Our Leadership

The leadership of Christ the Redeemer Church have been called by God to shepherd the flock (1 Peter 5:2) and to provide spiritual guidance and protection over the church. Each member of our leadership team subscribes and adheres to the qualifications in Scripture for elders (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to arrange a time to speak with them.

  • Bryan Sims

    senior Pastor

    Family:  

    Bryan and Angela were married in 2000.  The Lord has since blessed them with three daughters.  Bryan grew up in Rockville, MD just outside of Washington, DC.     

     

    Testimony:

    Bryan saw a wonderful change in his brother's life who had recently become a Christian. At age 21, Bryan accepted God's gift of salvation by repenting of his sins and trusting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. A year later, he felt a strong calling to go into full-time Christian ministry. He wants to tell others that nothing can satisfy your deepest need to have a relationship with God, forgiveness of sins, and peace in this life and for eternity.

     

    Education:

    -- Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC

    -- Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY

     

    Something silly:

    I failed my driving test 3 times and the written test a couple times.  I felt better when I recently heard of a woman in Belgium who passed after her 38th try!


        

  • Adam swiger

    worship pastor

    Adam and April became part of Christ the Redeemer Church in May 2013. Adam has been leading worship for 16 years and has been serving the local church in that role since 2004. He graduated from West Virginia University in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and is currently working on his Masters Degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife also have one son and live on a beautiful farm in Woodbury.

     

    In his spare time, Adam loves to spend time with his family, play sports, read, listen to/play music, and watch his beloved Pirates, Steelers, Penguins and WVU Mountaineers.

     

    Adam's passion is to see the local church come together generationally to exalt the name and work of Christ through song! 


     

  • Jon espeland

    elder

    Jon joined Christ the Redeemer Church along with his wife Vicki in 1986 after moving to Connecticut. He has served as an elder for the last 4 and a half years. He has three adult children and five grandchildren.


    Jon has served in many roles at the church including Deacon Chairman, Church Moderator, Sunday School teacher, Disaster Relief and Elder.
     
    Jon worked for a large company in several locations as a Human Resource professional and has recently retired. He has been encouraged over the years to see how God has worked in the life of Christ the Redeemer Church.


  • chris buckley

    elder

    Chris and his wife Barbara have been attending Christ the Redeemer Church since 2000 after moving to Connecticut from Queens, NY. They have one son, Joshua, who is currently enrolled at UCONN. 


    In 1986, Chris surrendered his life and accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Chris has served in many roles at CRC including Sunday school teacher, Deacon, and currently as an Elder. 


    Chris has worked in physical therapy since 1995. He is a die hard Yankees fan, enjoys Christian music and recently discovered podcasting. One of Chris' favorite verses is 2 Peter 3:18 which says, "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen."