Redeemer Youth

Youth Formation - A Busy Year Ahead

By Jo Ann Jones

Youth ministry at The Redeemer encourages our young people to explore their talents and spiritual gifts within the Church community. This ministry prepares youth holistically by continuously challenging them to take an active part in the body of Christ through our practices and rituals. It is our belief that the Holy Spirit assists them in developing and sustaining the roots to continue in the life of the Church beyond high school and into adulthood. The Redeemer emphasizes Sunday Formation Programs. The foundation of the Christian life—and habit—is worship. We see Sunday morning programs as the means to nurture “habitual’ worshipers at The Redeemer, and later, at whatever church our young people may choose to attend. 
Introduced last year, the Arc of Formation will expand this year, and provide a comprehensive path for the formation of faithful Christians. It sets forth age-specific incremental progressive steps of development and skills in Worship, Fellowship and Outreach. It is our hope and prayer that the implementation of the Arc will lead to formation that has a lifelong influence over youth in all that they encounter. 
The Redeemer does have many fellowship programs for Middle and High School youth. We believe that both age groups should spend time together and learn what it means to live in Christian community. The Redeemer does offer a Confirmation Program. Youth in seventh grade and above typically prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Our Confirmation Program will begin October 1, culminating in the Sacrament of Confirmation on January 14, 2018. Do Redeemer youth take mission trips? Yes. Plans are being made for a mission trip in the spring or summer of 2018. 

Youth leaders are Carter Williams, Bailey Sperry, Zach McWilliams, Alexis Topjan-Stephan, and Rebecca Northington.
Meet our High School Youth Leaders


Rebecca Northington has been a member of Redeemer since the late 1970's, or in better terms, most of her life. She has four children, ages 144, and has been working with kids as a teacher, coach or counselor for almost 20 years. She is excited to be involved with the youth at Redeemer because of the huge impact RYG had on her teenage years. She says, “I am grateful to be able to pay that back and to grow myself through the experiences and perspectives that innately come with young minds and energy!”




David Randolph is a retired Philadelphia teacher, and has been a member of The Redeemer for the past five years. A father of two and grandfather of seven, David has been active in outreach programs, such as Food for Friends Youth, St. Gabriel's Saturday Luncheon, and most recently, St. Gabriel’s City Camp. He regards outreach and mission programs as kinesthetic forms of prayer.





Alexis Stephan is a mom of three girls, Olivia 9, Kate 7 and Caroline 4. She has attended Redeemer for 9 years and all three of her daughters were baptized here and 2 sing in choir. She is a pediatric intensivist at CHOP and loves working with kids. She say, “I am excited about working with Redeemer Youth because of the important role adults have played in my life during my youth and adolescence providing mentorship and friendship.”




Bill Susskind has been a part of the Church of the Redeemer since his childhood. His mother and late father were members here. Currently, Bill's oldest daughter, Paige, attends Gettysburg and sang in the choir and went on many Dominican Republic Youth Mission Trips. His daughter, Rebecca, is a junior verger and chorister. Bill has been leading youth adventures for over ten years including mission trips to New Orleans, Navajoland, and the Dominican Republic. He loves to see how youth change and mature during their time at Redeemer.





Carter Williams has been attending Redeemer all of his life! He and his wife, Ginny, met in the Redeemer Youth program. His son, Cal, attends Haverford School and his daughter, Cheney attends Agnes Irwin. Both kids are active in the acolyte program. Carter cherishes his experiences as a youth at Redeemer and looks forward to building relationships with youth and having lots of fun in the process.