Welcome to Redemption Gateway Student Ministry

We look forward to connecting!

Who are we?

Redemption Students is our ministry environment for students 6th-12th grade.

What we do?

We meet every Wednesday from 7:00-8:45pm at Redemption Gateway. We are committed to bringing the Gospel through intentional relationships to all of the students who come through our doors. A typical night includes time for students to hang out and get connected, followed by worship and teaching in the Box. The bulk of the night is spent in grade and gender specific small groups led by adult mentors. This time is meant to build long lasting relationships and help students connect the Gospel to their own lives.

Our team of leaders is committed to creating a culture that values our students.

We want to be a place where every name of every student is known.
We want to be a place where the unique story of each student is loved.
We want to be a safe place where students' hearts are centered on Jesus.

Josh Watt

Students Pastor
About Josh Watt

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

Jr. High Student Pastor
About Joshua Ruiz

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 have been there since.  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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Quint Barber

6th Grade Boys Mentor
About Quint Barber

I was born and raised in Arizona, where I’ve lived in a Christian family of two parents and two siblings, with whom I am very close. I graduated high school in 2017 and am currently attending the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University where I expect to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship by Spring of 2020. I came to Redemption Gateway with my family during my Junior year of high school, but I didn’t get connected within the youth group until I was about to graduate. Recently, I have become extremely invested in the people here, whom God has used within my life in ways I never anticipated. Beginning this Fall of 2018, I have begun to mentor an incredible group of 6th grade boys.


God saved me when I was a young child, but I struggled to devote my life to Him because of my naivety. I attended a summer camp in California hosted by Mission Community Church the summer before my Junior year of high school, where I got baptized by a dear friend and personal mentor of mine. I entered a dry season spiritually where I wanted to fight my old way of life to pursue God’s plan for my life, but didn’t know how. The year I graduated high school, God took over my life in a way beyond explanation. Ever since, I’ve been living with a passion and fire fueled by the righteous fear of God. He has moved in absolutely incredible ways within the last year or so, as I’ve purposefully and completely devoted my present and future to Him in hopes that He might use me for His ultimate glory.

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Andrew Manche

6th Grade Boys Mentor
About Andrew Manche

I am the product of a powerful God and a beautiful Savior. Raised in the church, my life was built around the trivialities of moralism and naysaying in order to work my way to salvation. A salvation not based on the justification offered through the righteous Jesus, but on what I could offer myself on my own merit. Paul’s exaggerated boast to the Corinthian Church described me accurately in 2 Corinthians 11:21 “…But whatever anyone else dares to boast of…I also dare to boast of that!” Though Paul only meant this boast as an antic to prove a point, it described the way I viewed myself and my self-proclaimed righteousness.


However much I wished to continue to glorify myself (and I certainly would have if left to my own devices,) the Lord had a beautiful plan for my life. A plan that involved His glory and not my own. He captured my heart by sending me on my first short-term team. It was there that the Lord began a slow “about-face” from looking to myself to looking directly at an eternal God.


Since then, the Lord has called my wife and I into full-time missionary service. He has also given us our first beautiful daughter to nurture and love. We are beyond blessed that we can join with Redemption to faithfully bring up the next generation in the knowledge of the one true Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Lisa Kerber

6th Grade Girls Mentor
About Lisa Kerber

I am a mother to my three biggest blessings, Daniel (18), Katie (14), and Dylan (12). I was just married this fall to the kindest man I know, Tony Kerber. I am so thankful for the story God was writing to bring us together.


I came to faith in Jesus through a high school friend when I was 16. It wasn’t difficult for me to see that I was a sinner in need of a Savior, even at that young age I was a pretty, big mess. It changed my life in every way, I had found the love, peace, and comfort I had been searching for. It’s been a journey and I am so thankful that God has been faithful to me and continues to draw me to him.


