Redemption Leadership

Leadership in the church is more about humble service than about executive function.  Leaders have roles and functions too, but the overwhelming description of leaders in the Bible are is character-related and setting an example for the church to follow.

  • Pastors (or elders) in the Bible are charged to spiritually nurture the church, structurally oversee its function, and teach sound doctrine.
  • Directors at Redemption function like deacons in the Bible in that their service facilitates the ministry of the Word, and they create a space that fosters a culture for spiritual growth.

So leaders start with character, they walk in humility, they build and serve the church, and they set an example for others to follow. No leader is perfect in morality, but should be growing in spiritual fruit and decreasing in worldly sin on a godly trajectory.

Biblical references: Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Timothy 3:1-13; 5:17-22, 1 Peter 5:1-5, Acts 20:28-31, Galatians 6:1-6

For a deeper dive on church leadership, these two small books are a great place to start:

If you have questions about leadership, please talk to one of the pastors or directors listed below.

If you desire to be assessed and considered for eldership, email any pastor with a request to meet up, pray and talk more after you’ve completed reading both books above. There are a few simple questions we will send to you once we get your email.

Senior Leadership

Shawn Stinson

Lead Pastor


Shawn Stinson is the founding and lead pastor of Redemption Church.

Shawn grew up in Raleigh, NC, and after attending Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Church, he and his wife Kalle, moved to Seattle to learn and grow further as an apprentice at Mars Hill Church. After two years studying the church and learning about church planting, he felt called to plant a church in Charlotte; a church that loves Jesus and consistently preaches through the Bible. As part of the Acts 29 church planting network, Redemption Church began in the Stinson's living room in 2010, and has continued to grow over the years, now gathering at the Dowd YMCA in Uptown Charlotte.

Shawn and Kalle have been married since 2006 and are the proud parents of three children: Pearce, Loah and Stone.

Brandon Holmes

Lay Elder


Brandon is a Charlotte native and has been at Redemption Church since 2013.  Having spent some time overseas Brandon felt a distinct calling to come back to his hometown and be an active  part of God's kingdom come here in the city. 


Brandon serves as a lay elder while working full-time in Finance at Coca-Cola Consolidated. Brandon, his wife Brittany and their daughter live on Charlotte's West side and love sharing life with their neighbors.

Sunday Gathering Directors

Elissa Houff

Tyler Gates

Jamie Hundley

Kathy Chiaravallotti

Kids Ministry Director


Billy Roosenberg

Operations Director


David Suellau

Sam Houff

Hannah Gates

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