Meet the Staff

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R. Brooke Baker

Senior Minister

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.

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Ben Holcomb

Faith Formation Director

Ben Holcomb, Redeemer’s Faith Formation Director, is a graduate of Malone University with a B.A. degree in pastoral ministry and a minor in communication. He currently is working on his M.Div. degree through Asbury Theological Seminary. Ben is originally from the hills of the Appalachian foothills in rural Pennsylvania, but now resides in Lakewood. He also is a musician, and in his spare time, enjoys making music, singing, and playing his guitar. An avid gamer, Ben loves playing disc golf.

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Nancey Brock

Parish Nurse

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.”

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Carol Peddie

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.

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Jason Aquila

Organist/Bell Choir Director

Jason Aquila, Redeemer’s Organist and Carillon Bell Choir director, holds a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano and Chamber Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He spent 10 years as Coordinator of Accompanying at Western Illinois University, during some of which he was the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Macomb, Illinois. Jason currently is the Music Director of the Voice Performance program at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music.

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Collin Dewyre

Media Technician

Collin Dewyre, Redeemer’s Media Technician, grew up in a home filled with music.   Inspired largely by his father and brother, Collin went to school at the College and Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Changing majors several times, Collin ended up focusing on music performance and electronic media there, where he graduated in May of 2020. Raised in Strongsville, Collin felt the pull to return home to focus on family and career during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now resides in Lakewood. When not at Redeemer, Collin works for a live A/V company. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with loved ones, making music, riding his bike and spending time outdoors.