Jim Toma, Pastor
Jim and his wife Barb (recently passed away) have been members at Redeemer since 2012. Before entering the Cross-cultural Ministry Center (CMC) at Concordia University Irvine, Jim 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 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 was also a teacher, having taught junior high school science. Both Jim and Barb were 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, Ontario, Canada with her husband Sam Niemi.
SPECIFIC MINISTRY PASTOR
Tom and his wife Karen have been members at Redeemer since 2015. Before entering the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Colloquy Program (CMC), Tom served since 2003 as a licensed Deacon at St. Paul’s, Garden Grove, CA and had many other roles as well, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Elder. Since college, he has had friends in a variety of Christian denominations and seeks to use best practices in ministry from both Lutheran and non-Lutheran sources.
Tom has a background in finance and computer science and has been consulting and teaching in the field of entrepreneurship for the past 20 years. His wife Karen is a rostered teacher and currently teaches math and science at a charter high school in Long Beach. Both Tom and Karen have been active members and leaders in their Lutheran churches for the past 40 years. They have three children: David, who plans to attend Saint Louis Seminary in Fall of 2022; Jon, who has completed his AA at Golden West College and wants to design video games; and Sam, who will soon graduate from CSULB with a degree in Music Education.
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