My children and I have been attending Redemption Gateway since 2014. We were in a very hard season when we first started attending this church. I am so thankful for all the love and support we received when it felt like everything was falling apart. God used the Student Ministry pastors and the kid’s mentors to love my kids and speak God’s truth to them. I look at where we are all today and see so much evidence of how much we can heal and grow when we are loved well by God and his church. I am so looking forward to being that blessing to others as a mentor.

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Moe Manche

6th Grade Girls Mentor
About Moe Manche

In 2015 I got to marry the man that exceeded my dreams, Andrew Manche. We were blessed with our first little bundle of crazy-fun-awesomeness on June 12th, 2017. I absolutely LOVE being Dottie’s Mama and Andrew’s wife!


I have always believed in God, Jesus, and the Bible as real and true. “Jesus loves me, this I know…” was MY JAM as a child. So, I was exposed to and accepted the basics of faith at an early age.  Church was a part of my life on and off for the majority of my upbringing, and we had a pretty good ‘moral,’ understanding and approach to life. Honestly though, I had a lot of beliefs about God and not much relationship with Him. It wasn’t until I was 8 or so when I started realizing my sinful actions and my great need for Jesus. Through a solid youth group, medical circumstances, a mission trip, and some faithful believers, God spoke to me and began bringing me closer to Him. I am weak and in need of His help EVERYDAY, but He is stronger and will remain my fortress all the days of my life.


Our family has attended Redemption Gateway for 2 years and have found a fantastic community of Jesus followers that we feel at home around and love. I am honored to jump into Mentoring these amazing young ladies each week. Getting to know their authentic self, love who that is, and center them around Jesus and the Word will be a great adventure!

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Bre Charpentier

6th Grade Girls Mentor
About Bre Charpentier

I am a firm believer that God has put certain triumphs and trials in my life to shape me into who I am today.  I am an only child who was born to parents who were over 40, which may be the reason some say I have an old soul; I just think that simplicity is abundant and appreciation is a form of praising the most amazing Creator. I spent a lot of time with people who have been around the block a time or two and I believe this is because He wanted me to learn how to listen, appreciate the simple beauties He has given this world and learn how to be eager to soak in as much wisdom as possible from others while they are still on Earth. I am humbled to know that I have been chosen by God to live a life full of His love and mercy.

I grew up in a home where Christ was not at the center but I was so graciously given people in my life to show me glimpses of what that looks like. I hopped around to all different types of churches with friends until I got my driver’s license. The first Sunday with my license I drove myself to a church here in the valley. Almost 7 years later, after graduating from Red Mountain and getting my degree at NAU in Special Education and Early Childhood Education, I was baptized and I can undoubtedly say that it was the best day of my life! It was that one public act of faith that grew my confidence in sharing Christ with others and now I feel like I’m bursting at the seams wanting to praise Him and express how grateful I am that Jesus brings such goodness to our lives.  At that church, I also had the beautiful opportunity to serve in children’s ministry.  During this time, I met my adventurous husband, Dylan, and we got married February 21, 2015. Since the day I met him, he has kept me on my toes! The military sent us to the breath-taking Whidbey Island in Washington state; there is where God taught me a lot about patience and joy in waiting. He placed a strong desire on my heart for mentoring teen girls.

I want to be able to serve the next generation by walking alongside them and encourage their relationship with Jesus. I prayed for over 3 years for God to make it clear when the doors would open for this opportunity to serve and yep, you guessed it, I landed back in Arizona and found Redemption Gateway through a wonderful family of a former student! I feel so much joy in calling our church my home away from home. I believe it is a huge responsibility and privilege to serve the Lord by walking hand-in-hand with our amazing R/Students and passionate mentors. I pray that this church will have well equipped and humble mentors and families who love Jesus, love each student and will be dedicated to live their lives in a way that others can see Christ through them. I also ask God to open our student’s hearts to Jesus and be able to see the overwhelming love He has for them, as well as, admire the good works He has surrounded their lives with on a daily basis.

