SCOTT AXTMANN Lead Pastor
Pastor Scott grew up in Western Massachusetts and received Jesus at the age of 21. He met his wife Tiffany while doing Bible studies at Denny's, where she was working during college break. They moved to New York City and became heavily involved in homeless ministry there. After attending Bible college, he moved onto campus ministry in Boston and Providence and soon formed the idea for a new church in the city. Pastor Scott's vision for ministry has been shaped by a wide array of spiritual influences across many denominational lines, from fiery old school revivalists to social justice advocates to today's New Reformed spokespersons. Scott and Tiff have two daughters, Taylor and Madeline.
HEATHER MOON Children's Ministry Director
Heather grew up in Narragansett, Rhode Island where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Paul. They were saved together at an Easter play hosted by a local church in 2009 where they each experienced God’s love at the same moment and have been following and faithfully serving the Lord ever since. Heather teaches 3rd grade in Central Falls and has been serving in that community for the past 15 years. Her vision for the Children’s ministry has been shaped by her experience as a teacher and for her passion for children to know and love Jesus from a young age. She understands the great responsibility that the church community has in raising up future servants of the local church and disciples of Jesus. Her prayer is that the children will form a personal relationship with the Lord and a love for Jesus because of the examples they see from their family and the volunteers who faithfully serve in the Ren Kids ministry each Sunday. Heather and Paul have two boys, Jeremiah and Jonah.
REBECCA PLANTE Ministry Support
Rebecca Plante is originally from CT. In 1998 she decided to attend Zion Bible Institute, (now known as Northpoint Bible College). It was at Zion that she met her husband Damien, also a student there. Under Zion’s ministry apprenticeship program, Becky and Damien worked with Pastor Scott in the beginning stages of Renaissance Church, committing to one year. For 13 years Becky was one of the worship leaders at her former church and also comes with 10 years experience as a medical administrator. She has a heart for worship music and church functionality and growth. In 2015, both Becky and Damien felt that God was directing them back to REN. Since their return they have committed to being a part of the REN church community. They currently run the Young Couples ministry and Becky is now on staff as Ministry Support, assisting with REN’s growing music ministry and other areas. Becky and Damien have one daughter named Chloe.
CHRIS WAUGH Youth Director
Growing up in church, Chris learned all the proper doctrine, norms, and rules of Sunday School and Youth Group. However, he seldom felt a need for God or a reason to exalt Jesus above his own self-interests. After years of anger, frustration and rebellion, Chris was brought low by visions of his own mortality and surrendered his life to Christ. Today, he is passionate about leading young people away from the mistakes of his youth and into a joy-filled relationship with Jesus. He is a musician, student and sports fan and currently resides in the Upper Southside neighborhood of Providence.
ROGER + JACKIE PLANTE Building Maintenance
Roger and Jackie Plante have been a part of REN from its origin. They have been by Pastor Scott and Tiffany's side in prayer, servanthood and devotion throughout its existence until today. They maintain the beautiful space at REN and are loved by the community there.
ALLI LESON Art Director
Alli's artwork is scattered throughout the REN Space, in which old materials are repurposed to create new pieces that are at once familiar and innovative. After graduating from RISD in 2008 with a BFA in Illustration, Alli's decision to stay in Rhode Island for work was in large part driven by her commitment to REN. She has previously worked as art director for Providence Monthly and is currently a freelance illustrator and graphic designer.