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 at Ohio State, Bowling Green and Kent State, while I took seminary classes from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Ashland Theological 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) and two pit-lab mutts (Taco & Vida). I enjoy kayaking, eating bacon, and riding my Harley.

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.

Austin McCann

Associate Pastor

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. I continued my education at Liberty University School of Divinity. In 2012, I joined the team as the Student Ministries Director and in 2019 transitioned into an Associate Pastor. My desire is to serve within the local church and build systems and programs to help people walk with Jesus. My wife Crystal and I have two children – Briana, who we adopted in 2017, and Zion, who we adopted in 2019.

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 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 and a die-hard Celtics fan!

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.

Johnny Fielding

Youth Ministry Director

I was raised in Canton, Ohio, but since high school I’ve lived all over Northeast Ohio. I grew up in the church, but God shook me out of my complacent faith when I was 17. Ever since then I’ve seen the value of youth ministry and have pursued helping students to grow in their faith. I am passionate about equipping students to take what they know about Christianity and put it into action. My wife, Brooke, and I have one daughter, Zion, who was born in 2021, and a Labradoodle named Chaco. I have been a lifelong fan of the Browns, love most anything where I can be outdoors, like to be challenged by repairing cars and electronics, and also enjoy playing video games and board games.

TJ McDonald

Tech Director

I come from the state of New Jersey, just a stone’s throw away from Philadelphia. We moved around to a few different states, but I spent most of my growing years there. I had the awesome privilege of being raised and homeschooled by parents who loved the Lord, and who wanted the same for me. Largely thanks to them, I grew up with a knowledge of God’s love for me from an early age! Fast-forward some amount of years, I transferred to Malone University in 2011, where I graduated with a degree in Music Production in 2013. It was also at Malone that I met my wife, Julia. Since graduating, I have been working full-time in tech/worship ministry – and in 2019 I joined the staff here at Redemption Chapel. I love seeing people find their purpose in giving glory to God. I’m a huge Philly sports fan (go Birds!), and I’m arguably the biggest Chick-Fil-A customer in the state.

Angela Charvat

Finance & HR Manager

I was raised here in Northeast Ohio in a wonderful Christian home. As a pastor’s kid, I came to know Christ as my Savior at a young age.  I met my husband Paul back in 2003, and we have been together ever since.  After graduating from The University of Akron in 2007, we got married. We have 2 energetic boys, PJ (born in 2011) and Paxton (born in 2013).  We live in Tallmadge and first heard about the amazing community of believers at Redemption Chapel through families and friends at our boys’ school, Cornerstone Community School.  We started attending Redemption in the summer of 2018 and absolutely love the ministry of our church. I joined the staff team in 2019 and am so humbled to be a part of what God is doing here. During my spare time I love reading, running, and spending time with my family and friends.

Shaina Tufts

First Impressions and Events Director

I was raised in Cleveland and moved to Kent almost 20 years ago. I grew up in church my whole life but didn’t truly come to Christ until my early twenties. My relationship with Christ is ever growing and still getting stronger. We started attending Redemption in July of 2015 and truly felt like this is home. My husband (Lindsey) and I met in 2014 and married through our church, Redemption in 2016. I have two sons (Aaron and Milan) and two stepdaughters (Ciera and Sonyaunna). I enjoy crafting and making/refurbishing furniture in my spare time along with my husband. I’m so happy and excited to be a part of this church family and to get the chance to serve and spread God’s Word.

Alex Hotz

Youth Ministry Assistant/Young Adults Director

I am from North Royalton, Ohio and very glad to be from the Cleveland Area. I came to Christ through the church that I grew up in. They showed me compassionate love and understanding as they revealed Christ to me. It was near that time that I felt the draw to do student ministry, which is the church ministry I felt most effected by. I graduated in 2019 from Cedarville University with a double major in Youth Ministry and Christian Education. My wife Sydney and I were married in August of 2019. I have experience in leading different ministries in other churches and I am excited to see where Redemption takes me! Some of my favorite things to do are play Ultimate Frisbee and watch movies.

Jake Fitzpatrick

Facilities Manager

I was born In Coatesville, PA. I lived the majority of my life in New Jersey. I found church at a young age and always found a way to get there one way or another, either by finding rides with friends or walking the five miles to get there. It was there that I learned about Gods love and His plan for me. I met my wife Gabrielle at a youth retreat in 2008 and eight years later, we got married. I was homeschooled until high school, and after high school I went to a school of leadership in Columbia, SC. In 2020, I joined the team here at Redemption Chapel. I have been fixing things my entire life, from using a butter knife to tighten screws when I was 8 to working on the Graham building in Philly in my 20’s. I love animals and providing homes for them, something my two dogs, four cats, three snakes, and 200 gallon aquarium will show. I love hiking and camping and exploring the wilderness, and doing what I can to fight entropy by fixing things.

