about the fellowship

a letter of welcome

Redemption Fellowship is an Apostolic Network of ministers, churches, and ministries that was born out of the 17,000 member Redemption originally located Greenville, South Carolina (now San Jose, CA). Pastor Ron Carpenter founded Redemption Fellowship with a vision to provide a spiritual covering for ministers and ministries which can develop, equip, resource, and empower men and women of God who operate in five-fold ministries, and many other leadership roles.

Pastor’s heart is for ministers and their families to be all God created them to be, so that they can do all that God called them to do, fulfilling their destiny! Pastor’s goal for RF is that it be a relational fellowship which provides opportunities for personal and leadership development through impartation, resourcing, mentoring, accountability, and restoration.

We welcome you to find out more about our fellowship.

fellowship staff members


pastor ron carpenter


Founder and Senior Pastor of Redemption in San Jose, CA.

Recognized as a leader of leaders, Ron has advised, consulted, and mentored CEOs, Pastors, and political leaders around the world for two decades. As a Senior Pastor and also a successful entrepreneur with multiple business ventures, Ron’s relentless passion for developing potential in others permeates every aspect of his ministry.

Ron founded Redemption in 1991 with three members and a passion for breaking down the walls of racism, crossing cultural lines, and changing poverty mindsets in their community as well as around the world. The ministry has become a model for successful community impact, and creating strategic partnerships with corporate, governmental, and non-profit organizations to develop innovative ways to improve quality of life.

It is the vision and goal of Ron Carpenter Ministries to advance Kingdom teaching and principles in a global effort to reach the unsaved, restore the lost, and infiltrate local communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Technology is ever changing and growing and has allowed the impactful opportunity to share the gift God has placed on Ron Carpenter; a unique message and people.

In an effort to keep a forward momentum in Kingdom teaching, Ron Carpenter Ministries seeks to use media outlets to share this gift while providing the opportunity for viewers to become active partners and members. Ron Carpenter has been gifted with the ability to create an atmosphere where people of all walks of life, race, and denomination can touch heaven with a multi-cultural sound that is Kingdom.

Greg Smith

pastor greg smith

executive pastor

Pastor Greg Smith serves as Executive Pastor of Redemption Church and Redemption Fellowship.  He travels throughout the world ministering in churches, conferences and crusades preaching the Gospel and empowering God’s servants to become all that God has called them to be and to be a tool to fulfill their divine destiny.  Greg and his wife Pam have been married for 29 years and have two daughters; Kristin and Danielle as well as six grandchildren; Jayden, Maddox, Caymen, Arabella, Asher and Kylo.  Greg and Pam have served as Elders with Redemption for over ten years.  Pastor Greg’s ministry education includes an A.A. and B.A. from Trinity Bible College, Fruitland Bible Institute and Redemption School of Ministry.

Ashley Bratton

ashley bratton

Church Growth & Development


Ashley Shockley Bratton has devoted her life to helping others. A Greenville native, she began serving as a weekly volunteer in the underserved communities of Greenville in 2003. Her efforts grew to include serving in various forms of outreach and leadership roles at Redemption, and she was fully ordained as a minister in 2008. She has also been certified in Urban Studies through Fuller Seminary. She has held several director roles, including Ministry Director and Special Events and she has been an integral part in creating the culture of success and innovation at Redemption Church. She is a passionate advocate and connector of people from all backgrounds, and her work with children, teens, and adults have made a huge impact both on Redemption Church and the Greenville community. She was nominated by Greenville Business Magazine as one of the top 35 Best & Brightest of Greenville. With a servant’s heart, she continues to impart her experience and skills in her new role as a church consultant with Redemption Fellowship. Her passion is to help equip, empower and expand ministry leaders all over the nation! Ashley is married to Brian, who coaches football at Furman University, and they have three beautiful children.