“We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 (ESV)
Reverend Belonga has served on the Redeemer Presbyterian Church (RPC) pastoral staff since October 2012. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Reverend Belonga loves the beauty and the majesty of the Biblical story of redemption in Jesus Christ that encompasses all of Scripture, and the beauty and simplicity of the reformed doctrines of grace.
He grew up in Michigan and graduated from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) in 1996, majoring in Computer Science/Math. He and his wife Andrea were married in 1996 and moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex in 1999. Both he and Andrea served as officers in the US Army Reserve. They have two sons and two daughters, from high school age down to elementary school age.
When he is not serving as Associate Pastor at RPC, Reverend Belonga enjoys watching professional football, doing almost any recreational activity with his family, and he also works full-time writing computer software for a software consulting company.
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRY & REDEEMER DAY SCHOOL
Kris and her husband, Matt have been members of RPC since 2007. They have two sons ages 12 and 8. Kris joined the staff in April of 2013 as the Children’s Ministry Director overseeing children groups from birth-6th grade.
Previously, Kris taught in the public school system for seven years and is currently working on her Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to joining the staff, Kris was actively involved in VBS, Nursery, Sunday School, and Redeemer Day School Board of Directors.
Some of the areas in her oversight include Sunday School, The W.E.L.L., Children’s Worship, VBS, Mission McKinney, Nursery, and Redeemer Day School. She researches curriculum, trains staff, develops programs, recruits volunteers and promotes developmentally appropriate teaching, encourages church involvement.
When Kris has free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, playing games with her family and enjoying God’s creation.
Matthew 6: 7-8, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”
DR. CHRISTINE WONG
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Dr. Christine Wong, pianist/organist, was born in and received most of her early musical training in Taiwan. She received the Master of Music from University of Cincinnati and her Doctor of Music Arts in Piano Performance from University of North Texas.
Dr.Wong has been a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church as the Music Director since 2006. She met her husband Wister while performing in a gospel concert by a Chinese Christian organization. Christine and Wister have one son, Jonathan.
ASSOCIATE MUSIC/ CHOIR DIRECTOR
Charles came to Redeemer in May 2015 along with his wife, Pam, and son Ethan. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Voice Performance from Georgia State University in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. He received his Masters Degree in Voice and Opera from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Charles has performed roles in dozens of operas and sung in choirs throughout the world.
Charles enjoys the shooting sports and watching most anything about nature, history, or science. Charles and his family reside in McKinney with their two dogs Teddy & Missy.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” —Romans 8:28
Stewart and his wife Lynda joined Redeemer in 2006 after moving to the McKinney area from California. They are blessed with four adult children and six grandchildren ages 3 to 19.
Stewart worked for Texas Instruments and Rockwell in the Dallas area for 26 years before being transferred to California in 1993. His initial volunteer position at RPC was serving as Building Committee chair for Phase 2 that included a sanctuary expansion and addition of the new educational wing. He then served as the Church Administrator prior to moving into his current position as the Church Treasurer. His prior experience in church finance and administration spans 35 years.
Stewart appreciates the faithful commitment of the staff and officers of Redeemer to the Word of God as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. It is uplifting to be part of a congregation that holds fast to Biblical truth and avoids compromising that truth by falling to secular temptations. He enjoys the writings of R.C. Sproul, one of which is Chosen by God which clarifies several aspects of the Reformed faith.
In his spare time, Stewart works as the treasurer of HOPE Women’s Center, a crisis pregnancy center in McKinney founded by Redeemer. He also enjoys classical music and ski trips to Utah and Colorado.
Keisha was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She attended Jackson State University where she began her studies in Social Work. She relocated to Texas in 2010; a move that has fostered a deeper and growing relationship in Christ.
Keisha enjoys reading, music, HGTV, and spending time with her family and friends. She currently resides in Plano, Texas with her two wonderful children.