Ashley Herr-Lead Pastor
I was raised on a farm outside a small town in Southeast Iowa. Although I grew up in a Christian home and have known Jesus my entire life, it was not until a friend asked if he could start a new church in our living room that I began to truly realize the depth of my sin and appreciate what Christ did for me on the cross. Ever since, I have seen how God’s plans have always been greater than mine. After graduating from Iowa State University with a degree in electrical engineering and spending 17 years in the telecommunications industry, God called me to step into the role of lead pastor of the church that had begun in our living room just seven years earlier. I currently live near downtown Arlington Heights with my wife, Jill, and our two boys, Ethan and Sean.
Andrew Brantley-Associate Pastor
I was born and raised in Kansas City, MO and moved to Chicagoland for seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Church has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and by God’s grace there isn’t a time that I can point to where I have not called myself a Christian. However, I only really began to understand the gospel during my later high school years. My highest aim in life is to know and love God and help others know and love Him, too. I live in Arlington Heights with my wife (and best friend!), Kara, and our son Owen. In my spare time, you can probably find me reading, going on adventures with my wife, and cheering on the Kansas City Royals.
Dale Rakebrandt-Lay Elder
I grew up in Milwaukee, WI, and attended Ridgewood Baptist Church with my family. It was there that I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of 9. I attended UW-Milwaukee, graduating with a degree in accounting. I served in youth ministry for many years and, in 1999, I moved to Illinois so I could take classes at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In 2010, I married the love of my life, Katy. We have 2 children, Scott, and Stephanie, and a daughter-in-law, Kyra. I work as a general contractor, specializing in bathroom and kitchen remodels. I live in Palatine where I enjoy cycling, exercising, fixing up our home, and getting together with family and friends.
What are elders?
Elders—also called pastors, bishops, and overseers in the New Testament (Eph. 4:11; 1 Pet. 5:2; Acts 20:28)—are the leaders of the church. They are men chosen for their ministry according to clear biblical qualifications (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). The elders are always spoken of in plurality because God intends for more than one man to lead and rule over the church as a safeguard for both the church and the pastor. The elders’ duties include oversight of doctrine, discipline, and direction.
Redemption is an elder-governed church, not a congregational or member-governed church. It is our view that Scripture does not call for the church to be run by the members in a democratic fashion but clearly teaches that the elders are the directors, managers, and overseers of the church. This does not mean that the elders will not seek the input of the members when making decisions for the church. It is the desire of the elders to be as open as possible with the members of the church and to seek as much input as possible from the members in order to make decisions that reflect the conscience first of God and second of the membership of the body. It is the hope and prayer of the elders that we will lead Redemption in humility and with godly motives. We are always open to brotherly and sisterly discussion, feedback and/or advice, as long as it is given in love and with the understanding that the final decision rests in the hands of the elders. And we would appreciate your prayers for wisdom and discernment to lead Redemption in a manner that is holy and blameless.