Redeemer Presbyterian Church
In Midtown Memphis, TN

Staff & Leadership


Our Staff



Ben Winkler

My wife, Whitney, and I are both natives of Peoria, IL where we grew up sitting side-by-side in Sunday School. Downtown Chicago was our next stop, where we were engaged and married before finally graduating from Moody Bible Institute in 2008. From there, the Lord surprised us with an unexpected stop in Bowling Green, KY to help with a new church plant and while working at an elementary school. It was there that God reaffirmed his call on our lives to pursue pastoral ministry. I graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in May 2015 and was ordained the same year following our call to Redeemer.

Midtown has become our home and we wouldn’t have it any other way! If you look fast, you can find us chasing our 3 kids (Ellie, Simon, and Levi) around at the Kroc, or waiting in the car line at Idlewild, or running Whitney’s booth at art shows (check out her art and music at




Katie Futrell

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from Auburn University where I met my husband, Matt.  We married in 2005 and settled in Memphis. After a seven year stint in the classroom, I resigned to stay home with our girls, Mary Thomas, Ellie, and Claire. I take great delight in being a part of the New Ballet Ensemble and School family and serving as much as I can with the Forrest Spence Fund and ArtsMemphis. Matt and I have been members of Redeemer since 2007.




Josh Threlkeld

Music is an inexplicable part of human life that reveals more of our inner self than what we might otherwise have thought possible, drawing us closer to those around us in the process. I have always been a musician – teaching guitar, writing and performing original work, and scoring soundtracks. It was music that brought my family together when I met my wife Kerrye and her two girls, Sarah Grace and Krista, but it was love that made us a family. My place at Redeemer Memphis is weekly trying to unpack old words; to pick them up fresh like a lost recording of Bach or Louis Armstrong, clean off the dust, and see how they resonate today with their overtones of eternity. Though I've been in the music industry my whole life, there is nothing quite like the total-body immersive music that is possible in church. For more about me, visit




Debbie Wilkins

Born and raised right here in Memphis, I am blessed with three children and ten grandchildren. Summer days will find me playing in the dirt trying to make something grow. I definitely do not have a green thumb but still enjoy the challenge of gardening. Winter days will find me at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s with my creative juices flowing! I joined Redeemer Presbyterian Church as Operations Administrator in July, 2013. Previous employment with the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Children’s Museum of Memphis equipped me with years of administrative and management experience necessary to keep Redeemer’s day-to-day operations on the track and running smoothly.


Our Elders

William “Bubba” Halliday

Jake Vargo