Meet the Staff

  • Rev. Dr. Matthew Bean

    Senior Pastor

    Matthew Bean has served at Redeemer since his ordination, beginning in 2000 as Assistant Pastor, and then becoming Senior Pastor in 2010. "Redeemer has been proven to be a wonderful place to serve," Pastor Bean recalls. "There is a growing sense of anticipation and enthusiasm among Redeemer's members and visitors... a spirit of celebration."



    Rich Finck joined Redeemer’s staff in 2017 on a part-time basis to assist with a variety of pastoral functions.  Rich Finck served congregations in King George, VA, Callao, VA, and Chester, VA, before coming to Redeemer in July 2017. He has been happily married (at least for him) to Bonnie for 45 years. They are the grateful parents of 2 sons, 2 daughters, and 8 grandchildren. “Redeemer is a vibrant, welcoming congregation with a heart for Jesus and the community.”

  • Becky wade

    Director of community Engagement

    Becky Wade joined Redeemer’s staff in 2016 to manage and coordinate Community Engagement events and programs. Her leadership in this role enables Redeemer to form a ministry “bridge” with our neighbors so that Redeemer becomes a center for faith and hope for our community. Becky shares, “I feel humble and blessed to serve at Redeemer. Working side-by-side with the staff and congregation is such a joy every day!

  • rebecca wright

    Coordinator of student ministry

    As the daughter of a Catholic Deacon and long time youth director, it is no surprise Becky Wright started working with the youth of her church back in 1996. After so many years of lock-ins, retreats, bible studies, games, chaos and fun she feels like she has experienced about everything a teenagers can think of, but they never cease to amaze with something new. Becky and her family joined Redeemer in the fall of 2014, where she has served in the capacity of Confirmation Guide, YouthQuake chaperone and middle school youth group leader. As the mother of 5 children, Becky feels like working with the youth is just an extension of running her own family. There is mayhem and joy experienced in every gathering. She looks forward to serving the families of Redeemer as the Youth Coordinator.

  • Cheryl Van Ornam

    Traditional Music Director

    Cheryl joined Redeemer's staff in 2006, bringing a unique blend of professional expertise and personal interests to Redeemer's music program. With a bachelor's degree in piano from Pacific Union College and a master's degree in organ/church music from Northwestern University, Cheryl desires to use her God-given musical talents to share her love of God, her love for people, and her love for music. 

    Learn more about the Traditional Music Ministry Here.

  • Adam Bailey

    contemporary music director

  • Kathy Bakken

    Child Development Center Director

    Kathy Bakken joined Redeemer's preschool program in 1994. After years of experience teaching in Redeemer's 3 and 4-year old program, as well as Child Care and Summer Camp programs, Kathy was promoted to Assistant Director in 2005, and then to Director in 2007. "I love working with our families and our staff," Kathy reflects, "especially watching these children grow through their early years. It's wonderful to watch them learn about God, about themselves, and about other people."

  • Vonya Burgis

    Director of Operations

    Vonya joined Redeemer’s staff in 2009. She brought over eight years of expertise as an administrator. Combining a wealth of professional skills, a bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies, and most especially a heart for ministry "run well," Vonya's skills and energy has transformed Redeemer's office environment and online presence.

  • Sarah Robinson

    Social Media Administrator

    Sarah is a Richmond native and is thrilled to be working with Redeemer. She earned her B.A. in History from VCU and her A.A. in Graphic Design from John Tyler University. Sarah is excited to give her talents to the glory of God and further Redeemer’s mission.

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  • Emily Barnes

    Accounts Manager

    Emily has a background in finance and a love for children. She is combining both of those skills here at Redeemer. Emily joined the Redeemer team in 2016 working downstairs in the CDC. In 2017, she took over as the Business Manager. A few months later, she started doing the finances for the church as well.

    Emily married her husband James in 2012 and is a mom to Autumn, a Redeemer student. She and her daughter fell in love with Redeemer CDC as soon as they walked in the door for the first time and have been here ever since.

  • Rev. James Byork

    Pastor Emeritus

  • Leigh Farmer

    cdc Communications Coordinator

     As the resident word girl, Miss Leigh pens the majority of what you read from Redeemer CDC. She has a sorted and varied past that includes about nine years as a television journalist for several affiliates around the country, and ten more years in non-profit communications and Public Relations.  Originally from Norfolk, Miss Leigh is a proud graduate of VCU and has lived in several states.  She moved back to Richmond in 2016 and vows never to pack a moving box again. In her spare time, Miss Leigh likes to travel, visit the beach, take walks with her family and do little freestyle hip hop dancing.

  • Kristen Jung

    human resources coordinator

    Ms. Jung is passionate about helping people find their calling.  It just so happens her calling is here at Redeemer CDC.  Ms. Jung started as the Human Resource Coordinator in mid-2017, a year after the preschool doubled in size. We are very appreciative of her skill set and are blessed to have her at Redeemer.

    Ms. Jung is married and has two boys who attend Redeemer CDC.  She was born and raised in Richmond, and is a proud graduate of Godwin High School.  She held several corporate management positions before coming to Redeemer.  In her spare time, Ms. Jung loves to travel,  cook, read novels and spend time with her family.

  • Mary Warren

    Front Office ADMINISTRATOR

    Originally from Denton, Texas, Mary has lived in Richmond, Virginia since middle school, graduating from George Wythe High School and attending VCU until the call of a full-time job lured her into the corporate world. Her past positions included accounting management and regional mall management. 

    As she joins the Redeemer staff, she is prepared to elevate her passion for customer service to assist anyone who enters the doors. Mary has been married to husband Ken Warren for 46 years, has 2  children, Emily Barnes and Cary Warren and relishes in the joy of grand mothering toddlers Autumn  Barnes and Evelyn Warren.