Leadership

Meet our Pastor & Staff

Jeff Jackson

Senior Pastor
After graduating from Georgia Tech as an Electrical Engineer, Pastor Jeff enjoyed a 10-year career in the telecom industry before joining the staff of First Redeemer Church. He says that his greatest accomplishment was marrying ‘way over his head’ in 1992; he and his British wife, Catherine, have two children, Morgan and Cameron. He loves college football, traveling (especially to sandy places), and Buffalo wings.

Larry Aultman

Missions & Adult Education Pastor
Prior to joining the staff of First Redeemer Church, Larry served churches in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Georgia including thirty years as senior pastor, as well as five years with the North American Mission Board. He met his wife Donna at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and they are the proud parents of Jessica who lives in Texas, Joel who lives in Georgia. He is a marathon runner, loves traveling and enjoys working in his yard. 

Karen Bundy

Director of Conservatory
Karen received her Bachelor’s of Music Education from the University of Memphis where she met and married her husband Kevin. Karen was called into the ministry and served at Germantown Baptist Church as the Worship & Music Associate where she directed the Orchestra, Youth Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra, and oversaw the Children’s Choirs and the Conservatory of Music. Karen loves music, sports, painting and spending time with her husband and five children.

Mike Cogland

Adult Ministry Pastor
Mike grew up in South Georgia and loves to watch the Braves, Falcons, and Hawks, but his real passion is Georgia football! He is the father of 4 children, Cooper, Carly, Claire and Carson, who span in ages from elementary school to college; his wife, Jan is a stay at home Mom and runs her own custom sewing business. He enjoys listening to all styles of music, coaching his son’s ball teams, anything Disney, and any summer activity that includes water. 

Kevin Dunn

Student Pastor
Kevin is from Tampa, FL and has spent the last 5 years serving in various ministry roles; primarily in Student Ministry. Upon God¹s calling on his life, he attended Trinity College of Florida for a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry. He now attends Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in pursuit of an M.Div. in Christian Ministries. His better-half and wife is Diana; they have two boys, Hudson and Jonathan. Kevin loves reading and writing, basketball, mac and cheese, board games, and coffee. 

Lynette Edwards

Children's Music Director
Since its inception in 1997, Lynette Edwards has directed the Children’s Choirs, growing the ministry to include a Youth Worship Arts ministry which has become instrumental in leading worship throughout the First Redeemer campus. One of her most precious blessings is serving in ministry alongside her husband Rusty, who is involved in youth ministry and her children Josh and Jessie who are youth worship leaders. Lynette loves spending time with her family and enjoys singing with the adult choir and praise team. 

Jan Elrod

Pastor's Executive Assistant
 A true Georgia native, Jan was born and raised in Alpharetta, GA. After being a stay home mom for 18 years, she joined the First Redeemer Staff in 2012. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, personal training and crafting.

Kane Gonzales

Pastor of Sports Ministry
Kane joined the staff of First Redeemer Church in 2012 after moving to the area in 2011 and coaching a youth baseball team. He has a degree in Biblical Studies with emphasis on youth and student ministries. Kane met his wife Joy, while serving in a pastoral internship in Wisconsin. They were married in 2008 and now have two imaginative and active daughters, Maria and Elayne. Kane likes to watch football, coach baseball, and enjoys making burgers on the grill.

Nathaniel Gray

Student Worship Minister
Nathaniel is from Bellwood, PA and has served in various worship roles for the past 5 years. He attended Liberty University for a B.S. in Worship Music Studies while also traveling in a youth DNOW ministry called YouthQuest. He and his wife, Mikaela, have two children. Nathaniel loves music, sports, movies, laughter, dreaming, board games, riddles, and spending time with family and friends. 

Jim Gunter

Director of Food Services
Prior to joining the staff of First Redeemer Church, Jim served as Pastor of Food Service at a church in Alabama, and earlier as Director of Food Service for First Baptist of West Palm Beach. He has been in full time Christian service since 1990. He and his wife Barbara have been married for 36 years and have two married sons, and 1 granddaughter. Jim was raised in Ft Lauderdale, FL. He and Barbara enjoy cruises, mountains, waterfalls, camping and boating.

Steve Husk

Director of Facilities
Steve has been on staff at First Redeemer since 2002. When he’s not keeping things running around the church, he is working at his family owned Pre-school. He and his wife Tammy have been married for over 30 years; they have 3 sons, Andy, Jeremy and Zachary. Steve prides himself in the fact that his sons are much more intelligent than he is. He loves The Lord, his family and Braves baseball.

