Austin was born and raised in Kirksville, Missouri. He and his wife Alicia moved to Colorado Springs in 2021. Austin has a bachelor’s degree in History from Truman State University and a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He started serving in ministry in 2015 as Student Pastor at First Baptist Church Kirksville. He also pastored bi-vocationally at Elmer Baptist Church and Springfield Baptist Church while completing seminary.
Austin Loves to read, go biking, hiking, fishing, and hanging out with his wife and their Golden Retriever Zoey and cat Zia. He is a huge St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs fan. He’ll gladly watch them beat the Broncos with you twice a year!
Evan Clay moved to Colorado Springs from sunny SoCal in 2014 and quickly found a place to serve at what was Circle Drive Baptist Church playing drums on the worship team with former worship pastor Joel Taylor. He grew to love the people at Circle and joined membership with the church in 2016, steadily increasing his ministry involvement as the church became Redemption Hill. By 2018, Evan started producing social media content and taking up photography and videography for the church’s ministry efforts. He met and married the love of his life, Jessica, in 2020 and joined staff as the Creative Director in 2021.
Evan and Jessica live in Colorado Springs and have a son, Leeland. In his free time, Evan loves spending time with his family, photography, music, eating Mexican food, watching the Rockies, race cars, and going to the movies.
Maria and her family moved to Colorado Springs in 2021 from Ft. Benning, Georgia. Maria was raised in a religious home, but later came to realize something was missing in her life. God graciously placed a Christian woman in her life that shared the true Gospel with her, and she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior.
Maria and her husband Jake have been married 15 years and have 7 kids, 6 of which are still at home! She is a full-time student online at GCU, studying for her Master’s in Psychology. When she’s not studying, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her family and other believers, working out, and reading a good book! Her life’s verse is Phil. 2:3.
Kaleb Proctor is a college student who is learning about the practical side of ministry. When Kaleb was 17 years old, he thought his life was leading to a Broadway stage, but God had other plans. On September 10, 2016, Kaleb’s life was turned completely inside out. Even through many complex medical diagnosis, lifestyle changes, long hospital stays, and complicated surgeries, Kaleb remained faithful to serve the Lord. God changed his perspective on life and through the mentoring by Pastor Ross Jagers, Kaleb has now devoted his life to full-time ministry. Currently Kaleb is going to college to get a BA in counseling to properly serve the kingdom of God in general and as a youth pastor.
Kaleb was taught by godly parents who trained him in the way he should go resulting in Kaleb accepting Jesus Christ into his heart at 6 years old. As of right now Kaleb lives at home with his parents and his 9 younger siblings. He loves to teach children/teens and to be a sounding board for those who are hurting. At Redemption Hill Kaleb works under Pastor Ross Jagers as the Student Ministry Intern and additionally works on staff as a professional assistant.
Al Barrera is a Colorado Native, called out from a career as a Journeyman Electrician, and has worked since 2001 in various forms of Ministry Leadership. In the past, Al has served as a College Pastor, Young Adults Minister, Senior Pastor, a Church Planter, and most recently as a Church Planting Catalyst for the North American Mission Board. Having received all of his formal Christian education in Colorado, Dr. Al Barrera completed his Doctorate of Ministry degree with Gateway Seminary, Rocky Mountain Campus.
Al and his wife of 20+ years, Marcy, live with their four beautiful daughters just outside of Colorado Springs. As a lifelong baseball and football fan, Al inherited a passion for both the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers. He is equally passionate about French cuisine (butter), the history of the Old West, and hunting and fishing or any excuse to get into the mountains. He is overwhelmingly passionate about being surrounded by all of his girls (including 8 month old Golden Retriever, Chili) and spending time together.
Sue has been with Redemption Hill since May of 2015 and helps the Adult Impact Ministries in addition to her work in the business office. Sue, and her late husband Mark, moved here from Jacksonville, FL when Mark became the Worship Pastor at First Evangelical Free Church (FEFC). Together they were in ministry for over 35 years in various churches around the country. Sue has five children, six grandchildren, and one Apricot Westiepoo named Shiloh. Her oldest Son, Zachary, is now the Worship Pastor at FEFC, following in dad’s footsteps! One of her favorite verses for this time in her life is Romans 12:12, "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Sue loves all kinds of music, sailing, any kind of craft and traveling to see her family.
