Spotlight on new members: Taylor & Kathryn
Meet Taylor Brennan and Kathryn Leimgruber: Redeemer's newest members and soon-to-be-newlyweds. Taylor moved to the north side of Indianapolis after graduating from college in 2011. He moved downtown Indianapolis in the fall of that same year. Shortly after becoming a downtown-er, Taylor came with his roommate Jamison to Redeemer.
Kathryn moved to Indianapolis just over two years ago after graduating from the Indiana Wesleyan University's nursing program. After moving here, Kathryn church-hopped for a while, looking for the right fit. Having grown up in a more charismatic non-denominational church, Redeemer wasn't an obvious choice at first. She cites the community and presence of the pastors in her life as reasons why she's decided it's the right place for her and adds, "no place is perfect but it's about really committing to a place where you can grow and be invested."
Neither Taylor nor Kathryn had thought much about church membership before but once it became clear that the two of them would be staying in Indianapolis together as a couple, they decided think about it more seriously. Taylor had taken the class once before in January of 2013 but decided to take it with Kathryn this past year. They took their membership vows this past Sunday, January 4, 2015. Taylor and Kathryn are already active members of the church, but Kathryn says that being able to define herself as a "member" helps her to think about her relationship to the church and be really dedicated to it.
Taylor and Kathryn both live in downtown (they were neighbors in Holy Cross when they first met!) and love living an active lifestyle. Taylor climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in August of 2013 and loves running half marathons and playing on the city frisbee league. He works at Interactive Intelligence as a computer programmer. Kathryn works at St. Vincent as an ER nurse and volunteers as a tutor with New Star Community, one of Redeemer's partner ministries. She is looking forward to being done with wedding planning and moving on to everything else Indianapolis has in store for her!
If you see Kathryn and Taylor around, be sure to introduce yourself and get to know them even better!