We are currently hiring for three separate positions! If any of the following roles interest you, please email us and let's talk more!

Redeemer Kids Director: This Director serves the mission of Redeemer by coordinating our kids ministry (0-5th grade) to help us reach our kids, and more and more kids, with the Gospel. So, do you have a heart for kids ministry, an ability to coordinate volunteers, and want to help reach more and more kids with the Gospel? Then let's talk about this role!

Music Leader: Our Music Leader leads us weekly in worship so that we can respond to the greatness and grace of God in song. Do you want to learn more about this role and how it serves the mission of Redeemer? Email us!

Office Assistant: Lots has to be done behind the scenes for the mission of Redeemer to go forward. Do you like just getting things done, checking off your to-do list, and serving others? Let's talk!


  • Jeff Hatton

    Senior Pastor

    Jeff Hatton and his wife Nancy arrived in Waco in the Fall of 1998 to plant Redeemer and have never left! Jeff has ministered to college students at Brown University, Harvard, M.I.T., Boston University, and other surrounding campuses. He also started campus ministries in the former Soviet Union, especially the Central Asian Republics. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Dallas Theological Seminary, and received his doctorate at Truett Seminary.  Together Jeff and his wife Nancy have a calm quiet home of 5 children.

Exec. and Youth Director

  • Collin Coats

    Executive/Youth Director

    Collin currently serves as the Executive Director and Youth Director at Redeemer. Collin graduated from Baylor University and has a Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Seminary. He is currently a candidate to become an ordained pastor at Redeemer. By God's grace, Collin will be ordained at Redeemer in the fall of 2020.


Redeemer's elders jointly carry the spiritual oversight of the church, leading, overseeing and caring for Redeemer. All of our elders are elected, trained, and examined at Redeemer.

  • Ray Biles

  • Gary Carini

  • Tim Kayworth

  • Dean Mitchell

  • Glenn Miller

  • Jim Tandy

  • Joel Smedshammer

  • Steve Smith

  • Chris Matlock

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  • Brent Bankston

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  • Rob Baker

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Redeemer's deacons serve both the physical and spiritual needs of the church. Our deacons minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress.

  • Jeff Manning

  • Landon Lewis

  • Chris Hatton

  • Walt Ford

  • William Weaver

  • Rick Jesperson

  • Denton Finley

College Ministry

Redeemer's College Ministry is called RUF (Reformed University Fellowship). We are centered on the Gospel and love college students and campus life. RUF seeks to be a safe environment for you to come and hear what the Bible claims is true. 

  • Way Rutherford was born and raised in Mississippi and married Amy in 2002 and they have since had three kids! After graduating seminary, Way and Amy moved to Louisville, KY, to do college ministry. In 2014, the Rutherfords moved to Waco, TX, to do college ministry on campus at Baylor. 

    EMAIL WAY: wrutherford@ruf.org

  • Born and raised in North Carolina, Olivia Shields graduated from Appalachian State University in 2016 and then moved to Waco to begin doing college ministry with RUF. After two years as an intern, Olivia is excited to continue serving as Campus Staff on Baylor's campus.

    EMAIL OLIVIA: olivia.shields@ruf.org

  • Graham Harmon was born and raised in South Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina. Despite this, Texas remains his favorite state. Graham was involved in Greek life at the University of South Carolina and loves RUF, Whataburger, Dr. Pepper, and, above all else, Christ, and sharing the news of His love.

    EMAIL GRAHAM: graham.harmon@ruf.org


  • Collin Coats

    Youth Director

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  • Laura Norris


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