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.
Pat Anderson, Deaconess
Pat and her husband Wayne have been members at Redeemer since 2007 where she has served as Children’s Music Director for the past 10+ years. She currently teaches and directs several children’s vocal and instrumental ensembles which all serve periodically in Redeemer’s various worship services. Pat also directs and teaches a vibrant community outreach based music program at Redeemer where students receive 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. Her service was expanded to include additional aspects of diakonal (mercy) care, including visitation, counseling, communication, and teaching the faith. Pat and Wayne live in Huntington Beach and have been married since 1971. They have two adult daughters and are proud grandparents to four delightful grandsons.
Carol Waidner, Church Office Secretary
Lauren Heckman, 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
Matthew Laub, Organist
Pat Anderson, Children’s Music Director
– Hosanna Choir (Sunday School)
– Praise Ringers (children’s handbells)
– Shepherd’s Strings (Celtic harp, violins)
– Ukulele Jam (ukulele)