Redeemer’s Elder Board Members are responsible for spiritual oversight of the congregation.
Redeemer’s Deacon Board Members are responsible for the well-being of the church facilities and property.
With a passion for helping others to think Christianly about their faith, ministry, and daily lives, Sten-Erik also serves as Advisor for Spiritual Formation and Adjunct Professor of Educational Ministries and Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he earned his ThM in 2012. In his final year of the ThM he was awarded the Rollin Thomas Chafer Award for his work in apologetics as well as the H. A. Ironside Award in Expository Preaching.
Sten-Erik is married to his beautiful wife, Lisa, and they have three amazing daughters. Sten-Erik and Lisa refer to their home in Garland as “Armitage Acres.” There, surrounded by suburbia, you’ll find a koi pond, chickens, dogs, llamas, alpacas, possums, and an ever-threatening family of coyotes. By the way, “Armitage” rhymes with “Age.”
Kent Barnard played an indispensable role in founding Redeemer Bible Church in 1999, and subsequently served as chairman of the Deacon Board for the congregation’s first nine years. He joined the staff full time in 2010. He works closely with the other pastors and boards to provide pastoral care to individuals in the congregation. Prior to serving here, he served in senior leadership roles at other Christian organizations. Born and reared in Canyon, Texas, Kent accepted Christ at a youth camp when he was 12, and later attended Dallas Bible College, where he majored in Christian Education. He and his wife, Jane, live in Dallas and have two adult daughters.
Heidi grew-up in Dallas as the baby of the family with three older brothers. Her mother led her to Christ when she was five-years-old. As a teenager, Heidi became the big sister to two little sisters adopted from China. After earning her B.A. in Church Music from Moody Bible Institute in 2003, she went on to attend Dallas Seminary where she graduated with an M.A. in Christian Education. She enjoys reading, urban chicken farming, and gardening. Heidi is incredibly blessed to be married to Daniel Heideman.
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Joel grew up in Vancouver, WA in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Having always loved music, he graduated from Corban University with a bachelors in Music Education and Piano Performance. While he was teaching high school choir in Oregon, Joel felt God calling him to church ministry. He and his family moved to Dallas in 2014 so he could attend Dallas Theological Seminary, where he is currently pursuing a ThM degree. He has been married to his wife, Heather, since 2006, and they have three wonderful kids. Joel is excited to inspire and encourage our community to worship God skillfully and to His glory.
Alyssa was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX, and married her husband Mark after graduating from Texas A&M University in 2011. Mark and Alyssa worked together for the college ministry of Grace Bible Church in College Station, and as STINT team leaders in Greece with Cru, before graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary (Mark with an MA in Biblical Counseling & Alyssa with an MA in Media Arts and Worship). They now have two amazing children, Anna and Ethan, and are enjoying their new church home with the wonderful and welcoming congregation of Redeemer Bible Church.
Young Adult Minister
A native Texan, Will was born in Corpus Christi, grew up in Houston, and has lived in Dallas since 2015. He came to faith at the age of 21 and has since then served in various ministry contexts. Currently, Will works fulltime at Dallas Theological Seminary where he manages many of the seminary’s extension sites. He studied music education at the University of Houston (saxophones), possesses a bachelor’s from the College of Biblical Studies-Houston, a master’s (MACE) from DTS, and is a current doctoral student (DEdMin) focusing on higher education and young adult ministry. In 2010, Will married the love of his life, Rachael McGowan. Rachael was born in Houston, raised in a Christian family (as a PK), and was home schooled until high school, where she excelled as a competitive gymnast and cheerleader. She later studied counseling at Temple College. Rachael has also served in various ministry contexts including Christian education, as a women’s Bible study leader, and has been a guest speaker at a women’s outreach luncheon. Together, Will and Rachael’s mutual ministry passion is to encourage and assist young adults to live for Christ. In 2018, they volunteered to help form RBC’s young adult ministry—UR Life. Will accepted the part-time role of young adult minister in 2019.