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Sara Isaacson

6th Grade Girls Mentor
About Sara Isaacson

I grew up in a Christian family in a small town in Minnesota where I went to high school, met and married my husband Seth. After 13 years and four kids, God called us to Arizona. We have seen his plan unfold for us and it just keeps getting better. Ten years later, we still love it here and are so grateful for God’s goodness in guiding us to Redemption as our church home.


All my life I have had blessings of both good times and bad. God has used these to pull me closer and show me His great love, mercy and grace. He has always been there, and is faithful to keep His promise that He always will be. I’ve also enjoyed God’s sense of humor and have learned to be careful what I ask for, as He truly is a creative God!


After my kids’ experiences at Redemption Youth, and now that all of them can attend, I felt God leading me to become a mentor. It is amazing how God is in every detail of our lives and I am excited to share His love and see what He has planned for us through the student ministry. What a blessing it is to have the opportunity to share life with young women! I pray that I can be as much a blessing to them as they are to me.

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Kristen Schell

6th Grade Girls Mentor
About Kristen Schell

I grew up in Minot, North Dakota, where I had a wonderful childhood growing up in the country and playing with my cousins and younger sister.  I was raised in a Christian family surrounded by the love of my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.  I have known Jesus from a young age, and made the conscious decision to dedicate my life to Him as my Lord and Savior at the confirmation of my baptism in 10th grade.

I attended Minot State University where I graduated with my teaching degree in Spanish and served as a peer minister in Lutheran Campus Ministries.  I met my husband Dale in high school, and we got married in 2000, after graduating with our undergraduate degrees from Minot State University.  We spend 4 years in Oregon, while Dale completed graduate school, then moved to Arizona, where I completed my Masters in Education at ASU.

We now have 2 wonderful children, Sophia and Beau, and we very much enjoy spending time together as a family.  I also enjoy traveling, working out and spending time with young people!  I love my job teaching high school Spanish and am so excited to mentor our amazing group of Redemption Students!

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Eric Drury

7th Grade Boys Mentor
About Eric Drury
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Arnie Ruiz

7th Grade Boys Mentor
About Arnie Ruiz
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Sam Drawbond

7th Grade Boys Mentor
About Sam Drawbond

I have been married to my beautiful wife Carly since the fall of 2014 and in the summer of 2016 our son Simon was born, making our family a trio. We love family time, spending time outdoors, great food and friends.

I grew up in church, often struggling with whether or not I wanted to follow Jesus. I remember fiercely struggling with God around the age of 12 or 13, but God preserved me through those early teen years. It wasn’t till age 17, while on a missions trip, that I surrendered my life and specifically my future, to God. I had been trying to keep those future plans to myself, I didn’t want to allow God to call me to a life of poverty in some foreign country. I was faced with a decision, live my “Christian” life how I wanted, or allow God to have complete control. I chose God’s plan and am still learning amid mistakes and surprises what He has in store for us.

We started coming to Redemption Gateway fall of 2015 it has been great getting to know people in Redemption Young Adults, Redemption Communities, Redemption Kids and now the Student Ministry. I’m excited about building relationships as a mentor.

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Carly Drawbond

7th Grade Girls Mentor
About Carly Drawbond

My husband Sam and I were married in 2014 after graduating from Bible college where we first met. He’s a little bit country and I’m a little bit Rock n’ Roll, we’re proof that opposites not only attract but can work well together! We have a son named Simon who is one and I have the joy of staying home with him. Being a mom has been my greatest adventure so far!

I grew up in a Christian home where we regularly attended church. I professed faith in Christ at the age of 10 and was baptized, but it wasn’t until my teenage years that I began to take my faith more seriously. God showed me that no matter how hard I tried to live a “perfect” life I was always going to fall short, I needed Jesus. The freedom I’ve found in God’s forgiveness and Christ’s righteousness motivates me to help others experience it for themselves.

