Redeemer is a small, but robust community of people who worship together, share life, and is commited to being a holy presence in our neighborhood. We are working to be a place where others feel welcome to do the same, particularly those who don’t look, speak, or think like us. Our staff helps us to lead this movement and create holy space and life in our church.
Cassandra Chavez is the pastor of Redeemer which is continuing a process of “radical restart” begun in the fall of 2015. Cassandra grew up between small town Rhode Island and the big city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia. Her whole life she has lived between homes and cultures and this is reflected in her many expressions of faith. She is passionate about following Jesus to continue the work of freedom and justice in the world.
Cassandra served as youth minister at Gloria Dei Lutheran church in Providence, RI and later as a pastoral intern in Mesa, Arizona. She has worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, a mortgage loan office and a housing counselor after completing her B.A in international affairs. She recently graduated with an M.DIV from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.
Pastor Cassandra lives in Lawrence and in her free time enjoys dancing of all kinds, reading, rock climbing, traveling to visit her friends and family all over the world and playing the piano.
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Kay Foltz serves as the Organist and Choir Director at Redeemer, having served in that position for the last decade. Previously she served at Fatih Lutheran Church in Andover, MA.
If you are interested in sharing your musical gifts or singing in our choir, feel free to contact her!
Elder is an ancient term from the earliest days of the Jesus movement, meaning overseers and protectors of local church life. In some churches, these are just older men. At Redeemer, we believe that both men and women, young and old, can serve as elders. Ours are dedicated, spiritually mature, and committed to both following Jesus and the leadership of redeveloping and renewing our church.