Redeemer is led by six Elders, a Pastoral Associate, and four deacons.
Name: John Dietrich (CURRENTLY ON SABBATICAL)
Married to: Merrilee since 1981
Father of: Andrew, Tim (married to Anna), and Abby (married to Ben)
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 both 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 (married to Erin), David, Elizabeth (married to Zach Rollings), and Ben
Profession: Sales Manager, 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 (married to Tabitha), Bethany, Christopher (married to Mandi), Katie, and Melody (married to Elijah).
Profession: Rheumatology Physician
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 folks 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. (1 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 (married to EA), John (married to Katie), and David (married to Maggie).
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 Spirit and the bond of peace as He works through us to advance the work of His Kingdom.”
Name: Jim McMurry
Married to: Terry since 1973
Father of: Megan
Profession: Manager, Advantage Publishing Company
Lived in Little Rock since 1989
Became a Christian: By the grace of God in January 1992
Jim says: “It’s my prayer that RCC will stand as a beacon to the truth of the gospel in an ever-darkening world. I am thankful that we are a Bible-believing church that desires to honor Christ from the heart, and that our lives reflect His grace and mercy manifesting itself in our sacrificial love for one another (1 Thess. 3: 12-13).”
Name: Mike Morledge
Married to: Terry since 1983.
Father of: Heather (married to Jason Lapp), Claire, Laura (married to Kendall), Molly, and 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.”
Name: Matt Gurney
Married to: Jen since 2001
Children: Noah (12), Tucker (10), Taylor (7), Nora (6)
Born and raised in South Florida. Graduated from seminary in 2016.
After 15 years of ministering to students and developing small groups as a side emphasis, God laid on my heart to pursue full time work with people of all ages in more of a church planting environment. My hope for Redeemer is that we grow together in the grace and knowledge of Jesus so that God will be glorified as many rebels are brought home to Him. I believe that the local church is a part of Jesus’ family on mission together by God’s grace and for His glory.
DEACONS: Chad Donley, Jeff Fehlberg, Matt Hobbs, Don Parish
Our family relocated to Little Rock from Ohio in 2005 to serve full-time as missionary staff with FamilyLife. Wendy and I have a shared desire to see the gospel applied in everyday life, especially as God provides us with opportunities to walk alongside hurting couples in a peacemaking capacity. We’ve been with Redeemer since 2011.
Our family came from a large congregation in California where it was easy to be just a face in the crowd. After moving to Little Rock in 2010 we found Redeemer, and immediately felt at home. We have grown deep relationships at Redeemer, and encourage everyone to live life together by attending one of the mid-week small group meetings. We feel God’s love through the relationships we have made at RCC.
I prayed to accept Christ as my Savior as a young high school student. God used the next several years of my life to chip away at the “old” as He made me a new creature (2 Cor 5:17). I’m not certain at what point I was saved, but I am confident it was during this time of my life.
What I appreciate about Redeemer is its commitment to accurately teaching God’s Word and the emphasis placed on living for Christ daily, especially as we build relationships and serve others. My hope for Redeemer is that we would continue to exhibit these qualities as we minister to others in the name of Jesus Christ.
I retired from a career in human resources management with Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (24 years) and Alabama Electric Cooperative, Inc. (11 years). Lane’s call during their marriage has involved being a stay-at-home Mom for their daughter and serving the local church and community through volunteer leadership and ministry roles. Don and Lane are committed to ministry through their home, their Redeemer family, and beyond through discipleship and evangelism in obedience to Christ’s commission to the church.