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Pastor Akers
Date: December 10, 2017
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Senior Pastor

William Allison

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Rev. William Allison has been serving as a pastor at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer since June 1985 when he was installed as Associate Pastor. His call focused on Minister of Education and Youth. He was then called to serve as the Senior Pastor; he has served in that capacity since September, 1993.

Pastor Allison attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and was awarded the M. Div. degree and spent his vicarage at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont, California, which is also the church to which he accepted his first call into the ministry in 1981. He also served as Associate Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crown Point, IN before accepting the call at Redeemer.


Pastor's wife, Sue, teaches second grade at Redeemer Lutheran School.  Their oldest son, Steve, is in Orange Beach, AL and their youngest son, Matt,  lives in Kokomo with his wife, Jen.

 Pastor Allison loves to play golf, fish and spend time with his family.  

"For the past 25 years it has been an honor to shepherd God's people here at Redeemer.   I love my visits with the shut-ins, getting to know the member of the church and meeting the students at Redeemer Lutheran Church and School."

"My office door is always open to meet and greet you." 


Associate Pastor

Barry Akers

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Pastor Barry Akers is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He joined the staff of Our Redeemer in December of 1999 after serving two different congregations in Missouri. Pastor Barry is a 1987 graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin and a 1991 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.

A veteran of youth ministry, Pastor Barry serves as Our Redeemer's Associate Pastor.  Among his duties include working with the Boards of Deacons, Parish Life and Christian Outreach, and coordinating ministries to the families of Our Redeemer.  In addition, he also serves as the pastoral advisor for the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod's Servant Event Committee.

Pastor is dad to Hannah and her husband Jonathan, Ben and his wife Amber, and Caleb.  He cherishs his grandchildren Matthew, Elizabeth, and Lydia.  In addition to spending time with his family and friends, he enjoys reading, singing, walking his dog, and coaching soccer at Taylor High School.

"I feel extremely blessed," said Pastor Barry, "to serve our great God at such a caring and loving church like Our Redeemer and in a wonderful community like Kokomo." 

 


Director of Christian Education

Jonathan Guse

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Jonathan Guse has been a member of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer since August 1998 when he began attending confirmation classes.  After his graduation from High School in 2005, he began volunteering as one of the leaders of “The Grounds,” the high school youth group and has participated in several servant events and mission trips as both a participant and as a leader.

 

 

In May 2010, Jonathan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education in Social Studies from Indiana University Kokomo.  After graduation, he began applying to find a teaching job.  During this time, he chaperoned the 2010 LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans, LA.  It was there that he felt called by God to work for his Kingdom full time and decided it was time to pursue a Director of Christian Education (DCE) Certification.

 

After making this decision, he began his work through Concordia University St. Paul and completed his certification in November 2012.  He then accepted the official call from our congregation to serve as the Director of Christian Education

 

Jonathan enjoys spending as much time with his wife Breanna as he can in addition to spending time with friends.

 


Church Secretary

Bev Beahrs

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Business Manager - Church Finance

Jerry Kraase

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Director of Music -- Organist

Florence Moeller


Choir Director - Praise Team Leader

David Britton

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Bell Choir Director

Juanita Martin-Davis


Head Custodian

Rick Ponder


Part-Time Custodian

Bill Barton