Leadership

Chris DAvis
Lead PASTOR 

Chris, his wife Whitney, and their baby boy live in Golden Gate Heights and are still getting used to San Francisco's hills. 

Chris was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Upon graduation, Chris moved to Memphis, TN, where he served numerous churches and ministries. He is a graduate of Mid-America Seminary, from which he holds a Master of Divinity. 

Nate hung
Associate PASTOR 

Nate and his wife Alli live in the Sunset District with their two sons. He feels right at home in the San Francisco fog.

Nate graduated from UCLA in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Nate also holds a Master of Divinity from Talbot School of Theology. He spent 8 years doing pastoral ministry in Southern California at various churches and ministries. Despite his time in SoCal, Nate and Alli are true Bay Area natives and are thrilled to be back with Giants, Warriors, and Niners fans. Nate loves golf and a good cup of coffee.

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chelsea thompson  
DIRECTOR / REDEMPTION KIDS

Chelsea lives with her husband, Alex, and their two daughters in the Richmond. Chelsea and Alex met and married in the Midwest while attending Purdue University, but later moved to Chicago and spent seven years on the north side of Chicago (shout out to Rogers Park!). A small town girl turned city dweller, Chelsea loves the walk-ability of the Richmond District, and she and her girls have explored a great number of the San Francisco neighborhood parks and libraries. 

Chelsea earned a BA in Psychology and a Masters in School Counseling from Purdue. Prior to moving to California and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she worked in the Chicago Public Schools. Chelsea is also working as a paraprofessional in the San Francisco Unified School District with Deaf and Hard of Hearing toddlers. She is also excited to serve as Redemption Kids Director, working alongside parents and volunteers to teach children the Gospel and love of Jesus in hopes He will captivate their hearts and minds.

Esther Chen Meyers
Administrator

Esther lives with her husband, Nathan, and two children in the Inner Sunset. After being raised outside Chicago and graduating from college in the cornfields, Esther spent 5 years in Boston where she got her masters degree in counseling and met Nathan (who was also raised outside Chicago just 15 minutes away from Esther), and moved to San Francisco in 2015. Scoping out the San Francisco food scene is her favorite city activity! Discovering that San Francisco, a place that embraces equality, is a city with so much social injustice, Esther is often thinking about how to love and serve people in need and build bridges with those who are different or under-privileged.

When she's not baking up a storm, force-feeding house guests, or dabbling in creative hobbies, Esther is busy chasing after her kids, trying to make her home cozy, and keeping houseplants alive.

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Jenny Poper  
Volunteer Coordinator / Chief Party Thrower 🎉

Jenny grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and first experienced the city of San Francisco in 1999 while on a family vacation. She vowed to never live in such a cold and windy place, but God had other plans! Jenny and her husband, Grayden, moved to San Francisco from San Diego in 2012. They discovered Redemption Church in 2014 while looking for a church to serve and call home, and fell in love with the mission to be disciples in this city. She is passionate about serving the church and the community through administrative support, hospitality, volunteer coordinating, and event planning. 

Jenny and Grayden live in Twin Peaks with their two children. Her day-to-day is made up of serving her family and the church by managing the little details, and getting outside to enjoy San Francisco’s beautiful and endless scenery. It’s not as cold and windy as she remembered it from 1999! 

NICK PARSONS
ELDER

Nick and his family live in Sunset/Parkside and he unashamedly loves San Francisco’s $4 toast. 

Nick was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He attended Ozark Christian College where he received a BA in Biblical Literature and more importantly, met his wife Rachel. Nick and Rachel have lived in major cities in Thailand, Japan, and across the US working with new church plants. Before moving to San Francisco they lived in Missouri while Nick earned an MA in Organizational Leadership from Lincoln Christian University. Along the way they have had five children — all in different countries and states. Nick serves as a pastor at Redemption in addition to working with the Orchard Group, a Manhattan-based organization that helps start new churches in cities around the world.

MAZ AMELI
Elder

Maz lives with his wife and three children in Cole Valley, and works as a user experience designer at a startup downtown. You can often find Maz at AT&T park, cheering on the amazing San Francisco Giants.

Maz is a native of the Bay Area, and he and his wife, Courtney, have been a part of Redemption Church since 2012. Maz and Courtney are both alums of Pepperdine University, and spent a good portion of their 20s living in Los Angeles, where they were both involved in two new church plants before they met. They have a huge heart for the city of San Francisco, and for sharing God’s love with everyone who calls the city home. Maz wasn’t raised a Christian, but he and his family came to faith during Maz’s freshman year of college, which is a much longer story that he would love to tell you sometime.

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What We Believe

We're a community of faith that believes Jesus redeems, renews, reconciles, and restores all things. We affirm The Gospel Coalition's doctrinal statement.

Core Values

JESUS :: We are a Jesus-centered church. Our desire is to value the gospel of Jesus in all we do. Colossians 1:15-17; 2 Timothy 2:8; John 8:36

DIVERSITY :: We are a reconciled body of believers. We are a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community of faith flourishing in the city. Genesis 12:1-3; Ephesians 2:11-22; Acts 2; Rev 5:9

SCRIPTURE :: We align biblically as a church. The scriptures will be our guide as we seek to follow Christ. 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Psalm 119

JUSTICE :: We fight for the cause of the marginalized and oppressed. We will defend the weak and powerless. Micah 6:8; Amos 5:15, 24; Psalm 10

POWER :: We embrace the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us into the image of Christ. We will depend on the presence and power of the Spirit to lead us. Romans 8:13-16; John 14:16-18, 25-26

MULTIPLICATION :: We value making disciples. We will invest in church planting and equipping the next generation of leaders. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:14-16; 2 Timothy

COMMUNITY :: We value intentional relationships that lead to transformative community. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Acts 2:42; Romans 15:7; Ephesians 4:2

Supporting Organizations and Churches

Redemption has received amazing and generous support from the following organizations and churches.