R. Brooke Baker
The Rev. R. Brooke Baker is our Senior Minister, called to Redeemer as our settled pastor in April 2021. Rev. Baker received her M.Div. degree from Lexington (Ky.) Theological Seminary in 2019 and was ordained into Christian ministry in the United Church of Christ in 2020. She has served several UCC congregations across Northeast Ohio in a variety of capacities. Previously, Rev. Baker served as music director at Old South Church UCC in Kirtland, Ohio, and as a seminary intern at Amistad Chapel UCC in downtown Cleveland. Rev. Baker lives in Rocky River, Ohio.
Associate MInister for Faith Formation
The Rev. Kim Nagy grew up in Dover, Ohio, and graduated from Malone University in Canton with a bachelor's degree in educational ministries. In 2018, she graduated from Chicago Theological Seminary with an M.Div. degree, and was ordained into Christian ministry in the United Church of Christ in 2020. Kim served as the Director of Christian Education and Youth in Uniontown, Ohio, Director of Evangelism and Spiritual Growth in Elburn, Illinois, and Minister of Faith Formation in Kent, Ohio, before coming to Church of the Redeemer UCC. She has served on several faith formation teams at the association, conference, and regional levels in the United Church of Christ and is currently vice-chair of the Association of United Church Educators. Rev. Nagy and her wife, Amanda, live in Lakewood with their son, Dietrich, and two cats, Bingley and Jane. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new places with her family (especially coffee shops!), reading biographies, and porch-sitting.
Director of Music
Carol E. Peddie has been a church music director for more than forty years and has been at Church of the Redeemer since 2005. She has directed numerous choirs and has served as a soloist in Cleveland, Avon Lake, Lorain, Miami and Boca Raton, Florida, and San Diego, California. Carol taught high school vocal music for thirty years both in Lorain and Boca Raton. She grew up in Lakewood and received her bachelor’s degree in music education (voice and violin) from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, and her master’s degree in education from Baldwin-Wallace College. She resides in Avon and enjoys travel and sports.
Nancey Brock is Redeemer UCC’s Parish Nurse. A registered nurse (RN) for more than 14 years, Nancey is a case manager in the Acute Rehabilitation floor of Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, where she discharges patients safely home with all the resources they will need to resume their activities of daily living — a perfect fit for her duties at Redeemer! Nancey also teaches wellness, diabetic education, understanding Covid-19, signs and symptoms of a stroke or heart attack, VA benefits, and many other topics. As she notes, “My strength is the ability to get people what they need. I look forward to assisting anyone who has a question, concern, or maybe just wants to talk.”
McKinley Street Productions
McKinley Street Productions is a media consultation and production firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. MSP’s interdisciplinary team works diligently to bring artistic visions to life, regardless of scale.