Leadership

Leadership

Redeemer is a mission work of the Presbytery of Southern California of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.  Our session members, except for the pastor, live on the mainland.  However, they make regular visits to the island and the families of our congregation in order to oversee and ensure their spiritual health and growth.  We’re always excited to introduce new attendees to them when they visit. 

The familiar face you’ll see each Sunday will be Eli Hirtzel.  Eli Hirtzel is serving as stated supply at Redeemer OPC.  He and his wife Esme recently made Oahu home and are happy to be here!  

Eli Hirtzel (Stated Supply)

Eli Hirtzel is licensed to preach in the Presbytery of Southern California (OPC). Redeemer hired him as stated supply to bridge the transition from Pastor Watson to Redeemer’s next pastor. Eli is happily married to his wife Esme, and, as newlyweds, they are thankful to be serving the kingdom in Hawaii! M.Div.: Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 2023
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Jesse Pirschel

Jesse Pirschel is the Pastor of Providence Presbyterian Church in Temecula, CA, where he has served as the minister beginning in 2004. Pastor Pirschel is a native of California but has served congregations in both Tennessee and Eastern Europe. Jesse is married to his wife of 30 years and together they have 4 children and 1 grandchild.
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Chris Hartshorn

Chris Hartshorn oversees church planting for the Southern California Presbytery of the OPC as Regional Home Missionary. He grew up in Southern California, and has previously planted churches in New York City, Lawrence, Kansas, and Anaheim Hills, California.  He has been married to Megan since 2005, and together they have 4 children. 
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David Francisco

David Francisco grew up in Southern California and came to the Reformed faith while in college at the University of San Diego. He met his wife Julie in college and have been married for 26 years. Living in Oceanside, California they are raising five children (ages 22, 21, 17, 15, and 14). One unique thing about the Francisco family is that they have two children with Down Syndrome. Their third child, Andrew, was born with Down Syndrome and they later adopted…
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Ben Rochester

Ben Rochester is a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He earned his Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary in California. Prior to that he earned his AA in Religious Studies, and BA in Biblical Studies from Southern California Seminary