Paul Carlson, Youth Director
Paul Carlson has been working with youth at Redeemer Baptist since fall of 2014. Prior, Paul worked as a personal care assistant and went to college at Century College. Working as a personal care assistant he discovered his passion and developed his skills for working with youth.
When Paul was in the 5th grade, he was baptized at Redeemer after accepting Christ at a summer camp in Lansing Iowa. Paul was a student in Redeemer's youth program and also attended other church programs where he was a student leader. For Paul, it is important to him that following Jesus Christ is not a one-time event but a lifestyle. He believes that youth need constant growth, learning more about God, and showing others how to do the same.
Now working with the youth, Paul continues to teach others about Christ. Youth Group has developed a fun community that is after the heart of Jesus by learning how to love others and how we love ourselves and Gods plan for us. By growing closer to God they grow closer together. Hebrews 10:24-25 says "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
Phil Sanders, Elder
Phil grew up in the community that surrounds Redeemer Baptist Church and attended a Christian grade school that once stood at the northwest corner of Geneva and Stillwater Roads for his first three years of schooling.
While attending Harding High School (located on St. Paul’s Eastside), he met his lovely wife to be, Mary Kampfer, in a sophomore English class. Early in their courtship, Phil began to attend Mary’s church, Dayton’s Bluff Baptist Church (then located at fifth and Mendota), which later moved to Oakdale and became Redeemer Baptist Church.
Mary and Phil were married in the old church on December 26, 1956, while Phil was home on military leave from the Army. After completing his military service, he attended Northwestern Electronics Institute in Minneapolis and then began a 34-year career with the St. Paul Police Department in the field of electronic communications.
Mary and Phil currently live in West Lake Township, Washington County, where they raised their family of three girls and two boys who are now all married. At present, there are 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Phil committed his life to the Lord Jesus Christ while attending Vacation Bible School at a small country church near Amery, Wisconsin. He says he never fully understood what that commitment truly meant until he reached his mid-30s. He attributes much of the gradual change in his heart towards the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the answered prayers of a Godly mother and wife.
Phil says that he is what he is today (a child of God) through Christ alone, the Scriptures alone, and grace alone. This gift from God is an eternal treasure worthy of worship, praise, and service to Him who offers this gift freely in love.
In addition to serving at RBC, Mary and Phil have served with Bible Study Fellowship International for the past 20 years.
Phil and Mary’s greatest desire is to see a really good church (RBC) become an even greater church for the salvation of many, and most of all, for the glory of God.
Dan Paul, Elder
Dan was born and raised in St. Paul, MN. Throughout his childhood and early adolescence, he attended church regularly and believed in God, but never fully committed his life to Jesus Christ. After regularly listening to Christian radio programs and intently studying the scriptures, Dan realized his need for a spiritual awakening and accepted Christ as his personal savior at 22 years old. After graduating from Bethel College in 1985 and receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree, Dan has concentrated his career in the metal sales industry.
For the past 20+ years, Dan has been involved in his local church, serving as an elder for 12 years at Redeemer. He currently often opens worship and shares announcements, serves as an Awana game leader, and fills in as a Sunday School teacher.
Dan has an immense love for Isaiah 53:5-6 which states: “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Dan’s greatest desire is spreading a passion for the supremacy of God just as the above verses describe a sinless and perfect sacrificial lamb who takes upon himself the sins of others so that they might be forgiven.
Dan is married to his beautiful wife Karen and is the father of three sons: Peter, Andrew, and James, and two daughters: Shelly and Kayla. Their family currently resides in Little Canada, MN.
Rod Pederson, Elder
Rod is originally from a farming community in North Dakota. The upbringing he enjoyed was solid and carefree. Unfortunately, he took off on the path of least resistance during his teens and became severely dependent on drugs and alcohol. During college, someone shared the gospel with Rod and he learned how to have a born-again relationship with Christ.
Shortly after, he met and fell in love with Kim and they have been happily married since 1982. They have two grown children who are both raising families. Kim and Rod arrived in Oakdale, MN in 2013. They feel very blessed to have found a home at Redeemer Baptist, with a close-knit family and solid Bible teaching. Rod's occupation is long-distance trucking, allowing him the luxury of listening to lots of Bible teaching ministries on his radio. He gets home every night.
Kim works in eye care. They serve in the music portion of the worship service with other singers, leading praise choruses and hymns.
Rod became an elder in June of 2016. In that role, he has been learning what it means to help our Pastor serve the congregation. Rod is also a member of the Mission Committee. "Evangelism is our duty, and God will require each of us to give an account," says Rod, "and that is why we must urgently give people the gospel through tracts and sharing."
A favorite Bible verse is 2 Peter 3:9: "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” Rod says, “We need to let that man sitting on death row know that his fine has been paid and the door of his cell is now open.”
We get to introduce him to the one who paid his fine.