Carl was born in Oklahoma City and was adopted at the age of five days old. He is ever-so-grateful his adopted family was Christian and Southern Baptist! His mother led him to the Lord at the age of five. He was raised in Florida and Georgia (go Dawg’s) and appreciates a good use of the term “y'all.” Upon graduation from high school, Carl worked in construction and then proudly served four years in the United States Air Force. Carl recently retired after working for the same employer for thirty-nine years. Carl’s favorite pastimes are reading history (the older, the better), Old Testament historical and geographical studies, overseas mission trips, and spending time with the love of his wife AnnaLee.
Carl joined membership with Redemption Hill Church in 1996. His service motto is Senior Adults, who have experienced much and have much to offer, are the backbone of the local church. Carl’s passion is spending time with Redemption Hill Senior Adults, laboring together in service (and fun) to Jesus Christ.
Desiree joined the staff at Redemption Hill in August 2020. Desiree, her husband David, and their three sons joined the church in 2011 and she volunteered in the nursery, AWANA Clubs and the Women’s Ministry Team. After three years, God led her and her family to Kentucky where they joined membership at Porter Memorial Baptist. Kentucky also opened the door for Desiree and her family to become foster parents.
In 2017, Desiree and her family moved back to Colorado and immediately rejoined Redemption Hill and started serving again. She served as the assistant nursery director starting in 2017 and after much prayer accepted the position as Preschool and Nursery Director when the need arose in 2020.
Desiree and her husband recently adopted their 2-year-old son Jackson through foster care. They continue to be active in the foster care system and are support group leaders at Hope and Home. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, playing games with family and friends, and visiting her home state of Tennessee.
Ian joined the staff in January of 2018. He has attended Redemption Hill Church since he was 13 years old and was called to ministry in his early 20s. He got his B.A. in Christian Ministry at The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a Colorado native and loves the city of Colorado Springs. In 2019 Ian married the love of his life, Amy. Together they are serving the church and doing their best to be a great team for Christ.
Ian loves spending time with his wife and their golden retriever Tillie. He has a passion for music and searching for new songs that could be sung at Redemption Hill Church. Ian is a huge Colorado Avalanche fan, a lover of food, and going to the movies.
Ross has been the Student Pastor at The Hill for more than 10 years. He was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. After graduating high school in '97 he attended Ouachita Baptist University where he graduated with a BA in Speech Communications. While at Ouachita he met the love of his life Natalie. After college they were married and God soon moved them to Shreveport to serve at Broadmoor Baptist Church. He served there for almost 5 years as the Middle School Student Pastor before God opened the door for them to serve at RHC in 2008.
Ross and Natalie have three kids: Colton, Rylan and Merrak. When he is not at the church he is with them. As a family they love to hike, play and hang out at home. Ross is a die-hard New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers fan. Don’t hate! He is an avid Coke drinker, cajun food eater and lover of bacon!
Mike came to Redemption Hill in February 2002. He serves as a visionary leader, and is currently leading the church through a total campus relocation. In his ministry, he loves preaching, teaching, and coaching/mentoring “younger guys” in the ministry. He also greatly loves the people he serves, those who are called “Redemption Hill.” The church family affectionately calls him “Dr. Mike” because of his earned doctorate from Southern Seminary in Louisville.
Mike loves hiking in Colorado, whether it be on a trail with his wife or a 14,000+ ft. mountain with members of the 14er club from “The Hill” (he has hiked 30 of them so far). He also enjoys “diving into” a good steak, occasionally munching on a bag of potato chips, and eating at any Chick-Fil-A. He is the husband of Kathy, the father of Rachel, Holly (Scott), and LeeAnn (Jack), and is incredibly blessed to be “papa” to Daniel, CJ (Caleb Jackson), Liam and Brenlee. Mike is also a HUGE fan of University of Kentucky basketball, loves to read (especially books about leadership, history and biographies), and enjoys working out at a local gym. His life’s verses are Philippians 3:13-14.