Meet Our Pastor
Reverend Geoffrey Coupland
The Rev. Geoffrey D. Coupland was born, reared, educated, and ordained in Eastern Canada. He moved to the U.S.A. in 1996 and became a citizen in 2013.
In 2002, after 21 years serving as a “settled” rector in parishes that were experiencing some sort of need for change he shifted to and trained for full time “interim” ministry, congregational consulting, and clergy coaching.
His personal metaphor is a “Voyageur”; a type of guide, exploring the unknown; identifying the best of where people are presently, what they value most that they wish to take with them, joining God in what God is already doing, discerning the path God wishes them to take, garnering the resources needed and taking the steps required to set out on the journey to that place of love, beauty, peace and holiness.
Pastor Coupland is a transitional ministry specialist. That is why he has been called here. Experience has taught him that people object to change when what they value most is offended, the change involved seems to undermine it, and the outcome is perceived as less rewarding than where they were previously. So, he stresses that we must make every effort to satisfy objections along the way, respecting each other, the process and the outcome equally. Pacing is a key component, especially discerning God’s pace for the outcome to be satisfying to all. Preferred transitions occur when each stage of the process is addressed honestly, transparently and as learners open to embrace the mystery being revealed.
Geoff likes good quiet, good books, good conversation, good company, good food and good times. Geoff is looking forward to a new set of golf clubs and someone to watch the football, hockey and maybe a few baseball games with. Sorry, he’s a “Big Ten” and “ACC” fan. You will have to wait to find out which teams. He is very much looking forward to being your servant, pastor, and friend. Get ready, get set, let’s go.
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.
Tina has been our administrative assistant since 2014. Her and her family are longtime residents of Bradenton. Tina, her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Isabelle, are members of Living Lord Lutheran Church. Todd was a member of Redeemer and active in the youth programs during his teenage years. Tina and Todd have been married for 25+ years.
JoAnne has been Redeemer’s bookkeeper for 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
Don is from upstate New York, near Buffalo, and Bettye Jo, his wife of 65 years, is from Mobile, Alabama. They were Snowbirds since 1984 and became full time residents in 2000. They began attending Redeemer at the invitation of Reverend Bill, their neighbor. They have two daughters, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
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.
Susan and husband, Lynn, moved to Florida in 1980 at which time they became members of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Susan and Lynn have two children both were confirmed at Redeemer. They have 4 grandchildren and 3 of them were baptized at Redeemer. Susan has been a loyal choir member, Sunday school teacher and currently serves as coordinator for the Cottage Groups.
Susan’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight oh Lord, My Strength and my Redeemer.”
Carol joined Redeemer after having daughter Leslie baptized in July 1981. This became my home away from home. She has been on the Church Council at least 4 times throughout the years. She has led the Youth Group, Secretary of council and also President. Carol and Rick served as housekeeper and lawn maintenance personnel for many years. She enjoys being an assistant minister, reader and communion assistant. We have two daughters and two grandchildren!
Sandra was born in Virginia and moved with her parents to Florida from Pennsylvania in 1957. Sandra was married 49 years to J. William (Bill) Agee who passed away in 2014. Sandra has two daughters: Dawn is a veterinarian, married to a veterinarian. Lisa is a teacher and missionary. Lisa and her husband are now serving the Lord in Guatemala. Between her two daughters, Sandra has eight grandchildren.
Sandra has been a member of and active in the life of Redeemer since 1997. In addition to the Worship Committee Chair, she is Prayer Chain chair, is a reader and communion assistant at Sunday Worship Services, sings in the choir and belongs to the Quilting group.
Sandra’s favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 5:6-7: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
Elsie was born in Buffalo, NY and moved to Bradenton in 1955 attending Manatee Elementary School, Walker Junior High and graduated from Manatee High School. She attended Hope Lutheran Church until joining Redeemer in 1974. She married in 1967, has two boys, Neil and Dan, and two granddaughter, all living in Bradenton. Elsie was a Sunday School teacher, Communion Assistant, played in the hand bell choir, assisted with Luther League, belonged to the Stephen's Ministry, helped with Vacation Bible School, is a member of the Quilters, Altar Guild and is a Cottage Group Leader.
Elsie's favorite Bible verse is from Psalm 23, "The Lord is my Shephard, I shall not want."