Elders

Matt Baker – Pastor of Preaching

Matt was born in South Carolina where he lived until he was 13 when his family relocated to Georgia. He attended Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in 2005. Matt has served as a Youth Pastor and Senior Pastor in other churches prior to planting Redeemer Fellowship in October of 2011. Matt and his wife Brandon were married in 2003 and they have three young children: Micah, Norah, and Jonah.

Mike Baker

Mike was born and lived in Westminster, SC, until 1995 where he served in churches as a bi-vocational Music Minister for 23 years and as a bi-vocational Associate Pastor for two years.  At the age of 44 he started attending the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary extension in Atlanta and received a bachelor’s degree in 1996 with a major in Christian Education and minor in Church Administration. During this time Mike moved his family to Georgia and has served in several ministry positions with churches in the Gainesville area. He is a founding Elder of Redeemer Fellowship Church. Mike was married for 39 years to his wife Melanie, who went to be with Our Lord on September 1, 2015. They have two grown children, Michelle and Matt, and three grandchildren.

Neil Philpott

Neil was born in Tennessee where he lived until moving to Georgia in 2002 where he met his wife, Elizabeth. He attended college in Tennessee where he has a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcasting. He currently works at dB Audio & Video of Gainesville, GA where he ministers to numerous churches in the south east as an AV Systems Advisor. Neil has served as an Elder since 2010 and is a founding Elder of Redeemer Fellowship Church. He enjoys teaching small groups and working with young adults and parents in a Titus 2 fashion. Neil and his wife Elizabeth were married in 2002  and have four beautiful children: Mary, John, Nathan, and Lily.

Jess Odell

Jess was born in Hall County Georgia, where he has lived his entire life, other than his time at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated with a degree in Humanities in 2011. Jess is married to his wife Kate who he met while in college. They were married in 2011 and have been blessed with four children: Jackson, Silas, Kuyper, and Elam. Jess and his family currently live in Maysville, GA and love severing the body of Redeemer Fellowship Church.

Jonathan McLendon

Jonathan was born in Gainesville, Georgia. His family moved to Douglasville, Georgia when he was 8 years old where he finished high school. He attended Truett McConnell College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary extension in Atlanta. He has served in various vocational and bi-vocational ministry positions: Pastor of children and youth in Blairsville, GA; Associate Pastor of youth and education in Lithia Springs, GA; Pastor of Students in Batesville, AR; and he presently leads music here at Redeemer.  Jonathan married his wife Blakley in 2004 and they have 4 children: Madison, Makayla, Micah, and Malachi.

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