On September 11, 2022, Redeemer Lutheran Church in Nashville celebrated her 40th Anniversary (1982-2022) as a congregation. Rev. Philip Young, Redeemer’s pastor, recognized the faithful service of Redeemer’s founding pastor, Rev. Chris Powell, and of Rev. Paul Donner who served as vacancy pastor prior to Pastor Young’s call. Pastor Young also presented a letter and certificate recognizing the occasion from Rev. Dr. Roger Paavola, whose duties as Mid-South District President prevented his attendance in person. The day concluded with a celebration luncheon where a collection of photographs of the church and her people, several now in the Church Triumphant, was displayed.
Though now 40 years old, Redeemer has had the joy of being served by just two pastors in that time. Pastor Powell served from Redeemer’s incorporation as a congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in January 1982 until his retirement in October 2001. Pastor Young has served Redeemer since his installation in July of 2002. On July 31, 2022 Pastor Young was surprised by the congregation with a recognition of his 20 years of service. The congregation gifted Pastor Young a stole for Advent season. May Our Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless all who enter the doors of Redeemer and preserve them in the one true faith.