Leaders and Staff

Jon Saunders

Senior Pastor

Jon is married to Vanessa and is father of Lillian, Eleanor, Henry, Marion, and Katherine. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and Calvin Theological Seminary. He formerly served at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI as the pastor of campus ministry before moving to Detroit to help with the planting of Redeemer.

Dan Millward

Executive Pastor

Dan was born and raised in Metro-Detroit. He and his wife Laura have 3 children and 15 grandchildren. In 2014 Dan accepted a call to plant Redeemer in Detroit. In the summer of 2020, Dan transitioned to Executive Pastor/Church-Planting Developer, with a vision to see more churches planted around the Detroit area.

Laura Millward

Administrative Assistant

Laura was born and raised in the Pontiac area and met her husband, Dan, while working as a cook at a coney island restaurant. Married 44 years, together they have three children and 15 grandchildren. They worked together as a team in all their ventures and adventures throughout the years.

Rodgers Family

Kyle Rodgers

Director of Music and Worship Arts

Kyle is a lifelong musician who felt called to ministry with Redeemer after seeing how God is at work through Redeemer’s music, service in the city of Detroit, love of all people, and passion for the Gospel. He and his wife, Rachel, have served with Redeemer since 2017. During the week, Kyle works for the Rock Family of Companies in Downtown Detroit, and lives in the city with his wife and four daughters.

Rodgers Family

Rachel Rodgers

Staff Musician

Rachel has been performing vocally for almost 15 years and has assisted in leading worship at several churches for the past decade. Rachel is so grateful for the community of believers that she has found at Redeemer Detroit and wants to be part of pointing the people of this city toward the Gospel. She and her husband, Kyle, live in Detroit, and she has four beautiful daughters that have captured her heart.

Tiffany Hyun Binder

Children’s Ministry Coordinator

Tiffany is a pianist, teacher, and music collaborator. She has been with Redeemer since 2018 as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator and has recently added Volunteer Coordinator to her role. She and her husband, David, have two young daughters!


Abraham Vargas

Sunday Morning Coordinator

Abraham was born in Traverse city and raised on the east side of Detroit. In 2014 he was called by Dan to help plant a church in Midtown Detroit and he has been serving Redeemer in various ministries ever since. He has spent most of his professional life working the building trades and event management.


Josh Rose

Director of Media

Josh is a designer and illustrator and is responsible for design and media channels at Redeemer. He moved down to Detroit from Traverse City in 2018 and started attending Redeemer in 2019. While not working, Josh enjoys street photography and running.


Ruling Elders

Ebi Baralaye | Joe Gardinier | Jerome Gorgon | Caleb Hwang


Dan Axelson | Fred Gowman | Abraham Vargas | Joe Wesorick