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Pastors

Tom Gibbs

 

SENIOR PASTOR

Tom founded Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in 2002 and has served as its Senior Pastor since its beginning.  Prior to San Antonio, Tom and Tara Gibbs ministered to college students, founding and serving for five years as the campus minister of Reformed University Fellowship – the PCA’s national university ministry – at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Tom is a graduate of Auburn University (’92) and Tara graduated from the University of Mississippi (’91).  Tom received his Master of Divinity (’97) and Doctor of Ministry ('15) from Covenant Theological Seminary.  They have four children: Anna Catherine, Thomas, Lucy, and Caroline.

Besides serving as pastor for Redeemer and a busy father, Tom enjoys reading, hiking, fly-fishing, running, watching/talking Auburn football, Spurs basketball, Cardinals baseball, exploring San Antonio, trying new craft beers and listening to George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Fitz and the Tantrums and almost anything from the 80s.

Victor Martinez

 

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Victor Martinez, was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The youngest of four children, he worshipped with his family at the local Presbyterian Church. His grandfather, Alvaro Morales-Zambrana, was part of the first generation of indigenous Presbyterian pastors in the island.

In 1986, while attending Mississippi State University, Victor sensed God’s calling to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. After college, Victor enrolled in Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. It was there that he met Jeannie, his future wife and partner in ministry. Together they served as missionaries with the Southern Baptist Convention until 2001. During that time Victor has planted churches and served as pastor in Dallas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Puerto Rico, and has taught Seminary in Puerto Rico, as well as a Brazilian seminary extension program in Cambridge, MAIn 2001 Victor came to San Antonio to serve as Asst. Professor of Theological Studies at Baptist University of the Américas, where he taught until 2008.

Victor and Jeannie have two teenage children, Caleb and Gabriela. As a family they rejoice that God has brought them to the Presbyterian tradition of Victor’s childhood. Their call is that in all things Christ and His Church be served, as He establishes His Kingdom on earth. They love to spend time “en familia”…sharing a cafecito and a good conversation.

Benjie Slaton

 

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Benjie and Natalie seemingly love driving I-35. Although they both grew up in Dallas, they have now come to San Antonio after spending 9 years in Austin. They both graduated from Lake Highlands High School and SMU. After finally deciding to date in college, they married shortly after graduation and eventually moved to Jackson, MS for Benjie to attend Reformed Theological Seminary.

At the conclusion of seminary, Benjie was hired as the RUF Campus Minister at UT in Austin. He served students for six years before joining the staff at All Saints Presbyterian Church in Austin where he served for three years. Benjie then joined the staff of Redemer in 2012.

The Slatons have three children, Elise, Sam, and Andrew. The Slatons are an active family and love making new friends. The male Slatons are into soccer and are fans of all Dallas sports teams. And, in addition to driving I-35 too frequently, they are always on the lookout for good tacos.

Manny Alaniz

 

Assistant Pastor

In 2005, Manny retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) after 27 years of dedicated service. Manny’s transition out of DPS was precipitated by his newfound faith in Jesus Christ and an irrepressible call to the ministry. Manny has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical and Theological Studies (BA),  from Baptist University of the Americas (BUA) and a Masters of Arts in Religion (MAR) from Wayland Baptist University.

At BUA, Manny met Victor Martinez, who was, at that time, a professor. Victor introduced Manny to Redeemer Presbyterian Church and Senior Pastor, Tom Gibbs. Through these relationships, Manny grew to love the God-centered and Gospel-driven focus of Redeemer and felt led to serve the Lord as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).

In 2012 Redeemer hired Manny as the director for a new site of Redeemer in the Westover Hills area of San Antonio. In 2015 Manny Alaniz was ordained to serve as an Assistant Pastor with oversite of Redeemer’s Westover Hills congregation.

Manny and Sandy have three adult sons: Manny Luis, Gabe and Sevee, four grandsons and a granddaughter on the way. He is a saltwater fish hobbyist and enjoys barbecuing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Matt Beham

 

Assistant Pastor of Youth Ministries

Matt was born in London, England to American parents, and found himself in Houston, Louisiana, and Scotland before making his way to Trinity University in San Antonio (M.A. ’07). Along the way, he met Haley in the sandbox in Houston at age 6, and she would later become his wife. Matt and Haley were married in February 2008, and Matt joined Redeemer Presbyterian Church as a Youth Intern. Three years later he started taking classes at Redeemer Seminary in Austin (M.Div. ‘16), and was ordained and installed as the Assistant Pastor of Youth Ministries at Redeemer in February 2016. Haley and Matt welcomed their daughter, Elliotte Suzanne in 2014, and are so thankful to be surrounded with such a beautiful church family at Redeemer.

Matt loves Youth Ministry, because it was through a Youth group that he became a Christian, and wants to extend the love of Christ to his students and their friends so that God is glorified. Matt believes that Youth ministry is deeply important because our students are growing up very quickly, and they are in need of a guide versed in the Word of God to help them navigate the difficult waters of adolescence. On his day off, you’ll find him on the golf course, and he still finds a way to lace up his soccer cleats and relive his glory days on the field, ruing the day his Trinity Tigers lost in Penalty Kicks in the National Championship Final.

Wil Nettleton

 

RUF Campus Minister, Trinity University

Wil Nettleton is the Reformed University Fellowship Campus Minister for Trinity University. Wil (short for ‘Wilson’) and his wife, Mary, have come to San Antonio from Jackson, MS, where Wil graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary. Wil grew up in Tupelo, MS and attended the University of Mississippi and was actively involved in RUF as a student. After college, Wil interned with RUF at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He also met his wife Mary, who attended UNC and was an RUF intern at the College of William and Mary.