Our Leadership

Pastor Carl Santos, Lead Pastor


Pastor Paul Smylski, Youth Pastor

Paul was born in Niagara Falls and actually grew up here at Redeemer. He has been serving in youth ministry since 2003 and in children’s ministry since 2011. He received his Bachelor of Religious Education with a concentration in Church & Youth Ministry from Emmanuel Bible College in 2005.
Paul has been married to his wife Robyn since 2006 and, so far, together they have two children, Avery and Cody.
Paul has a wide variety of passions including hockey, frisbee golf, and watching movies. He also enjoys music and plays both the drums and the guitar.
Paul’s passion and desire is to see young people recklessly surrender their lives to Jesus, and passionately pursue and love Him with everything they are and live out their faith boldly in the world they live in.”

Photo Credit: Josh Walsh

Photo Credit: Josh Walsh

Louisa McLeod, Director of Children’s Ministries

Louisa was born and raised in Niagara Falls, and has attended Redeemer Bible Church her whole life. her favourite place to visit is Manitoba where she can spend time with her nephew and niece! She has been involved in various ministries at Redeemer for many years including the children and youth ministries. Louisa graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Recreation and Leisure Studies in 2018. She enjoys baking, hiking, and playing sports with friends.

Janet McLeod, Worship Director


Janet was raised in a pastor’s home and is the youngest of 3 girls. She was born in New Brunswick, lived outside Vancouver for several years and moved to Toronto in 1989. Janet grew up singing in the church and has enjoyed participating in numerous musicals, dramas, and choirs. Since coming to Redeemer in 1992, she has been involved in a variety of ministries and has been leading worship for the past 11 years. Janet loves using her gifts to lead people to grow closer to God through worship. Janet has her BRE from Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale University) and her BA from Brock. She has been married to Colin since 1992 and has four wonderful kids (Hannah, Louisa, Joel and Jacob), an incredible son-in-law Curt, and two adorable grandchildren Benjamin and Claire. Every chance she gets, she tries to visit her grandchildren in Winnipeg and loves hosting them here. Janet enjoys spending time with friends and family and cheering her youngest son on at whatever sport he’s playing!

Photo Credit: Josh Walsh

Photo Credit: Josh Walsh


Roger Poirier, Administrator


Roger grew up in a Christian home and was the first of three children born to Raymond and Grace Poirier. After leaving England and immigrating to Canada he attended Calvary Church Boys Brigade in St. Catharines where he accepted Christ at age 14. After high school he completed an electrical apprenticeship, attended Brock University and joined General Motors retiring as a General Supervisor of Maintenance. Roger joined the staff at Redeemer Bible Church as administrator in March of 2005. His responsibilities include overseeing budgets, policies and office administration. Roger is married to Judy, the love of his life and they have a wonderful blended family of six children and eight grandchildren. Roger has many varied interests including photography, astronomy, travel, hiking, reading and classical music. His desire is to faithfully serve Christ and grow daily in the knowledge of his Lord and Saviour.

Lori Foster, Secretary

Lori was born and raised in Niagara Falls, the third of four children born to Harold and Kathleen Mason. She grew up in a Christian home, and made a personal commitment to the Lord in her teen years at a youth rally. After High School, Lori went to Brock University and then worked at various jobs in the city. It was at youth group that she met her husband Marv and together they have been blessed with 4 wonderful children: Matthew, Eric, Emma and Lauren. She has worked at the church doing administrative duties and has loved every minute of serving the Lord in this way! Lori’s interests are centered around her family and her most precious times are doing things together – whether it is going to soccer games, hiking, picnicking, playing tennis or watching a good movie at home. Lori’s favourite Bible verse is found in Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Photo Credit: Josh Walsh

Photo Credit: Josh Walsh


Sharon Reinaerts, Custodian

Sharon grew up in a Christian home, the firstborn of 3 children. She was born in Newfoundland and moved to Welland, Ontario with her family at the age of 13. She accepted Christ at a very young age and has always had a desire to serve the Lord. She has her BRE from Eastern Bible College. After graduating from college she was involved in various ministries and served with YWAM for a year and has done a lot of inner-city work. She worked for 8 years at Christian Horizons before she met her husband Peter and they have been blessed with 2 wonderful children; Ashley and Luke. Sharon loves being a wife and mother but also enjoys walking, scrapbooking (when she has time) and reading a good book with a cup of tea and a piece of chocolate. She enjoys her job as custodian and the various ministries she is involved in at Redeemer.