Catherine Jackson

Executive Director of Children's & 
Women's Ministry
Prior to joining the staff of First Redeemer Church, Catherine worked as an elementary school teacher for Forsyth County Schools and is a graduate of the University of North Georgia. Originally born in Wales, Catherine met her husband, Jeff while working for a summer at a church in Norcross, GA. Jeff and Catherine were married in 1992 and have two children Morgan and Cameron. Catherine loves spending time with her family, shopping for bargains, crafting, traveling, and watching GT football.

Wendell Jackson

Adult Ministry Pastor
After initial degrees in Chemistry, Wendell completed a career in educational leadership, and after retirement joined the staff of First Redeemer Church as the Senior Adult Pastor. He describes his greatest blessing as his family: his wife, kids, and grandkids, all of whom attend First Redeemer. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, electronics in any form, traveling, and being with his family. 

Michele Jarvis

Chief Business Officer
After graduating from North Georgia College, Michele earned her CPA license and worked in public accounting for almost 20 years before joining the staff of First Redeemer Church. She married her high school sweetheart and they have two children, Taylor and Bailey. She enjoys reading novels, watching baseball and college football, and hiking.

Terri Lincoln

Director of Adult Life Ministry
Terri grew up in North Carolina and her family moved to Georgia over 20 years ago. As a stay at home mom, Terri began volunteering in the Children’s Ministry at First Redeemer Church, and then came on staff in 2007. Terri also stays busy with her two sons, Ryan and Tyler, which are her greatest joys in life. Terri enjoys exercising, shopping, listening to gospel music, and spicy…extra spicy food.

Larry Mayo

Pastor of Instrumental Music
Dr. Mayo holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education from Florida State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in conducting and trumpet performance from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served as a full-time church orchestra director for 26 years in the Atlanta area. He and his wife, Susan, have been married since 1981. He has one daughter, Abby Halladay, and two grandsons, Jonah and Rhett. Having roots in Pensacola, he loves to visit the Gulf. However, his favorite thing is to be with his wife, wherever that may be.

Jay McSwain

Discipleship Pastor
After graduating from the University of Georgia with his degree in sociology Jay attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity in Theology. Jay met his wife Ginger at Rehoboth Baptist Church (First Redeemer’s mother church) and was married in 1991. Jay and Ginger have two children, Maggie and Mary. Jay loves being involved in his kids’ lives and attending EVERY basketball and volleyball game his girls play. 

Amanda Myers

Director of Children's Ministry
Amanda was born in Pennsylvania and raised there until she moved to Georgia in 2003. She has been serving in a variety of ministries at First Redeemer since 2006. Amanda earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Georgia. She and her husband, Cody, have one son, Easton. She enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and the Georgia Bulldogs.

Kevin Richmond

Praise & Worship Pastor
Kevin grew up in Southern Illinois where he completed an undergraduate music degree at Southern Illinois University and a graduate degree in religious education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his lovely wife Rae Lynn and their two children Dana and Cameron moved to Atlanta in 1998 to help begin the ministry of First Redeemer Church. Kevin likes all types of music (especially classic rock), growing tomatoes and Nascar racing.

Debbie Schmid

Director of Preschool Ministry
Debbie loves children. She is the mother of four grown children-Michael, Daniel, Timothy, and Amelia and “Nana” to Autumn Rae & Mac! In her spare time, she will be reading the latest novel!

Mike Schmid

Administrative Pastor
Upon graduating from Emory University with a degree in Chemistry Mike spent 18 years in the plastics industry, after which he answered God’s call into ministry. He and his wife Debbie have four grown children and two grandchildren, all of whom are his greatest blessings. He enjoys cooking for family, time afield with his German Shorthaired Pointer, Max.

Kaitlin Smith

Director of Children's Worship & Creative Arts
Over the last ten years, Kaitlin has studied and worked to utilize the creative arts as a platform and tool for sharing the gospel. After receiving both her bachelor and master’s degree from Liberty University, she worked professionally as a stage manager for various theater companies. Kaitlin and her husband, Will, have two children. She enjoys traveling, reading, and a hot cup of coffee on a crisp winter day.

Will Smith

Creative Director
Will has been working in the creative arts profession for over 10 years. He enjoys all things production and communication.  When he's not in his office, you can find him working on some crazy craft idea, or scrolling social media for inspiration! Will and his wife Kaitlin have 2 children, and one very friendly puppy.

Don White

Executive Director of Media & Production
Don has been on staff at First Redeemer since 2001, overseeing all media needs for the church while also directing the national television program, 'There's Hope America.' Prior to coming to Redeemer, Don worked in the film and video industry for ten years, producing independent films, documentaries and commercials. A native of Virginia, he married his college sweetheart Shannon, both graduates of Liberty University, and have two wonderful children, Jacob and Abbey. Don loves spending time with family, watching college football, going to the movies, and studying history.