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


Rev. 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.

Seth Rosenberger

Seth Rosenberger

Seth Rosenberger joined Our Redeemer Lutheran Church as Organist in 2022, where he oversees a music program committed to specializing in the finest liturgical music of the Lutheran tradition.

Under his direction, with the guidance of the pastor, Seth helps glorify God and edify the congregation in the Divine Service by providing music for congregational worship at the 9:15 A.M. Divine Service each Sunday, rehearsing with volunteer cantors, and accompanying volunteer instrumentalists and vocalists for occasional special musical selections for the service.

He is honored to play the church’s Allen G220 organ, installed in 2021, as well as a Yamaha Grand Piano. 

His has extensive experience as a teacher, organist, choirmaster, and Director of Music. Mr. Rosenberger also serves as organist for The Anglican Church of the Resurrection in Brewster, MA.

Susan Kanakry

Susan Kanakry

Susan Kanakry has been the manager of the church office since 2016. 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.

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

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)

Previous Organists

Previous Organists

We also thank the Lord for those He has previously called to praise God with music at Our Redeemer, including

Thomas Jenei, (Interim Organist, 2020-2021)

Susan Ballou, (Organist / Choir Director, 2000-2020)

Priscilla Colwell (Organist / Choir Director, 1988 - 2000)

Robert Beckman (Organist, 1989 - 2000)

"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!" (Psalm 95:1-2)