WHO WE ARE

Ordinary people living an extraordinary story together.

LOCATION
11680 Royalton Road
North Royalton, OH

YOU BELONG HERE!

Main parking lots are accessible off of Abbey Road. From there, you’ll see the main ‘Church Entrance’ sign to the Sanctuary (for Traditional and Blended worship services) or see the ‘Christian Activity Center’ sign (for Contemporary worship services).

WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO.
BECAUSE GOD GIVES US...

a love worth demonstrating
a journey worth walking
a truth worth holding
a message worth sharing
a joy worth living

COMMUNITY

If you’ve been going through the motions and wishing for more, you’re not alone. Every person has a need to connect with something greater than themselves and with other people who are working to Make a Difference in the world. Jesus invites us into a new reality called “The Kingdom of God”. It looks like ordinary people living out an extraordinary story together.

REDEEMER KIDS

At Royal Redeemer we care about kiddos. Our dedicated volunteers rally around students each week to create a fun, dynamic, and meaningful experience. Our hands-on, high energy curriculum gives kids the opportunity to learn more about Jesus in a fun way that speaks to their unique life stage. We partner with parents to help kids of all ages grow in their relationship with God.

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SERVICES

Each weekend at Royal Redeemer you’ll find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with inspiring worship music and a practical, relevant message. Children are well-cared for in our loving, quality nursery or in our fun-filled kids program we call, Redeemer Kids.

Traditional

Saturday 5:30pm
Sunday 8:15am

In the Sanctuary with organ, choir and the formal Lutheran liturgy.

Contemporary

Saturday 5:30pm
Sunday 9:45am & 11:15am

In the Activity Center with praise band and a more relaxed setting.

Blended

Sunday 9:45am

In the Sanctuary with a combination of Traditional and Contemporary.

What We Believe

Royal Redeemer is part of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Here are the basics of what we, as Lutheran Christians, believe.

God

God always was and always will be. He’s one God in three persons:

  • Father – the Creator and Preserver of all things, who made you and cares about you
  • Son – Jesus Christ, who sacrificed His life on the cross to suffer the punishment all people should suffer because of their sin
  • Holy Spirit – who stirs you to believe and gives you abilities to serve

People

People are made for a relationship with God. But we don’t always act like it.

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

We’re all sinners, and God wants nothing to do with sin. God said the penalty of sin is death. That’s bad news for us. By ourselves, we’re hopeless.

For the wages of sin is death…. (Romans 6:23)

Forgiveness

It’s a good thing there’s Jesus. Jesus is both God and human at the same time. More than 2,000 years ago, He lived a sinless life on Earth. Then, He willingly gave it up, allowing Himself to be killed on a cross.

He died, but He didn’t stay dead. He came back to life to show all of us that death is no longer permanent and sin no longer makes us hopeless.

To be forgiven of our sins, and to draw closer to God, all we need to do is trust that Jesus Christ’s sacrifice was for us, personally.

If you declare with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

Being Good

Being good, going to church, praying and doing other “right” things don’t earn us God’s favor. Honoring and obeying God is just something Christians want to do. The Holy Spirit gives us the desire and the gifts to do it.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

The Bible

The Bible is communication from God. Everything we need to know about life and faith is in the Bible.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Baptism

God invites us to become part of His family through baptism. Baptism requires two things: some water and God’s promises from the Bible. Baptized people, even babies, are ready to be forgiven of their sins and be saved from spiritual death when they believe in Jesus.

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved…. (Mark 16:16)

Communion

In communion, the bread and wine aren’t just symbols of Jesus Christ’s body and blood. Jesus, actually and miraculously, is in them. And that makes communion more important and powerful than just going through a ritual.

While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:26-28)

Our Story

On one October morning in 1956, 26 local families walked into North Royalton City Hall to worship for the first time as a new congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. That was the beginning of Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church. About one year later, the small group broke ground at our current location, the corner of Royalton and Abbey roads.

