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).

Meet Our Musicians

Mike Lee
Pianist/Worship Director
Mike grew up in Bloomington, Indiana but went to Calvin College in Grand Rapids for his undergraduate studies. He met his wife at Calvin and they moved to Detroit for Read More..
Shelby Jouppi
Shelby grew up in metro Detroit. She now works at WDET 101.9 FM, Detroit’s public radio station and lives in Woodbridge with her husband and son. The job brought her Read More..
Kaylin Stewart
Kaylin grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She studied Elementary Education at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, where she grew as an active leader for school and church worship. After Read More..
Jake Matthews
Jake is a Music Business major at Wayne State University and currently works as a freelance musician. He is the house drummer for Cliff Bells. Jake was born in Brookfield, Read More..
Mike Harrison
Michael 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 Read More..
Mike Essian
Pianist/Worship Leader
Mike lives in Midtown. He recently finished his MBA at Wayne State University and works as a real estate developer in the city. He started piano lessons when he was Read More..
JJ Stanbury
JJ Stanbury 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 Read More..
Ian Ruhala
Bass Guitarist
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 Read More..
Mike Parton
Guitarist/ Worship Leader
Mike works as the office manager of Hope of Detroit. He received his BA in Spanish from Wayne State University. While Mike has a heart for Central America and has Read More..
Jordan Huang
Jordan spent the first part of his childhood in New Jersey. He subsequently moved to Portage, Michigan as an eighth grader, where his family has lived ever since. He attended University of Read More..
Emily Parrish
Emily is one of Redeemer’s singers. She is began her Biology major with an Art minor at Central Michigan University but has transferred to Detroit to finish her degree. Emily Read More..
Mike Martin
Mike Martin is one of Redeemer’s guitarists and is a Music major at Wayne State University. When not in class, Mike is a freelance musician and also works part time Read More..
Ta’shara Dykema
Ta’Shara is a recent graduate of Calvin College where she received her BS in Biology and Chemistry. After graduation, Ta’Shara moved to Detroit for work. She now works in the Read More..