Our Campus Pastor

Jeremy Redman
Jeremy and Lucy are so blessed to be a part of the RiverTree family. They are crazy about Jesus, His Church, and their three amazing kids: Fender, Journey, and Tele (who named these kids?).

Jeremy’s heart is to worship Jesus and creative environments for people to encounter the Real Jesus. Most weekends he is preaching and teaching the Bible in creative and practical ways. But you might also find him playing in the band, hanging with kids and students, or greeting people in the hallways. Make sure and say hello if you see him.

If you are looking for a place to call home, we would love to have you join us. But be warned: We love to have FUN! We take Jesus very seriously, but we don’t take ourselves very seriously. Here at RTJ, we strive to be a community in authentic relationships where you may not know everyone, but you are known by someone. This way, a big church can feel a little smaller. 
– Pastor Jeremy

Meet the team.

Steve Barnes

Production Director
Steve is our powerhouse sound and light guy! You'll see him on Sunday mornings making sure we all look and sound our best. While he's a pro at this industry, he and his wife are getting to learn the "parent industry" as they welcomed their first child, Beckett, into the world earlier this year!

Gary DeSantis

Video Director & Producer
If you have spent any amount of time with us, chances are, you have met Gary (bonus points if he's asked you to be in a video). He hides out in the video booth on Sundays, but he loves intentional conversation–especially over Starbucks!

Sydney Everley

High School Students Pastor
Syd leads our high school programming and does so flawlessly. She radiates passion while having the gift of leadership during such an integral time in students' lives. Outside of being one of the most fun and energetic RTJ staff members, she is a dog mom to her pup, Bean!

Ariel Ginanni

Kids Ministry Director
Ariel oversees all things kids here at RTJ! That's where her heart truly is. Pouring into volunteers, knowing kiddo's names, helping parents navigate the scaries that come along with leaving their child to attend services...she is a rockstar! In addition to serving so well, she is busy enjoying being married to her husband, Eric!

Eric Ginanni

Men's & Young Adult Ministries Director
Eric is a Jackson grad which makes it even better that he LOVES sharing Jesus with the next generation. He leads our men and young adults so well. On Sundays, you will almost always find him helping out in the Elementary hallway (most likely dancing around with the kids). He is the most fun and a great husband to his wife, Ariel! 

Cindy Gorfido

Food Services Manager
Cindy leads our food service team that provides tasty lunches for our school kiddos as well as meals and decor for our special events. It's safe to say that food is her love language!

Danielle Harper

Adult Connections &
Discipleship Director
Danielle is passionate about helping make the big church feel small. Her outgoing personality and kind heart make her the perfect fit for her job. She is her kids' biggest cheerleader and rocks that Glenoak gear! 

Debbie Hout

Prayer Team Leader
Debbie is known for her heart. The level of pastoral care, that comes so naturally to her, is unmatched. That is why she is the perfect fit to lead our Prayer Team! Having a heart like this also makes her a top-tier grandma to those grandbabies. If you ask our staff, they would also tell you that she has the BEST laugh.

Beth Kinkaid

Middle School Students Pastor
Beth's biggest passion is our students. She thrives in chaos and thus is the perfect fit for Student Min. Our students say she is the most fun and loving leader...I think our staff would agree, too.

Rodney Lamp

Maintenance Team Leader
In a church that is always changing, with big goals, and dreams, the projects are NEVER ending. Rodney is our best "yes-man" and can build/fix/maintain just about anything!

Jason Lantz

Vision Leader
Pastor Jason oversees the entire RiverTree Movement of churches and networks. After 2 decades of serving with RiverTree in various roles, he wakes up every day on mission to help Northeast Ohio live like Jesus right now. If we can ever get him to slow down for a few minutes, you might see him preaching at Jackson on certain weekends with a passion for people to be changed by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Truth of God’s Word.

Chandler Letner

Worship & Creative Arts Director
You typically see Chandler up on stage Sunday mornings leading powerful worship! In addition to serving with us here, he has a professional music career that is really taking off. In his free time, he hangs with his little buddy, Silas, who was born earlier this year, and his wife Maria (who often joins him on stage, too)!

Ann Lewis

Office Manager
Ann is our Office Manager wizard who handles a lot of our scheduling of events and resources. At a campus the size of RiverTree Jackson, that is not a small task! She loves our people so well and fresh new office supplies! If someone needs something, the general response is usually "Ask Ann."

Ellie Maas

Director of Operations & Logistics
Ellie wears many different hats here–and we are so thankful she does! She is our church mom–she makes sure everything we need for events (scheduling, decor, food, etc) gets done. In addition to serving our campus so well, she is a rockstar mom to her 3 young-adult kiddos; Jonah, Jailei, & Jasmine. You might catch her walking around the park on a sunny day!

Mary Martin

Welcome Center Receptionist
You will usually find Mary hanging out at the Welcome Center in the afternoons during school and childcare pick-up. She loves getting to know the kiddos and families that bring so much joy through our doors!

Adam McMahan

Pastoral Resident
We are SO glad Adam is here with us learning and contributing to His Kingdom in partnership Polaris Christian Church located up in his hometown of Brunswick. In his free time, he likes to root for the Cavs, Browns, and Guardians (sometimes even good teams) with his wife, Dr. Lindsey McMahan, and their two kids; Mackenzie (9) and Grady (6).

Sandy Moores

Student Ministry Administrative Assistant
Sandy has been such an integral part of Student Ministries for a long time! She keeps Beth and Syd organized and has a passion for leading trips. She co-founded the nonprofit RippleFX with her husband and is the BEST mom to her two kids, Caleb and Chloe.

Linda Pappas

Welcome Center Receptionist
Linda is our evening Welcome Center Receptionist. She loves the crazy that is evening-church programming: classes, student events, worship practice....she's got it handled!

Lucy Redman

Women's Ministry Director
Lucy is the other half of the Redman-duo! Not only is she Jeremy's right-hand woman, but she is a rockstar mom (who also keeps it real) and has a passion for pouring into the women here at RTJ.

Amanda Rumm

Nursery & Preschool Coordinator
Amanda's passion is for the next generation! Most Sundays you will find her in the nursery and preschool hallway. We are so thankful for Amanda's heart. She gets to do life with her husband and two boys: Aiden and Noah. Fun fact: Noah was born on Easter Sunday!

Sonia Scheetz

Food Pantry Team Leader
Sonia runs our Food Pantry ministry on campus this includes helping the members of our community receive food, coordinating volunteers, and heading up our Backpack Program. Sonia enjoys traveling with her husband and recently just became a grandma!

Leah Snow

Elementary Coordinator
Leah is the perfect fit to help coordinate our Elementary school kids. She is so fun and full of energy! We are so glad to have her here on staff.

Kay Sponseller

Welcome Center Receptionist
You will usually see Kay in the mornings during school drop-off time. She LOVES getting to know the kiddos and their families that walk through our doors.

Haley Urbas

Visual Communications Director
Haley handles all things web, social & design! On weekends you'll see her all over the place capturing content for socials to show off what makes RTJ so unique and special! In her free time, she adjunct teaches at local universities and hangs with her husband and toddler, August.