Wes Gunn, Pastor
Wes Gunn was born and raised in Montgomery, AL. After attending Jeff Davis High School in Montgomery, he graduated from Auburn University (where he met his wife, Amanda) with a degree in Communication. For seven years Wes worked in campus ministry at his home church while working on some grad school classes in missions. Having been transformed in campus ministry himself, he was passionate about spiritual growth in college students. As Wes began to lead students on mission trips around the world, he became more engaged in mission work abroad and eventually transitioned into a new position as Missions Minister. He began working with his church to establish full-time missionary works in various countries from east Asia, Muslim countries, and sub-Sahara Africa. In addition to church planting work with missionaries, Wes has been significantly invested in the lives of orphan children and the establishment of a surgical ministry in the country of Malawi.
That mission heart continued to grow as he and Amanda moved to the Redland Community in 2006. Over the years they felt a burden for this growing community and had several nudges from God towards planting a new church in the area. Through some relationships built around discipleship, God brought together several families with the same heart and passion to establish a new church. In the fall of 2013 Wes dedicated himself full-time to establishing the Redland Hills Church with a group of families in order to focus on the 52% of people in Elmore County who claim no church affiliation. Both he and his wife are regularly involved in community activities to make the community a better place and serve their neighbors. While working towards the growth of this new faith family, he remains committed to the mission works he has been a part of around the world by serving as the President of the Chikondi Health Foundation. He is also on the board of 100X Development Foundation, the Elmore County Pregnancy Center, and a member of the Emerald Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.
He and Amanda married in 2002 and have two children; Taylor at Wetumpka Middle School, and Lilly at Redland Elementary School. Amanda is a staff member of Agape of Central Alabama.
Terry Dees, Family DIscipleship
Our vision for children & teens is more than just about developing kids- it must include the whole family. Terry Dees brings a passion for equipping moms and dads to be the spiritual leaders in their child’s life. Terry’s original training is in hospital administration, where she developed a burden for understanding why people live unhealthy lifestyles. This led her to becoming a life coach and personal trainer that included spiritual development. She has served as a LIFE Center director and worked in children’s ministry for 13 years prior to joining the Redland Hills team. She also leads 1140Balance.com, a platform for encouraging women in mind, body, & spirit.
Her husband, Jerome, is a law professor in Montgomery. She and Jerome have two wonderful adult children.
Brian Mann, Worship Leader
Music is a constant theme throughout God’s word. It is a creative, personal way of expressing our dependence on our Father and our love for one another. As our Worship Leader, Brian unites his passion for music and leading people into God’s presence. Each Sunday, he hopes to create an environment pleasing to our God. He has served with Redland Hills since 2014 and continues to grow our music ministry and recruit new members to the team. He is currently working on a Human Resource Management degree at AUM.
Phil & Dawn Brantley
Tim & Diane Castro
Wes & Amanda Gunn