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Ole Ahlstrom

Pastoral Shepherd/Elder

Ole has been a part of the Redwood Family since 2000 and has been a Pastoral Shepherd/Elder since 2006.

Ole served six years in the United States Navy, after which he earned his B. S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Oregon Institute of Technology. He went to work in the high tech field but found he missed the connection associated with the Rogue Valley where he grew up so he moved back to Grants Pass with his family. Ole currently works for the City of Grants Pass in the Public Works Department.

Besides being a Pastoral Shepherd, Ole’s passion in ministry involves living life “real time” with others. He and his wife, Alvin, oversee Celebrate Recovery and enjoys being a part of Redwood’s Worship Team. “If it involves overcoming or growing, I want to be a part of that because that’s what Jesus has done for me”.

Ole and his wife, Alvin, have been married 17 years and have 3 girls: twins Erin and Zoe who are in grade school and Nora who is just starting Kindergarten

In his free time you’ll find Ole and his family Hiking around the Rogue Valley!

Jim Williams

Pastoral Shepherd/Elder

Jim began attending Redwood in March of 2004, with his wife Kim, and their children David and Becca. Jim was baptized into Christ at Redwood on December 18, 2005.

Soon after making the decision to attend Redwood, Jim began to serve in the Worship Ministry as an Audio/Video technician. As his desire to serve the Lord increased he accepted the position of Audio/Video Ministry Team Leader. Jim has since become a home group leader, an active part of the Childrens Ministry, and now serves as a Pastoral Shepherd/Elder as well.

Due to his advancing age Jim :) can no longer pursue his youthful hobbies such as: rock climbing, mountaineering, and whitewater rafting. Now Jim spends his free time reading, listening to music, fishing, and hanging out with his wife and kids (and maybe with a few mountains and rivers once in awhile).

Jay Meredith

Pastoral Shepherd/Elder

Jay joined the Redwood Family in 2008, and in 2011was called to serve as a Pastoral Shepherd.

Jay’s passion in ministry involves worshiping through music. Shortly after joining the church in 2008, Jay and his wife Juliet brought a Christian rock concert to the church Jay regularly organizes friends and members of the church to attend local Christian concerts. Jay serves on the worship team for Redwood, and also operates a Facebook page called Christian Music Video Daily at

Jay earned his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky in 1999 and became a CPA in 2001. He spent 2 years in a public accounting firm, after which he worked for 5 years in a corporate finance department of a large company and another 3 years operating his own financial advisory company. Jay currently works for the City of Grants Pass as the Finance Director.

Jay and his wife, Juliet, have been married since 2003 and have two son Joshua and Joel.

In his free time you’ll find Jay hanging out with family in a nearby park, attending Christian concerts, or taking time to enjoy God's wonderful creation on the golf course.

Allan Hammer

Pastoral Shepherd/Elder

Allan joined the Redwood family in 2006 and in 2011 was called to serve as a Pastoral Shepherd.

Allan received his B.L.A. in Landscape Architecture from U.C. Berkeley and advanced studies in Public Administration from Hayward State. He spend 23 years with the City of San Mateo and retired as Director. He established LDA, a landscape architectural firm and taught ornamental horticulture and landscape design at College of San Mateo and City College of San Francisco. He taught Ponds and Water Gardens at RCC.

Along with two partners, Allan and his wife Deanna owned and operated a building construction company in Medford prior to moving to Grants Pass in 1997.

Allan feels most comfortable serving the Lord by serving others, and has, since moving to Grants Pass, been a member of the City Tree Committee, the Park Advisory Board, Middle Rogue Watershed Council as treasurer, and is currently president of both Literacy Council for Josephine County and Grants Pass Garden Club.

Allan and Deanna have a passion for music, have been married for 16 years and have, between them 7 children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

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