Church of the Redeemer is part of the world-wide Anglican Communion. The Communion is the largest Protestant communion of churches in the world, with almost 80 million members in 165 countries. The Communion is currently undergoing great stress at the international level, so there are fragmented relationships throughout it. Our province is part of the Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.
Our province of the Communion is the Anglican Church in North America. Our archbishop is the Most Reverend Foley Beach.
Our diocese is the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Our bishop is the Right Reverend Jim Hobby.
Church of the Redeemer is accountable to our bishop, who is accountable to his fellow bishops and our archbishop. Our archbishop is accountable to his fellow archbishops in the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans. Therefore, we are not an independent congregation.
At the local level, Redeemer is governed by our Vestry This is a body of ten men and women. Nine are laypeople selected from among our members. The tenth is our pastor.
Redeemer has a small, dedicated staff. Our staff is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the church, as well as setting long-term vision.
Senior Warden: Molly Nicholas
Junior Warden: Hillary Bonham
Secretary: Rachel Page
Other members: Bill Arthur, Jaz Boon, Cason Cooley, Harriet Dorland, Carter Lawrence, Thomas McKenzie, and Bill Pickup
Treasurer: Mark Deering
Minutes of Vestry Meetings
The Reverend Thomas McKenzie, Vicar
Father Thomas McKenzie is the first Vicar (lead pastor) of Church of the Redeemer. He, his wife Laura, and two daughters have lived in Nashville since 1999. He's a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. His Master's Degree in Divinity is from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Thomas was ordained in the Anglican Communion in 1998. He's a Benedictine oblate as well an Anglican priest. Thomas is the author of The Anglican Way, a guidebook for anyone interested in Anglican Christianity.
The Reverend Kenny Benge, Prior
Kenny is the Prior (Associate Pastor) of our church. Kenny grew up near Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Farmlands and oil fields provided the context for his early years and stimulated his interest in rock collecting, chemistry, birds and geography. Kenny’s passion is to encourage the renewal and flourishing of individuals, families and communities. Friends describe him as the combination of a brilliant and uncompromising intellect with a heart that is warmly and wonderfully kind.
Kenny completed a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Church History at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago in 1995. He names C.S.Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Wendell Berry, T.F. Torrance and Eugene Peterson as significant theologians and practitioners in his thinking and ministry.
Kenny served at Redeemer on our pastoral staff in our beginning years and was church planter and founding pastor of St. John’s Anglican Church in Franklin, TN.
Kenny’s best friend and ministry partner is his wife of 34 years, Laura. She is the source of much that he has learned about life and relationships Together they enjoy their four adult children: Seth (31, Nashville TN); Will and his wife, Marissa (San Francisco, CA); Betsy (27, Washington DC); and Ted (Costa Mesa CA). Kenny loves the outdoors, is an avid birder and an enthusiastic reader. He enjoys contemporary novels, science fiction, theology, essays and crime fiction. Some of his favorite authors are Wallace Stegner, Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry, P.D. James, Isaac Asimov and John Steinbeck.
Mary Cady Bolin, Children's Pastor
Mary Cady Bolin ("Cady" pronounced like "Katie") grew up on Lookout Mountain, just outside Chattanooga, and she has never found a reason to live anywhere other than her beloved Tennessee. In 2001 she moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University where she received a BA in Religious Studies and Art History. She later studied at Vanderbilt Divinity School where she gained her Masters of Divinity.
In the years since college Mary Cady has worked with children in clinical, recreational, academic and church settings and has loved every minute of meeting children and their families where they are- in joy, in grief, in celebration, and in growth. Mary Cady's passion for sharing the gospel with children has led her back to her childhood camp, Camp DeSoto, where she serves every summer as Camp Pastor to 300 girls from all over the south.
Mary Cady and her husband, Brian, have two daughters: Caroline (12) and Harper (6). They also have a delightful yellow lab named Dixie with whom Mary Cady shares a daily morning run. In addition to running, Mary Cady enjoys baking, reading, and anything that involves being outside. She has weaknesses for country music, anything monogrammed, and sweet tea.
Patrick Black, Music Worship Pastor
After years in the Midwest in music ministry and overseas serving international students, Patrick now serves as Redeemer's Music Worship Pastor.
Patrick and his wife, Cathy, are blessed with four adult children: Philip, Rebekah, Andrew and James.
He's fascinated by music, musicians, gadgets, languages, and all things cross-cultural.
Johnmark Smith, Youth Pastor
Johnmark is a former missionary kid who blames all of his idiosyncrasies on too much dc Talk at an impressionable age. He graduated from Wheaton College where he studied Christian Formation and Ministry and also met his beautiful wife, Karisa. They have two daughters, Tegan and Harper. Their family has newly arrived in Nashville and are looking forward to "winter" after 14 years in Chicago-land. When Johnmark is not working, he enjoys reading Brandon Sanderson, playing board games, watching movies and playing with his daughters.
Leah Stufflebam, Parish Administrator
Leah is the Parish Administrator for Church of the Redeemer. She hails from rural Illinois, where she grew up playing music. She has a degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville, and sometimes you hear her play during Sunday morning worship! She is passionate about serving the Redeemer community, and welcomes your questions, thoughts, and concerns about any matter.
Leah is currently on maternity leave, but her email address is still the place to go for all things. :)