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!

Kristen Tate

Women's Ministry Assistant

I grew up in Philly, PA where cheesesteaks, pretzels, and bagels were the main food groups. My upbringing lended itself to a high performance human mentality and shallow view of God’s grace. Until middle school when a friend invited me to a student ministries event where God got a hold of my heart after I heard the Gospel message. It was then, at 12 that I received His gift of salvation and began pursuing a life with Jesus. Fast forward a decade, I met my husband Ryan while at Kent State in 2001. We married in 2005 and now live in Tallmadge with our four energetic kiddos: Ella (2007), Ben (2009), JJ (2011), and Loralei (2014). Before coming on staff with Redemption I was grateful for the opportunity to be a stay at home mom for 13 years.  I am excited to come alongside our already flourishing Women’s ministry and continue to see God’s Kingdom grow as He writes more stories of redemption for messy people like us.

Isaac Dolan

Youth Ministry Resident

Originally from Macedonia, Ohio, I grew up going to church with two loving and God fearing parents. In 2015, after my dad passed, my faith was challenged in a new way and I began to understand what it meant to own my faith and develop a real and personal relationship with Jesus. I moved to Kent to attend college at Kent State which is where I met my wife, Bailee. Now pursuing a seminary degree, I look forward to pursuing God’s calling on my life to full time ministry and I pray I am able to be a witness to the Lord’s redemption in many lives . In my free time I love to play golf, video games, do some woodworking, and even beatbox!

Carla Kirtley

Administrative Assistant

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.

Wendy Hartenburg


I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University. I grew up knowing God, but made my faith my own while in college.  I met my husband, Peter, while working at an Intervarsity Camp in the UP of Michigan and we were married in 2003.  After living in Columbus, Ohio for a couple years we moved up to Stow.  We have four children, Hannah (2004), Nathan (2007), Seth (2008) and Lily (2010). We’ve called Redemption Chapel our church home since 2011 and have loved being a part of this place! When I have a spare minute I love to run, spend time with my family or curl up with a good book.

Caleb McKee

Youth Intern

I grew up as a pastors kid and I’ve lived in Kent for as long as I can remember. I didn’t begin to fall in love with Jesus until the end of high school. Once I did fall in love with Jesus, my life radically changed and I began to grow in relationship with Him. Since then, I have committed to pursuing ministry, and am going to Grace college to get my bachelors in Biblical Studies. I am a type 8 on the enneagram, and as a result am very driven once I commit to something, and I love to stick up for the little guy. I’m excited to serve God in various areas of ministry.

Keith Fischer


I was born in Ravenna, and eventually moved to Kent when I started working at Kent State. I accepted Christ as my Savior as a middle school student dealing with health issues. A strong youth program and wonderful summer camps helped me through some tough times. I have been married for 30 years and we have a great son. I joined the team here at Redemption in October 2020. I enjoy restoration, volunteering, and giving tours at a historic site in Mansfield.

Shelby Mrazik


I’m a middle child of 3, and was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio by my mother. I moved to Cuyahoga Falls in 2019, and that’s when I found Redemption Chapel. Since then, my relationship with God has grown exponentially. I work full time as a  quality control technician & a full time “dog mom.” I also work closely with women in recovery, after overcoming some of my own addictions. I am a natural giver because of what God has done in my life. I find myself seeking ways to be of maximum service to Him and those around me, while trying to leave people, places, and situations better than when I found them.

Lynetta Swaffer


I was born into a religious home, but did not come to know the real Jesus until after college. I have lived in many states and have had the great privilege of traveling internationally as well! I’ve spent time in South Korea, China, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Suriname, and Greece. I have a passion for the whole world to know the peace found only in Jesus. I am a HUGE fan of Tom Hamilton the announcer for the Cleveland Indians. I have two dogs, Sunshine and Sorun, and also lease a horse, Charm. I love all outdoor activities and enjoy exploring the nature that God created. God brought me back to Ohio in the summer of 2019 and led me to Redemption Chapel in the Spring of 2021. I’m thrilled to join the team and care for the building where my church family meets.


(pictured with their wives)

Mike Brown

Joe Carter

Jim Gray


Rick McKee

Joe Murphy

Don Potoczek

Ryan Shary

Matt Simmonds

Ryan Tate