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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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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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). 

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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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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 6 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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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 four children (Lelia, Matthew, Jr., John, Sam, and one on the way). 

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Matt Osburn

MUSIC director

Matt and his wife Savanna moved to Athens shortly after graduating from Georgia College & State. Both he and Savanna play music for the Redeemer Musicians and are currently in the process of adopting! 

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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. 

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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.

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