Our Team

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Rev. Chris Kollmann - Pastor

I enjoy getting to know people of all ages and teaching them about their Savior.  I was born and raised in Eastchester NY, attended Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, and graduated Concordia Seminary in St Louis, MO in 2012.  My wife Stephanie and I have three boys, Micah, Jacob, and Zachary.  I enjoy going to the beach, golfing, hiking, camping, cooking, eating New York Pizza, spending time as a family, and getting a full night's sleep when the boys cooperate!  I am excited to get to know the people and the community of Vero Beach. 

Rev. Jack VanderPlate - Minister of Music

I was ordained in 1971, and I have served as a pastor for 5 different churches in Iowa, Florida, and Michigan. In my retirement, I have enjoyed providing music for Redeemer.  I have been active as a music teacher and performer for my entire adult life, with over 30 concerts on organ and piano.  My principle instructors were Mable Guess, Roger Davis, and Huw Lewis.  I am featured in three CDs produced during the Tulip Time Festival Organ Concerts (Holland, MI).  I hold the CAGO certificate of the American Guild of Organists, and I am presently serving as the sub-dean of their Treasure Coast Chapter. I am also a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. I enjoy composing music, playing tennis, running, reading, mentoring at-risk teenagers and trading options in the stock market.  I have been married for 53 years to my high school sweetheart, Judy.  We have two daughters, Laurie and Jill, and two wonderful grandchildren, Mackenzie and Mason.  

Elizabeth Morgan - Church Office Manager​

I have served as Redeemer's office manager for 12 years. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. My husband Earl and I have lived in Vero Beach for 23 years.  We have two daughters, Jessica and Julie. In my free time, I enjoy reading, collecting antiques, refinishing furniture, and taking walks on the beach.