About Us

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. By Grace Alone Grace is receiving good things that you have done nothing to deserve. We receive the blessing of God’s unconditional love through grace, even though we are inherently sinful and rebel against Him daily. By His grace, He sent His Son, Jesus, to love and save us from our sin and death. By Faith Alone Faith is believing what you cannot see, and our faith in Christ is a gift created by God. Faith is given to us to accept the One true God and receive His love, blessings and eternal promise through Jesus Christ. Only by faith may we receive Christ, not by works, so that no one may boast, and receive forgiveness through Him. By Scripture Alone Scripture is the inerrant and infallible Word of God found in the Bible, through which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. The Bible is the complete and only source for God’s commands to us and purpose for our lives




What is Redeemer's affiliation?


As a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), Redeemer accepts and preaches the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther, who inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century.




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 both God and man. He stilled the seas and walked on water. With a touch of His hand, he cured incurable diseases. He restored life to those who had physically died. Jesus is sinless and blameless. He paid the ultimate price so that we could live with Him forever. He sees us through the eyes of love. Jesus is merciful in spite of our sin. All of us are broken and sinful. Every day, we think, say and do hurtful and harmful things, either to ourselves or to others. No matter how hard we try to be “good,” our sin contaminates everything we do. Sin is behind our brokenness – failed marriages, empty lives, sickness, emotional distress, sorrow and grief. Without Jesus, the end result of our sin is death. Jesus, the one and only Son of God, who was sinless and blameless, paid the penalty for all of us and all of our sins. With Jesus and because of His sacrifice, we rest in the promise of eternal life.
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.
Jesus is forgiveness. All who believe in Jesus and accept Him as their Savior are guaranteed eternal life with Him in heaven. Who is Jesus? Jesus is love.




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."

Acts 20:8

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.

 

OUR HISTORY

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."

Galations 6:2

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.​

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Lutheran Church of the Redeemer has been proclaiming Jesus Christ and faithfully serving the community of Sanford, Florida since 1953.

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER 

2525 South Oak Avenue

Sanford, FL 32773-5155

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