Sean Mortenson

/ August 28, 2015

I married Sharon, my high school sweetheart, in 2003. We are blessed with four beautiful kids, Cosette, Graham, Charlie, and Zachary.

I grew up in a culturally Catholic home and, while I called myself a Christian all through high school, I had no concept of the gospel. When I left home for my freshman year of college God exposed the fleeting nature of everything I had found my identity and comfort in. He saved me that year and I began to grow and learn more about who he is and what he desires for me.

I graduated with an undergraduate degree in architecture and worked for a local firm for fours years. During that time I was serving in the local church, taking on various leadership roles, and began sensing a call toward vocational ministry. Having joined a church staff to help lead a college ministry for a few years, it became clear that God was moving me to the next step.

In 2009 I joined Praxis Church to help launch its new Arcadia Campus. I served as Lead Pastor of Arcadia for its initial season and transitioned into a role overseeing creative media and communications for Redemption Church (which Praxis had become) in the summer of 2011. This was a wonderful, healing, formative season for me as I grew in understanding and leadership capacity.

In 2013 my wife and I began praying about where God was leading us as a family. Sensing the call to lead a congregation again, we considered every possible option. Ultimately, God narrowed the possibilities to two, including staying in The Valley and planting a new Redemption Congregation. After a season of prayer and discernment with the leaders of Redemption in 2014, we decided that the best place to plant was exactly where God had me all along: South Scottsdale. We set the wheels in motion at the beginning of 2015 and Redemption Scottsdale officially gathered for our first worship service in October of 2015. God continues to build the house; we continue to pursue faithfulness.