Pastor Jon Anderson
Growing up in a Christian home I knew the gospel from an early age, served in the church and maintained an outwardly moralistic lifestyle. However, as I grew older I became increasingly aware of my sin and hypocrisy which fostered in my heart a bitterness and hatred toward God. It wasn’t until my later teen years that God used a fireside sermon at a summer camp to open my eyes to the riches of His grace to remove the guilt of my sin and the reality of Christ’s righteousness offered to me. God radically changed my heart and my desire was no longer to live moralistically for my own glory, but to give myself fully to the work of the Lord and see Him glorified in everything. From that day on I pursued a life of ministry. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth Ministry and served as a youth pastor for four years where I discovered my passion and love for the preaching of God’s Word. That desire took me to a lead pastor position for two years and then to pursue further training and earning a Master Divinity from Southern Seminary. Since graduating in May of 2015 the Lord has paved the way for me to serve an elder at Redemption Church Calgary North and then as head pastor of Redemption Church Olds. There have been many bumps and sacrifices along the way, but in all these things God has made us more than conquerors through Him who loves us and gave Himself up for us. Looking back we can say with confidence that He is good and He does good; blessed be the Name of the Lord. He has blessed me with Bethany, a wife of noble character and my greatest earthly joy, and four children; Ezra, Madelynn, Gideon and Elijah. We are excited together for what God is doing through Redemption Church and the GCC and look forward with anticipation for what He has planned for the church in Olds.
worship director/ youth director
I grew up in a Christian home that taught me the importance of living a life for Christ, and how important it was to serve Him. My family supported me in all my endeavours, which included mainly music and camp (Youth). However, they were not aware that the passion and desire that I displayed for the Lord, largely came from an unrepentant heart, only desiring the praise of man. I studied the Bible diligently, not to have the life altering truths change me from the inside out, but so that my hand was the first in the air with the answers to all the hard questions. This lifestyle was incredibly exhausting, and eventually led to the exposure of sin in my life. Pride became my downfall; thinking I could do this myself, and hide who I truly was. However, as the Lord slowly began to break me down, I began to see the joy others had in their lives from a true relationship with Jesus. During a sermon on a winter retreat with our youth group, one of the pastors preached on Psalm 63. “Oh God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” In all my pursuit of knowledge, I was not able to say this. I didn’t thirst for God as if I was parched in a desert, I thirsted for knowledge to impress other people. The Lord started to break down the walls, expose hidden sin, and bring me to my knees. Alone in my room one evening, the Lord brought back Psalm 63:1, and I cried out to God, asking for that desire, and surrendered my life to Christ. My passion for music, and camp (youth) ministry has continued to grow. These desires have led me to support the worship and youth ministry in the churches we have attended. Through much prayer, fasting and seeking counsel, the Lord has made it abundantly clear to my wife and I, that we are called to serve the church in Olds, and we couldn’t be more thrilled about the opportunity the Lord has provided. He has proven Ephesians 3:20-21 to our family time and time again, that He is able to do far more abundantly that we ask or imagine, and it is for HIS glory, not our own. I am beyond blessed to have a wife (Sam) who loves the Lord, and Him first, and three incredible children, Nevaeh, Liberty and Declan. The five of us are excited to see how the Lord will use the church in Olds to further His Kingdom!
Elders at Redemption Olds
Corey & Melanie Dyer
I was saved one rainy night in November of 1998. My new-found faith, though I believe genuine, was a long journey of doubt and wilderness wandering. Then one Sunday morning, eleven years later, while sitting in a hard wooden pew in Westminster Chapel in downtown Toronto, I was suddenly overcome with an understanding of the immensity of the work that Christ took on in bearing my sin upon himself, paying the price for my sin, and imputing his righteous upon me. For over a decade, the Holy Spirit had graciously been working behind the scenes in my soul, working out my salvation. I am convinced that what changed in my faith-walk was the fruit of hearing the word of God preached with conviction and authority, preaching the word of God for what it truly is: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16.
It is because of the powerful word of God that I consider it a privilege to serve as an elder at Redemption Olds; by no means because I have achieved a level of spirituality, but quite the opposite. I am acutely aware of the fact that I am fully dependant on Christ’s work in my life each day, and that without him I am truly a desperate wretch! It is my one of my greatest prayers that the Church in our nation will once again rediscover the power, beauty, and life that is found within the pages of scripture.
I have been married to my best friend Melanie for over 14 years. Together we have 3 wonderful children, Marlayna, James and Amy. As family we enjoy life outdoors, homeschool our children, and seek to humbly serve our Lord.
Grant & Becky Munkedal
God made me aware of his presence at an early age. I was always fascinated by the stories in the Bible and of this Great GOD who loved us so much. However, I did not have any concept as to who Jesus really was. (beyond being the baby at Christmas and God’s son who died but came back to life at Easter).
During my first years at school, I had a series of traumatic events, which left me in a state of almost constant anxiety and fear. It was during this time that I determined that in order to please GOD and to please man (and thereby reduce my anxiety) that I needed to be perfect. I soon realized how impossible this task was as I could not even make it to the end of the driveway to catch the school bus, without getting into a huge fight with my older brother. I modified this plan to be as good as I could and decided that this must be the way I needed to live to get into Heaven. This legalistic self-righteous way of life continued for the rest of my school days. I had a high view of myself, a low view of GOD and the scriptures, an unrealistic perception of the depths of my sin and a very warped incorrect understanding of salvation.
I attended a youth event in my late teens and had my world view changed as I heard and understood the gospel for the first time. The pieces came together, and I saw how Christ’s sacrifice had paid my sin debt. I had truly been given a new heart.
The road of sanctification is not always easy. As I look back at the times of struggle, I see it as a time when GOD was working to conform me into his image. He has been faithful in many ways, providing me with an excellent better half, in my wife Becky and allowing us to raise 3 Godly children, Maren, Caleb and Erik. Another example of his goodness was bringing us to Redemption Olds back in 2015. One of the biggest learnings while at this fellowship is understanding that it is not about me, but it is about his GLORY.
Arnold and Dorothy Penner
I grew up in a non Christian home and it wasn't until I was 16 that my cousin invited me to church. At the age of 18 I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Like many new converts once I accepted the Lord I was left to grow on my own. My christian life became stagnant.
On July 3, 2005 while sitting in church I had prayed to God that he could use me and my family any way he saw fit to bring honor and glory to Him. On July 6, 2005 three days after I held my 15 yr old son, dying in my arms after we had a building collapse on us. God called him home. This was just the beginning. Three years after in 2008 we lost both of our business as well as our home. This left me totally broken. I didnt know what to do. I had two options, either walk away from God or run to him and hold on. I ran to Him.
It wasn't until we started attending Harvest Bible Chapel (now Redemption Calgary North) that God started to change me. This is a church that preached the gospel and the worship was unbelievable. Right after the service both my wife Dorothy and I had said that we needed a church like this in Olds. We attended here for 3-4 years and what a difference it made in our life. God started to grow us and stretch me in my faith like never before.
God had a plan. He needed me to break me and totally surrender my life to Him. When attending church in Calgary I began requesting prayer for a church to be planted in Olds and that's exactly what God did. During our time in Calgary He was preparing us to be involved in this church plant.
Even though we lost one son God is always faithful. He blessed Dorothy and I with our son Matthew and his wife Merissa as well as three wonderful grand kids.
As a parent it is so wonderful to see them all involved in church and desiring to serve God.
God is Good!