Redemption Elders

 
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Mark Oshman

Lead Pastor - Vision and Preaching

Story

I was born in Aurora and grew up in Littleton. In high school, my stepfather, who had raised me, became addicted to cocaine and other drugs. Before my eyes I saw a man destroy his life and I realized that my life was headed in a similar path of meaninglessness, despair, and destruction.

The Lord used this difficult season to draw me to Himself through a series of interactions with passionate followers of Christ. At the age of 18, by grace, through faith, the Lord made me a new creation and set my life on a new course of enjoying and pursuing Him forever.

Since that time, the Lord allowed me to graduate from Colorado State University and Denver Seminary. I was married to my wife Jennifer in 1999. In 2003 I was ordained by Colorado Community Church and we were commissioned as missionaries. We served ten years at The Harbor in Okinawa, Japan in a church that served the military community stationed there. In 2013 we moved to Brno, Czech Republic to serve with Pioneers International as Church Planters. At the end of 2015 we felt called to return to Colorado to care for my wife's father who is suffering from Alzheimers.

In addition to planting Redemption Parker, my wife and I still continue to serve with Pioneers International on the Europe Core Leadership Team. You can learn more about that ministry here.

Family

alt text Since 1999, Jennifer has been my partner in life and in ministry. She is gifted in the areas of hospitality, teaching, and women's discipleship. She enjoys teaching our daughters, time in the mountains, travel, reading, blogging, and meaningful conversations with friends.

Additionally, I count it as one of God's great blessings to me to call Rebekah, Zoe, Abby, and Hannah my daughters. Each of these girls have unique giftings and passions.

Hope for Redemption

My hope for Redemption Parker is that God would raise up an authentic community of men, women, and children who know and worship the triune God rightly, and that powered by the Holy Spirit and motivated by the gospel we would give our lives away as we follow Christ in acts of compassion, mercy, and grace.

Hobbies and Interests

Sports

I enjoy watching the Broncos and the Lakers (I know, I know, that's not right), as well as playing basketball and tennis. In the summer, you'll often find me on our trampoline with my daughters attempting back-flips, front-flips, and other stunts no forty-year-old should be doing.

Books

I enjoy reading and discussing all kinds of books including theology, history, missions, leadership, philosophy, apologetics, pop-culture, current events, good fiction, and books I read to my daughters before bedtime. Several years ago, some like-minded Christian brothers and I began to read and review 52 books per year (www.my52books.com). Some of my favorite authors include C.S. Lewis, Os Guinness, John Piper, N. D. Wilson, J. I. Packer, and Timothy Keller.

Speaking and Writing

In addition to reading many blogs, for years I have blogged about issues related to our mission and ministry, social issues, philosophy, and apologetics. I am also passionate about public speaking - particularly any time I have the privilege to preach God's Word is a great joy and honor to me.

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Matthew Bowerman

Pastor - Church Planter - Redemption Castle Rock

Story

I grew up in the buckle of the Bible Belt--Birmingham, AL. My family members are all strong believers and I grew up attending church, but I now know that proximity to the gospel is a far cry from belief. As a sophomore in college my grandmother bought me a 10-volume set of Charles Spurgeon sermons for Christmas. For about a year I spent hours each day reading his sermons. His confidence and his belief caused me to begin looking at the Scriptures for myself. One night, as I sat on the ugliest purple dorm room couch you can imagine, I was reading a Spurgeon sermon on Ephesians 2. The Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the sin and depravity of my heart and then to the grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I got on my knees, confessed faith in Christ, and have followed him since. Following college, I attended Beeson Divinity School and also served as a preacher, Bible-study leader, and deacon for Iron City Church. Lauren and I got married on August 12, 2017. Lauren is kind, gentle, a gifted writer, and has an infectious love for God’s Word and His Church. Being married to her is the biggest blessing of my life. When I’m not reading, Lauren and I love to run, hike, or go for a ride on our long-boards. We can’t wait to try all of Colorado’s outdoor activities! I am happy to be serving at Redemption Parker, encouraging the church to be obedient to the Great Commission and to reach their community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 
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Brad Dugas

Pastor

Story

I was born on March Air Force Base, in California in 1976. My dad was in the Air Force and we moved several times until we finally ended up in Arizona. I grew up in a Christian home, went to Christian schools, and was at church every Sunday and Wednesday. By the time I graduated high school, I thought I had the Christian life figured out (and didn't really need or want anymore). However, during my Freshman year in college, I encountered a cult who really shook my faith. I did not have the all of the answers, and quickly found out that knowing the right answers was not enough. God used this time to show me that what He was really asking for was my whole life in obedience to Him, not just knowing the right answers and saying the right “Christian” things. This is when I really started following Christ.

