Redeemer Staff



Pastor James Erlandson

Senior Pastor

Pastor Erlandson has been pastor of Redeemer for over twenty years, is a graduate ('86) of Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Ordained in 1987, he has been a pastor of ELCA churches in Anoka, Minnesota and St. Paul.   He has been a community leader in St. Paul, and is a founder and clergy leader of ISAIAH, faith-based community organization in the Twin Cities and Minnesota.  Pastor Jim and his wife, Kim, were called to Redeemer in 1994, where they have raised their family, and worked to build an inclusive and welcoming congregation for the whole community.

Tahnea Brown

Office Manager

Tahnea has been the Office Manager at Redeemer for 7 years but has been around and helping in the office for over 10 years. She also works at Penumbra Theatre on the Front of House team as well as helping run a Children's Defense Fund Freedom School Program ( a 6 week literacy program that runs during the summer). Did we mention she's also a Girl Scout leader of the troop that meets here at the church?

Molly Raben

Director of Music

Molly Raben is a freelance musician and graduated from St. Olaf College in 2013, where she studied organ and French horn, played in the St. Olaf Band, and sang in the St. Olaf Cantorei. She

teaches piano in Minneapolis, and has had many interesting musical opportunities over the last few years - as an organist, working with children’s choirs, and playing French horn in various

ensembles. Her most significant teachers recently have included the Mojave Desert and the banks of the Mississippi. Alongside her dog Joni, she has had many lessons in listening while hiking among the flora and fauna on her favorite trails. She looks forward to bringing these experiences to worship at Redeemer.