We have been attending Redemption Gateway for almost 2 years now and are so grateful for this church family! I love working with youth and in college, I helped lead teams of teenagers on mission trips to Mongolia and Tanzania. There’s nothing quite like the energy, creativity, and spontaneity of 6-12th graders. I look forward to Wednesday night every week and I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve these girls!

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Robbin Howey

7th Grade Girls Mentor
About Robbin Howey

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. It is a privilege for me to spend time with these precious girls each week.

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Nicole Reeves

7th Grade Girls Mentor
About Nicole Reeves

I first heard the gospel from a persistent friend in one of my High School science classes.  After attending an apologetics Bible study at a small, local church, I came face to face with my hopeless existence without God and the truth of who this God was and how much He loved me.  My life has been utterly altered since falling in love with Jesus and life in Him continues to be a grand adventure.  My rock-star hubby, Mike, and I have been married for a quarter-of-a-century and we have 3 children: Abi-21, Joshua-17 and Hannah-13.  Our family has attended Redemption Gateway for 6 years and we enjoy being involved in a variety of ways at church.  I am excited to join the youth group mentor team and to get to know and love on the adorable 6th grade girls this year.  Mike and I homeschool our kids ( the two still at home ) and are actively involved in coaching a local speech and debate club where we encourage kids to become effective communicators for Christ.  Gardening, reading, hiking, and music are some of the things I enjoy in my spare time.  Each day I strive to find: something to think about, something to do, and something to love.

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Gianna Bongiorno

7th Grade Girls Mentor
About Gianna Bongiorno

I am a born and raised Arizona native.  I have an older brother and I am a recent high school graduate. My first summer after highschool, I worked my first job.  I lived in Prescott for a month as a summer staffer for the United Christian Youth Camp which is a summer camp for middle school and high school students. I am attending my freshman year of college at Chandler-Gilbert Community College this year and will be there for two years studying

I grew up in a Christian home and attended a Christian church in Gilbert until I was in 8th grade.  Four years ago, my family then began attending Redemption Gateway. Throughout my whole life, I’ve learned and heard God’s truths and have had many stumbles and triumphs in faith throughout my life so far. I was baptized in 2014 at Redemption and have dedicated my life and actions to serve and follow God’s instructions as a christian for his Kingdom.

I have attended youth group since I came to Gateway and loved being mentored. I love seeing God work in people’s lives as well as my own and am passionate about working with young students and seeing how God grows in them. I felt called to mentor by God after high school because I love serving the younger generation.  Throughout high school, I was a mentor at my school to younger students. I also love showing and seeing the girls I mentor  see God’s amazing love for his children. I’m also a enthusiast for travel and love outdoor activities.

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Peety Drury

7th Grade Girls Mentor
About Peety Drury
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Ashley Tyler

7th Grade Girls Mentor
About Ashley Tyler

I moved to Arizona from California at the end of 2011 with my dad, mom, and brother while my sister and her husband stayed in California. It was the best thing to have happened to me because I later met the love of my life, Clay Tyler. We got married in April 2015 and we have a dog/child named Dobby. I currently work at Starbucks and I love it because the people are amazing and the coffee is free!

I was in junior high when I started asking a lot of questions about God and wanting to know more about Him. He used my dad, mom, and grandma to point me to Himself and looking back, I realize just how crucial this age is for kids. I became a Christian at that age and I want to be apart of my students lives pointing them to Christ in the same way my family was. I hope to be someone in these girls lives that they feel they can talk to about anything, knowing I’ll always be on their side rooting for them.

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Andrew Heitman

8th Grade Boys Mentor
About Andrew Heitman

I was born and raised in Arizona, after high school I became a Sun Devil and graduated from Arizona State University. Pursuing my veterinary career then led me to Washington State University where I met my wife, who is also a veterinarian. After both graduating with our doctorate in veterinary medicine, we traveled back to Arizona where we live with our two dogs Sadie and Piper.

