Our mission is to proclaim Jesus Christ so that all may know God and grow in faith toward Him and in love toward one another.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We believe in a triune God – God the Father,
His Only Son Jesus Christ,
and the Holy Spirit.
FAQ's about Redeemer
What do we believe?
We believe God “wants all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). We strive to make Jesus, Who is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” (John 14:6) known to all.
What is Redeemer's affiliation?
Who is Jesus?
Jesus is the Son of God. The Old Testament prophets spoke of His coming and described the eternal and life-changing impact He would have.
Jesus is the Redeemer. He suffered, died, and rose again. No one else and nothing else would satisfy the perfection that God demands. Jesus lived a perfect life, gave Himself up to death, and rose again to sit at the right hand of the Father. He fulfilled the promise foretold by the prophets and we wait patiently and expectantly for Him to come again and redeem His children in everlasting life.
What is Redeemer's mission?
Because of our belief, our mission is to “proclaim Jesus Christ so that all may know God and grow in faith toward Him and in love toward one another.”
Jesus on the Altar at Redeemer
The Luther Seal or Rose
Stained glass in the Sanctuary
OUR STAFF & LEADERS
"Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood."
Pastor Edward DeWitt
Pastor Dewitt and wife Sheryl
Rev. Edward DeWitt, a Florida native, was raised in the Winter Park, Florida. After graduating from Winter Park High School, he joined his father in the commercial real estate field and obtained his Real Estate Broker’s license at the age of 19. Pastor DeWitt had a very successful career in commercial real estate until he enrolled in Concordia Seminary in 1991.
In 1991, Pastor DeWitt married Sheryl Warner, and together they have three children and three grandchildren.
Although he was raised in the Catholic faith, Pastor DeWitt and his wife joined Messiah Lutheran Church in 1994. In 1995, he graduated from Concordia Seminary and received his first call to Concordia Lutheran Church in Sarasota where he served for seven years.
In 2008 he was called as Pastor for Redeemer Lutheran Church. Rev. DeWitt is the Co-founder, President and Chairman of the Board for Redeeming Life Outreach Ministries.
Marge Freeman, Director of Music
The organ faces the Altar in the back of the Sanctuary
Marge was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Plantation, Florida in 1964. She studied organ and music theory at Broward Community College in Davie, Florida and has served in many churches leading worship since 1965. Marge is a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and has actively involved in continuing her education in music through workshops for past 25 years. She accepted a full-time position at Redeemer as the Director of Music and Worship in 2011.
Marge married Gordon Freeman in 1952, and they were married 59 years before Gordon’s passing. They have three children together. Marge and Gordon enjoyed spending several months each year volunteering in the National Forest. She enjoys gardening, dancing, traveling, and attending concerts and recitals. Marge especially loves the plays and excitement of New York City and visits there twice a year with her daughter. Marge volunteers at Lutheran Haven Village Shop and plays piano for their devotions once a month. When she’s not serving, you might find Marge relaxing and enjoying a meal at her favorite Sanford restaurant, The Willow Tree.
Our Governing Board
The original church building before the expansion
Redeemer's Governing Board include Pastor DeWitt and 12 members of the congregation in good standing.
Joe Brooks, President
Wendell Springfield, Vice President
Doug Komm, Treasurer
Kristen Springfield, Secretary
Doug Komm, Chairman Board of Elders
Irene Robert, Financial Secretary
Skip Heishmann, Director Board of Finance
Sheryl DeWitt, Director Board of Social Ministries
Denise Komm, Director Board of Fellowship
Marge Freeman, Director Board of Worship
Jim Robert, Director Board of Outreach
Gene Freske, Director Board of Properties
If you would like to contact the Board, please call the church office at Please call the church office for more information at 407-322-3552 or send an email using the link below.
Since 1953, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer has maintained a dynamic Christian presence in the Sanford community. Redeemer has been propelled to this moment in time by events and experiences orchestrated by God to accomplish His Will. Our close-knit family of believers have a spirit and mindset of resilience. We will continue to depend on our great God for His faithfulness, helpfulness, and blessings as we continue to grow in His love.
Redeemer Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS).
"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ."
Our Partnership with St. Luke's
For the last 12 years, Redeemer has been in partnership with St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, located about 12 miles away in Oviedo, FL. The collaborative ministry allows each congregation to be involved in the unique and multifaceted educational programs, outreach efforts, and mercy work going on at each location and in each community, optimizing usage and multiplying blessings.
In 2006, Redeemer began a collaborative and supportive partnership with St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, located about 12 miles away in Oviedo, FL. The collaborative ministry allows each congregation to be involved in the unique and multifaceted educational programs, outreach efforts, and mercy work going on at each location and in each community, optimizing usage and multiplying blessings.
In 2007, the Lord blessed our congregation by providing people and resources from St. Luke’s help us through a leadership transition. St. Luke’s and its missionaries made a two-year commitment to help us discover a new vision and direction for our church. After many hours of prayer, process and planning, God provided renewal, mission and purpose for Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Sanford and the active ministry we have today.
We are deeply humbled and blessed by this spiritual, supportive, and loving partnership with St. Luke’s. In Christ, we care for one another through successes and trials, and whenever the need arises. We will continue to serve one another and serve the community with gladness as brothers and sisters in Christ.