Redeemer Leadership

As a congregation of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), and the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA), Redeemer’s pastoral leadership is provided by Bishop Julian Dobbs (Pictured right) and The Reverend Steve Wishart.

We also have a Vestry that is responsible for oversight of our day-to-day operations. The Vestry is currently comprised of the Rector and members of the congregation.

Julian Dobbs


Steve Wishart serves as Rector (Senior Pastor) of Redeemer, and is also a certified Commercial Pilot and Professional Coach. As a founding member of the church since 2009, he brings 35 years of pastoral experience in California, Indiana, and Maryland. He’s been happily married for 36 years, has three adult sons, and two grandchildren.




Pastoral Assistant

Ian Burgess joined the team at Redeemer in January of 2017. He coordinates Sunday worship, reaches out to the local community, and serves the Rector and church to fulfil their callings. He achieved a degree in Theology for Ministry from St John's College Nottingham in 2012, and served in ministry in his native England and the US. He leads several worship opportunities in the midweek, and is passionate about the ancient paths of Christian spirituality.




Maryalice Viljoen (Chair)

Maryalice Viljoen has been attending Redeemer since its first service in October of 2009. Raised a Catholic, she has dabbled in the full spectrum of Christian worship before coming (nearly) full circle to the Anglican Church. At  Redeemer she’s a utility player who is happy to help as needed with music, lector duties, and cleanup. 


Maryalice has a master’s degree in Organization Leadership from Gonzaga University and is a die-hard Washington Nationals fan. She is longing for the day the Nats get out of the first round of playoffs and for Jesus’ return. She believes the latter will happen before the former. 


Elizabeth Pfenson

Elizabeth Pfenson joined the Vestry in January of 2017 as an at large vestry member.  She is grateful for the opportunity to serve the church by helping to navigate and resolve logistical matters facing the church, with the goal of allowing the church and leadership team to focus on its mission.  Elizabeth is an attorney practicing family law in her native Anne Arundel County, and in her free time she enjoys trying to keep up with her husband and two sons as well as gardening.


Marc Shaw

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Cathy Russel

A military spouse and mother of three, I was raised in a church-going family but it wasn’t until I was a 30-something that it began to sink in what faith is and means beyond simple church attendance. It was at that point that I started to focus on building a relationship with the Savior.    

As a Redeemer Annapolis Vestry Member, I attend monthly meetings, sit on the Discernment Committee for our Pastoral Assistant, and gather the offerings and make sure they are appropriately documented and deposited.  I regularly serve in the church as a reader, greeter, or children’s ministry teacher.

I’m a stay-at-home mom (taxi driver!) and volunteer for a national non-profit. In my spare time, I enjoy running, cycling, and swimming as well as scrapbooking, photography, and sewing.