401-232-7575   office@orelc.org    54 Cedar Swamp Road  |  Smithfield  |  RI  |  02917
    Worship: 9:15 AM  |  Sunday School: 10:30 AM   

About Us

Meet Our Team


Aaron Stinnett

With gratitude to the Lord and His saints at Our Redeemer, Pastor Stinnett was installed as pastor of Our Redeemer on August 9, 2020.

Pastor Stinnett graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, Indiana) in 2005, and has previously served God’s people at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Parkersburg, West Virginia; Redeemer Lutheran Church in Mandeville, Louisiana; and the dual parish of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Polson, Montana, and Zion Lutheran Church in St. Ignatius, Montana.

He was born and baptized into Christ (at St. Stephen Lutheran Church) in Fullerton, California, and was raised and confirmed in the faith (at Peace Lutheran Church) in Great Falls, Montana.  His confirmation verse was Revelation 2:10b:  “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”  He and his wife Nancy have been blessed with three children:  Noah, Hannah, and Lydia.

Contact Pastor Stinnett at pastorstinnett@yahoo.com.

Lay Deacon

Susan Smith

As a New England District (NED) Lay Deacon, Susan Smith cares for and serves others in the church and community. This may include teaching youth and Sunday School, Confirmation and bible studies; hospitality, planning programs such as mission service, evangelism or new members classes;  visitation of those in need (particularly for women)  and other avenues of service.

Susan Smith entered the LCMS Atlantic District/Concordia College-NY Lay Deacon Program  in 2016.  Having fulfilled this commitment of college course work and study, she completed 307 hours of non-paid internship (more than the 200-hour requirement). She received Certification as a NED Lay Deacon in December 2019 at Our Redeemer.

Susan has led Bible Study groups both on-site and virtually and formed a Women’s Group.  She is a regular contributor of content to our website writing about opportunities in prayer, bible study and faith.

Susan is an out-going, faithful servant of our Lord and we are blessed to have her advance the work and ministry of the church. Contact Lay Deacon Susan at deacon@orelc.org.

Office Administrator

Susan Kanakry

Susan Kanakry is the manager of the church office.  She helps the Pastor by scheduling appointments, keeping records and typing various communications.  She also helps coordinate Divine services by making the bulletins ready and scheduling all the people who assist at services.  Susan also helps set up special events such as weddings, funerals and Baptisms to support congregation members.  She also must develop and maintain strong relationships with the Pastor, leadership and congregation members and maintain important church records such as the Constitution, By Laws, and historical records. Contact Susan at office@orelc.org.

Previous Servants of the Lord at Our Redeemer

Previous Servants

We also thank the Lord for those He has previously called to shepherd His flock at Our Redeemer, including

Rev. David Boyd (Interim Pastor, 2012-2014, 2018-2019)

Rev. Matthew Richardt (Pastor, 2014-2018)

Rev. Larry Nichols (Pastor, 1988-2012)

"He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-12)

About Our Redeemer

Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church is a family-oriented congregation comprised of about 300 members representing a wide diversity of ages, from newborns to seniors with a whole lot of people in between. We have many young families with children.

Members of the congregation come from Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut, and nearby Massachusetts. Easy access to the church from Interstate 295, Routes 44, 116, and 101 make this possible.

The congregation is comprised of veteran Lutherans, meaning those who have been Lutheran since birth, those from various Protestant backgrounds who have become Lutheran, and a goodly number with Roman Catholic backgrounds who have also undergone instruction to become Lutheran.

Membership in our congregation comes in one of several ways. Transfer means that a person becomes a member of our congregation by simply transferring membership from a sister congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. This is done when a member moves into our area and requests a letter of transfer from their home congregation. Those from non-Lutheran backgrounds go through adult catechism.

All are welcome!

Membership Information Holy Communion Information Wedding Information Funeral Information

Quick Facts

Sunday Worship Info

Worship times:
9:15 AM.
Come as you are!
Worship Format:
Traditional, Liturgical service with Holy Communion. More Information...
Sunday School:
10:30 AM to about 11:30 AM. More Information...
Starts the Sunday after Labor Day (Rally Day) and continues into June.
Adult Bible Study:
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM,  More Information...

Visitors are always welcome!

Let's say it again - Visitors are always welcome at Our Redeemer!  We're a friendly, warm congregation and we remember that we were all visitors at one time, so we get it!  Come and join us, you will not be disappointed. Kids of all ages are welcome to stay throughout the service -- don't sweat it, your baby won't be the only one making a fuss!

Holy Communion Information

An encouragement for members and visitors alike.

Every Sunday the LORD’S Supper is served during our Worship Service. As the LORD prepares us to receive this gift, we will want to examine and refresh ourselves with what we have been taught from the Word of God.

Please Review the Holy Communion Information