Having been raised in a Christian home created a solid foundation for my faith that I relied on throughout the years. Student ministry was a large part of my childhood  up into college, where I was involved with campus ministry. Though my family attended a different church than Redemption, I saw and now know the value and positive impact that student ministry and my mentors had on my life. My wife and I are very excited to be serving at Redemption through student ministry and can’t wait to see how God works.

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Derek Powell

8th Grade Boys Mentor
About Derek Powell
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Eddie Fearing

8th Grade Boys Mentor
About Eddie Fearing
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Kristine Heitman

8th Grade Girls Mentor
About Kristine Heitman

I’m originally from California, after high school I moved to Idaho where I graduated from Boise State University (Go Broncos!). From Idaho I moved to Pullman, Washington and attended Washington State University (Go Cougs!). After all the years of schooling, I graduated with my doctorate of veterinary medicine. While in veterinary school I met my husband Andrew, who is also a veterinarian and we now have two dogs Sadie and Piper.

Over the years I’ve had the privilege of serving on short term mission trips to Mexico, Ecuador and even Mongolia. Having been to remote places has been both inspiring and convicting, to witness what it truly means to depend fully on God. Now in Arizona my husband and I have felt so blessed to be apart of Redemption Gateway, having the opportunity to serve and fellowship through Redemption Communities and Student Ministry.

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Andrea Henderson

8th Grade Girls Mentor
About Andrea Henderson
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Madison Graville

8th Grade Girls Mentor
About Madison Graville
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Evelyn Garay

8th Grade Girls Mentor
About Evelyn Garay

I have been married to Alex since August 2008. God blessed us with four beautiful children Andrea, Noah, Gabriel (who is in heaven), and Sophia. I am very fortunate to be a stay at home mom.

I currently serve in hospitality on Sundays, work for Kids Crew childcare, and now I’m blessed to have the opportunity to serve God and glorify his name by becoming a mentor for our Student Ministry.

I grew up Catholic and the only thing I experienced was emptiness. In 2014 I was invited to Redemption Gateway by my neighbors. The minute worship began, I fell in love with God. I was baptized two months later because God opened my eyes to his unchanging grace. I saw the light of God’s power and I felt something in my heart was different. My priorities in life had changed. I really wanted to know God and it gave me a great hunger to pray and study the Bible. I no longer felt emptiness because the Holy Spirit was with me. I’m forever grateful that when Jesus went to Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sins and to give us power to be a witness for Christ.

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Carie Shinn

8th Grade Girls Mentor
About Carie Shinn

I am an Arizona Native and I married my best friend and high school sweetheart in November 1994.  We have four amazing children: Jordan, Jessica, Trenton and Kohl.  Our two oldest daughters are college students, Trenton is in 8th grade and Kohl is in 5th grade.

I grew up in a Catholic home and our parents took us to church occasionally, My parents divorced and our church attendance dropped significantly, but I knew enough to know that I “believed in God”.  In high school, I started working for a small family owned business.  The owners were the type of people that honored God with their marriage, their business, and their whole lives.  I noticed something was different about them and when they invited me to church, I wanted to go.  I continued attending and got plugged into an Adult Sunday School Class as well.

God used the circumstances in my life and my time at that church to show me that it wasn’t enough to just believe in God; I needed to accept Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior.   I gave my life to Christ when I was 23 years old.  My life has been drastically changed.

Our family has faced some very difficult circumstances in the past; I know without a doubt it was God’s strength and grace that got us through those times.  We have seen God’s work in our lives in miraculous ways.

While I am, and always will be a work in progress, I desire to honor God with my life.  I am so excited to join Redemption Student Ministry as a mentor to the Sixth Grade Girls.  Our family also serves with Redemption Kids on Sunday Mornings.

