Who Leads Us

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Nathan J. Pellegra- Teaching Pastor/Elder

Nathan lived much of his early teenage years thinking his eternal destiny was secured in heaven. After facing the gripping truth that "a good tree bears good fruit" he realized he did not have an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. It was in college that the Holy Spirit revealed the depth of Nathan's sin and he fully trusted in the atoning work of Christ for his salvation from the condemnation of God. Upon receiving new life in Christ, he began growing in his understanding of the Scriptures and he faithfully served his church body. This led to a desire to further his education in seminary and serve the church in gospel ministry. He earned his Masters of Divinity degree at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and he finds his greatest joys in shepherding the flock of God. 

Before his responsibility as Pastor, Nathan strives to lead his wife and children in a biblical way. He is married to his incredible wife Amy and they are graciously blessed with five children: Molly, Grace Ann, Lily, Peter and Mila.


Adam Johnson- Worship Pastor/Elder

Adam was born and raised in the Bartlett area. At an early age, Adam’s eyes were opened to his sinfulness and the holiness of God. He came to know Jesus as His Lord and Savior through the work of the Holy Spirit in his life.

He has been leading worship since the ninth grade and is thankful for the opportunity to serve the church. Adam graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Memphis and a Master of Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.

Adam is married to his lovely wife Shawna and they have two kids: Knox and Haddon. Adam also serves at the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home at The Ranch in Millington, as a Program Director.

Stuart Gray- Elder

Stuart grew up in a small town in Northwest Tennessee and attended church there with his family every time the doors were open. There was one problem, the message he heard about the gospel was full of legalism. So after trying to meet an unattainable goal for several years, he just turned my back on religion. Deep down, he knew that was wrong but it wasn't until his first child was born and Dottie, his wife, was born again that he really began to question were he stood in my relationship to God. It took five years but by God's grace, his eyes were opened to his sinful state which required repentance and a surrender of his life to Christ. This was the beginning of a whole new life that is a testimony to his amazing grace. 

Stuart comments, "I would have never in my wildest dreams have thought that he would take me and use me to do his will but he does use the weak things to show his power in salvation. At the present time I find my Lord using me to serve as a lay elder at Redemption Community Church helping with teaching, administration and discipleship training and evangelism. It is truly an honor and a privilege for Dottie and I to be allowed to serve the body of Christ at Redemption Community Church."

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