Who We Are
We are committed to “The Three Loves”—Love for God, Love for the Church, and Love for the City.
Our vision is to be part of a church and church-planting movement that is committed to spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, nurturing believers in the faith, serving others—especially the hurting and marginalized, and seeking the good of the city of Detroit, metro Detroit, and the world.
Our Purpose is to exhibit our Love for God through FAITHFUL WORSHIP; experience Love for One Another through AUTHENTIC COMMUNITY; and extend Love for Others through INTENTIONAL MISSION.
A Welcome from Senior Pastor Dan Millward:
Welcome to Redeemer Presbyterian Church; a new church in the heart of the city committed to three loves—Loving God through our worship, loving one another through our community, and loving our city through our service.
My wife Laura and I were born and raised in the northern suburbs of Detroit, and we were excited to accept the call to return to Detroit to lead the planting of a PCA church in the heart of the city.
Many people currently believe a true and lasting renaissance in Detroit is finally underway. We believe a true renaissance not only involves positive advancement in industry, education, real estate development and rail systems, but also a commitment of many believers, churches and organizations working together to make the Gospel accessible to all people, not just in word but also in deed. That is why we are here!
In a day where many have given up on the “Institutional Church,” we are striving to rebuild trust in the Church by building an authentic community as diverse as those living in our city; a safe community where both BELIEVERS AND SKEPTICS can explore the faith together without feeling pressured or judged in any way; a transparent community where people from all walks of life can share their joys and sorrows of life; and an others-focused community where we serve the hurting and marginalized together.
We see our worship gatherings as the unfolding of a divine drama and dialog between God and his people. Therefore our Sunday worship services are vibrant, liturgical and participatory—culminating with the Lord’s Supper each week.
Thank you for your interest in Redeemer Presbyterian Church—Midtown Detroit. It’s our hope that you will find us to be an authentic community of people who love God, love people, and love Detroit.
– Dan Millward
Senior Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Midtown Detroit
God has called each of us to serve him with the mission mindset of advancing his Kingdom by making disciples. And he has uniquely designed, gifted and resourced every single person in the congregation to be a useful vessel in his hands for the building up of the church, that we might be a blessing to our neighbors, city and world. This serving can take many forms.
The way we do this is by encouraging and finding ways for our members to get rooted and involved in the city; to recognize the needs that exist; and to give generously of their time, talent and treasure to serve to meet such needs.
Redeemer will help to assist, collaborate, network, and resource our members to engage in serving the needs that exist in the city of Detroit. Therefore, it is our desire to create an environment where Redeemer members are passionate about discerning the needs around them; sacrificially serving to meet those needs; and communicating these needs to our congregation so we can gather others to joyfully serve in bringing truth, mercy, justice, and beauty to the people and places where it is needed.
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Our Core Values
1. Biblically Faithful
2. Gospel Centered
3. Outward Facing
If a church is not intentionally Outward-Focused it will naturally become self-focused. Therefore, we call our members to three overarching involvements that we believe will keep us others-focused.
1. Faithful Weekly worship in our Lord’s Day Service
2. Involvement in a Community Group where authentic relationships are formed.
3. Engagement in the city or community in which they live. Jesus prayed to the Father, not to take his followers out of the world, but to keep them in his name as they go into the city to engage what’s going on out there, vocationally, politically, socially, and charitably.
4. Community Minded
Christ, during his public ministry, was constantly gathering people together in community. He still is. As the gospel transforms our relationships with one another, we live out the gospel through hospitality and deeds of love and kindness in and through community. Specifically, there are three forms of community we believe are vital to our church:
- To gather the entire Church community on the Lord’s Day, for the Lord’s Service, to honor the greatness of our God through prayer and song, and to be strengthened by our God through word and sacrament.
- To gather together in people’s homes as part of a smaller group of 6-14 people for the purposes of more intimate fellowship, study, and prayer. This is especially vital to the needs of people in today’s fragmented culture.
- To invite those outside the Church to experience authentic community in both large group and small group. In today’s culture, agreement with propositional truth is not a precursor to community life, yet a sense of authentic community may very well be a precursor to exploring propositional truth.
5. Kingdom Life
Our Beliefs and Affiliation
While we are certainly a young church, we are not new in our beliefs and practices. We wholeheartedly embrace the historic Christian faith as it is revealed in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and expressed in the ancient creeds of the universal church (e.g., the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds). We are also committed to the rich heritage of the Protestant Reformation with its emphasis on God’s sovereignty and grace. The confessions of faith we embrace as best articulating this system of doctrine are the Westminster Confession of Faith with its Larger and Shorter Catechisms, as well as the Heidelberg Catechism. Redeemer is a mission church of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). This connection provides us with partnership in mission, accountability, and support. We also live out these ties regionally through our membership in the Great Lakes Presbytery, which includes churches throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.
