valley Bible Church (soon to be Redemption Gilbert). It was the spiritual support network I had prayed for the girls to have. Ashley and her husband Josh met at summer camp their Junior/Senior year. During those years, my girls and I worked in children’s ministry together. Once our daughter’s graduated and completed Student ministries, we chose to move to Redemption Gateway because it was much closer to home.

Teaching and Instructing come easy to me. I have worked for our local school district and other training opportunities for the state, and continue to work in Redemption Kids Ministry.

Currently, I have been blessed with the opportunity to invest more into the Redemption Kids ministry by being the administrative assistant to the Redemption Kids Pastor Mark Andress.

Michael and I enjoy playing with the grandkids, traveling, and attending car shows.

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Laura LeFevre

Kids 10:45am Service Coordinator
About Laura

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Blaine, since February 2003. We have 6 crazy kids: Chelsey, Cheyanne, Shelby, Ben, Julianna, and Emmanuel, as well as 3 rambunctious grand kids (so far).

Even though I grew up going to a legalistic church where salvations always seemed on the line, I always suspected that God was much different than the way He was portrayed there. While I have called myself a Christian my whole life, it wasn’t until I was 24 that I fully surrendered my life to Jesus. A blessed series of events occurred surrounding the tragic death of my toddler nephew which led my entire family into a true relationship with Jesus. Since then, God has led me on a journey (sometimes with my cooperation and sometimes not) drawing me deeper in love and understanding of who He is and how perfect His plans are.

I am an educator at heart. I love teaching people of all ages, but kids are the most fun. Woven into my love of teaching God has planted a passion in my heart to fulfill the great commission to go and make disciples. I believe that the classrooms at Redemption Gateway are a mission field and I am blessed to be a part of the faith stories born and nurtured there.

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Jen Lager

Kids 5:00pm Service Coordinator
About Jen

I have been married to my husband, Steve, since 2006. We have three boys, Caedmon, Joshua, and Daniel, and one girl, Saoirse. We have lived in many places around the country but we are really happy to be in Arizona. This is the first place that has felt like home to us.

I was raised in a great pastors family where my parents taught me about the Gospel and showed me Christ’s love from an early age. During high school is when I truly repented and entered a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I am continually thankful for the examples my parents set for me and I long to be that kind of example for my children. Jesus is my treasure and I am grateful I get to serve Him.

I love to see children get excited about Jesus, and my passion is to raise up a new generation of believers. My role at Redemption gives me an opportunity to love on God’s precious children and support the volunteers who serve and teach these children each week.

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Tim Campbell

Director of Global Ministry
About Tim

My wife, Barbara, and I are empty nesters. We have two grown and married daughters and 5 grandchildren.

I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t aware of the presence of God. At the age of 5 a friend told me during a game of hide-and-go-seek that if I believed Jesus was God’s Son I would go to heaven and I said in all sincerity that I do believe that. At the age of 14 I told God that I still believed and wanted to go to to heaven, but I wanted to run my own life. In time, I learned that God’s salvation and His lordship are inseparable.

In seeking to repair the resulting damage at 16 and 17, I turned to the Bible. As my doctrinal knowledge increased, others began to witness to my family and we all came to a saving faith that we understood as grace given to sinners by our Lord and God who personally paid the price for our sins. I don’t know if was saved at 5 or at 17. I do know that I was God’s and He would not let me go.

Thirty-four years later I tend to think more in terms of how God has faithfully grown and used a sinner like me in ways I never could have dreamed of and that is every bit as miraculous as my salvation.

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Cristina Adams

Administrative Coordinator
About Cristina

I married my high school sweetheart, Clay, in 2002.  We have been blessed with two handsome boys, Jacob and Joshua.

I currently help support the leadership team with daily administrative tasks and coordinate events within our congregation and community.

God has always been patient with me and I have always been impatient with Him. I had a stubborn heart and felt I could do better by controlling my future. I was invited to church in 2008 and I was skeptical of what I was going to encounter. I was overwhelmed by the spirit and energy of God’s presence in the worship center and asked for His forgiveness. Immediately, I jumped into God’s word and I grew increasingly impatient that God did not show Himself right away to me. Out of rebellion and anger, I stopped attending and returned to my old ways. Several years later, a friend recognized I needed help and invited me to service at Redemption Gateway. That day, the spirit filled my heart and made me realize, that this is where I needed to be. My heart has been softened and my mind has been opened to receive the gospel. God has shown me new life because I started to trust Him. I can now see God’s work on a daily basis and I hope to share the good news with those like me.

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Christine Reinke

Administrative Coordinator
About Christine

I’ve been married to Chris since September 5, 1998. We moved from Northern California to Arizona 3 days after our wedding. We have 3 boys: Wyatt, Gavin, and Luke.

I grew up in a Christian home, but didn’t fully understand what a personal relationship with my savior meant until after I was married. Through a series of events, my eyes were opened to my truly sinful nature and the fact that Christ’s saving grace was the only thing that would give me hope, and purpose in my life. Now, I try to live a life that brings glory to God! He has done so much for me!!

I help to coordinate and plan events. I assist in finding people to help with childcare, food planning, and setting up of events at the church. I also assist the staff with scheduling and promotion of those events.

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Rebecca Madrid

Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastor
About Rebecca

I have been married to my best friend, Matthew, since June 2001. We have 4 beautiful children; Diego, Celina, Carlos, and Vito.

I was blessed to be born and raised in a home where Christ was treasured and God’s Word was taught regularly. I grew up with a solid understanding of who Christ was and what He had done for me on the cross. However, it wasn’t until I was 15 years old that the Gospel finally penetrated my stony heart. When I realized just how sinful I truly was and my condition before such a Holy God, I cried out to Jesus for salvation! He heard my cry and answered with abundant grace and forgiveness. The Lord has lavished upon me such blessings and riches. He has brought me freedom, peace, and joy. He is a Constant Friend and Guide, my Helper and Defender, my perfect Righteousness. Above all He is my treasure and there is nothing better in this world than Jesus and living each day for Him and the glory of His name!

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Jeremy Rabideau

Audio Production Director
About Jeremy

Brooke and I have been married since 2010. We have a son Tyler, and three daughters: Madalyn, Emily and Lauryn. We love spending time together. We enjoy riding bikes, going to the park, wresting in the family room or just taking a long drive to nowhere so mommy and daddy can talk while the kids take naps!

I have been a follower of Jesus since I was a young child. He continues to show himself to me in new ways. He shows me areas of sin in my life and graciously proves that He is mighty to save and that His blood is enough to cover me. He is continually teaching me that all my efforts to be “good enough” are in fact foolishness. He has given me His spirit and a desire to glorify Him.

I attended classes at The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, Ohio where I attained certification as a sound engineer. I enjoy recording music, running sound and expressing my creativity through music.
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Tom Rowley

Facilities Support Lead
About Tom

I am married to my wife, Sherri.  We have been blessed with two adult children, Josh and Megan.  We are from California and we decided to move to Arizona in 1994.

I am the Facilities Support Lead for Gateway and I have been working for Redemption Church since 2005.  My role consists of keeping the campus clean, preform minor repairs, and assist in setups and tear downs for various events and classes.

I have been a believer for the past 16 years and I have attended Redemption Church since 1997.

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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 Gateway, 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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The Five Loves

Our goal is not merely to connect people, but to make disciples who are growing in what we call The Five Loves. This philosophy shapes every environment at Gateway.

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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