Staff & Leaders

Staff & Leaders

Christian leadership is about serving others for the glory of God.  Here are some of the leading servants here in our church.

Josh Fenska

Josh Fenska serves as lead pastor at Redeemer Community Church in Aurora. Josh and Katie are raising 5 kids, the younger 2 joining their family via adoption. Josh serves on the steering committee for the Chicago Chapter of The Gospel Coalition, and also serves in this area with…

Macey Merlak

Macey is on staff as the Student Ministries director alongside her husband, Ian. She also heads up the graphic design for the church! She started attending Redeemer in 2017 after she graduated from Boyce College in Louisville, KY. Macey is originally from the Detroit area of…

PeterJohn Hunt

PeterJohn is a self-taught techie with a servant’s heart. He grew up at Redeemer and loves the people and the gospel-centered culture so much that he and his wife, Elizabeth, are now raising their three young kids here. PeterJohn is a website developer by day, and though he loves…

Josh Anderson

Josh is the kind of guy who can’t seem to get enough of relational investment, pushing for people to know and cherish King Jesus. Born in Arizona, but hailing from Southern California, Josh attended Wheaton College (Grad ’03) where he met and soon married Kimberly (the…

Matt Vent

Matt is the son of a preacher man, and has experienced many of the benefits and difficulties that such a heritage gives. Currently, despite the cliche, Matt’s jobs are literally to worship in spirit (pastorally leading music ministry) and truth (vocationally as book salesman with…

Tom Bonenberger

Tom doesn’t play games – literally; he would rather talk with people, finding out what makes them unique. This others-focused trait has come by grace and through difficulty, but it makes him a good candidate for his position as…

Greg Uhlenhopp

Someone with a unique resistance to dozing at the sight of spreadsheets is needed for the oversight of church finances; and that man is Greg. He has built up his immunity by getting a BA in accounting and by working as a Manager of Financial Analysis for a wind energy company.…

Andrew Barber

Originally from West Michigan, Andrew and his wife, Amy (married ‘15), now live in an old house in the old part of Oswego. He began attending Redeemer after completing his Cedarville University degree in Mechanical Engineering and getting a job with Caterpillar in 2008. Although…

Jill Poel

Jill has lived in many places in this big beautiful world and never imagined Aurora, Illinois would be home for 15 years! The Redeemer family has made life here an unexpected delight. Jill is married to Rick, and they have three daughters and two grandchildren.  Rick and Jill came…