Started on Staff — September 2002
Tim Suttle is the senior pastor and primary teaching pastor at Redemption church. Over the past 20 years Tim has helped plant three thriving churches in the Kansas City area, including Redemption Church (Olathe, KS), Vintage Church (Lawrence, KS), and Lakeland Community Church (Lee’s Summit, MO). Once upon a time, he was the founder and lead singer of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul (Ardent/Forefront Records), with whom he toured for nearly a decade.
These days Tim writes for The Huffington Post, Sojourners, and has written several books, including his most recent Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), as well as Public Jesus (The House Studio 2012), and An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade 2011). His blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos. Tim holds degrees from Kansas State University (B.S.), and Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Tim lives in Olathe with his wife Kristin and their two boys, Nicholas and Lewis. You can find out more about Tim’s writing and ministry at www.timsuttle.com.
Loves: “I love spending time with Kristin and my boys. They are my favorite people on the planet, and we have so much fun together. I love reading books, writing books, listening to audiobooks… pretty much anything to do with books. I enjoy golfing, running, snow skiing, and travelling.”
Here are few websites Tim frequents: www.missionstclare.com • timsuttle.blogspot.com • theonion.com
Started on Staff — January 2008
Mandy Hill, our director of Compassion ministries, has been a long time member of Redemption Church. Mandy has served in many different areas of ministry, and has been instrumental in establishing Compassion and outreach ministries at Redemption Church.
She has helped to forge partnerships with local ministries such at Mission Adelante, Hope Center,and Via de Esperanza. She joins us now in an official capacity as the director of this vital and growing area of our ministry. When asked about her philosophy of ministry she responded : "my hope is to help people find a path to join in the redemptive work God is doing in our community and in the world." Mandy Lives in Overland Park with her husband Bill and two above average children, Lucas and Sophia.
Favorite websites: Epicurious.com • illdoctrine.com • sojo.net • explorefaith.com • bankofamerica.com.
Started on staff - March 2014
Cole McGee, our youth minister, graduated from Manhattan Christian College with a B.S. in Family Ministry in 2007.
Cole has a desire to see the youth of Redemption flourish and become the kind of person that God created them to be. He prays for them to know God's story, and for youth of all ages to see themselves as part of it. When asked about his philosophy of ministry he said, "I believe that youth are not the future of the church, I believe they are an equal member of the church. I seek to create space for youth to understand what God is already doing in their lives and community."
Here are a few websites Cole frequents: theatlantic.com | 9to5google.com | boardgamegeek.com | fivethirtyeight.com
Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
Started on staff - May 2008
Beth Price was our compassion ministry leader since 2008, but began the position of Administrative Assistant/Office Manager in March 2011. "I loved my time serving in our compassion ministry; not only to watch our church family draw closer to God through serving others, but for the change in my own heart towards the people of this world. Now God has presented an opportunity to serve in another capacity where I can use the administrative and organizational skills he’s given me."
Beth came to Redemption Church with her family in 2005, and has been involved in the church in many ways. She is currently serving on the Elder Board and leads a community group. Beth graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Administration. She lives in Olathe with her husband Marty and their three boys - Brad, Matthew and Sam. Her passions include sharing Jesus' love with people, watching tennis, and reading.
Her “favorites” folder includes the website for the most recent tennis match, foodnetwork.com, and brianregan.com.
Elementary Director | Started on staff - May 2017
Valerie McGee, our K-4 Elementary Director, has been a member of Redemption Church since March 2014. Valerie has her B.S. in Biblical Studies from Manhattan Christian College, her B.S. in Elementary Education with an area of concentration in English as a Second Language from Kansas State University and her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Emporia State University. She works full-time as an elementary ESL teacher at the neighborhood elementary school and serves in the Redemption Church youth ministry as a small group leader. Valerie lives in Olathe with her husband Cole and their dog Ada.
Favorite Websites: www.nearpod.com, www.sacredspace.ie, www.pinterest.com,
Redemption church is led through the partnership of pastoral staff, church staff and the elders. These three groups work together to discern God’s leading for our church and then to plan and execute toward that leading. The elders have final say over staffing, financial, and spiritual leadership issues. We attempt to do everything by consensus and generally abide by the admonition from scripture: “be subject to one another.” We do everything out in the open and anyone can see our budget/financial records at any time. Our current elders are Bill Hill, Tyler Pittenger, Beth Price, Scott Robinette, Jim Schmidt, Tim Suttle and Larry Woulfe.