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Wayne Shelton

Pastor

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Wayne was born and raised in Fernandina Beach, Florida, located on Amelia Island in North Florida. Michelle was born on the west coast in Bellflower, California. Providentially the Lord brought their paths to cross at Fernandina Beach High School; they were married on Valentine’s Day of 1981 and shortly after entered the United States Air Force. After an initial tour of duty, Wayne and Michelle along with their daughters moved to The Baptist College of Florida to prepare for the ministry. The next leg of their journey brought them to Birmingham, Al to Beeson Divinity School, Samford University where Wayne would earn a master of divinity degree (MDiv), and they would begin their pastoral ministry as a family. Wayne received his doctorate (DMin) through the Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS. One of their greatest joys is serving the Lord through his church. Wayne and Michelle also love their five grandchildren, the beach, and spending time with their three daughters and families (in that order). Two of their daughters and families live in or near Birmingham and are faithfully serving the Lord through his church. Their oldest daughter and her family serve a Presbyterian church in California. Their passion is to disciple young families and watch them grow in God’s grace.
Passions: Reading, exercising, the beach

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 4:7
‘What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?’
This is one of my favorite verses as it was one of the first to draw my heart to grace, or to the doctrines of grace and reminds me always that “all I have is of grace”.

Favorite Quote: Of course, it’s from “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis: as the beaver says to the children concerning Aslan, “Of course he’s not safe. But he is good.” If you haven’t heard it in a sermon, you’re not listening.

Read Wayne’s blog:
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Chad Montoya

Director of Discipleship

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Chad is the husband of Kelley and just recently celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary. Chad and Kelley have little ones: Alayna, Aiden, and Andrew. His favorite hobbies are reading and biking.

Favorite Bible Verse: Hebrews 1:1-4
‘Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins,he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.’
This passage tells us from the beginning God has revealed Himself in various ways. However, in the New Covenant God has revealed Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, God in the flesh, is the final definitive revelation of God. He is the Son of God who made a way for us to come to God; not through animal sacrifices, but by being the final, perfect sacrifice for our sins.

Favorite Quote: “To suppose that whatever God requireth of us that we have power of ourselves to do, is to make the cross and grace of Jesus Christ of none effect.” John Owen

Travis Prince

Audio

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Travis was born and raised in Birmingham. He is married to Angel and has three teenage daughters. He has always had an interest in the performing arts – as a musician, an actor, and a composer. For many years, he has worked as a freelance audiovisual specialist, traveling throughout the Southeast. He has felt led to use his interests, gifts and talents to glorify the God. As a result, he have served as technical coordinator, director of drama programs, worship leader, and more.

Favorite Bible Passage: Philippians 2:1-18.
In this brief passage, we find the glorious story of the Gospel meshed with instruction on how its truth should influence our lives. It tells us how we should live and why we should live that way.

Favorite Quote:“As well might a gnat seek to drink in the ocean, as a finite creature to comprehend the Eternal God. A God whom we could understand would be no God. If we could grasp Him, He could not be infinite. If we could understand Him, He could not be divine.” – Charles Spurgeon

Richy Hall

Director of Music

Richy Hall is a musician and guitar instructor in Birmingham, AL and a current student at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Divinity. He received a Bachelor’s degree in music technology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and teaches with Mason Music in Hoover. Richy grew up in a household filled with all types of music being played and family members who were talented musicians. This led to a stronger interest in music and eventually a pursuit of learning the guitar and then utilizing his musical abilities in church services. Aside from music, Richy enjoys weightlifting, watching baseball and football, studying history, and he is an avid reader. Richy, along with his wife Kassidy and their dog Marley, resides in Gardendale.

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:18
‘Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.’
I believe this verse is a beautiful reminder of the promises of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The verse has shaped my worldview, showing that despite the sinfulness of man and the often bleak nature of the world, those who trust in Christ should rejoice always and in all situations because of the work of Christ and the promises therein.