During this time, I met and married my wife, Sandie, and graduated from college with an Engineering Degree. Sandie and I moved to Tuscon,AZ started our family, and I worked as an Engineer. Although God uses many experiences and circumstances to conform me to the image of Christ, there have been a few key moments in my life that highlight this ongoing transformation. One of these moments came a few years after graduation, just as I was settling into life as an Engineer. I was successful at my job; we had a new house, and a new truck. I was in full pursuit of the “American Dream.” Then God decided to show me that my heart was pursuing the wrong things. We were involved in student ministries at our local church when the youth pastor left the church suddenly. I had no intention of changing my vocation, but it became clear that this was what God was asking me to do. God used this experience to reveal my heart and priorities. So I quit my Engineering job and became a youth pastor. God used that year in many ways to shape me to be more like Him.

A year after that, God moved us to Phoenix, and I took a job as an engineer again. We found a great church, and became very settled into our life in Phoenix. We were involved in leadership at our church, leading the young adults group, and growing our own family (with 4 kids, and one on the way). Again, God asked for my obedience. My sister's husband was leaving her and her 4 children, and God was asking us to relocate to Colorado to help her. We started praying that God would make a way for us to help, and within 3 months, He answered our prayer with a work opportunity that would require us to relocate to Colorado. This was one of the best times in our lives. We learned that being in the will of God, doing His work, living on mission was the only place we wanted to be.

After 2 years, we moved back to Arizona, hoping to start right back up where we had left our lives in Arizona. God had different plans, and the Engineering Company that I worked for in Phoenix was relocating everyone back to Denver! It was a hard decision, but after much prayer we really believe that God was calling us to go back to Colorado. So we packed up again, leaving our church family, friends, and Sandie's family and moved to Parker, Colorado. We are excited to see what new work God has in store for us here as we seek His will for our lives here in Parker.

Family

alt text Sandie and I have been married since 1999, and have 5 children; Cole, Ethan, Blake, Grace and Lucy. Sandie and I believe that as followers of Jesus, we are called to make disciples, and that our 5 kids are at the head of that line. Especially as our kids get older and start entering their teen years, we definitely feel a sense of urgency in teaching our kids how to follow Christ. We strive to live as a family on mission in our neighborhood, work, and schools.

Hope for Redemption

One of our greatest hopes for Redemption Parker is that God uses this church to grow and mature believers to live on mission so that we can reach Parker with the Gospel message. I am excited to see us reach Parker by becoming a group of people that learn to be more intentional in our relationships both with believers and unbelievers as we build community together.

Hobbies and Interest

Growing up I loved basketball and my favorite team was the Phoenix Suns. I thought that Dan Majerle was the coolest. I still play now and then, but now that I am getting older, I have transitioned to some more old man sports, like golf. Also, now that we are in Colorado, we are enjoying more outdoor activities we can do as a family like hiking, camping and snowboarding. No 14ers yet, but who knows, maybe this is the year! My wife and I also enjoy working on home projects. We have done everything from kitchen and bath remodels to landscaping and even building a pool. We always seem to have a list of about 20 projects to work on. I blame Pinterest and Fixer Upper for both the fact that my list is so long and that I know what shiplap is.

 

Other Leadership 

 
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Justin Pearson

Executive/Discipleship Pastor

Story

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Christian parents. My mom volunteered in the church, so I was there pretty much whenever the doors were open. Jesus saved me when I was young after my sister shared and explained the gospel to me (a few times), but I really didn’t grow much in my faith as a grew older.

I graduated high school in 2003 from a private Christian school and attended New Mexico State University, where I studied criminal justice and government. I decided that I wanted to see if the grass really was greener on the other side, so I tried to live what I thought was the “normal” college life which included lots of drinking, girls, and some drugs. God never let me go, though, and throughout my time my family continued praying for me and He kept putting godly people in my life who challenged me to live what I said I believed.

After college I began to pursue a career in law enforcement, but God had other plans for me. He brought a friend back into my life who was a pastor at a church who discipled me and helped me grow in my faith. I ended up working for this friend in the student ministry at the church I grew up in. At the same time, I took a couple short mission trips to Uganda and felt God leading me toward the mission field.

I ended up going to seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas where I graduated with a Master of Theological Studies with an emphasis in Cross Cultural Missions in 2014. During my time in seminary I met my wife, Julie, who was working as a nurse at a local hospital and went to the same church as I did. We were married in 2013.

We both felt called to pursue missions and joined Pioneers International in 2015. We left for Lisbon, Portugal in June of 2016. Due to lots of difficult circumstances we decided to leave Portugal in early 2019 and returned to US in June of 2019.

Family

My wife Julie and I have been married since 2013. She is a wonderfully caring wife and mother and works as nurse. She enjoys the outdoors, movies, and spending time with her friends among many other things. She loves opening our home to others and building deep gospel centered relationships with other women.

We have two sons, Luca and Oliver. Luca was born in 2015 and Oliver in 2017. They are both joyful and full of energy. Luca loves to play, pretend, run, color, and many other things. Oliver loves dogs and trucks and is loving learning to run and play like a big boy.

