Theologically sound

We believe the songs that we communally express during Sunday’s worship service should have a solid Biblical foundation. As we sing God’s promises communally, it not only gives God praise but it reinforces within our hearts the foundations of our faith.

Explicitly clear

There are many Christian songs that are personal to the songwriters who wrote them. We believe that God is delighted in the human creation of songs but that not all songs are meant to be sung in a congregational setting. Therefore, Redeemer desires to sing songs that are clearly congregational songs full of God-honoring language.

Easy to Sing Charts

We want the average person without musical training to be able to participate in worship. We don’t pick songs that only trained musicians can sing. You won’t hear a four part vocal harmony or difficult lines that only Adele can sing. Nor will you hear long electric guitar solos during our worship services.

Culturally Relevant and Historically Rooted

The Redeemer worship ministry spends time to find charts that are modern and relevant to our culture. This doesn’t mean that we only sing hit Christian songs, but also look back at history to sing hymns that we rearrange to have a more modern sound. Many of our songs are originals from another PCA church in Chicago (Ethos Presbyterian Church).

Explicitly Clear

Many Christian songs are personal to the songwriters who wrote them. We believe that God is delighted in the human creation of music, but that not all songs are intended for a congregational setting. Redeemer desires to sing clearly congregational songs that are full of God-honoring language.

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Culturally Relevant with Historic Roots

Redeemer’s worship leaders take time to find modern charts that are relevant to our culture. This doesn’t mean that we only sing hit Christian songs. We also look back at history and rearrange hymns for a modern sound. Many of our songs are originals from another PCA church in Chicago.

Theologically Sound

We believe the songs that we communally express during Sunday’s worship should have a solid Biblical foundation. As we sing God’s promises communally, it not only gives God praise but it reinforces the foundations of our faith within our hearts.

Easy to Sing

You shouldn’t need musical training to participate in worship. You won’t hear a four part vocal harmony, difficult notes that only Adele could sing, or long electric guitar solos during our worship services. Facilitating praise is our main focus.

Musicians

Ian Blunden, Electric Guitar

 

Mike Harrison, Piano

Mike Harrison is a pianist working in the Metro-Detroit area and is currently enrolled in Wayne State University’s Jazz Studies program. A lifelong resident of Detroit, Mike has a passion for music and has been performing since the age of 14. What excites Mike most about Redeemer is the opportunity to play and worship with a diverse group of talented, like-minded individuals in an inclusive, authentically Detroit setting.

Bryan Muchortow, Drums

Bryan grew up in the Metro Detroit area. He attended Michigan State University and received his degree in Kinesiology, then returned back east to study Physical Therapy at Oakland University. He now lives in Woodbridge and works as a physical therapist for the Beaumont Hospital system. Bryan is excited to become more connected and involved with Redeemer by raising a joyful noise with the worship team.

Rob Germeroth, Drums

Rob grew up in Metro Detroit and now lives in Woodbridge. He works at the Detroit Public Library, where he enjoys teaching digital literacy skills to Detroiters. Rob appreciates Redeemer’s desire for the gospel to be a fundamental element in the city’s growth.

Jordan Huang, Violin

Jordan spent the first part of his childhood in New Jersey. He subsequently moved to Portage, MI, as an eighth grader, where his family has lived ever since. He attended University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as an undergraduate student, where he became immersed in the faith and subsequently accepted Christ into his life. He currently attends Wayne State University where he is a medical student, and lives in Midtown just a stone’s throw away from church. What Jordan loves most about Redeemer is the commitment to digging deep into the meaning of the Scriptures, yet at the same time applying such Scriptures to a modern, urban context.

Ta'Shara Reynolds-Dykema, Vocals

 

Jake Halkey, Drums

 

Trevor Lamb, Bass

 

Ian Ruhala, Bass

Ian is one of Redeemer’s bass players. While he currently works as a delivery guy for a pizzeria, he mostly identifies himself as lead singer and songwriter for the local band HALA. Ian is from Oxford, MI, but currently lives in the Midtown/New Center area. What Ian loves most about Redeemer is the community and seeing other people excited and inspired by coming together to celebrate Jesus each week.

Kenneth Harkenrider, Guitar

Kenneth grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and then attended the University of Notre Dame for his BS in Electrical Engineering. He now lives in the Rivertown area of Detroit and works as a product development engineer at Ford Motor Company. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and watching Sci-Fi. Kenneth is grateful to be a part of a loving, gospel-centered community at Redeemer Detroit and prays that God will use this community to share the good news throughout the city and beyond.

Noah Leong, Viola

Noah Leong is currently a music technology student at Wayne State. In addition to being a violist, Noah plays electric bass frequently with his funk band “Chuck!” Hailing from Troy, MI, Noah is a graduate of Troy Athens High School and has played with numerous youth orchestras including the MSBOA All State Orchestra, Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony, MYAF Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra. Beyond being a classical player, Noah has a strong interest in jazz and plays with the Wayne State combos on occasion.

JJ Stanbury, Bass

JJ is one of Redeemer’s bass players but also plays acoustic guitar on occasion. He works at Marshall Music in Troy and is a freelance musician. He plays gigs with many groups including the local band HALA. JJ grew up in Oxford, MI, near the Palace of Auburn Hills. He came to Detroit to pursue a major in Music at Wayne State University and participate in the vibrant music scene. JJ lives in the New Center/Midtown area. The thing that excites him the most about Redeemer is how he aids in uplifting the congregation as they sing praises to Jesus.