I spent a lot of my life trying really hard to be happy. But the life that I was living (parties, drugs, crime, etc) just never seemed to ultimately satisfy my deepest longings. Then I met Jesus Christ at around the age of 21. Since meeting Him, I have not been the same. Now I am satisfied because Jesus Christ satisfies me with Himself. I am getting to know Him in greater ways and learning about His Supremacy in all things. I love the fact that my life is about bringing Him glory and has nothing to do with me!
I moved to Louisville, KY in 2009 in order to pursue a master’s degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which I completed in 2012. While I was there, I had the privilege of serving as youth pastor at Sojourn Community Church and most importantly meeting my beautiful bride Lauren.
Lauren and I were married in August of 2010. In the spring of 2014, we moved to Miami to plant a gospel-centered church in the inner-city neighborhood of Little Haiti. We adopted two children in 2015 (Jason and Maya) and welcomed a baby girl in January 2016.
My name is Jaakan Thompson. I am happily married to a wonderful woman named Jessica and we have a lovely daughter named Jonelle. I was born and raised in South Florida and love everything about it. I became a Christian my junior year in High School. After graduating High school, I attended Bible College in Chicago. During my time in school I have always been involved with ministering to youth. After completing my studies, I continued to work with youth in Chicago as well as Nashville, TN. God has opened the door for me to come back to my home town to serve him at Redemption Church Miami. I am thankful for this opportunity and look forward to seeing what God does through this church for His glory.
Brian is originally from Pensacola, Fl where he lived until moving to Tampa to obtain his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from USF. While there he met this beautiful woman who he has called his wife since 2010, Ashley. After graduating from USF they moved to Louisville, KY where Brian earned a MDiv from Southern Seminary. During those four years the Lord blessed them with two amazing boys: Levi and Henry. In 2015 Brian and Ashley moved back to Florida to join the Taylor’s as they were planting Redemption. Brian is now a lay elder in which he is primarily responsible for leading both the Discipleship and Care ministries.
When Brian is not doing something with Redemption he can be found at Starbucks where he is a store manager. In his free time he enjoys going to the beach with his family and wrestling with his boys. He spends most evenings reading a good book with a good cup of coffee in his hand.