Hope for Redemption

My hope for Redemption is that we would be a community of disciples of Jesus, formed by the gospel, and empowered by the Spirit to reach out into Parker, the greater Denver area, and the world all for the glory of God.
I hope that, as members of the family of God, we would grow together as that family and reach out to those in need of experience the grace and mercy that we have been shown through Jesus Christ.

Hobbies and Interest

I enjoy playing and watching most sports in particular basketball, football, and soccer. I typically go for the Minnesota professional teams (Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves), generally much to my dismay, because my family is from there. I enjoy the outdoors and am excited to be living near mountains again. I enjoy hiking and rock climbing, but in a pretty casual way. I also enjoy reading, going to movies, going to concerts, and grabbing a drink with friends.

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Aaron Carroll 

Worship Leader

Story

I was born and raised in Colorado, and grew up in Parker. I have always had a passion for music and in my youth I first fell in love with the Gospel through song. I spent many years in and after high school serving with my local church in worship and youth ministry. In October 2016, I married my wonderful and beautiful better half, Caylee, and we currently live in Parker with both of our families close by. In the fall of 2017, I was drawn to Redemption Parker and have loved being a part of the family here ever since. I like getting outdoors and doing nerd things.

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Sarah Lambert and Molly Favero

Kids Ministry Coordinators

Story

Sarah: Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I graduated from Corban University, a small Christian school in Oregon, with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood & Elementary Education. After graduation, my husband Michael and I moved to Colorado and I taught here in Parker for six years. In June of 2018 our first child, Titus, was born and I made the decision to take a break from full time teaching. In our free time my husband and I enjoy being very active. Some of our favorite hobbies include rock climbing, hiking, going to the gym, and camping! Ultimately, we just love getting out and enjoying this gorgeous state we now call home!

Molly: I am a wife, a mom, a coach and an "on-hold" kindergarten teacher while I stay at home with my littles. I am blessed to continue my passion for teaching by serving Redemption Kids. Besides education, I love anything fitness and encouraging others towards pursuing strength and finding priority in their health.

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joe finke

Gospel Communities Coordinator

Story

The Finke Family is happy to call Parker home after years spent living in various places primarily across the Midwest. Married for 13 years, they have 3 children, ages 8, 5, and 1. Joe and Whitney believe Gospel Communities are a great place to develop meaningful relationships, as well as provide opportunities for discipleship and serving the local church in our everyday routines and rhythms. Joe and Whitney both enjoy spending family time together in the mountains, as well as traveling to new places.

 
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Jen Oshman

Women's Ministry Coordinator

Story

I am a native of Denver, Colorado and married my husband Mark at the scandalously young age of 20. After the honeymoon, finishing school, and seminary, we served with Cadence International as missionaries in Okinawa, Japan. There we ministered to American service members and their families. One decade and four daughters later, we transitioned from Asia to Europe. There we served with Pioneers International as church planters in the Czech Republic, where the Evangelical Christian population numbers less than 0.5%. In 2015, we were unexpectedly called off the mission field to care for my dad who suffers from Alzheimer’s and Dementia. We now reside in Parker where we have planted Redemption Parker with the team of dear friends and amazing leaders you see here on this website. In addition to RP, Mark and I remain on staff in a supporting role with Pioneers International. Outside of missions in Europe and church planting in Parker, I homeschool my daughters and write at jenoshman.com. I am especially passionate about encouraging women in deepening their faith and growing a Biblical worldview.

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Sandie Dugas 

Women's Ministry Coordinator

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Lauren Bowerman

Women's Ministry Coordinator

Story

As the daughter of an Air Force pilot, I grew up between four continents and eight states. I don't have one place to call home, but I've realized that home is where there are people that I love and am loved by, so by God's grace I have so many homes! My transitional childhood developed in me a deep love for culture, missions, and people, which led to me to pursue a Masters of Arts in Christian & Intercultural Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary after graduating from the University of Alabama with a degree in Youth and Adolescent Development. My husband Matthew and I married in August of 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama and six months later made the big move to Denver, Colorado to join Redemption Parker. I have a deep love for encouraging God's people through writing on my blog and through discipleship. I enjoy coffee, the mountains, and good books (preferably all at once).

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Michael & Sarah Lambert

Youth Ministry Coordinators

Story

Michael and Sarah moved to Colorado from Oregon in the Fall of 2012, shortly after getting married. Michael grew up primarily overseas as a missionary kid, splitting his childhood between Germany, Japan, and Oregon. During this time, Michael was able to be actively involved in youth ministry as his parents ran youth groups for military children whose families were stationed in those countries. Sarah grew up as a pastor’s kid and became involved in children’s ministry very early on. After many years of working with kids both in ministry and in the school setting, Sarah is excited to be expanding into youth ministry as well! The Lamberts currently have one son, Titus, with another on the way in February 2020! Outside of kids and youth ministry, the Lamberts enjoy being active and outside. Their favorite hobbies include hiking, camping, biking, and rock climbing.