Leadership

We believe that no one man can model the leadership of Christ over his flock, nor should one man bear that burden. Each leader is gifted with unique gifts to equip the saints for ministry (which is ministry that even pastors need to be served by) and so it is necessary for shared leadership as pastors guiding the congregation. With a plurality of elders, the pastors of Redemption City Church alternate preaching with the full team of elders implementing the vision through prayer, teaching, and pastoral care. 

 
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Jacob Tonak

Jacob was raised in Minnesota, while Rachel, his wife, grew up in California. Since they were married in 2005, their desire has been to serve Christ in the local church.

In 2012, Jacob and Rachel moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where Jacob earned a M. Div. at Southern Seminary. God gave Jacob and Rachel the vision of coming back to Rochester to plant a church in the fall of 2015, and is now interning with the North American Mission Board. Currently, Rachel is working as a cardiac surgery and transplant nurse at the Mayo Clinic. Jacob and Rachel have five children: Judah (6), Emma (passed), Blythe (3), Corbin (1), and Ellis (newborn). They are excited to be a part of what God is doing in the lives of many throughout Rochester.

 
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Adam Pohlman

Adam grew up in southern Minnesota where he met his wife of 11 years, went to college, and worked for several years. By his firm kindness, God humbled this young man through the gospel. God’s majesty and power grew in his eyes while his own achievements paled in comparison.

Adam graduated from Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN becoming a civil engineer, working in that field for 12 years before becoming a pastor. In 2012 he and his family made the leap to pursue ministry by moving to Minneapolis to attend Bethlehem College and Seminary.

Adam's heart is to unfold the beauty of God's story in the Bible and show how God weaves his story into our lives. He especially has a heart for families to be the most beautiful display of gospel intimacy and joy to the world.