Meet Our Pastor
Dr. Sheri D. Kling, Minister
Sheri D. Kling, Ph.D., is currently serving as interim minister for Redeemer Lutheran Church as a Synodically Approved Minister of Word and Sacrament (SAM) for the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She earned her doctorate from the Claremont School of Theology (Claremont, CA) and holds a Master of Arts of theological studies from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (IL). She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN).
Sheri grew up in NJ and was raised in the Lutheran Church, where she has spent a lifetime singing in choirs and serving on music teams. She served on the Councils for Redeemer Lutheran and Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marietta, GA, where she was a long-time member and worship leader. Although Sheri pursued theological education later in life with the goal of teaching in higher education, she is now delighted to have been invited to serve Redeemer as interim minister.
After finishing her doctoral studies, Sheri worked in academia and theological education as an administrator and program director. In addition to serving Redeemer, she also serves as the Director of Process & Faith, a multifaith resource center affiliated with the Center for Process Studies, based in Milwaukie, OR. Sheri also serves as a faculty member of the Haden Institute, a nonprofit that offers certification programs in spiritual direction and dream work and has taught as an adjunct professor for the Claremont School of Theology.
Having initially worked in marketing and communications in the Atlanta area (mostly in the software industry), she then pursued a creative career as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and public speaker, releasing three music CDs and a book of essays. Sheri has often shared her music with the Redeemer and Bradenton community.
A lifelong focus on spirituality, psychology, wholeness, and transformation has led Sheri down interesting pathways, where she has often taught workshops and led retreats, including a spiritual pilgrimage to the Isle of Iona, Scotland. She is passionate about helping people connect deeply with God, experience the transforming love of Jesus within communities of faith, and find meaning and purpose within their everyday lives.
Sheri is the author of A Process Spirituality and Finding Home: Rural Reflections on the Journey to Wholeness and has contributed to several other books. She lives in Bradenton, FL with her dog, Bobby and cat, Chelsea, and may be found online at https://www.SheriKling.com/
Meet Our Staff
Music and Choir Director
He joined the church staff as Director of Music and our organist during the Easter season of 2009, the same year he began his service at SCF as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Business and Technology teaching economics and related business courses. In 2013 he entered full time service with SCF and is currently an instructor of economics and the program manager for business and technical studies.
His formal education includes: A.S. Business Administration from Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, Virginia: B.A. Music in Performance (Organ) 1977; B.A. Philosophy and Religion 1977; Masters of Science in Business Administration-MSBA 1980, all from Radford University, Radford Virginia. Postgraduate studies in Education and Economics (1990 to present) were completed with: N.C. State University, Raleigh N.C.; UNC-Charlotte, N.C.; and USF, Tampa.
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JoAnne has been Redeemer’s bookkeeper since 2011. JoAnne was born and raised in Curtice, Ohio and comes from a long line of Lutherans. Began visiting Redeemer in 1990 while visiting her parents that lived here and joined in 2005 when she and her husband, Jerry, moved to Parrish. JoAnne is also active in several veteran organizations and has held offices with those organizations as well.
Meet Our Church Council
R. Neil Nolan
Neil was born and raised here in Bradenton, Florida. A 1988 graduate of Manatee High School. He was confirmed here at Redeemer Lutheran Church in October of 1987. He spent his life in the hospitality management industry and is currently a kitchen manager with Beef O’Brady’s in Lakewood Ranch since 2007. Neil’s favorite hymn is “I Love to Tell the Story.” His favorite Bible Verse is Ephesians 4:32.
JoAnne has been Redeemer’s bookkeeper and Church Council Treasurer for 6 years. JoAnne was born and raised in Curtice, Ohio and comes from a long line of Lutherans. Began visiting Redeemer in 1990 while visiting her parents that lived here and joined in 2005 when she and her husband, Jerry, moved to Parrish. JoAnne is also active in several veteran organizations and has held offices with those organizations as well.