What is Redemption Kids?

We want to make church a place kids want to be!

Redemption Kids is a safe and loving environment where kids will have a blast learning about God. We strive to make it a place where parents will feel comfortable leaving their children in our care.

Who is Redemption Kids for?

Redemption Kids is offered at every service for all children from birth through 5th grade. Children age 2 and up will participate in age appropriate and Bible-centered lessons, songs, crafts and activities designed to help them learn who God is and how they can relate to him.

What makes Redemption Kids Possible?

Redemption Kids is staffed by an incredible group of trained and background checked volunteers who are dedicated to providing intentional love and care for the children and families in our community. Anyone interested in joining our team and partnering with us can begin the process by signing up for Start Here.


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Josh Yasuda

R/Kids Pastor
About Josh Yasuda

I have been married to Rachael since 2009 and we have two daughters, Autumn and Elliot. I have lived in Arizona ever since going to the University of Arizona in 2002. I love it here and am blessed to call Arizona home. 

From 2006 to 2020 I taught high school math. I love teaching. I love everything about it, but mostly, I love the interaction with kids and students. It has been an honor to be a small part of the lives of kids and seeing them grow. I am excited to be the Kids Pastor here at Redemption Church Gateway. Jesus loves kids! What a blessing to be able to love and serve kids so that they might come to know, love and follow Jesus! 

I have also completed a Master’s of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, which is now Gateway Seminary. If there is one thing I know is that God not only uses us to teach kids, but He also uses kids to teach us. So while I may have a Master’s of Divinity, I know that God has a ton to teach me still through parenting my girls and through serving our kids here at Gateway.

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Jen Natzke

R/Kids Administrative Coordinator
About Jen Natzke

I have been married to Derek since February 2003. We have six kids together: Berlynn, Alana, Liam, Paisley, Charli, Roman. Their ages span from teenagers to preschool.  We love to be active and run lots of races and have fun at the gym.  I grew up in a family that was called Christian, however, grace and acceptance was very merit based. If I performed well, things would go well. I never wanted to be the one to underperform. My understanding of grace was limited to the one time sacrifice on the cross. Jesus died for my sins, but you better do your part. Derek was Catholic when I married him which didn’t help my merit based concept of grace. Through many years of prayers Derek decided to step out of the Catholic Church and we happened upon Redemption. This began the transformation. My understanding of grace is no longer limited to the past. I know see the grace in the future promises but also in every present moment. It is so reliving to know (and believe) that Christ’s one time sacrifice was enough. I am accepted and can stand before the Father because of HIS merit and not my own. The freedom that this brings is life changing and I never grow tired of seeing how God grows me in this every day. 

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Laura Lefevre

R/Kids Curriculum Director
About Laura Lefevre

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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Val Shinpaugh

Volunteer Coordinator
About Val Shinpaugh
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Brooke Burns

Resource Coordinator
About Brooke Burns
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