Fr. Stephen Hunter

Father Stephen was born in Atlanta, Georgia October 1, 1968. He was baptized in the Methodist Church soon after his birth.  His parents are both believers and taught him from the very beginning about God.  He was three years old when he started asking questions and very soon after gave his heart to Jesus Christ. His family was very instrumental in his spiritual growth and he was blessed with a strong foundation in Christianity.  It was in this good traditional soil that Stephen in the seventh grade became the student chaplain of the school he attended. Little did he know that this would be a foreshadowing of a calling that God had on his life.

Stephen attended and graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After college He returned to Canton Georgia and to his local non-denominational church, Promise Land  Bible Church.  There he was involved in the teaching of the youth, Young Life, and head of Promise Keepers programs for the church. He also served as an advisor for the church council.

In 1997, he along with Father Kurt Wheeler began attending St. Michael’s Seminary after becoming interested in sacramental worship. There God quickly laid on his heart a desire for sacramental, evangelical, and charismatic worship. In 1999, with the blessing of the elders of Promise Land Bible Church he left to help serve Father Kurt with the founding of Christ the Redeemer Church in Canton Georgia. He has been there ever since.

He was ordained on May 5, 2002 by the Most Reverend John Holloway, Bishop of the Mid-South Diocese, to the office of deacon.  Stephen was later ordained on September 16, 2005 by Bp Holloway to the office of priest.

Fr. Stephen and his wife Keisha were married at Big Canoe Chapel in Big Canoe, Georgia on December 16, 2006 and now live in Ball Ground.  She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a Master’s in Social Work.  Keisha also plays an active role in the church serving in the areas of the praise team, women’s ministry, the dance team, the altar guild, and as a lector.  They are the proud parents of Joshua Warren Hunter, born in July of 2009 and Daniel James Hunter, born in March of 2011.

An active leader in the church’s ministries, Stephen has served in the Living Waters program, (, the Transformation Series, and Elijah House Ministries (  He has designed and developed Christ the Redeemer’s catechism program, and was responsible for the Catechism classes leading to Confirmation of new members.  More recently, he brought Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University program to Christ the Redeemer, and taught biblical principles of money management ( ).  

He is was installed as the Rector of  of Christ the Redeemer on December 13, 2008 and also is currently employed by Datatrac as an integration analyst. Father Stephen serves on the Commission on Ordained Ministry for the Diocese of the Mid-South and on the Bishop's Council.   

Deacon Justin Allen

Deacon Justin Allen was born in St. Louis, MO and moved to Cherokee County as an adolescent.  He is a graduate of Sequoyah High School, and is currently working on his undergraduate degree at St. Michael’s Seminary.  Justin has been a leader in the Transformation Series, the Alpha Course (, the Living Waters program (, and Elijah House Ministries (  He has completed the Living Waters Leadership Training Course, receiving credit as a certified instructor for the program.  He and his wife, Luanne recently co-taught a class called “Embracing Life with Passion”.  His passion throughout all these classes is small group ministry, where he truly feels he is called to minister.  In 2001, he was licensed as a Lay Liturgical Minister in the Charismatic Episcopal Church, and was ordained as a deacon by the Most Reverend Bishop John Holloway on April 18, 2004.  Deacon Justin served as the Acolyte Master from 2001 through 2004, and is currently serving in that capacity.  He assists Father Stephen with the Catechism course, and is currently the church liturgist, responsible for the preparation of the liturgy for each service.  Justin's hobbies include motorcycles and four-wheelers, woodworking and home improvement and is a full time stay-at-home Dad.

Justin married Luanne Hilburn, a member of the Christ the Redeemer family, in February of 2003, and they live in Woodstock.  Luanne is employed by Datatrac Corporation where she is the Vice President of Professional Services.  She is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration, and holds an MBA from Campbell University.  Luanne is also an active part of the church family, serving as leader of the Children’s Ministries, Women’s Activities and as the Volunteer Church Administrator.  They are the proud parents of two children, Madelyn, age 6 and Seth, age 4.