Little did they know that decades later, Royal Redeemer would:

  • Be the church home of nearly 3,000 members
  • Have a nationally accredited school where hundreds of children, from age 3 through grade 8, learn to thrive inside and outside of the classroom
  • Equip and send hundreds of people on missions to Alaska, Haiti, Domincan Republic and dozens of places in between
  • Plant new churches around Northeast Ohio, including Community of Hope in Brecksville, Faithwalk Church in Brunswick, and Crossroads Church in Brook Park

Just like our founding members worked to build a thriving church and spread God’s love, today we are doing the same: Exchanging everyday life for contagious Christian community.

Pastoral Staff

Rev. John Zahrte

Senior Pastor

jzahrte@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 104

Rev. Alex Harris

Young Adult Pastor

aharris@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 120

Rev. Dave Timm

Pastor Emeritus

dtimm@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 118

Rev. Dave Luecke

Pastor Emeritus

dsluecke@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 106

Mark Rein

Pastoral Assistant

mrein@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 151

Ministry Staff

Ken Braun

Care/Visitation

kbraun@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 105

George Bruick

Director of Worship

gbruick@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 132

Terry Close

Scheduling Coordinator

tclose@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 200

Lynn Ebner

Special Needs Coordinator

lebner@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 151

Kim Elgin

Community Relations Coord.

kelgin@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 129

Kim Faust

Office Administrator

kfaust@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 119

Rosemary Freitag

Financial Assistant

rfreitag@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 114

Sherry Galland

Choirs/Organist

sgalland@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 113

Laura LeBaube

Dir. Children's Ministry

llebaube@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 121

Don Lambacher

Payroll/Benefits

dlambacher@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 107

Gary Likowski

Administrator

glikowski@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 139

Bennie Levy

Dir. Communications & Outreach

blevy@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 117

Jen Manthey

Jen Manthey

Organist

jennifermanthey@yahoo.com

Jim Prinz

Jim Prinz

Facilities Manager

jimprinz@yahoo.com
(440)237-7958, ext. 143

Pam Ries, RN

Congregational Nurse

pries@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 110

Marissa Rinas

Media and Tech Support

mrinas@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 137

Lorrie Russell

Membership Secretary

lrussell@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 123

Beryl Schneider

Printing & Publications

info@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 109

Mary Ann Tansler

Care Ministry

mtansler@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 130

Kim Tish

Financial Administrator

ktish@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 108

Tracy Wilkens

Worship Arts

twilkens@royred.org
(440)237-7958, ext. 111

Royal Redeemer Lutheran School

For over 35 years, Royal Redeemer Lutheran School has been fulfilling our mission by equipping each student to achieve educational excellence, inspiring a lifelong love of learning, and growing Christian leaders.

At RRLS, we care about each child and are dedicated to helping them grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, and academically. We combine outstanding instruction with relevant faith-integration, in a safe and loving environment.

We welcome you to discover if RRLS is the right home for you and your family. Come visit, tour, and/or shadow a classroom and see us in action. We’re ready and willing to assist you in this journey and look forward to having you come grow with us.

GO TO THE SCHOOL WEBSITE

Baptism

Baptism Is For People of Any Age

At Royal Redeemer, we believe that baptism is for people of any age – infants, children, teens or adults. Baptism is how we become part of God’s family. It shows that someone, even a baby, is ready to be forgiven of their sins and saved from spiritual death when they believe in Jesus.

To become baptized, all you need is some water and God’s words from the Bible. As Lutheran Christians, we believe that the amount of water isn’t important. Typically, we sprinkle water onto a person’s forehead.

Not a member?

Even if you’re not a member, you or your child can still be baptized at Royal Redeemer. Let’s sit down to review what the Bible says about baptism and schedule a baptism date.

Contact the church office at (440)237-7958, ext. 119, or info@royred.org.

Weddings

Helping You Plan a Christ-centered Wedding

  • Attend a marriage seminar, from 9am to 4pm on a Saturday (usually offered in February and September)
  • Even if you’re not a member, you can still get married at Royal Redeemer. In addition to the resources above, we also offer a Life with God class to help you learn how to make Christ the foundation of your marriage.
  • Contact the church office at (440)237-7958, ext. 119, or info@royred.org.

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