You might be wondering, what’s it really like at Redemption Church? Simply stated, at Redemption, we’re all about Jesus. You won’t be met with shame, guilt, or condemnation. And we don’t care how you’re dressed. Or what candidate you voted for. Our church is made up of imperfect people with every kind of story imaginable.

Want to know the best part? No matter what you’ve been through or what questions you might have about God and faith, our church is a place where you’ll find the love, grace, and forgiveness Jesus gives to everyone.

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Our Vision

We desire to see every man, woman and child in the greater Lakeland area and the world experience redemption through the gospel of Jesus Christ.


Core Values


Our Beliefs

  • The Scriptures are true, authoritative and sufficient.

  • There is only one true God, Creator of heaven and earth, who eternally exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • All things exist for the glory of God.

  • All humanity—Christ excluded—is sinful by both birth and action.

  • The deserved penalty for sin is physical and spiritual death.

  • Jesus Christ is the Eternal Son of God, was born of a virgin and is both fully God and fully human.

  • Jesus Christ died as the sacrificial substitute to pay the penalty for sin.

  • Jesus Christ physically rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and will one day physically return.

  • There will be a future physical resurrection of the dead.

  • Only those who turn from sin and to Jesus in faith and repentance will be raised to eternal reward.

  • Those who do not turn from sin and to Jesus will be raised to eternal punishment.

  • Only through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ and repentance from sin can one be reconciled to God and experience true life and joy.


Meet The Staff

Brannen Padgett   Lead Pastor

Brannen Padgett

Lead Pastor

Ross Ponder   Student Pastor

Ross Ponder

Student Pastor

Matt Burks   Executive Pastor

Matt Burks

Executive Pastor

Holly Hungerford   Kids Director

Holly Hungerford

Kids Director

Austin Nesvacil   Connections Pastor

Austin Nesvacil

Connections Pastor

Caleb Oliver   Communications Director

Caleb Oliver

Communications Director


Leadership Team

James Grubbs   Worship Leader

James Grubbs

Worship Leader

Chris Florence   Worship Leader

Chris Florence

Worship Leader

Rebekah Stephens   Production Director

Rebekah Stephens

Production Director