Redeemer is led by seven men who currently serve as our Elders. These men are devoted to prayer, the study and teaching of God's word, and spiritual oversight for the church (Acts 6;4, 1 Peter 5:1-4).
These men are: Tom Arnold, John Dietrich, Tim Friesen, Rick Houk, Bob Lepine, Mike Morledge, Mark Rens.
Name: Tom Arnold
Married to: Nancy since 1959
Father of: Connie, Wade, Tait, and Zoe
Profession: Retired Business Owner
Lived in Little Rock since 1974
Became a Christian in 1982
Tom says: "Nancy and I are excited about the spirit in the church and the potential and opportunities for service. We are interested in caring for others and being a part of their spiritual growth. We have a strong desire to see our church reach the world for Christ and bring glory to God"
Name: John Dietrich
Married to: Merrilee since 1981
Father of: Andrew, Tim, and Abby
Lived in Little Rock since 1996
Became a Christian in 1973 during first year of grad school
John says, "My hope and dream and prayer for RCC is for our God to receive much glory for Himself as we as individuals and as community learn to worship Him more fully, learn to love one another, and serve the world in ministry & in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with neighbors by near and far--as we embrace truth, humility, teachability, and accountability.
Name: Tim Friesen
Married to: Debbie since 1981.
Father of: Sarah (married to Matt Hobbs), Michael, David, Elizabeth and Ben
Profession: Sales Manager at Fidelity National Information Services
Lived in Little Rock since 1984
While I'm confident that God saved me, I am not sure if it was as a five year old or following our first year of marriage.
Tim says: "Sunday is the highlight of my week. I pray that God will continue to grant wisdom, perseverance and joy as we seek to lead according to His Word. May we follow Christ's clear example of humility and service as shown in Philippians 2. I pray that our love for Him will increase as we study His Word and as we live out His love for others."
Name: Rick Houk
Married to: Karen since 1975.
Father of: Jonathan (married to Spring), David, Bethany, Christopher (married to Mandi), Katie, and Melody.
Profession: Physician at the Little Rock Diagnostic Clinic
Lived in Little Rock since 1988
Became a Christian in 1968 while in High School.
Rick says: "I am delighted to serve at RCC, a dear group of folk with a passion to worship, grow, and serve the Lord of the Gospel. We all have gifts to build up the body and to channel God's grace to others--to the praise of Christ's glorious grace! (Eph.1:6) May our faith be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (I Pet.1:7)
Name: Bob Lepine
Married to: Mary Ann since 1979.
Father of: Amy (married to Jack Peterson), Katie (married to Elliott Walker), James, John and David
Profession: Vice President and Chief Content Officer for FamilyLife
Lived in Little Rock since 1992
Became a Christian in 1977 while in college at the University of Tulsa
Bob says "I'm excited about what God is doing at RCC and about what He has for our church in the future as we continue to stay focused as a church on loving and serving Jesus. My prayer for Redeemer is that God will preserve the unity of the Sprit and the bond of peace as He works through us to advance the work of His Kingdom."
Name: Mike Morledge
Married to: Terry since 1983.
Father of: Heather (married to Jason Lapp), Claire, Laura, Molly & David.
Profession: Ministry Representative for Revive Our Hearts
Lived primarily in Little Rock since 1977
I'm not certain that I can pinpoint an exact time when I came to saving faith in Christ, but I praise Him that I have known Him for many years.
Mike says: "I pray that RCC makes a difference in the cause of Christ in the world; that we teach, obey & apply His Word. This should result in our daily lives having the savor of Jesus Christ to those around us, whatever our sphere of influence may be. 'Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,' 1 Peter 3:15."