Jason has served as our pastor here at Redeemer since 2003. Though he was born in Pittsburgh, PA, and spent parts of his childhood in Kentucky and Nebraska, Jason has called Indiana home for more than 16 years now. He is a graduate of Concord High School (Indiana), Vennard College (Iowa), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Illinois) and Marquette University (Wisconsin)—clearly making him a Midwesterner. He and his wife Terri have been married since 1996, and are blessed with a daughter (Hannah) and three sons (Nathanael, Levi and Ethan). Activities and interests in the Nicholls’ household range from Homeschooling and music, to Bible Quizzing, travel, and the outdoors. Jason gives leadership to the preaching, teaching and discipleship ministries of our church.
Matt grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife, Jewel, moved to the South Bend area in 2009, and have been members at Redeemer since 2013. They recently had their first child, Lucy, who keeps them on their toes and full of joy. Matt graduated from Bethel College with a Bachelor’s in Economics and Finance and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Theological Studies. Matt loves walks with his family, good beards, ice cream, and fly fishing.
Originally from New Castle, IN, Thomas moved into the South Bend area in 2002. He graduated from Bethel College in Mishawaka in 2007 with a degree in Biblical Studies. Shortly thereafter, he discovered a love of working in public schools, so he returned to Bethel to complete the Transition-to-Teaching program, receiving his teaching license in 2010. Thomas currently teaches 4th grade in Plymouth, IN. When he isn’t teaching or leading worship, he enjoys playing games with family and friends, reading, watching Colts football, and doting on his two nieces and three nephews.
Laura has served as Pastoral Assistant at Redeemer since 2010. Her main task is keeping the congregation up to date on announcements and upcoming events through the bulletin and social media, but she also works diligently to keep the office/church organized and help the staff plan ahead for the year. Laura grew up in East Central Indiana, but moved north for college. She graduated from Bethel College with her BA in English and Writing in 2008 and got married just a month later. She and her husband, Chris, have two children, Eli & Aubrey.
Amber grew up in the Missionary Church and got her start working with kids as a camp counselor at Prairie Camp. She worked her way through the ranks there serving for over 10 years in many different roles—from administrative assistant, to nursery director, and even occasionally making the pancakes and cleaning the bathrooms. Amber has also worked in both public and private schools as a substitute, paraprofessional and coach. She has lots of help in her role as Children’s Director from her husband Jeff who teaches 3rd grade in Elkhart Community Schools. Her kids also help, Lucy (5 years) is great at decorating and Leon (1 year), is great for testing the nursery’s childproofing. Amber enjoys coffee and long naps on the beach. She one day hopes to learn to ride a motorcycle.