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Both Dan and his wife Laura were born and raised in Metro-Detroit. This is where they were married and blessed with three beautiful children. They worked together as a team for many years in business, and in 1992 sold their two companies and moved north to Traverse City.
In September of 1994 Dan became the area Director for a youth ministry called Youth for Christ. After five years of fruitful ministry, he entered seminary at RTS (Reformed Theological Seminary).
A short time later it became clear that God was calling Dan into pastoral ministry. In the fall of 2001, Dan accepted a pastoral call to Northland Church on the west side of Traverse City where he served a growing congregation for three years. Then in 2004, Dan accepted a call by the Great Lakes Presbytery of the PCA (Presbyterian Church in America) to plant a church in Traverse City. Upon formally accepting this call, Dan became the church planter and founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, MI.
Now, ten years later, Dan has accepted a call to plant Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Detroit. Dan and Laura now live in a loft on Woodward Ave. in Midtown Detroit, and they are excited to be part of the city and part of the kingdom work God has called them to.
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Rev. Jonathan Saunders and his wife Vanessa together have 4 children—Lillian (8), Eleanor (7), Henry (5) and Marion (1). Jon received his BA from Michigan State University and his M.Div from Calvin Theological Seminary. For the past 13 years Jon has served at University Reformed Church, leading the campus ministry Spartan Christian Fellowship. The Saunders are excited to serve a church that is marked by a firm commitment to the scriptures, to speaking the truth in love, a deep love for another, an evangelistic fervor and a compassion for the needs of the city.
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Amy directs the Sunday volunteers that make our service possible, and keeps the congregation in the know by managing communications and social media.
Amy and her husband, James, are originally from the Seattle area, where she earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Seattle University. They moved to Savannah, GA, where James attended college, and then began a new adventure in Detroit in 2016. They are excited to be part of the revitalization afoot in this fascinating city, and feel very fortunate to have found Redeemer.
Outside of her position at Redeemer, Amy is a writer, gluten-free baker, seamstress, and list-maker. She and her husband live in Hamtramck with two cats.
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Mike grew up in Bloomington, Indiana but attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. That’s where he met his wife, Katie and was married in 2010. At Calvin College, he served as a Worship Apprentice, learning to plan, organize and lead reformed worship. Afterward, he was the Worship Director at a church in Kalamazoo, Michigan until he decided to attend dental school in Detroit. He is currently working as a dentist on the east side of the city of Detroit. Musically, he grew up playing the piano since age 5, starting with classical music and eventually learning how to play from chord charts. He picked up the guitar at age 16 and has been playing ever since. He lives in Midtown with his wife and dog, and enjoys cheering on the Indiana Hoosiers (basketball) and walking the Riverwalk & Belle Isle. Mike is passionate about urban ministry and is excited to see what God is doing in Detroit. If you are a musician, interested in seeing what Redeemer is all about, or just need dental advice, let’s grab coffee!
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Jeremy was born and raised in the Metro-Detroit area and raised in a Christian home, and from an early age had a strong desire to serve Christ and his kingdom. Jeremy met his wife Heather as a student at a small Bible college in North Carolina. After graduation in 2001, now married and blessed with three boys (Robert, Zacharias, and Haddon), moved to Mar del Plata, Argentina to serve as church planting missionaries. There Jeremy and Heather participated in a variety of ministry roles, from pastoral to outreach and teaching. After four years serving Christ in South America, they moved back to the Detroit area with a heart and desire see a new church planted in the heart of the city. “Joining Redeemer is an answer to our prayers for God to raise up a congregation committed to generous mercy and theological integrity in the heart of the city of Detroit.” Jeremy is currently pursuing a distance seminary degree from Birmingham Theological Seminary, with the goal of becoming ordained in the PCA. He hopes to continue to serve Christ in the city of Detroit after graduation. Besides serving at Redeemer, Jeremy works as disability case manager. He loves spending time with his wife and kids, riding his bike around the city, and cheering on the Tigers.
Heather grew up in a Christian home, spending her childhood throughout the Western and Midwestern states. While attending a small Bible college in North Carolina, she met her husband Jeremy. After their graduation in 2001, they were married and blessed with three boys. In 2007, they moved to Mar del Plata, Argentina to serve as church planting missionaries where Heather helped in the children’s and women’s ministries.
Heather has loved to bake from an early age, loves to organize, and loves to serve others. The role of hospitality coordinator allows her to join those passions together. She currently works as an aide in the hospital while pursuing her nursing degree. In between study and work, she loves spending time with her family, taking walks in her neighborhood, or reading a good book.