Staff at Church of the Redeemer UMC

Halldór Guðmundsson

Halldor Gudmundsson


Pastor Halldor is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He is an experienced specialist in church development and theological discussion addressing congregational life and leadership. Halldor earned his Master of Arts in Lay Ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in 2008 and Master of Sacred Theology with focus on congregational leadership from the same school in 2010.

Halldor finished a degree in theology from The University in Iceland in 1997 and was ordained as a deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iceland in September the same year. Halldor has lived in Shaker Heights with his family since 2013.

Shanelle Cook

Shanelle Cook

Music Director

Shanelle’s inspiration guides the worship at Redeemer. An accomplished music teacher and performer, Shanelle brings her gifts to Sunday worship and direction of the Redeemer choir. She selects our music to align with Scripture, sermon, and season, and her talented performances are a gift to all who attend. Shanelle teaches music at Hawken School in the Early Childhood Center and is a staff pianist at CIM for the Sato Suzuki Institute.

Vivian Jackson

Vivian Jackson

Office Manager

Open Position

Custodian (Part Time)

Church of the Redeemer UMC is looking for a part-time custodian (14 h/w) to be responsible for the upkeep of the church building and grounds. Among weekly duties are cleaning, doing minor maintenance and repairs, and inspect the building regularly for safety hazards. The custodian becomes a part of a small team of committed part-time employees at Church of the Redeemer. More information and an application form on or by email to