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Theresa Toth

8th Grade Girls Mentor
About Theresa Toth

In 2009 I married Dan, the love of my life. He is the most kind, humble, patient and crazy funny guy that I have ever known. He makes me “stop” and realize how beautiful life is. I have three children. Paul, Brad and Ariel. Paul and his wife Megan have blessed me with three beautiful Grandchildren, Savannah, Addelyn and Henry. I cherish the moments I spend with each of them.

I recall attending church a few times while growing up. I believed that there was a God but did not know I could have a relationship with Him. After a series of events years later, He grabbed my stubborn heart and turned my life right side up. My relationship with Him continues to grow each day. God brought me to Redemption Gateway and I have never felt more alive.

I’m a caretaker by nature and enjoy the times that I can make a difference in the lives of others. I love seeing God work on the hearts of the young people that He has placed me with. When I watch the students put their faith in Him it melts my heart and I know I’m where I’m supposed to be.

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Ian Boggs

9th Grade Boys Mentor
About Ian Boggs

I have been married to my wife Angela (who also volunteers as a mentor) since I was 19 years old.  We have two children, one of which is in the student ministry.  I grew up the son of a

pastor in southern California with my two brothers.  I value very much the opportunity to get to know the kids in our church and point them toward Jesus.

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Caleb Beeman

9th Grade Boys Mentor
About Caleb Beeman

I grew up the middle child of a five boy family in Mesa, Arizona. I was homeschooled throughout childhood and loved it. While in high school, I earned my Eagle scout award in boy scouts. I graduated in 2012 and started community college at sixteen. I left college with a certificate in computer aided design. I have worked in  landscaping since I was thirteen years old, and become a crew foreman. At the age of 15, God grabbed ahold of my life and my heart and I was baptized soon after that. I started attending Redemption Gateway in 2011, and have been serving with kids ever since. They truly are such a great joy and it’s amazing to see them grow-up and grow their faith.

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Lisa Aiello

9th Grade Girls Mentor
About Lisa Aiello

My husband and best friend, Augie, and I have been married since 1996. We grew

up, met and married in upstate New York. Shortly after getting married, we

moved here and have lived here since 1998.  I am a stay at home mom.   We have

three children, Jacob, Noah and Ava.

Although I grew up in a Christian environment and felt the love of Christ in my life

very early it wasn’t until my mid-twenties that the LORD revealed to me the

reality of my own sin and how much I desperately needed Jesus.  He called me to

turn back to the faith I was familiar with and cherished as a child and earnestly

begin to seek Him. I stand in awe of how He faithfully redeems and restores.  The

more I know Him, the more I love Him and desire to glorify Him.

I have been serving in the student ministry since 2015 and feel blessed to be able

to share Christ with Redemption students.

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Donna Kaplan

9th Grade Girls Mentor
About Donna Kaplan

I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Jeff, since 1993.  We have three wonderful children, Will, Jack and Caroline.  I was blessed to grow up in Christian home where I became a believer as a child.

God has been faithful to me in each stage of life.  I am humbled He has chosen to love me so

extravagantly and graciously. I have always been passionate about teaching children.  My degree is in education and I taught school for 9 years before staying home with our children when our first was born.  After becoming a mom I became passionate about the godly call of motherhood and fellowship with other moms. I have previously served in kid’s ministries and mom’s ministries, but joined Student Ministry here at Gateway when we moved here in 2014 from New Mexico.

God has given me a passion for teens as my own children enter this stage.  I am eager to see the gospel impact and faith grow in the lives of my own children and the students in our ministry I am honored to be able to get to know and love the girls in our group and have a part in their faith stories as God grows and nurtures them in this amazing ministry.

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Megan Tyler

9th Grade Girls Mentor
About Megan Tyler

I am married to my husband Curt for almost two wonderful years. We met through Redemption Gateway’s Young Adults ministry and have both been going to this church for about three years. I became a believer at the age of 15 and immediately fell in love with Christ. His overwhelming grace and  unfailing love captured my young heart. I love working with 6th grade girls, they are silly, loving and so thirsty for the Lord. I am so happy I get to share not only my experiences with them but the Gospel as well.

