Shawn Slate - Pastor
Slate is a graduate of Clemson University (B.S. Biological Sciences) and received his M.DIv from Covenant Theological Seminary. He became a Christian through RUF at Clemson, and later served as the Youth Director at Clemson Presbyterian, Assistant Pastor at Covenant Church in St. Louis, RUF Campus Minister for 10 years at the University of Virginia and in 2015 he became the Pastor at Redeemer Church. He loves to yoga, paint and ride his scooter throughout urban and university Knoxville.
Ben Bannister - Director of Worship and Men’s Ministry
Ben is a graduate of the University of Tennessee (B.A. English, Creative Writing). Before coming to Redeemer in 2016, he served as Director of Worship at Grace Presbyterian Church and Second Presbyterian Church. Ben enjoys writing and recording music with other artists. He loves puns, the Tennessee Volunteers, and long walks on the golf course.
Will Dallery - Pastoral Intern
Will started attending Redeemer in 2018, and serving as a Pastoral Intern since January 2019. Before coming to Redeemer, Will served as an RUF Intern at Vanderbilt University. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B. A. in International Studies. Will likes absurdity, Portlandia, and Ijams Nature Center. Will once tried to grow a mustache.
Karen Ems - Director of Women, Children and Administration
Karen has attended Redeemer since 2011, and has been on staff since 2014. She attended the University of Tennessee and has a degree in early childhood development. Before Redeemer, she did a lot of things, the most interesting of which was 10 years at a fireworks company. In addition to keeping Redeemer’s system running smoothly, Karen organizes the church’s community events. Karen bleeds orange, loves pink cotton candy and regular trips to Dollywood.
Carol Seawell - Church Sexton
Carol attended Fort Wayne Bible College where she received her MRS degree. She has 5 grown children, 2 grandchildren and has experience in office management, customer service, event planning and catering. In her spare time she loves to play with her grandchildren, work in the yard, organize and decorate.
Josh McQuaid - Director of Youth and Mission
Josh has been a member of Redeemer since 2013, and on staff since June 2018. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute (B. A., Biblical Languages - Greek) and Wheaton College Graduate School (M. A. Biblical Exegesis and Historical and Systematic Theology), and has previously served as a Youth Intern in Chicago, and as a Director with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission). He is a fan of Everton Football Club (COYB) and the Chicago Cubs, and enjoys pretending to be a cyclist and a rock climber.
Olivia Pfeifer - Volunteer Coordinator
Olivia graduated from the University of Tennessee in May 2019 (BS Mechanical Engineering). She has attended Redeemer since 2016, and started on staff in August 2019 as a part of the Thrive Residency Program. Olivia loves doodling in black ink pen, biking across the Gay St bridge, and talking about the Sunsphere.