Our Pastors

  • 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.”




    Ian Thormodson joined Redeemer’s staff in July of 2021 as Associate Pastor after completing his pastoral studies at Concordia Seminary. Ian has been married to his lovely wife Brittany since July 2018, and they have recently adopted their first dog. “It is clear that God is doing some amazing things at Redeemer, and I am so excited to be a part of it.”

Ministry Staff

  • 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!


  • 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.


  • ramona carper

    Contemperary music Leader

    Ramona Carper joined Redeemer's staff in 2022. Bringing years of experience in performing with bands and as a worship leader, Ramona desires to use music as a vehicle to help worshippers feel God's presence. Ramona incorporates a variety of ensembles and soloists in our contemporary worship setting so that people can use their God-given gifts. For more information about our contemporary worship, email .



    For more information contact our Faithlab Coordinator at Ldouglas@redeemerric.org

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  • Brittany Thormodson

Operations Staff

  • 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. 


  • 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."


  • 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.


  • Kristen Jung

    human resources coordinator

    Kristen is passionate about helping people find their calling.  It just so happens her calling is here at Redeemer.  Kristen started as the Human Resource Coordinator of the CDC 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.

    Kristen 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 she loves to travel, cook, read novels, and spend time with her family.


  • Sarah Mills

    Front Office ADMINISTRATOR

    Ms. Mills is a Richmond native and has been attending Redeemer with her family for several years. She is looking forward to working with and supporting the staff at Redeemer as we all celebrate the Glory of God.


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  • Rev. James Byork

    Pastor Emeritus