Redeemer is a community where you can come as you are, be loved where you are, and, hopefully, find God renewing who you are through life together with Him. We hope to be a church for the convinced and unconvinced, a safe place for the curious and skeptical, and a community where the weary find rest. We would love the opportunity to welcome you.
In 2008, Redeemer began out of the ashes of a church fire, literally. Our planting church, Zion, burned to the ground and the congregation relocated to south Lincoln. A small group Bible study with a weekly Sunday School class began casting a vision for a new church plant in downtown Lincoln. With resources from the burned down building a new church was born.
That group met at first in borrowed spaces but now owns a small, 100-year-old church a few blocks from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in The North Bottoms. The former owners wanted to make sure it stayed a church and sold it to Redeemer for a $1.
We're no longer a small group but a gathering of people with lots of different stories. We're single, married, and divorced. We're students, artists, professionals, creatives, stay-at-home parents, and kids of all ages. We're a gathering of Jesus' broken people rooted in the gospel seeking to live out a genuine expression of Christian community that reflects something of His beauty. Seeking to connect the disconnect to love God, love people, and love Lincoln.
One building burned to the ground. One building bought for $1. Broken people with a beautiful Christ. We like our story because it reminds us of what is at the heart of our community: the generous grace of God that gives to us what we neither deserve nor earn.
Matt Odum (Senior Pastor)
Matt was born in Augusta, Georgia and grew up in that area. He attended Georgia Southern University and majored in Writing and Linguistics. He moved to Texas in 2007 where he helped plant a PCA church while attending Westminster Theological Seminary in Dallas. He started a chapter of Reformed University Fellowship in 2013 at the University of North Texas after graduating from seminary.
He and Sarah met in Lincoln, NE and got married in 2009. They have two Texas-born children, Ambrose and Lazarus. They moved to Lincoln to serve at Redeemer in the summer of 2017.
Matt loves to preach the gospel and engage with those who doubt in the reality of Jesus.
He has too many hobbies (basketball, cooking, and golf are among his favorites).
Adam Odell (Associate Pastor)
Adam grew up in the Chicago area and attended Taylor University, where he met his wife, Kate. With over 20 years of experience serving as a youth pastor, Adam brings a heart as big as his experience to Redeemer. After completing his Master of Divinity, Adam served as the Youth Pastor at Intown Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2003, Adam and his family moved to Lincoln where Adam served for five years as the Youth Pastor at Zion Church. Adam’s love for children and his passion for reaching and serving the urban neighborhoods in downtown Lincoln drew him to partner in establishing Redeemer. Adam’s life calling is to connect people to Jesus Christ and to one another.
Adam and Kate have five children: Caleb, Isaac, Micah, Jacob and Kiah.
Jen Hinrichs (Church Administrator)
Jen Hinrichs has been married to her feisty, wonderful husband for 25 years; together they have 4 feisty, wonderful daughters and two sons-in-law.
Jen grew up in south-central Nebraska, and moved to Lincoln to attend UNL and get her degree in accounting. Jen helps with her husband's cabinet business, is a photographer, a deaconess, and helps in the church office. Jen desires to see her community transformed by God’s grace through encouragement, serving and sharing the Word of God inside and outside the church.
Brian Brown (RUF Campus Minister)
Brian Brown was born and raised in Birmingham, AL, and graduated from Auburn University in 1997. After graduation, he spent 9 years as an accountant before being called to Covenant Theological Seminary, in St. Louis, MO, where he received a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) in May of 2013.
Brian became husband to his wonderful wife Rebecca in December of 2000. Rebecca was born in Ruston, LA, and received her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Brian and Rebecca are blessed to be the parents of four fabulous children: Sarah Frances born in 2002, Catherine born in 2004, Patrick born in 2006, and Lillian born in 2008. Together they enjoy athletics, family movie nights, and anything in and around water.
They moved to Lincoln the summer of 2014 for Brian’s call as the RUF Campus Minister at the University of Nebraska and are excited to worship, serve, and hang out with UNL students.
Our flourishing is found in rootedness, in belonging, in participating. Life is not meant to be lived in isolation. This is true for individuals and for churches.
Redeemer is a young church, but rooted in an ancient faith. We embrace the historic Christian faith expressed in the Apostles' and Nicene creeds.
As a member congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, our heritage is in the Protestant Reformation and its strong emphasis on God's grace. The Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms offer a helpful summary of these beliefs.