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Leadership Team

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”(Proverbs 15:22)

Overseeing, coordinating, and directing the mission, goals, and ministries of our congregation requires the committed leadership of a trained professional staff and the involvement of many dedicated lay people.  Leadership Teams guided by staff members direct a number of our ministries.  Management Teams oversee legal matters, financial decisions, and building and grounds maintenance.  The Church Office handles all clerical and record-keeping duties.  Many opportunities for participation and service exist in our Leadership and Management Ministries.

Executive board
The Leadership Team consists of elected leaders (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Chairman of the Board of Elders) and additional communicant members. They attend to the general welfare of the congregation, as well as represent the mission and ministries of the entire congregation.

Tony Kurnat
President
Tony and his wife Sue have been members of Redeemer since 1995. They have raised three children (Kristina, Allison and Jake) with Redeemer. Tony has served as Sunday school teacher, Director of Sunday school, Leader of mission teams to New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Belize. Tony also volunteers time at Camp Restore in Detroit and helps cook hot breakfast for the homeless in Pontiac one Saturday each month. He is a Physician’s Assistant (PA) at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, and in his spare time enjoys outdoor sports, amateur radio and photography.
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Deb Vanderhoef
Vice President
Deb joined the Redeemer family in 2008 along with her husband Bill and their three sons. She thoroughly enjoys Small Group Bible Study, and served as the LT Treasurer for five years before taking on the role of Vice President in 2021. She worked as a lawyer for GM for 31 years before retiring in 2016 to work with her husband and son in the family real estate business.
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Patty Schmidt
Treasurer
Patty and her family joined Redeemer in January 2000. She and her husband, Marty, have four adult children. Patty has enjoyed serving and participating in a variety of children's, youth, family life and women's ministry events for these 20+ years. She has also attended and helped with Thursday morning Bible study. Patty works part time for her financial advisor husband.
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Pam Lucas
Secretary
Pam joined LCR in 1986. In addition to serving on the Leadership Team, Pam has been an active volunteer for many years, serving various roles in the Confirmation program, playing in the handbell choir and serving as our Wedding Hostess. She has two grown sons who were raised here in the church. Pam works as a payroll specialist for AccessPoint/Vensure HR.
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Members at Large
Overseeing, coordinating, and directing the mission, goals, and ministries of our congregation requires the committed leadership of a trained professional staff and the involvement of many dedicated lay people. Leadership Teams guided by staff members direct a number of our ministries. Management Teams oversee legal matters, financial decisions, and building and grounds maintenance. The Church Office handles all clerical and record-keeping duties. Many opportunities for participation and service exist in our Leadership and Management Ministries.

Toby Buechner
Member at Large
Toby has been a Redeemer member since 2003, along with his better half Julie, and three church-involved young adult daughters. He has served as the Kit Kat Kamp Dean at Redeemer summer camp for 12 years; VBS teacher for 12 years; Sunday school teacher when his wife or mom need help. He has joined Pastor Randy at Camp Restore in New Orleans to help after Hurricane Katrina as well as helping at Camp Restore Detroit. Toby and his wife Julie created and run Troy Gymnastics.
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Cliff Clark
Member at Large
Cliff and his wife Linda joined Redeemer in 1976 and have been active members ever since, taking part in Redeemer small group bible studies and raising their adult daughter in the church programs. Cliff has served for six years on the Board of Trustees and 12 years on the Leadership Team, in addition to managing the men’s softball team for nearly 20 years. A Royal Oak resident since 1972, Cliff spent his career working for AT&T, retiring in 1992.
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Ray Hacker
Member at Large
Ray and his wife Anita reside in Bloomfield Hills. Ray was born and baptized in Perryville Missouri at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. He and Anita joined Redeemer in 1964 and attended the Tuesday Morning Bible Study.
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David Kiehle
Member at Large
David, with his wife Rose, joined Redeemer as members of the congregation in 1992. He was confirmed at Grace Lutheran Church in Redford. As their family grew so did his involvement with the various church ministries like Growing Kids Gods Way, Sunday School, delivering & serving meals to the Family of God Soup kitchen with his father, and their small group bible study. David has served as our congregation Treasurer, Vice President, and President.
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Nancy Lesinski
Member at Large
Nancy has been a member of Redeemer since 1988, where her three adult children have been baptized and confirmed. She has been the youth choir director for 20+ years, a member of the Chancel Choir, the Wing and a Prayer Players, and a volunteer for the confirmation program, Camp Restore, Women’s ministry, Belize Mission Trip, and the Sacred Space communications team. Outside of church, Nancy runs her own industrial marketing firm.
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Aaron Olds
Member at Large
Aaron has been a member of Redeemer since 2001 when he married his college sweetheart, Nicole Endress. They have three children; Lauren, Tyler and Josh. Nicole is on staff at Redeemer as the Director of Children’s Ministries. Aaron is a software programmer and works for a local e-commerce company.
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Patty Raezler
Member at Large
Pat and her husband Mike joined Redeemer 33 years ago and have raised their four children here. Patty has participated in numerous Bible studies and taught Bible Study. She has been a Sunday School teacher and a Small Group Leader for Confirmation classes. For the last 31 years she has also worked and taught Vacation Bible School. Besides leadership team she has been the Director of Westmaple Nursery School for the last 15 years.
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The Leadership team also includes the following:

Mike Raezler (Representative of Board of Elders)
Rev. Randall J. Schlak – 248-644-4010 ext. 119
Vicar James Greenwalt – 248-644-4010 ext. 117

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