Redeemer Lutheran Church

6311 Third Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34209
941-792-5990, 941-792-9725 Fax

Meet Our Pastor

Photo of Pastor Sandy Hutchens
Pastor Sandy Hutchens

Reverend Sandra “Sandy” Hutchens
Senior Pastor

Pastor Sandy Hutchens comes to Redeemer as our Senior Pastor. Sandy is a native Hoosier where she served in four difference parishes. She moved to Wisconsin in 2014 and took a call in Grantsburg. Then became an intentional Interim Pastor in Osseo before her call here to Redeemer. She received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from Wittenburg University in Springfield, Ohio. She attended Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and was ordained in 1987. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, snorkeling, and playing games on the computer. Her favorite foods are pizza, fried chicken, ice cream and anything chocolate (milk or dark chocolate). She has two stepdaughters and 2 granddaughters.

Meet Our Staff

John Lucado
John Lucado

John Lucado
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 Starner
Tina Starner

Tina Starner
Administrative Assistant

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.

Rick and Carol Huges
Rick and Carol Huges

Rick and Carol Huges
Custodians & Lawn Maintenance

Carol has been a member of Redeemer since 1981. She have been cleaning the church since 2014. Carol and Rick’s girls were baptized and raised right here at Redeemer. Carol has served many years on the Church Council in many capacities including President of the Church Council.

Rick has also been a member of Redeemer since 1991. He has been doing the lawn maintenance for Redeemer since 2014. In the past, he had been the Youth and Family minister here at the church and for years has been one of the awesome cooks in the kitchen for our many events.

Joanne Kelderman
Joanne Kelderman

Joanne Kelderman

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

Mary Fischer

Mary has been a member at Redeemer since moving to Bradenton in 1981 when she married her best friend, Mark. Mary and Mark have two grown children that were baptized and confirmed at Redeemer. Mary says that she has seen a lot of changes over the years and feel a new and exciting life at Redeemer that lead her to become President. Redeemer is where tradition and new ideas are merging and it has the friendliest people you will ever meet. She hopes to see you at Redeemer.

Mary’s favorite Bible verse that she has loved since she was a child would be, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8: “A Time for Everything: and God is with us in Everything.

Sue Whalen

Sue was born and raised in Muskegon, Michigan. She moved to Bradenton in 1979. She and her husband, Mike, were married at Redeemer in 1988 and have 3 sons, Chad, Matt and Kyle. They have two grandchildren, Harper and Carson and another on the way.

Sue has served as a Sunday School teacher and Youth Rep on Council. Sue served as chaperon at the National Youth Gathering in 2000.

Sue’s favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 40:31, “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Linda Buchhart
Christian Services

Linda was born in Miami, moved to Staten Island NY, then Closter, NJ where she married, lived and worked for 52 years, spending the weekends in Hamlin Pa. She has a son, Brian, who lives in New Jersey. Linda has been a Lutheran all her life (Missouri synod and now ELCA). Linda has been living here in Bradenton for 5 years but visiting for about 50 years.

Linda’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

JoAnne Kelderman

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 Kruse

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.

Glen Boos

Glen and his wife, Carol, have been worshipping at Redeemer since 2001 and became members in 2009. Glen and Carol spend their summers in Port Clinton, Ohio.

Glen’s favorite Bible verse is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Sandy Guppy

Sandy was born in Illinois and lived there until 2015, when she and her husband Ron moved to Florida full-time. After relocating to Village Green, they joined Redeemer in 2017

Sandy jumped right in, making soup for the Lenten worship services, helping in the kitchen for Vacation Bible School, serving on the Call Committee, and now, with God’s help, serving on Council as Chair of the Stewardship Committee.

Ron has two adult children and six grandchildren, one deceased.

Sandy’s favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 43:1 “Fear not, Sandy, I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine.

Sandra Agee

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.