About us


Located on the edge of Marquette University campus and rooted in a neighborhood marked by both poverty and promise, Redeemer is excited about our community collaborations and partnerships to serve our neighbors. 


At Redeemer, we are diverse in age, race, socioeconomics, religious background, and education. We draw together as a community of disciples, worshipping God in spirit and truth and serving others with love and faithfulness.


Our worship reflects our diversity, drawing from ancient, traditional, and eclectic elements. We practice thoughtful and creative liturgy.


Our Mission


Show and tell the love of God through Jesus Christ.


Our Vision


Redeemer will be seen as a gift to the community.  

A faith community where no one hungers for food or gospel.  

All are valued as children of God. Peace and partnership prevail. 


Our Staff


Rev. Dr. Lisa Bates-Froiland, Pastor


That story you heard about Pastor Lisa preaching to the cows on her uncle’s dairy farm in Minnesota when she was a kid? It’s true—and, thankfully, a far cry from the sermons she preaches now to the growing congregation at Redeemer. Pastor Lisa began her call at Redeemer in 2011 after shifting careers from teaching communication at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. Pastor Lisa and her husband David are parents to daughters Maddi, who studies at St. Olaf College and Betsy, who studies at Wesleyan University. Pastor Lisa is available for pastoral counseling including premarital counseling, discussions of neighborhood abundance and vitality, theological banter, and conversations about Redeemer and the next wave of Christian discipleship.


Contact: batesfroi@gmail.com; (414) 238-1043.

Aris Townsend, Communications Specialist & Wedding Coordinator

A graduate from Tennessee State University majoring in Mass Communications and minoring in Foreign Language & Literature, Aris has a positive outlook on life and the paths it brings. She’s a true believer that everything happens for a reason. Aris has lived throughout Nashville, TN and New York City for many years building diverse relationships, gaining valuable life experiences and motivating others in many ways. She shares a home with her amazing significant other, Demetrice, their baby girl Drew Lily and their spoiled dog, Kingston. 


Contact: redeemermilw@att.net; (414) 933-7004.

Dr. Katherine Wilson, Executive Director of the Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion


Dr. Katherine Wilson earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with research focusing on genocide studies, world literature, and theories of testimony.  Interested in community building at both the local and global level, Katherine serves as the executive-director of the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion (www.zeidlercenter.org), a non-profit organization and civic ministry of Redeemer Lutheran Church. In her spare time, she attempts to live her life spherically by sailing as much as possible, teaching Latin dance, and growing miniature citrus trees.


Contact:  katherine@zeidlercenter.org; (414) 446-1502


Aaron Musser, Director of Music 






As a student at St. Olaf College, Aaron studied religion, saxophone, voice, organ, church music, and conducting; his conducting skills were recognized at the 2019 National Conference of the American Choral Director’s Association in Kansas City. In addition to his musical background, Aaron also has administrative expertise. He helped manage youth programs at an ELCA summer camp and music organizations at St. Olaf College. Aaron is excited to share these skills with Redeemer while continuing to learn, collaborate, and grow.

Contact: music@redeemermilwaukee.org; (605) 759-6784

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