We are excited to announce a new role for Caleb Harper as Pastor of Connections and Community. Caleb initially joined Redemption one year ago as a resident in our Residency program as he was completing his masters degree at Midwestern Seminary. Over the last year, Caleb has thrived as a part of our team and continued to take on more responsibilities. We are excited for his transition into this role on our team.
Reaching people and helping them grow as disciples of Jesus is at the heart of our church, and Caleb will help drive that mission forward connecting people to our church through outreach, guest connection, discovery lunches, serve teams and groups. In his new role, Caleb will be the point leader for our Redemption Groups, which serve as our primary avenue for community, care, and growth. He will continue to oversee and support various Sunday serve teams such as host, setup and tear down, next steps. Caleb will also assist the development of Go Local and Go Global teams to serve and love our neighbors, care for the poor, and serve those outside our church.
When you see Caleb and Anna, be sure to share your excitement with them for this new role.
Getting to Know Caleb Harper
Tell us about your family: My wife and I met in Toledo, Ohio. After a couple years of dating, we were married in her hometown of Huntington Indiana. After my wife’s doctoral graduation, we moved to Oklahoma to pursue teaching opportunities and further education in seminary. We love trying new restaurants around the metro, reading, the arts, and exploring our city.
How did you meet Jesus? My father was a church-planter and pastor. Growing up in a Christian home, I was introduced to Jesus from an early age and I made a profession of faith in Jesus. However, I began to realize that in many ways, my road to following Christ was a process. Though very early in my life I confessed faith, I continued to grow in my love and obedience to Jesus. During college, I developed a desire to serve the Church. This desire grew out of my own longing to deepen my own faith and help others do the same.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in the beautiful Gold Coast, Australia. Some people compare the Gold Coast to a mix of the cities of Miami and Las Vegas.
What do you do for fun? I love to watch Rugby, read anything about Winston Churchill, theology, or history, and hanging out with friends. My favorite thing to do is spend time talking with my wife.
What are your favorite films? My favorite films would have to be The Lord of the Rings trilogy. I love the story of friendship and the colossal battle between good and evil. Some other favorite films would be Groundhog Day, The Man from Snowy River, and Gladiator.
What books have meant the most to you? The Cross by John Stott, Confessions by Augustine, Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
Favorite teams? Philadelphia 76ers—I love the NBA. I started cheering for the Philadelphia 76ers because of the GOAT, Allen Iverson.
What is one surprising thing about you? If I were rich, I would spend most of that wealth on shoes. All types of shoes.
What is one of your favorite Bible verse(s)? Romans 4:20. Like Abraham, I want to give glory to God through a life of obedience. I would love for my life to exude trust and obedience in God because of his overwhelming love for me.
What are one or two things that excite you about Redemption Groups? I love that community has the power to shape our desires for Jesus. In addition, I believe community groups help us deepen our faith in God, know ourselves better, create genuine friendships, and love our neighbors.