731 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 | 404.874.8664

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer


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Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
731 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

Church Office: 404-874-8664

Fax: 404-874-8228

The office hours are 9:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Friday.  In case of emergency, please call a pastor at 404-874-9759.

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Pastor David Osborne
Interim Senior Pastor

The Rev. Mary Peters
Pastor for Member Care

Vicar Karen Slappey
Misson Developer
Atlanta Bar Church
Tom Kenny

Pastor Tom Kenny
Associate Interim Pastor
Pastor Mary Peters

mary headPastor Mary Peters grew up in Salem Virginia, studied at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA and for many years worked as a speech pathologist and special education teacher.  Not a “cradle Lutheran”,  it was in college that she joined the Lutheran Church.

Pastor Mary cautiously responded to God’s call, wanting to make sure God had not called the wrong person by mistake.  During seminary the opportunities for hospital ministry training were her favorite.

Pastor Mary served her first parish in Shamokin, Pennsylvania where she also served as a hospital chaplain.  She went on to further her clinical pastoral education with a year’s chaplain residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.   At year’s end the discernment between hospital chaplaincy and congregational ministry was not easy.  Fortunately, a congregational call from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury, North Carolina provided the clear answer and was a great blessing.

In 2000 Pastor Mary and Pastor Donald Miller married and moved to Winchester, VA.  On leaving St. John’s the farewell roast focused on her lousy singing.

Coming back southward was made possible by a call to serve on the North Carolina’s Bishop’s staff.  Donald however, found employment in Atlanta, GA with Emory Healthcare and living apart was a challenge.  Pastor Mary finally joined Donald in Atlanta and was called to Redeemer.  Following the transitions after Pastor Sims’ retirement, Pastor Mary went on to serve as transition/interim pastor for two congregations.  In 2010 Redeemer Lutheran issued a call to Pastor Mary to return and it is her hope to remain for a long time in her role as Associate Pastor for Member Care.

Karen Slappey

BIO_KarenSlappeyMission Developer/Atlanta Bar Church
Besides being the Associate Pastor for Outreach and Evangelism, Karen is a mother and wife. She thinks Jesus probably looked like Sayid from LOST. She has aspirations to live in a yurt and raise chickens. Karen is also the proprietor of Atlanta Bar Church, a twice monthly gathering of seekers, sinners, and saints who get together and sing old school hymns in a bar.

Pastor David Osborne

BIO_DavidOsborneInterim Senior Pastor
Pastor Dave is recently retired after ten years at Christ Lutheran Church in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Previously he worked as Assistant to the Bishop of the Southeastern Synod as Pastor for Transforming Congregations. In addition, as a mission developer he planted Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Woodstock where he served as Senior Pastor for thirteen years.

Pastor Tom Kenny

BIO_TomKennyAssociate Interim Pastor
Rev. Tom Kenny served as senior pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Alpharetta, GA for twenty years until his retirement in September 2015. Prior to coming to Georgia, Tom served as pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Hialeah Florida for 10 years.

Tom is married to Barbara and they have one daughter and two granddaughters.

Tom was born in Ireland and raised in the Roman Catholic tradition. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1967.

Since retirement Pastor Tom has become a volunteer chaplain at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and at Sunrise Assisted Living in Alpharetta. He is honored to be invited by Pastor Dave to assist with the pastoral work at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.