After graduating from the University of Nebraska with a BA in Integrated Studies in 1984, Pastor Winter attended and graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1988. His first call was to Salem Lutheran Church of Rosehill, in Tomball, Texas. There he met and married Jami Durrett in 1990. They have two children, Mary and Chase.
The Winters enjoy reading, cooking together, road trips, entertaining, and spending time with their family (parents and siblings in Colorado and Texas, Mary and her husband, David, and Chase and his wife, Krista, in Omaha, Nebraska).
Youth & Young Adult Pastor
Pastor Phil is from San Antonio, Texas. He holds a B.A. in theological languages from Concordia University in Chicago and and an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He graduated from the seminary in 2015 and was ordained at Redeemer.
In August of 2015, he married Kate, an account supervisor for a marketing firm.
Their son, Wyatt, was born in 2018.
The two especially enjoy music and hiking, and have a Boxer named Soho and a Great Dane named Sadie.
Pastor Phil is passionate about helping others experience the freedom found in Christ, and enjoys working to model Gospel freedom and healthy relationships with all.
Director of Missions and Small Groups
Jeff spent the first half of his life in the great states of South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa. God used a high school small group to direct his life. After receiving his ministry degree and diploma, Jeff spent seven years ministering in sunny St. Pete, Florida, and five years in DeWitt, Iowa. Peoria has been his home ever since.
It gives Jeff great joy to help others experience the richness of God’s Word, Christian community and purpose at Redeemer. He also serves Christ in the East Bluff as a hobby. Jeff hangs out with friends, watches sports, and reads for fun. He has black cat with a white throat named Davy Crockett. Cat goes by “Preacher.”
Director of Music Ministry
Scott was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and joined the Redeemer staff in 1996. Through his work he supports people using their musical talents to praise God, and enjoys watching them discover gifts they didn't know they had.
Scott and his wife, Lorraine, have three children – Roxanne, Vincent, and Trisha. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and consuming mass quantities of vintage Dr. Who.
Director of Children's Ministry
Jen is originally from Colorado, growing up in the foothills outside of Denver. After attending Concordia in Seward, NE, she got her M.A. in Biblical Studies from Denver Seminary.
Jen works with children from birth to 8th grade, and enjoys seeing the laughter and joy of kids as they learn about faith and what it means for their lives.
In her free time, Jen enjoys visiting new places, watching superhero movies, and taking pictures of God's creation.
Jamie came to Redeemer as business manager in 2009, and can describe her job in one word: paperwork. She enjoys seeing God working through new programs, and one of her favorite things about working at Redeemer is being able to pray for someone.
When not working, Jamie is a hockey mom, Cubs fan, and HGTV enthusiast.
A Peoria native, Katie graduated from Illinois State with a degree in music after spending five years with the Big Red Marching Machine. She came to Redeemer in 2008, and would describe her job as "making things pretty".
In her spare time, she enjoys going to estate sales, working on side businesses, thinking about how awesome the 80s were, and playing Nintendo.
Early Learning Center Director
Sue has a passion for children and has been in the early childhood field for more that 20 years before coming to Redeemer in 2017.
She and her husband Tom and have three children, five granddaughters, and two dogs. Sue enjoys spending time with her family, going on road trips, reading, and relaxing.
Building & Grounds
Jeff has been with Redeemer since 1999, maintaining the building and grounds, assisting pastors and staff, and even giving an occasional hug when needed.
Jeff enjoys working at Redeemer because no two days are alike, there is always a challenge, and he gets to do "a quiet ministry". According to urban legend, he sleeps on a cot in the back room. (How else could he do all he does?)
When he has some free time, he enjoys bike riding and doing genealogy research with his wife, Donna.
Director of Care Ministry
Phyllis began her work in Care Ministry in 1994. She loves sharing her passion for the Lord with those who need hope, a listening ear, and a hug.
Phyllis was baptized and confirmed with her husband at Redeemer in 1967. They have four children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
During her off hours Phyllis enjoys going on rides with her husband, caring for their four dogs, crocheting, and not sharing her secret salad dressing recipe.
Johanna joined us in 2019, bringing with her extensive experience as a church administrative assistant. She welcomes visitors with a smile, and enjoys working with the people who radiate God’s love.
When she’s not at Redeemer, Johanna enjoys spending time with her husband and five children (ages 11-30), baking (although, since she also likes to eat what she bakes, she does not do that often), and reading Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (even when her kids roll their eyes at her).
Care Ministry Assistant
Angie came to Redeemer in 2018. She tries to encourage and bless those who come through the doors with prayer, and sometimes, food. Her favorite part of working at Redeemer is the people she meets and the stories she hears.
When she's not working, Angie enjoys mud volleyball and free samples at the grocery store.
Assistant Preschool Director
Louisa received her BA in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University Chicago, and have taught 2-4 year old children for over 20 years. She and her husband David have been married for 30 years, and have six children.
Louisa lives on her family’s farm, and in her spare time enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, crocheting, and going for walks.