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Austin Staheli

10th Grade Boys Mentor
About Austin Staheli

I’ve been attending Redemption since 2013 and I really enjoy the diversity within our congregations. I recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with a degree in Christian Studies. I love fishing, hiking, and biking.


I grew up in a home with Christian values, but not in a Christian home. I tried to live a moral life until midway through my teen years. It was then I realized bad things happen to good people. I wanted to know how a good God could allow this to happen? This eventually led me to identify as an atheist. During the summer of 2012 God radically captured my heart. Since then I’ve been passionate about sharing the gospel with teens wrestling with the brokenness of this world.

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Daniel Toth

10th Grade Boys Mentor
About Daniel Toth

My beautiful, amazing wife Theresa agreed to marry me back in 2009 on a beach in Maui.  Best decision of my life. My daughter Ariel is a constant joy. I appreciate the depth of her heart. I spent my childhood and adolescent years in Mesa, AZ. My parents did a good job keeping me plugged into various churches while I was under their roof. As I set out on my own, the concepts obtained through the years of continued exposure influenced my decisions. Good thing too. Life can become pretty complicated between the ages of 17-23.

As I grew older, I returned my focus to the Gospel but approached the subject from a legalistic viewpoint. At one point, I felt satisfied that I was suppressing my outward sin, showing up to the right events and making the appropriate sacrifices. That kind of satisfaction leads to a perception of entitlement to God, at least for awhile. However, in time, I became aware of my inward sinful nature and my inability to rein in the rebellion in my heart. As I grappled with the futility of it all, God set me on a path that ultimately led me to understand how broken I was and the true value of His grace. As Jesus continues to work on my heart and mold my life, I’m humbled to have the opportunity to share His love and sacrifice through the Student Ministry.

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Juan Williams

10th Grade Boys Mentor
About Juan Williams

I am blessed with a wife Daphne, and two sons Hezekiah and Israel.

In my youth my life was marked by selfishness. My focus was purely on myself and what I could get out of life. In 2003 Christ came into my life and saved me and showed me that life is not about myself but it’s about him and his will. Now I live my life in the hope of Christ and serving him.

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Angela Boggs

10th Grade Girls Mentor
About Angela Boggs

I am married to fellow mentor, Ian Boggs. We will be celebrating our 20th anniversary this September. We have two great kids, Aden and Logan.

My heart has always been with students. Through the last several years, I have served students both in church and at House of Refuge. I am so thankful that the Lord has put so many great students in my life. They truly make my heart dance.

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Stephanie Scallon

10th Grade Girls Mentor
About Stephanie Scallon

I have been married to my husband, Greg since April, 1998. We have two wonderful

and sometimes crazy children Sydney and Will. My family started attending church when I was in elementary school and in 6th grade during sunday school I went forward to “pray the prayer” and God saved me. My faith has always been the one sure thing in my life. God has grown me in my faith since that day through trials and mistakes I’ve made. He has continually shown me his love, grace and protection. I am always amazed to look back at my life and see God’s hand in so

many moments. I’m grateful that he continues to grow me and teach me things through his word and by using others in my life (even though at times it’s not fun). It’s very humbling to think that I get to be part of God’s story and share with others his never ending grace and love.

Student ministries is a blast! Grateful is the word that keeps coming to mind as I think about getting to walk beside these young teens as they navigate through this crazy life with all it’s silliness, sin, doubts, fears and questions. It’s a blessing to help them see God’s truth in it all and pray for them, love on them and be part of their story.

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Paul Swiatkowski

11th Grade Boys Mentor
About Paul Swiatkowski

I am an Arizona native and married to my highschool sweetheart, Megan. We have three children. For the first 27 years of my life I served myself and my family. During a hunting trip with some friends, God changed my life. In 2012, I started attending my first church ever, Redemption Gateway. Since then, God has used the body to do great things in my life. My wife and I currently foster teens. I manage a bank for Chase and enjoy anything outdoors.

