Leadership Team

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Ron Carpenter | Senior Pastor

A graduate of Emmanuel College, Pastor Ron Carpenter founded Redemption in 1991 with a passion for breaking down walls of racism, crossing cultural lines, and changing poverty mindsets in the community as well as in cities around the world.

Pastor Ron provides guidance and advice to over 1,400 churches and ministries worldwide through Redemption Ministerial Fellowship International, where pastors and leaders look to him for experience, insight, advice, and perspective. A frequent speaker at National and International Leaders conferences for Ministries and Corporate organizations, his television program "Redemption with Ron Carpenter” is broadcast worldwide on TBN and various other networks regionally & locally.

Pastor Ron continues to be relevant across cultures and generations, with an authentic love and compassion for helping people heal, hope, and discover their true potential.

Rick Smith | Executive Pastor

Ordained through RMFI, Elder Rick Smith and his wife Judy have been in ministry with Redemption since 1996. Elder Rick and Judy spent the 25 years prior to joining Redemption running a successful business venture, teaching, and raising their three children while maintaining a heavy involvement in volunteer church work.

In January of 2000, Elder Rick became the pastoral leader of the Elder ministry. In 2001, he was added as a full-time employee to help Pastor Ron oversee the churches employees and members. Today, Elder Rick is the Executive Pastor at Redemption. He has oversight of all Ministry Department Heads and Support Staff as well as overseeing the pastoral duties and ministries of the church.

Travis Hayes | Executive Director

Pastor Travis Hayes joined the Redemption staff in 2003 as the church's first Risk Management Director. As Risk Management Director, Pastor Travis was responsible for all areas of church insurance, liability, campus safety, and security. Pastor Travis consulted frequently with ministries and conferences across the U.S. concerning risk management and church security issues.

In 2010, Pastor Travis became Redemption’s Executive Director. His responsibility is to oversee all areas of business for the church, including accounting, facility operations, risk management, and development. These responsibilities also extend to the Imagine Center. Pastor Travis is licensed and ordained by Redemption Ministerial Fellowship International.

Bishop Paul Gaehring | RMFI President

Bishop Paul Gaehring serves as the President of Redemption Ministerial Fellowship International, a 1,200+ membership-based apostolic network of five-fold ministers and churches founded by Pastor Ron Carpenter.

Bishop Paul has served in ministry for many years in various roles, including senior pastor, staff pastor, college vice-president, dean, and professor. Today, he travels around the world ministering in churches, crusades, and conferences.

After earning a BA in Bible from the Central Bible College, he went on to earn a Masters of Theological Studies degree and a PhD candidacy from Drew University and later adding a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Bishop Paul and his wife, Karyl, have been married and in ministry together for over 34 years. They have two sons, Paul II and Michael, who are also in ministry.