Jim Toma, Pastor
Jim and his wife Barb have been members at Redeemer since 2012. Before entering the Cross-cultural Ministry Center (CMC) at Concordia University Irvine, he served in various roles at Shepherd of the Pines, Payson, AZ and Christ Greenfield, Gilbert, AZ, including the Boards of Education, Stewardship, Evangelism, and Elders. He has served his CMC vicarage doing outreach for Redeemer in the Hispanic community, on the Golden West College campus, and among the homeless.
Jim has a background in secondary education and was a history teacher, assistant principal and principal at the junior high and high school levels. His wife Barb is also a teacher, having taught junior high school science. Both Jim and Barb have been active members and leaders in their Lutheran churches for the past 40 years. They have two children, Christopher, who lives locally and Dana (Niemi) who resides in Thunder Bay, Canada with her husband, Sam Niemi.
SPECIFIC MINISTRY PASTOR (candidate)
Tom currently serves as Treasurer and Confirmation Class teacher. He has completed the necessary work in his Specific Ministry Pastor Colloquy program and is awaiting final approval for ordination which is anticipated in December 2021, exact date to be announced.
Pat and her husband Wayne joined Redeemer in 2007. She served as Children’s Music Director for over 10 years and taught and directed several children’s vocal and instrumental ensembles that served periodically in Redeemer’s various worship services. She also directed and taught a vibrant community outreach based music program at Redeemer where students received individualized instruction on various instruments including piano, guitar, ukulele, and violin, to name a few.
Pat holds a MA in Deaconess Studies from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. After graduation from Seminary in 2017, Pat received a call in December 2018 to serve as Deaconess at Redeemer responsible for children’s music and outreach including Online Sunday School during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pat recently retired for health reasons in August 2021.
Carol Waidner, Church Office Secretary
Pamella Clugston, Office Assistant
Mindy Weiss, Preschool Director
Please visit our Preschool website https://school.redeemer-lutheran.net/ for Preschool staff members as well as additional information.
Beth Hansen, Director of Sacred Music
- Sanctuary Choir Director
Matthew Laub, Organist
- Adult Handbells Director