Hal Farnsworth

Senior pastor

Hal is a native of Greenville, SC and a Covenant Seminary grad. After serving as a campus minister for RUF at Mississippi State and Vanderbilt, Hal and his wife MaryBeth, along with their 4 children-- Elizabeth (married to Bryan), Ben (married to Karen), Robert, & Jack-- moved to Athens, GA to plant Redeemer in 1996. Hal and MaryBeth have 5 grandchildren: Catie, Lily, Mary Thames, William, and Charlie.

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Morgan Cogswell


Morgan is from the great state of Florida but has redeemed herself by living in Athens since 2005. Morgan came to UGA for college and decided to stay a while, working as a graphic designer before taking the GIrls' Youth Director position at Redeemer. Morgan enjoys adventures, middle & high schoolers, coffee with friends, and pop culture.

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Anne Poss

Women's ministry director

Anne Poss is a high school math teacher and has her M.Div from Reformed Theological Seminary. Anne loves Crossfit and good conversations with friends.

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Todd Lowery


Todd graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and came to Redeemer via Louisiana in 2016. Todd and his wife Josie have 3 adult children (Grayson (married to Margaret), Mary Catherine, & Nathan). Todd is an Alabama Football fan, but we like him in spite of this. He helps with Redeemer Young Adults in addition to preaching, teaching Sunday School, and counseling.

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Jill Brannen

children's director

Jill grew up in Columbus, GA and graduated from Auburn University. She's served as Redeemer's Children's Ministry Director since 2006. Jill and her husband Phil have three children: Caroline, Rachel, and Patrick.

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Liz Sherard

Nursery director

Liz has served as the Nursery Director since 2014. She and her husband Sam have 3 children-- Leslie, Caroline, and Ruth.

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Matt Siple


Matt began attending Redeemer in 2000 while a student at the University of Georgia. He worked in financial services for several years in Athens before graduating from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and joining the pastoral staff in 2016. He is married to Nan and has 5 children (Lelia, Matthew, Jr., John, Sam, and Katherine.)

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Matt Osburn

MUSIC director

Matt and his wife Savanna have lived in Athens since 2012, and have a baby boy, Watts. Matt is originally from Marietta, GA, and graduated from Georgia College in 2011 with a degree in music, and then attended the University of Georgia for Computer Science. The Osburns began attending Redeemer in 2014, and Matt's been on staff since 2015. They love living in Athens!

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Rob Herron


Rob grew up in Nashville and attended University of Tennessee. After completing Covenant Seminary in 2014, Rob moved to Athens to work at Redeemer. He is married to Mary Lee, is passionate about ministry to middle and high school-ers, and loves good food, coffee, and movies. Rob & Mary Lee welcomed their first child, Robert, into the world last year.

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Susan Snyder


Susan has worked for Redeemer since July of 1998 when she and her husband James moved to Athens. They have three children, Abigail, Rachel and Samuel. Susan handles all of the finances for Redeemer (among many other hats.) Susan grew up in Japan and should be your go-to for any Athens-food-related questions.

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Ryan Vangsnes

building supervisor

Ryan was born in the great providence of North Dakota (which explains the weird last name). He and his wife Mallory have been married for 8 years and the fruit of their labor are two rad boys, Ollie & Wilder. His Scandinavian roots make him a good candidate for strong black coffee and ales, the great outdoors, and reading theological works of old dead guys. Oh, and keeping Redeemer clean and functional!

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