Rick McKee

Lead Pastor

I grew up in Cincinnati with Graeter’s Ice Cream, Skyline Chili and a dysfunctional family. God hunted me down at 16 years old through a High School ministry that reached out to this messed-up, hurting kid. During college, I met Shannon on a summer mission project. I graduated in Economics from Denison University in 1992 and we married the next weekend. We then spent 15 years doing college ministry, while I took seminary classes from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Ashland Seminary. I switched over to being a pastor in 2008. Because I love watching Jesus write stories of redemption, I love welcoming and helping humble sinners like myself, and I don’t mind ticking off a few Pharisees along the way. I have two kids (Caleb & Madison), a pit-mutt named Taco, and my motorcycle.

Jarrod Williams

Associate Pastor

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh. I came over to Ohio to attend Kent State and never left. I wasn’t really raised in the church and I didn’t even know working at a church was an option. When God got ahold of my life in college and I found out that I could spend my days helping people connect with Jesus, I never looked back. On my day off, I love to just be with my family. We are always pretty active and on the move. We love being outside, whether that is the zoo, a park or just a hike. If I get time alone, I am definitely a coffee shop and book kind of guy.

Joan Cannon

Administrative Director

I’m from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. I graduated from Appalachian State University and moved around quite a bit before settling in Roanoke, Virginia where I met my husband, John. We moved to Ohio in 1992. We have 2 daughters, Kelly (born in 1991 and married to Ray) and Kristen (born in 1995). I joined the staff of Redemption Chapel in July of 2009. I love connecting people and seeing them use their gifts in our church. I also love a good chick flick!

Gary Durbin

Worship Arts Director

I was born in Decatur, Illinois, but grew up all over the country. I’m a second generation worship leader and was led to Christ by my Dad at a very early age. I married my wife, Jennifer, in 1999. We have a son named Josh (born in 2004) and a daughter named Jade (born in 2008). In the Summer of 2016, I joined the team as Worship Arts Director. I’ve been in full-time Worship Ministry since 2002, serving in churches in Illinois, Florida, Colorado and now Ohio. My passion is all about helping people truly connect to God. I’m also a songwriter, blogger and a die-hard Celtics fan!

Austin McCann

Student Ministries Director

I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, NC and I’m a die-hard Duke Blue Devils fan. During high school God started to give me a desire and passion for full-time ministry. I attended Piedmont International University where God confirmed in my heart that calling, especially in student ministry. I continued my education at Liberty University School of Divinity. In 2012, I married my wife Crystal and joined the team as the Student Ministries Director. My desire is to introduce students to Jesus and help them understand how to live a life built upon God’s Word.

Peter Knotts

Kidzone Director

I grew up playing all kinds of different sports and Nintendo 64 games in Strongsville, Ohio. After struggling deeply with depression and anxiety for many years, I met Jesus while attending CVCA and then grew closer to him as I pursued Biblical Studies at Eastern University in Pennsylvania. For seven years, my wife Katrina and I were missionaries in South Korea and in 2017 I joined the staff here at Redemption Chapel. I am also currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. Ever since I graduated from college, I have always gravitated toward opportunities to work with kids in ministry. I love to have fun, and I love seeing little ones grow up into disciples of Jesus! I am a huge fan of both the Cavs and the US Men’s National Soccer Team. Katrina and I have a cute little dog named Abbi.

Shannon McKee

Women's Ministry Director

I’m Ohio born and bred and am grateful for those Midwest roots. Growing up, my family changed significantly when my parents both became Christians when I was 10-years-old. It wasn’t long before I followed them and gave my own life to Christ. God sparked my desire for His Word and His kingdom early on and that was fanned into flame when I got involved with CRU at Kent State University in the Fall of 1988. I still can’t get over the fact that (a) God invited me into relationship with Him and (b) that He lets me have a part in His work here on earth. I count it a privilege that my primary callings in life right now are as a wife and a mom. I’m happiest when I’m taking a walk or when I’m reading or writing at my blog… especially if I have a cozy spot and a pot of tea on hand.

Mary Butcher

Kidzone Assistant

I was born & raised in Parma, OH as the youngest of 6 and the only girl. My husband Jack and I were married in 1986. We have 4 boys, Jack (born 1994), Jacob (born 1996), Jarod (born 1999), Jordan (born 2001). It wasn’t until after my children were born that I was led to Christ and we started attending and volunteering at church. I joined the staff in 2010 and I love seeing kids get connected with Christ at an early age. I love spending time with my family and I like jazz music…the funkier, the better!