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Susanne Grattopp

11th Grade Girls Mentor
About Susanne Grattopp

I have been married to my high school sweetheart since 1998. We have 3 kiddos, Lauren, Joshua, and Brennan. We have lived in Arizona for the last 11 years and have been attending Redemption Gateway since it first started. In my free time, which doesn’t seem to be a lot these days, I love to travel with my family, hike, or do anything outdoors.

I grew up in a military family and then married a military guy, which I said I would never ever do. God knew better though. As a first born, military brat and wife, I’ve always had an independent nature and like to do things on my own, not thinking I need much from anyone else. However, through some dark times in high school and college, God brought me to my knees, showing me my desperate need for Him. Jesus grabbed my heart at 17 and I am thankful He continues to find me moldable. He is daily refining me through being a wife and mother and I am continually reminded of my need for Him.

Seeing how my husband was truly shaped by his mentors in student ministries when he was in Jr. High and High School, gave me the desire to be a part of Student Ministries at Gateway. I love our students at Gateway and am thankful to be a part of the 8th grade (almost 9th) girl’s lives. It is a blessing to be able to walk through this crazy time of life with them and point them to Jesus.

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Clay Tyler

12th Grade Boys Mentor
About Clay Tyler

I was born in Nashville, Tennessee and moved to Arizona when I was seven years old. I was homeschooled up to 5th grade and attended Junior High at Fees Middle School and Santan Junior High. I went to high school at Basha High School and graduated in 2007. After high school I went to ASU and graduated with my Bachelor and Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 2012, I found out about Redemption Gateway through a friend and I’ve been attending ever since.

I met my wife Ashley at a community group at Gateway and about a year later we started dating. A year after that we were engaged and were married on April 18, 2015!

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Lauren Ruiz

12th Grade Girls Mentor
About Lauren Ruiz

I married Joshua January 22, 2005. We have 4 kids, and live in a constant state of chaos. I don’t think we would know what to do with ourselves without the whirlwind of crazy.

I am a stay at home mama and I love anything and everything crafty. I was raised Catholic and often have to still fight the urge to cross myself. I didn’t have a real relationship with God or fully understand what it meant to be forgiven until after my first daughter was born. In a moment of pure exhaustion and defeat God grabbed ahold of my heart, and I’ve been his grateful daughter since. I have truly enjoyed growing in faith and community here at Redemption. I’ve never experienced anything like it, and am looking forward to many years to come.

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Megan Swiatkowski

12th Grade Girls Mentor
About Megan Swiatkowski

I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart and best friend, Paul, since May of 2006. We have three beautiful children, Savannah, Addelyn, and Henry. We are also a foster family!

Our family has been at Gateway for almost four years. When we first started attending, I believed in a distant God who would one day be pleased with me if I could be “mostly good,” or at least appear that way. I lived for the approval of man, consumed by anxieties of comparison and perfection. God used the teaching and relationships here to pursue and reveal himself to me. I now know that through Jesus, God is anything but distant. He wants to walk in close relationship with me. Everyday I am humbled and reminded of my brokenness, yet encouraged and overwhelmed by his redeeming love and grace.

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Aubrey Watt

12th Grade Girls Mentor
About Aubrey Watt

Josh and I got married in July 2007, just about 11 months after we first met.  We moved to Texas the weekend after our wedding and we spent 3 years there. In 2010 when our oldest son Elijah was 8 weeks old, we moved back home to Arizona.  In 2012 our second son Roman was born, and in 2013 our third son Jude was born.

God saved me in 2004.  He opened my eyes and I could finally see.  I could see my brokenness, my hopelessness, and my inability to make myself happy, but I could also see His love, His tenderness, and His pursuit of me even though I didn’t deserve it.  God used the Bible and a few wonderful people to shape my understanding of Him and His grace through Jesus Christ.

I co-lead a wonderful group of high school girls!

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