our team

We have a passion for people, our city and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

  • JANAS CARUNCHO

    lead pastor

    Janas grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, and lived in Northern NJ area for most of his adult life. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School) with a B.S. in economics. He attended Westminster Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity. After working in the business world as a management consultant for 7 years, God called him into full-time pastoral ministry. He served as the pastor of reGeneration, the English Ministry of the Chinese Christian Church of NJ, before coming to Redeemer. Janas is happily married to his wife Esther and they have three children, Zoe, Johannes, and Alethea. Janas is excited about the ministry here at Redeemer and where the Lord is leading our church in the years to come.

  • Andrés is a native Houstonian who graduated from the University of Houston where he earned his B.A. in Radio/TV/Film. He attended Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity. He has served in various positions for churches and non-profits around the Houston metro area, as well as an Elementary School teacher for HISD, before being called to be a Pastor at Redeemer. Andrés is married to Nancy and they have two children: Leah (5) and Timothy (2).

  • CARRIE ZINNECKER

    children's ministry

    Carrie was born and raised in Round Rock, Texas.  She attended Texas A&M, where she earned a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (4-8 Grade Math and Science) and met her husband, Ben.  She taught 5th and 6th grade math and science for four years, in both Waco and Amarillo, before deciding to stay at home with her children.  Ben and Carrie have called Sugar Land home since 2012, and they have three children who keep them busy: Carson (6), Betsy (4), and Christopher (3).

  • TIM THOMPSON

    LEAD MUSICIAN

    Tim Thompson is our lead musician.

  • LAURIEN HOOK

    communications director

    Laurien was born in Houston and is a graduate of Houston Baptist University where she received a B.A. in Biblical Languages with a minor in Philosophy. She is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary. Laurien spent the last five years working in the oil and gas industry while also leading worship for various churches and ministries around the Houston area. She is passionate about spiritual formation and discipleship. She enjoys good books, good food and football.

elders

  • david fish

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  • mike kuo

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  • ben zinnecker

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deacons

  • NATHAN FELL

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  • PAM LIANG

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  • JOEL MULLINS

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  • MARIAN PARISH

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