Kelley Montoya

Director of Nursery

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Kelley is the wife of Chad and recently celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary. They have 3 little ones: Alayna, Aiden, and Andrew. Her hobbies include reading, fishing, and she loves kids. Kelley currently is homeschool Alayna and Aiden and Andrew join in to learn as well.

Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 6:1-5
In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said:“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
I believe these verses because it gives us a glimpse of who God is. When we see this image of God in His glory, we can only see ourselves as the lowly sinners we are, incapable of climbing out of the pit of our own wretchedness. Then, we begin to grasp the magnificence of the Cross and can respond in worship.

Favorite Quote:“I am [in your world].’ said Aslan. ‘But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

Keri Trousdale

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Keri is wife of Eric and the daughter of Pastor Wayne. She recently began working with Ministry Brands, and working on websites and apps for churches. Before, she taught technology and French to a small Catholic school in Florence, where she met her husband as they coached the basketball teams (he the junior high boys and her the junior high girls). Keri enjoys reading, writing stories, traveling and watching British shows (especially Doctor Who).

Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 56:3-4
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” I believe this verse epitomizes God, his love for us, his strength and all that the Trinity is. A favorite song of mine

Favorite Quote: I love quotes – and couldn’t decide. There are two:
“One must always be careful of book and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.” Cassandra Clare

“Those who believe they believe in God, but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt – and even at times without despair – believe only in the idea of God, and not in God himself.” Madeleine L’Engle

Worship Team

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Elizabeth Byrd

Elizabeth is wife to Jordan, and mother to Jonah and Henry Page. She manages two nursing units at a local Birmingham hospital and is a part-time student in the PhD program at the UAB School of Nursing. In her free time, she loves reading and spending time with her family. A lover of music since she was young, Elizabeth believes that singing with the group is a natural expression and allows her to give the women of Redeemer a voice in worship.

Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:17-18.
‘For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.’
So many times, I find myself looking at myself, my circumstances, or my feelings instead of looking at the eternal Christ and trusting that He is working the Gospel out in my heart even when I can’t see it. My prayer is for the eternal, unseen things to be more real and relevant to me than the things I see and feel.

Favorite Quote: “One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is lifelong can only be surrendered in a lifetime.” Elizabeth Elliott

Scott Carson

Scott has been married to Leah for 4 years. They are expecting a baby girl due in August. He loves music and record collecting, vintage stereos and computers. According to him, he plays the drums because he loves the feeling of a “good back beat.”

Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 2:6
‘Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.’
I love this verse because it helps to remind me that integrity and honesty are more important than any material thing we possess.

Favorite Quote: “If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Amanda Wood

Amanda is wife to Luke Wood, mother to Josiah and “Bonus Mom” to Kayleigh. She is a former elementary school teacher and a current stay-at-home mom. She enjoys traveling, reading, taking photos, crafting and spending time with family.

Music is something she’s always enjoyed immensely – whether it be through dancing, singing, playing an instrument, or attending a concert. Music is something she “feels in her bones and in the depths of her soul”. Singing hymns is refreshing, purifying and often humbling to Amanda. It is her prayer that as I help lead others into worship through song God uses me to bring glory to Himself.

Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Peter 5:5-11
‘5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.’
This verse, to me, is humbling yet encouraging at the same time. The battle has already been fought and won. As a worrier and control freak, I am in constant need of the truth that He loves me much more than I can begin to imagine and my plans are futile compared with His.

Favorite Quote:“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Luke Wood

Luke is married to Amanda Wood and has 2 children, Kayleigh and Josiah. Luke and Amanda married in 2008. He enjoys playing music, watching football, spending time with his family and playing with the family dogs: Ozzy and Lucy. Luke has always been infatuated with music; he feels that it is ingrained in who he is, and says, that “once he was saved, his focus in music shifted from himself to God” and he began to get involved with worship.

Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 1:1
‘Paul, a servant[a] of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God…’
This is my favorite bible verse because of the freedom written through this verse.

Favorite Quote:“Love is the final fight.” – John Perkins