Elders at Redemption Hill Church
Shawn Powers, Elder
Shawn is the teaching pastor of Redemption Hill Church. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and raised in Dubuque. In his early twenties, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sixteen years later, Shawn sensed God’s calling to move back to Iowa to begin a church in the Des Moines metro. His education includes a Bachelor of Science from the University of Northwestern – St. Paul, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology from Saint John’s University. He is an ordained elder through Trinity Fellowship Churches. He currently serves as the chair of the Theology Committee for Trinity Fellowship Churches and teaches history and theology part-time at a local Christian classical academy.
Shawn enjoys reading, working out, drinking a good cup of coffee, and watching Iowa Hawkeye football. He has been married to Charice for over 15 years, and they have two daughters, Chloe and Isabelle. Within the context of the local church, Shawn is dedicated to preaching the God of Word, discipleship, and seeing the gospel go forth, redeeming and renewing individuals so they can flourish to the glory of God.
Rob Lane, Elder
Rob is a bi-vocational pastor and focuses on discipleship at Redemption Hill Church. Rob serves as an Elder of Discipleship at Redemption Hill Church. Rob grew up in eastern Nevada and spent most of his early adult/married life in Boise, Idaho. He graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Music Education. Rob and his first wife, Sandy, served for 11 years with New Tribes (now Ethnos360) at their Bible School in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Rob currently teaches junior high and high school band at Des Moines Christian School. Rob enjoys music (playing, writing, and recording), studying worldviews, kayaking, slow-motion running (OK, it’s just walking!), and building stuff. He and Leila have been married for eleven years. Combined, they have nine children and 14 grandchildren. Rob passionately dislikes the term passionate, but he finds deep joy and satisfaction in helping people think biblically to understand who they are in Christ and all they have in Him.
Director of Corporate Worship
The Director of Corporate Worship serves the local church by cultivating corporate expressions of worship, instruction, and encouragement through Scripture, prayer, and song, in the footsteps of Ephesians 5: “Be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” The Director also equips and fosters worship arts leaders, singers, musicians, and technicians in their practice of facilitating the congregation’s expressions of worship.
John and Sarah Wetzel
John serves as the deacon of the budget committee and Sarah serves as the deacon of women’s ministry. They have been members of Redemption Hill Church since its founding in 2018. John graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Chemistry and currently works as an Operations Manager at Merk in Ames. He enjoys spending time with family and connecting with his neighbors. Sarah graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Communication. Sarah enjoys reading and being outside. They have three children. As deacons of Community Groups and Care, John and Sarah assist the elders in overseeing Redemption Community Groups and caring for the church. Sarah also serves on the worship team and John doubles as a deacon of finance.
Aaron and Jocelyn Reichart
Deacons of Child and Student Engagement. Aaron and Joceyln serve as the Deacons of Child and Student Engagement. They have been members of Redemption Hill Church since its founding in 2018. Aaron was born and raised in Winterset and is passionate about family. He enjoys hanging out outdoors and the arts. Jocelyn is passionate about serving those she loves and serving in the local church. They have two energetic boys. As deacons of Student Engagement, Aaron and Joceyln help facilitate gospel-centered learning in Redemption Hill Kids while also coming alongside parent(s) to help them disciple their children.
Rob & Erica Danielson
Rob and Erica serve as the Deacons of Mercy Ministry. They have been members of Redemption Hill Church since its founding in 2018. Rob graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and currently works as a licensed Civil Engineer. Rob is passionate about knowing Jesus and making Him known to others he comes in contact with. He enjoys tinkering on old tractors and helping others with car repairs. Rob loves having his two little girls always eager to help him with home projects. Erica graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services. Erica cares deeply for others, especially those who are hurting or are in need by listening, giving words of encouragement, providing a meal, or meeting specific needs. She enjoys going for a run whenever she gets the chance. As deacons of Mercy Ministry, Rob and Erica are always thinking about how to connect the church with those in need in the community.