Everything about the gospel is counterintuitive, including its application to leadership.

We follow a King who became a baby and died on a cross for the sin we committed. Jesus led his people by dying, and now He asks His shepherds to lead by serving. In the Kingdom of God the “org chart” is flipped: leaders serve.

Elders/Pastors (we use these terms interchangeably) have been given the delegated task to care for, guide, equip, and train the church. Deacons have been given the delegated task to execute and administrate the vision and mission of the church.


Full-Time Pastors

Eric Simmons Redeemer Church Arlington

Eric Simmons

My family has been in the DC area for three generations. This has been home for a long time and I have had the joy of being a minister of the gospel in this city for over two decades. My wife Lisa and I were married in Potomac, Md in 1994 and have four children.

Lisa and I (and some other amazing people) had the privilege of starting Redeemer in 2010 and after many years and seven location changes we have seen God do extraordinary things.

As lead pastor I serve Redeemer in preaching, leadership development, oversight of the Leadership team/Staff and provide directional leadership for the church.

Jordan Kauflin Redeemer Church Arlington

Jordan Kauflin

I had the privilege to help start Redeemer in 2010 as one of the founding pastors. Currently, I oversee Redeemer’s music ministry, Sunday liturgy, and am involved in pastoral care. I also write songs that help our church exalt God and glory in his grace.

I love to see lives transformed by the power of the gospel as people grasp their true identity in Jesus.

I’ve been married to my wife, Tali, since 2004. We have five kids, ranging from toddler to teenager (and an energetic dog), and love to have people over into our fun and busy home. We live in South Arlington, and love all kinds of food, hanging out with friends, and the outdoors. 

Jon Smith Redeemer Church Arlington

Jonathan Smith

On the evening of July 25th, 1996, I was introduced to Jesus and that moment forever changed the trajectory of my life. My love and commitment to Jesus spurred me to help others experience the very same thing.

I started OneU to help college students and local churches thrive in Christ. I became a pastor at Redeemer in 2015 and serve the church and surrounding community by overseeing community groups, global missions, OneU, and community outreach.

I married my best friend, Jenni, in August of 2002 and we have four kids (three are with us and one is with Jesus). We live in South Arlington and if we aren't hosting gatherings at our house we are usually on a sports field watching our kids play.


Bi-Vocational Pastors

Dale Brown

Dale Brown

The Brown family moved to the DC area from Kennesaw, GA (a suburb of Atlanta) in March 2010 (right after Snowmageddon!). We found Redeemer Church of Arlington in August of that year and from day one we believed this is the family to whom God has called us to serve and be served.

I was affirmed as an elder in 2014 and partner with Eric in leading the work of our leadership team. My wife, Gay, and I lead a community group, serve in children’s ministry, and Gay trains and disciples many younger women in Redeemer.

We were married in 1990 and have four adult children: Mary Grace, Reagan, Rebecca, and Andrew.

Mike Bellamy

Mike Bellamy

The Bellamy family moved to the Washington DC area in 2007 after spending seven years in Northern Italy doing civil engineering and ministering cross-culturally with Serenissima Ministries. We have remained vitally connected and actively involved with the ministry in Italy for over 18 years.

My wife, Kim, and I were married in 1982 and have three adult children and two grandchildren.

I have been involved in bi-vocational pastoral ministry in the United States and internationally since 1993. We became members at Redeemer in 2015 and I was affirmed as an elder in 2019. I partner with Eric and the other pastors in shepherding the church.


Jonathan Collegio

My family began attending Redeemer before it was a church—in the “plant” phase in January 2010. We came to love Redeemer’s commitment to the Gospel, living in community with the church body, and its commitment to sound doctrine. 

I was affirmed as an elder in 2014 after leading a bible study in DC for a number of years, and a community group with my wife Rebecca, who serves as an art teacher at a local christian school.

We have been married since 2006, and have three kids—Jack, Asa, and Eliana. 

Paul Curtis

Paul Curtis

My family came to Redeemer in March, 2012 and I became an elder in June, 2018. My wife, Kimberlee, and I live in South Arlington and we have three children. We love to read biographies, sing Broadway tunes, watch sports, play games and have people in our home. 

I was gripped by Christ in college and have grown spiritually with the help of many faithful brothers. My greatest joy is pursuing the spiritual good of others.

Jim Riordan

Jim Riordan

My family and I have been members of Redeemer since 2011 and we have loved being part of such an authentic community of Christ followers! I was affirmed as an elder in 2018 and am thankful for the opportunity to serve the Lord and help care for Redeemer in this way.

I am a Silicon Valley native who God saved in college. My excitement for what God has done in my life only grows as I see how far he can take me from who I once was. I am passionate about seeing God do this in the lives of others!

I am married to Jamie, who grew up in Wyoming. We met after college, got married less than a year later in Montana in 2007, then promptly moved to Tysons. Our home is powered by electricity, gas, and three excellent children.