David Goran is the Lead Pastor at Redeemer Church, a graduate of the University of Illinois, Asbury Theological Seminary, and was lucky enough to marry a Texan. With his wife Shannon, they have four young kids: Jesse, Jeremiah, Jonathan, and Jordan. For five years, David and Shannon served as missionaries in Ukraine. In addition to his passion for Jesus, David has a pretty significant love for all things outdoors.
Thea Curry-Fuson is the Director of Family and Children Ministry at Redeemer Church. Thea is currently in seminary at Southern Methodist University, answering a call into Ordained Ministry. She is married to Wayne and has the joy of adding two adult step-children, Dylan and Autumn, to her family. Thea has spent most of her professional experience in educational non-profits after completing an AmeriCorp year with Harris County Department of Education and one year abroad serving children and families in the Czech Republic. She believes being connected to a Christ-centered community is important and best done through authentic conversation, good food, and coffee.
Shannon Goran is the Director of Groups at Redeemer Church. Shannon was first exposed to small group ministry at Lakewood United Methodist Church (near Tomball), where she grew up, and then led group ministry at the Wesley Foundation while attending the University of Texas as well as overseas as a United Methodist missionary in Ukraine. Shannon also is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, which is where she met her husband, David (yes, the lead pastor). When not running after her four kids, Shannon enjoys planning and being prepared for whatever life brings next.
Mary Lee Stagner is the Connections Coordinator at Redeemer Church. She is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University and also has a Master’s degree from UHCL. She has lived in the Houston area over 10 years and has a background in Human Resources and Recruiting. Mary Lee and her husband Eric have 3 young kids; Andy, Wyatt, and Millie. She loves Jesus, coffee, reading, and Aggie Football.
David DeHoyos is the Producer for Redeemer’s AV needs. As the producer, he handles the video, audio editing, and uploading to Redeemer’s website and podcast site, schedules volunteers for church service slide operators as well as sound mixing operators. By day he is an archivist and photographer at NASA/Johnson Space Center with 27 years of experience. He is married to Lisa, who regularly volunteers for Redeemer kids Sunday school. They have 3 adult daughters, 2 sons, and one granddaughter. David brings his passion of all things historical and blends them with the growing needs of Redeemer Church. He feels one of the most important elements of Christian living is praying daily with his wife as they deal with day to day struggles of real life.
Nikki Gage is the Family and Children Ministry Assistant at Redeemer Church. Nikki is married to Jacob and they have two children. A graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington, Nikki spent her professional career in Sales in the Houston area before making the transition to a stay-at-home mom in 2013. Nikki believes family is the first church and is passionate about fostering an engaging community for children and families. Nikki loves women's bible studies and thinks that the best way to love people is to feed them good food.
Patrick McGowan is the Director of Student Ministry at Redeemer Church. He currently studies at the College of Biblical Studies, pursuing a degree in Biblical Counseling. Patrick has had a passion for student ministry and evangelism since his youth and has experience with leading students in Campus Crusade for Christ's high school ministry. Patrick's vision is that every student has a radical faith that they can apply in their daily lives at home, in school, and in future aspirations. Patrick loves philosophy, Texas, MMA, Greek Gyros, and aesthetic scenery.
Barb Albritton is the Director of Redeemer Methodist Children’s Program. Barb graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Child and Family Services. She arrived in Houston in 2006 to student teach at Aldine ISD, and decided that warm weather and an inner-city school were a great fit. While at Aldine, she served as a 5th grade Science teacher, Technology Specialist, RTI Specialist, and Summer School Administrator. In 2013 Barb moved to Alvin ISD and taught 4th grade Math and Science until deciding to stay at home full-time with her children. After two years at home, Barb started subbing at Pearland Methodist Children’s Program and eventually took a job as a Pre-K teacher. Barb is so excited to come alongside Redeemer Church and the Pearland Methodist Children’s Program and offer the growing city of Manvel Christian education for their little ones! Barb and her husband Mitch live in Friendswood with their two kids Jack and Emma. Barb loves spending time with her family and friends, vacationing, and keeping up with her kids!
Katherine Daniel is the Ministry and Communications Assistant. She graduated from TCU with a degree in English, and after a brief stint as a starving artist, went back to school to receive her teaching certification. She taught high school English in Thailand and China before moving back to the States and marrying her husband, Jon. Together they have one daughter. Katherine is a published poet and an aspiring novelist, and enjoys all kinds of drawing, crafting, and creating.