Kristen Tate

Gary Durbin

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.