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Our Story

The first seed for Redeemer Lutheran Church was sown in a Damascus real estate office in June 1957 when Mrs. Ruth Harris of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Wheaton expressed her desire for a Lutheran church in the Damascus Community. Henry Heine overheard the discussion and offered to help start a church. With Heine’s support, the Harrises asked their pastor Ross Forcey for advice and assistance. On September 8, 1957, Pastor Forcey from Resurrection Lutheran Church conducted a worship service in the Heines’ living room for all persons interested in establishing a church in the Damascus area. After the first service, 3 families agreed to meet on Sunday afternoons for worship services led by Pastor Forcey.

story-purdum-rdIn November 1957, the Heine family, who held the first service in the living room of their farmhouse, granted the small group the use of their tenant house for worship. Appointing the house with homemade church furnishings, they worshipped there for 2 years. Growth was slow, but the Maryland Synod, Pastor Forcey and his Resurrection Church Congregation provided constant encouragement and support to the young church. On February 20, 1959, the church held its first Sunday school classes with 5 children and 8 adults. The founding families were: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heine, Mr. and Mrs. William Harris, Mr. and Mrs. William Rae, Mrs. Amelia Pleitchwait, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dove, and William and Susan Deubell.

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“To Make Disciples of all Nations”

Then Jesus came to them and said. “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt. 28:18-20


Redeemer’s Baseball Diamond

The baseball diamond servers as a modern day illustration of the life of a Disciple of Christ.  To become a mature, fruit-bearing Christian is an ongoing process.  Jesus designed His Church as the environment that facilitates an individual’s growth. Here at Redeemer, we take serious our duty to provide four distinct environments that will allow an individual to mature and be nourished, or as Paul says in Ephesians, “attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”  Redeemer functions as a Hospital (Healing), a Greenhouse (Growing), a Training Center (Serving), and finally, as a commissioning center that sends Christ’s developed Disciples (Going) into the Mission Field.

Statement of Faith

One: God

We believe, with orthodox Christians down through the centuries, that God is one. The unity of God is understood in the diversity of the Trinity. The one true God is known to us by the name Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)

Two: Humankind

We believe that all humans are sick with a disease known as sin. Sin is the lack of reverence for God, the lack of trust in God. Sin is what makes all humans need a Savior. (Romans 3:23)

Three: Jesus Christ

We believe that the second “person” of the Trinity, the Son of God, is the only hope of rescue and healing from sin. He, though fully God, did set aside His divine privilege and become fully human. (Philippians 2:6-8) By His perfect life, self-sacrificial death and miraculous resurrection Jesus did for us (humankind) what we could never do for ourselves. He reconciled us with God (John 3:16-17).

Four: The Free Gift of God’s Love and Forgiveness

We believe that God has freely given the forgiveness that leads to life through the work of our Savior Jesus. We don’t deserve God’s favor. We cannot earn God’s favor. It is only freely offered and freely received (Ephesians 2:8-9). The ability to trust this free gift is what we call the gift of faith.

Five: The Body of Christ

We believe that the Holy Spirit binds Christians together to form the Church, or what we call the Body of Christ on earth. Jesus Himself does this work (Matthew 16:18). Through this Body Jesus gives the gift of faith through the sharing of the Gospel, the story of God’s love in Jesus (Romans 10:17), and through His promised presence in the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.

Six: Our God Inspired Response

We believe that God has rescued us and is healing us for a purpose. We are meant to make an impact on our world for Jesus’ sake (Ephesians 2:10). In the power of the new life Jesus gives us we are sent out to help others find rescue and healing in Christ Jesus (Mark 1:17). We are to bear the good fruit of “love for our neighbors” in obedience to our Lord’s command (John 15:12).

Seven: The Bible

We believe that because of our broken, sinful nature, we must trust the Word of God as the source and norm of our lives together (2Timothy 3:16-17). We continue to battle the power of sin in our own lives and to deal with the consequences of sin in the world (Ephesians 6:12). However, we know that ultimate victory over sin, death and the devil belongs to Jesus Christ according to the Word of God in Sacred Scripture. Our hope, then, is in the Living Word, Jesus Christ, revealed to us through the written Word, the Holy Bible.

Our Pastors

John Bromhal

Senior Pastor

Ray Scheck

Pastor Emeritus

OUR Staff / Leaders


Joanne Kessler (Redeemer Ramblers)
Karl Madden (Men’s)
Janet Stephens (Women’s)

Children & Family

Valerie Bartel (Director)
Joyce Anderson (Family Ministry)
Katie Vernon (Nursery Coordinator)
Kathie Zimmerman (Power House
Kids & VBC)


Brett Barry (Director)
Jan Saxton (Organist)


Courtney Ginsburg (Director)
Phil Bromhal (Assistant Director)
Brittany Fischer (Assistant Director)


Valerie Hobbs (Bible Studies &
Small Groups)


Cherri Warren & Steve Ellis (Celebrate Recovery)


Jill Ochs


Every Member of Redeemer


Pam Blodgett (Communications Coordinator)
Susan Barranger (Personnel)


Doug Ochs (Stewardship)
Kim Acton (Accounting Manager)

Ministry Operations

Denise Ginsburg (Director)


Debbie Tomlinson (Director)
Antonio Hernandez (Custodian)
Taina Schweitzer (Facility Resource Coordinator)

Our Council

Parish Council

Kyle Langham (President)
Les Gill (Vice President)
Howard Fischer (Secretary)
Herb Schoenberg (Treasurer)

Members of Parish Council

Chris Breedlove
Kirk Cook
Jackie Cromer
Donna DeMattia
Leif Gensch
Mike Hoopes
Alan McIlvreid
Steve Shumate
Mike Wade