"Inviting all people to become students, believers, and followers of Jesus Christ."
The Redeemer family is committed to the spreading of the Good News –that Jesus is a Good Shepherd and He is seeking you. He brings life, hope, and redemption to all who need it; He is rescue for all who are tired, feeling broken, and feeling lost. We know what it's like to feel alone, like there is something more, but not sure why we can't find it.
Our logo embraces our mission as a church.
Prominent in the design is the white cross, which signifies the light of Christ going forth from Marquette, Lake Superior, and the Upper Peninsula into the world.
The “Redeemer” text is set in a modern font signifying our constant attempt as a church to be relevant in an ever-changing world.
The traditional typeset of the text “Lutheran Church” points to the time-honored teachings of salvation by Christ Alone, by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, as attested to in Scripture Alone.
Jesus knows our condition. To the woman at the well, recorded in John chapter 4, Jesus spoke directly to the way she sought fulfillment from people who continued to leave her broken. Jesus said to her:
“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
He knows your condition, too. He knows exactly what you're going through. And He's pursuing you.
We are a church of ordinary people following an extraordinary God. We believe in shaking hands, building friendships, and visiting with one another. We celebrate God's victories together. We seek God's will together. We do God's work together. We discover together what matters most.
In a world often filled with challenges, it may be difficult to have a clear vision of what matters most in life. While we're all faced with situations we sometimes can't make sense of, we're certain about one thing: Jesus is the answer.
At Redeemer Lutheran Church, we invite all people to become students, believers and followers of Jesus Christ. We are committed to learn about him, be like him, and be loved by him. But that's not all...we are also about helping people, nurturing children, and being part of a caring community.
You are invited to join us in worshipping God and being in fellowship with Jesus as he fill us with his Holy Spirit.
Interested in joining the Redeemer family?
Meet the staff of Redeemer below. These are the faces you can expect to see in worship and at various events.
"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us." (Romans 12:4-6)
Rev. Chad Ott began serving as Lead Pastor on June 11, 2016, after having served the congregation as Associate Pastor since August 21, 2011.
Chad grew up in Ishpeming, Michigan. He completed his undergraduate work at Concordia University Wisconsin and studied for the Pastoral Ministry at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Chad met his wife Pamela while working together with her as camp counselors at Camp Luther in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. Chad and Pam have three children, Emily, Kyle, and Julia.
Chad enjoys salmon fishing, ice fishing, and trout fishing as well as deer hunting and goose hunting. He also relaxes spending time playing guitar. As a native Michigander he roots for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, and the University of Michigan Wolverines.
Pastor Ott can be reached via email at email@example.com
Rev. Daniel Ondov received his first call to Redeemer where he began his service as Associate Pastor on June 25, 2018.
Daniel is a native Minnesotan who grew up in the southern Minneapolis suburb called Lakeville. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University, St. Paul and completed his pastoral studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Daniel served his vicarage year at Pilgrim in Green Bay, Wisconsin from 2016-2017 where he met his wife, Stacy. Daniel and Stacy have 2 children. Simeon, 3 years old, and Levi, born in February of 2023.
Daniel enjoys technology, movies, Teslas and electric vehicles, and various types of games. Re-watching Star Wars every few months is a must. Even being from Minnesota, his time in Green Bay and marriage to a Wisconsin girl means he is a proud Packers fan. Go Pack Go!
Pastor Ondov can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Worship & Outreach
Larry grew up in Arnold, Michigan. After graduating from Gwinn High School he earned a B.S. in Secondary Education from Central Michigan University and spent 11 years in the classroom teaching middle and high school social studies.
During the last two years he was teaching, Larry completed the Lay Ministry Program through Concordia University Wisconsin and has served the LCMS since completing that program in 2016. Larry married his high school sweetheart, Karen, in 2003 and they have two children, Carmen and Nathan.
In his spare time, Larry enjoys playing the guitar, listening to and learning new music, building and tinkering with gadgets and technology, and watching movies. He enjoys watching college sports and will always be found cheering for the Michigan State Spartans. Go Green!
Larry can be reached via email at email@example.com
Director of Christian Education
Anna (Dauffenbach) Gemar was installed as Director of Christian Education at Redeemer on September 13, 2015 after having served her DCE Internship at Redeemer during the 2013-2014 year.
Anna hails from the great state of Minnesota, having grown up in a Owatonna. She attended Concordia University, Saint Paul where she majored in Christian Ministry, minored in Lutheran Theology and received her DCE Certification.
Anna and her husband Grant were married at Redeemer in November 2022.
In her spare time, Anna enjoys reading, watching movies, hiking, and training and playing with her dog Sal. She is a nerd through and through; probably knowing too much about Disney, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who and any other fandom she can find.
DCE Anna can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Certified Therapy Dog
Sal is a 3 year old tripawed golden retriever who is Redeemer's certified therapy dog! "Sal" is short for "Salome" which means "peace" in Hebrew.
Sal and her handler DCE Anna earned their therapy team certification through Pet Partners in November 2020. Sal is also certified as a Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, Urban Canine and an Intermediate Trick Dog! (DCE Anna just can't seem to stop training her to do fun things!)
Sal loves to meet new people and spend time with everyone! When she's not working on that you can find her tromping through the woods, swimming in Lake Superior or playing fetch with her beloved tennis balls. Sal's favorite things include snow, playing fetch, belly rubs, cheese and peanut butter.
Loving God. Loving People.
The Redeemer Story
Redeemer Lutheran Church was formed by the merger in 1966 of Sion and Trinity Congregations of Marquette, both members of the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod. Trinity Lutheran Church, the oldest Lutheran congregation in Marquette, was organized in 1876, and the Ridge Street church was dedicated in 1900. Sion Lutheran Church, organized in 1898 as the Marquette Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church, held services in the church at 227 West Bluff Street which was dedicated in 1912. The two congregations merged to worship in the facilities of Redeemer, dedicated to the glory of God as a place where His Word may be proclaimed faithfully, where people may be brought to faith and where God's people may be empowered for His work.
What We Believe
We believe the church is made up of everyone who believes that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Savior. As Christians we gather regularly to praise and worship God, to gain strength and direction for our lives, and enjoy fellowship with other believers. The Bible says:
"Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only." (Matthew 4:10)
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)
Redeemer Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Find out more below about what we believe.
Want to worship with us?
When you come to Redeemer, you can expect to be welcomed into a friendly, positive environment by people who are genuinely excited to see you. Our worship services typically last about an hour, are filled with great music, and include an inspiring, Biblically sound message by one of our pastors.
Our Informal Praise is Saturdays at 5pm which includes more of structured worship style with contemporary music. Our 906 Service is Sundays at 9:06am and is a bit more contemplative with contemporary songs. Our Traditions Worship is Sundays at 11:00am. This service includes organ accompaniment and hymns.