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Our Leadership

Redeemer Elders

             Fred Janke

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Fred and his wife Gloria have three adult children and eight grandchildren, and have been part of Redeemer for seven years. Fred works part time, but spends more time on the golf course!   

            Fred Weber

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Fred, a founding Elder at Redeemer, has lived in TC since 1966, and been active in the Christian Community since the early 90's. He has been married to Barb for 29 years, has 3 grown children and nine grandchildren. 

        Bill Morrison

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Bill is a founding member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and has served as both an Elder and a Deacon. He enjoys fishing, camping, and taking bike rides with his wife.

Chris Millward



Chris is a native of Traverse City and a founding member of Redeemer. He is married to Nicole, also a native of TC, and they have twin boys Noah and Isaiah. He serves on the board of Single MOMM and the NMC Foundation Board where he serves as a member of the Audit & Finance Committee. Chris enjoys being with his family, whether it is on the pontoon boat, on the slopes, or out in the woods.

            Dave Schafer

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Dave is Redeemer's Elder Emeritus. He and his wife Eleanor have been married for 58 years and have four grown children and ten wonderful grandchildren. Dave is passionate about his gardening, and if you hang around long enough you may find yourself with some free food for winter!

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David VanDyk



After having a seasonal home in the area since 2000, David VanDyk and wife Angie moved to the Traverse City in 2014 and joined Redeemer Church at that time. David enjoyed a career as a teacher of Career and Technical Education prior to retirement. He continues to be active in Mercy Ministries in the Traverse City area, currently serving on the board of Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC) and participating in disaster relief activities. Dave and Angie have three children and six grandchildren.

Tim Schramm


Tim is married to Ashley with 4 daughters: Viola, Lilly Anna, Hope, and Hallelujah. He grew up in Kingsley and is a veteran of both of operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

            Jerry Devries

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Jerry and his wife Carol have been members of Redeemer since 2005. They have been blessed with four children and ten grandchildren. "Our prayer is that we would be faithful servants and bring honor and glory to God as aliens on this earth with our eyes firmly set on our heavenly home."

              Bob Israel
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Bob is the church treasurer at Redeemer. Bob retired after a forty year career in banking as well as serving in the U.S. Treasury Department and the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He has been a member at Redeemer for almost a decade.

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        Deb Long

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Deb is the Office Administrator and
Bookkeeper at Redeemer She keeps the pastor squared away! She has been married to husband Howard for 25 years and enjoys camping in beautiful northern Michigan. 


    Connie Van Til
Connie is our pianist and leads the Music Ministry at Redeemer. She has a Master's degree from Calvin Seminary and has been involved in church music and worship ministry for the past 20 years. 
           Heidi Van Til
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Heidi leads our women's ministry and is a founding member along with her husband Ethan. She has a Masters in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and has been leading Bible studies for many years. She enjoys reading, travel, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and son.