Meet our Leadership Team

Andrew Goyzueta

Assistant Pastor, Teaching Elder

Andrew grew up in New York (the state, not the city), though he can pronounce "y'all" with the best of them. How did a yankee from the North learn to speak Southern? Well, living in North Carolina for six years certainly helped. After graduating from Davidson College with a BA in Religion, Andrew felt the tug of ministry. He worked for two years as an intern with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Duke University, then moved out to St. Louis, Missouri to drink coffee and pursue a seminary degree. After earning his Master of Divinity (read "Mastered by Divinity") from Covenant Theological Seminary, Andrew served as the Pastoral Apprentice at South City Church in St. Louis. He's married to Amanda (the craziest Cardinals fan he's ever met), and together they have one daughter (Emma) and one dog-ter (Penzey, the toy poodle).

 Scott Karr  Ruling Elder

Scott Karr

Ruling Elder

Scott grew up in Greenville, was schooled locally, and is now a CPA.  Sushi for lunch and a strong bike ride up Paris mountain in his off hours help make a good day better.  Who knew accountants weren't just about numbers?  Though a committed and hard worker, if he had his druthers (and could do so in good conscience), he'd spend every weekend with his wife, Heather, and three kids split between the beach and backpacking in the mountains.  

Calvin Armerding

Ruling Elder

Calvin joined Redeemer in 2007 while studying Psychology and English at Furman University, where he graduated in 2010. After moving away to Denver for a few years to earn a Masters in Counseling, Calvin and his wife, Jessie, moved back to the Upstate in 2013. Calvin runs a counseling practice in Travelers Rest, and Jessie works as a labor and delivery nurse at Greenville Memorial. Calvin spends much of his free time with his two fun-loving children Truman and Ruby, but he also loves to fly fish, write/perform music, and watch (admittedly) weird films. Given his druthers, he'd spend even more time traveling, speaking in public, spending time outside, and perfecting a home studio for recording music.

Steve Whigham

Ruling Elder

Known by his business colleagues as a creative disrupter but known by those close to him (his wife, four adult children and friends) as a prodigal chef and a spirited conversationalist, Steve has been in and around Redeemer Presbyterian Church since its inception. He loves playing music (keyboards and drums), adoring fine art, devouring a good book, engaging in an intellectual dialogue, and/or taking an exhilarating walk in the woods. Steve is a published author of two books: Throw Open the Floodgates and Eclipse of Faith. When he's free to entertain his druthers, Steve’s preferred hankering is to get lost in a well-crafted movie with a bag of freshly popped popcorn, hold the butter.

Jimmy Kyker

Ruling Elder

Jimmy moved to the Upstate in 2005 along with his family and has been worshiping with Redeemer since that time. He has been working in the home building industry in a variety of capacities and now works as a consultant to home builders.  Jimmy loves all things active and outdoors, from hiking and mountain biking to golf or frisbee golf.  Though, if he had his druthers, he would just as soon sit on the back porch with his bride, a cup of afternoon french press, and a good book.  Jimmy and Judy Kay have 6 children and a mutt and are always looking for the next adventure.

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Robin Smoyer

Administrative Assistant

Raised a northern girl from Pennsylvania, Robin moved to South Carolina five years ago. Smart move!  She and her husband, Matt, have two young children who all enjoy being outdoors and enjoying all things earthy.  They are frequently drawn to the clear, clean mountain lakes and streams of our region for their getaways.  We are thrilled to have her as a part of our Redeemer staff and team.  

 Ryan Stone  Director of Worship Music and Liturgy

Ryan Stone

Director of Worship Music and Liturgy

Ryan. Married to sweet Becky. Both are school teachers yet work at two very different schools. Three rambling kids. Two are boys which look the same and happen to be the same exact age while the third gets her way because she's so darn cute. Ryan has been playing and leading music at Redeemer since Redeemer was a mere thought. He attended Redeemer while a student at Furman and decided to stick around (yay!). If he's not canning some garden vegetables or creating homemade bitters, you'll find him sitting behind a guitar or hammer dulcimer while listening to The Wood Brothers.  

 Jason Cole  Director of Youth Ministry

Jason Cole

Director of Youth Ministry

Jason is a misplaced soul - he is a surfer living in the mountains. You can kinda tell that from the pic, right? A kind disposition, generous attitude, and patient grasp of the good news of Jesus mark Jason. He understands well what drives people away from, and to, the cross of Jesus in distrust and trust. He is willing to be vulnerable and able to be challenged so that he makes more of Christ than himself. When not playing Gaga Ball with our youth, he is hanging out with his sweet and beautiful wife, Lauren, and chasing his offspring, Bella, Roman, and Gia. We are so thankful that he oversees our youth and youth ministry team.  

 

Heather Karr

Communications Director

Have trouble understanding Twitter, Instagram, Facebook? Not Heather. She is our social media specialist, helping communicate the goings-on of Redeemer to the members and the world at large.  Married to Scott and mother to 3M's (Mikey, Maddox, and McKenna), the carpool line becomes her office while she multi-tasks. Some know her by "Coach Karr," as she doubles as our Redeemer co-ed softball captain.