Elders & Staff

Elders

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Jon Benzinger

Lead Pastor

Office: 480.926.8230 x8
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Twitter: @jonbenz

Jon moved to Arizona in 2011 after growing up in California. Starting in junior high, he knew he wanted to help people with his life. God saved him at 18 after growing up in church and knowing the truth, but living like God didn’t exist. After that, his desire to help people ultimately led to pastoral ministry and training at Vanguard University, Trinity Law & Graduate School and The Master’s Seminary. After being a high jump coach, custodian, college professor, a young adults pastor and a high school Bible teacher, he accepted the call to be the lead pastor of Redeemer Bible Church in March 2015. He and his wife Katie have two sweet kids, Colin and Ava, and a Golden Retriever named Riley. Interesting fact: Jon cannot stand any white condiments.

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Dale Thackrah

Executive Pastor

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Facebook: dale.thackrah
Twitter: @dalethackrah

Dale was born and raised in Southern California and saved in 1996. Immediately, he began a lifelong, passionate pursuit of getting to know Jesus. Since 2005, Dale was called to be a care & counseling pastor and has done that in CA and AZ since then. It was in CA that Dale met Jon Benzinger and they began to pray about future ministry in revitalizing or planting a church together. Dale holds degrees in Organizational Management and Theology from BIOLA University and Talbot School of Theology, and is a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors. Dale and has wife Shawna have been married since 2003 and have two children, Noah and Kenna. Finally, Dale has had a life-long love affair with baseball and is a die-hard fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which means he is praying for the repentance of fellow elder Larry Ross and his disturbing passion for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Mike Morris

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After growing up in a family that attended church, but not knowing the truth, Mike surrendered his life to Christ in 1976 while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. After getting a degree in engineering from San Diego State University, he married his wife Colleen in 1985 and they have since been been blessed with two wonderful daughters, Marielle and Catherine, who are now grown. Mike has been part of RBC since 1990, actively serving in all areas of ministry. Over time God increased his passion to help believers grow in their love for Christ, and in 2014 he came on board as one of Redeemer's pastor/elders. He loves coffee and hates cheese of almost any kind. 

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Larry Ross

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Larry grew up in Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with degrees in Psychology and Sociology. He was raised in the church, but didn't come to genuine saving faith in Christ until 1997. Shortly after God saved him, he began attending Phoenix Seminary which ultimately led him into pastoral ministry, serving in many ministries, but primarily as a biblical counselor. He has been married to his much better half, Trish, since 1989. They moved to Arizona in 1990, and they have two terrific grown sons, Christian and Scott. His greatest passion in ministry is for "churched" people to become genuine disciples of Christ. Little known fact: Larry played baseball in college, it's still his favorite sport, and he's a loyal fan of the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

Staff

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Norma Volrich

Church Administrator

Office: 480.926.8230 x3
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Norma graduated from Marshall University with a BA in Speech and Hearing Pathology.  After teaching for 4 years in West Virginia she moved to Arizona where she met John, the love of her life.   After 29 years of marriage and raising two amazing sons, Steven and Michael, John went to be with the Lord in 2012.  She has 4 adorable grandkids who live in Texas.  Norma grew up attending a Methodist Church but it wasn’t until she was 43 years old that she made the decision to follow Jesus as her Lord and Savior.  Norma currently oversees our campus facilities and finances.  She is an avid West Virginia football fan and you will find her sweating it out in her daily boot camp workout.  

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Jan Blouch

Executive Assistant

Office: 480.926.8230
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The Lord orchestrated Jan’s life in a  westerly direction, born in Iowa and married Cleve in Colorado.  She found the good man before the U.S. Marine Corps and followed him west to the Far East where a missionary couple taught her how to walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.  In preparing to return to the States they asked a Japanese believer how to find a church and were told to look for a Bible church, and here they are!  Their two daughters (Carey and Cora) settled here in the Valley after following their dad around the world.  

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Josh Augerson

Worship Director

Office: 480.926.8230 x4
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Josh Augerson is a Southern California native. Married to his lovely wife, Chelsea, they have three beautiful children. Josh did not grown up in church and did not become a Christian until he was 20 years old, when he haphazardly stumbled into a college ministry led by our very own Jon Benzinger. Desiring to bless other Christians with his musical talents, Josh has been leading churches in worship for the last 8 years. He and his family moved to Arizona in June of 2015 when he began leading worship at Redeemer. Also, Josh has an irrational fear of cockroaches.

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Jacob Buckner

Interim Youth Pastor

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Jacob grew up in Tempe and at 16 he surrendered his life to Jesus. It was during these formidable years, planted in a local church and through the influence of godly men that a passion for ministry began. Specifically, God instilled a deep desire in him to see young people meet Jesus and grow in their relationship with Him. He married his wife Jennifer and a couple years later they were off to Portland, Oregon. While there, he served for the next decade in various ministry roles including 8 years as a youth pastor. During this time, Jacob and Jennifer were blessed with 3 daughters. Recently, they returned to Arizona and began attending Redeemer. In April of 2017, God once again gave him an opportunity to serve young people as our interim youth pastor. Fun fact: Jacob enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and most of all eating a bowl of Mac n’ Cheese!