Allen Williams

Student Ministries Intern

I come, southern rooted, from the great state of South Carolina, I bring with me my wife Johanna, and my two dogs, Dixie and Duke. I graduated from the University of South Carolina in December of 2015, ordained into the ministry in February of 2017 and currently pursuing a ministerial degree from Liberty University. I began serving in vocational ministry at the young age of 18, and since then, God has shown me that full time ministry is my calling and that relational student ministry is my strength. My desire is simply to honor God in everything I do and to make Him known.

Clint Cravens

Tech Director

I’m from Linton, Indiana. We moved to Twinsburg, Ohio at the early age of 10. Ironically I do have a twin brother. Christ sought my heart for a long time before I opened up to him at age 27. Shortly after, I met my wife Leslie. We have been blessed with two amazing daughters, Grace and Sydney. Our journey led us to Redemption Chapel in early 2016, and have been truly blessed by how God has moved in our lives. I became Tech Director in 2017 I’m excited to grow and serve with our team through worship to an amazing God.

Christy Maurer

Welcome Coordinator

I am from Lexington, Ohio and grew up in a Christian home. My parents led me to Christ at an early age and my faith grew from there. When we were just teenagers, I met my future husband Eric. We were married in 2003 and lived in Phoenix for the next few years. After graduating from Arizona State together, we then moved to Akron so I could attend graduate school at Kent State. I joined the staff in 2017 and am happy to help visitors feel welcomed to our church. When I feel the need to unwind, I will often find a closet to clean out or reorganize. I also enjoy photography, good films, cooking, reading, and taking long walks with Eric and our two scruffy terriers.

Amanda Beckenbach


I was born in West Palm Beach, Florida. I was raised Catholic, but came to know Christ while attending a Baptist church when I was 15. I married my high school sweet heart in 1992. We moved to Ohio in 1997 where both my children were born. Tyler was born in 1998 and Alyssa was born in 2001. We currently live on 6 acres and love to entertain families with our pool, zip line and ATV’s! I joined the staff in January of 2017. In my free time, I like to read and watch TV.

Carla Kirtley


I grew up in Fairlawn, Ohio and in middle school I began a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. For most of my professional career, I have worked in higher education as a career coach helping students. In 2016, I married my husband Chris and we bought a small farm house on a few acres in his hometown of Kent, Ohio. In 2016, we were thrilled to find Redemption Chapel and I joined the staff in 2017. My happiest places are found traveling, creating culinary masterpieces, gardening, flower arranging, scouring farmer and flea markets, designing jewelry, and being around animals/nature.

Breanna Shields


I grew up in a Christian home right here in Stow. I knew the gospel from a young age, but my faith became my own throughout high school at CVCA and solidified in college through Campus Focus at Akron U. During that time I married my wonderful husband, Josh, in 2007 and we have two spunky children, Gabriella (2012) and Josiah (2014). We have known and loved Redemption Chapel since we began attending in 2012 and we have experienced so much growth here. I love time with my family and a good house project!

Mandy Schwartz


I grew up in Kent, Ohio and moved to Cuyahoga Falls in 1997. I have been happily married to my husband Ryan since June 1998. We have 3 beautiful daughter’s Amanda, Kaitlyn and Alyssa. I came to Christ 4 years ago and have enjoyed every aspect of Redemption Chapel. I joined the team in January of 2018. I also enjoy serving and teaching Kindergarten classes on Sunday mornings. I love being known as the cookie lady at Christmas time and I enjoy spending time and getting to know all of the people in our church. In my spare time I love to bake, read and hang out with my family!

Melissa Nickle


I have lived in Ohio all of my life and have called Cuyahoga Falls home for most of it. I met my husband Jerome in 1997 and married him in 2002. We have Two kids together Teagan (12) and Cooper (9) and my stepson Shaun (21). I have been a believer in Christ most of my life, I just didn’t live that way until recently. I was baptized in 2017 at Redemption Chapel and we call this our church home. I absolutely love the outdoors. My family and I spend every chance we can being outside. I work as a gardener most of the year, and I love it. In my spare time I spend it with the ones I love, whether it’s sitting by our little pool or hanging by a fire listening to music.


Ron Bensinger

Jack Butcher

John Cannon

Joe Carter

Jim Gray

Andrew Hudson

Dan Larlham

Rick McKee

Cory Potoczek

Andrew Smith