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Our Team

Redeemer is an Elder led church. The Elder Team is made up of a group of wonderful, biblically qualified men who, under Christ's headship, manage and shepherd Redeemer to the accomplishment of its mission. The Staff Team works day to day to love Redeemer's family, organize ministry, and equip our people to joyfully follow Jesus and help others do the same.


Mitch Maher: Lead Pastor and Elder

Mitch has served as Redeemer's Lead Pastor since August 2008. He's a graduate of both the University of North Texas and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), enjoys preaching and teaching the Scriptures, and is very excited about what God is doing at Redeemer. Mitch is married to Tara and they have three daughters, Macy, Molly, and Maddy.

Forrest Bjerkaas: Elder

Forrest has long served as a Community Group Leader at Redeemer, and among other roles, he's also taught faithfully in our Adult Sunday School. Forrest is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and worked for Shell Oil Company for 37 years prior to recently retiring. He is married to Susan, and they have two children, David and Rachel.

Brian Carey: Elder

Brian and his family have been a part of Redeemer for a number of years, and in that time has served in several different ministries, including Student Ministry and Kids Ministry. Brian is originally from Houston area, and currently works as a custom home builder for Quintessa Homes. Brian is married to Shelli, and enjoys spending time with their children, Matthew, Chloe, and Issac. In regard to the people of Redeemer Community Church, Brian's passion is for truth and evangelism.

Erin Doe: Elder

Another wonderful layman in our church, Erin serves as a Community Group Leader, a Junior High Sunday School Teacher, and a faithful member on our World Missions Team. A graduate of both West Point and Duke University, he's an ophthalmologist with Berkeley Eye Center. Erin is married to Paulene, and they have six kids: Frederick, Alaric, Charlotte, Peter, Benjamin, and Charis.

Chris Hollister: Elder

Chris has been a part of Redeemer since early 2007, and in that time has served in several different ministries, including Kids Ministry as well as a Community Group Leader. Chris moved around a lot in his growing up years, but probably would call Southern California home. He currently works as an Exploration Manager for Chevron. Chris and his wife Kathy enjoy spending time with their children, Megan, Daniel, AJ and Abby. In regard to the people of Redeemer Community Church, Chris is passionate about building strong and faithful families.

Chris Long: Elder

Chris has been a part of Redeemer since 2006 and has served in various ministries including Community Group Leader, Student Ministry volunteer, World Missions team member, and Deacon. Chris is a graduate of the University of Illinois and is a Chemical Engineer working for Shell Oil Company. Chris and his wife Randi have three grown children. 


Lauren Grossman: Kids Director

Lauren is from Temple, TX. A graduate of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin with a degree in Child and Family Development, Lauren loves working with the kiddos of Redeemer. She married Matt in August 2018, and they’ve jumped right in to help our kids know the joy of following Jesus!

Marcus Dowell: Student Director

Marcus is a Missouri native but a true Katy resident as of late. He graduated from Evangel University with a Bachelor Degree in Business and a minor in Student Ministry. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, for 1 year. They are expecting their first child, Hadley Grace, in October. He is passionate about hunting, everything sports related, working out, anything outdoors, and spending time hanging out and talking to students about Jesus. 

Antonio Muñoz: Spanish Director

Antonio is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute (B.A., 2001) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 2005). He has pastored churches in Mexico City, Chicago and Dallas and launched Redeemer en Español in October 2016. Antonio is married to Becky and they have two daughters, Jessica and Susanna.

Mark Wells: Worship Director

Mark has served as Redeemer's Worship Leader since 2000 and was a solo Christian artist in his earlier years. He graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S in Industrial Distribution and had a touring contemporary Christian band while in school. His day-job is Vice President of Operations for Wells Kimich Office Furnishings in Houston. Mark worked as a volunteer leader for Young Life for five years, served as an Area Director with Young Life in West Houston for seven years, and has earned a MABS degree from DTS. He is passionate about ministry and music and has taught all levels of Sunday school from Kindergarten through adults, and also served on our Elder Team. Mark is married to Julie, and they have three children, Bekha, Kelsey, and Jarrod.

Sara Skelton: Assistant to the Lead Pastor

Sara serves our church as the Assistant to the Lead Pastor and oversees the Administrative Assistant. She is a graduate from Dallas Baptist University where she met her husband, Kyle. They have two children, Macynn and Micah. The Skelton family has been members of Redeemer for over 4 years. 

Ileana Wheeler: Administrative Assistant

Ileana, native of Mexico City, has an accounting background and has been married for 25 years to her husband, Chris. She has three beautiful girls: Hope, Faith and Erin. Ileana is passionate about learning more about God, teaching others about the Bible, actively volunteering and serving others. She is very grateful to the Lord for giving her a new life in Him.