Originally from upstate NY, Justin, his wife Angela, and their 2 daughters have lived in NYC since 2008. He served as a Youth Pastor in the Bronx where he was honored to serve amazing Bronx youth for 6 years. Additionally, he also served as the Protestant Chaplain at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and most recently, with The Navigators in NYC. In college, Justin studied Intercultural Studies and also has a masters in Intercultural Ministry with a focus on Urban Missiology. Additionally, he is in his final year at Reformed Theological Seminary NYC. Justin currently serves as the Pastoral Resident for the UES congregation. He works with the community groups team serving and caring for community groups and their leaders.
Volunteer and Event Manager
Liz began attending Redeemer in 2010 and instantly knew that she had found her church home. In 2013 she became East Side volunteer and event manager and has enjoyed every moment since! On Sunday you will often find her outside the auditorium where the volunteers sign in. If you visit her, she will give you gum! Liz was a Spanish major in college which required that she study abroad in Mexico (for one semester), but she loved it so much that she ended up staying for six years teaching English as a foreign language, studying for her master’s in applied linguistics, and enjoying all the culinary wonders that Mexico has to offer. Originally from the great state of New Jersey, Liz now calls the Upper East Side home. She spends her free time listening to podcasts, playing touch football, trying out new recipes, and riding the M86 crosstown bus because she lives all the way on York Avenue! “Beyoglu - Though I’m never quite sure how to pronounce my favorite UES restaurant, nothing beats the mezze platter!”
Neighborhoods & Site Development Director
Aaron is an Assistant Pastor and Community Group Director at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and has been involved in the Redeemer community since 2005. Prior to joining staff, Aaron taught seventh grade math in the South Bronx. He received his M.Div from Biblical Theological Seminary. Being from Minnesota, Aaron enjoys the mild winters in NYC. He lives on the Upper East Side with his wife, Erica. “City Swiggers — It is the best place to enjoy great craft beer with friends in a fun and quiet atmosphere. Best of all, they let you bring your own food!”
Children's Ministry Administrative Coordinator
Laura is originally from Richmond, Virginia and moved to the city in 2011 to attend The King's College. She graduated from King’s with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics in 2015 and decided to continue calling New York home. Laura has been attending Redeemer for several years and is grateful to serve the East Side congregation as the Administrative Coordinator for the Children's Ministry. She lives in Brooklyn and enjoys spending her free time outside in Prospect Park.
Community Group Coordinator
Originally from the great state of Delaware, Caitlin's love affair with serving people and building community began while volunteering with Young Life and studying human development at the University of Delaware. Upon completing her undergraduate degree Caitlin worked for various ministries and began dreaming of facilitating collaborations across multiple ministries, nonprofits, and businesses within an urban setting further growing her heart for cities, specifically the city of New York. Starting Fall 2016, Caitlin will begin her MA in Biblical Studies with Reformed Theological Seminary. She loves resale bookstores, meandering through museums and gathering people together to explore. Caitlin will be serving part-time as the East Side Community Group Coordinator. Her role is to support the Community Group team in accomplishing the vision of community on the East Side by streamlining support to leaders and Community Group members. “I love making a (friendly) competition out of just about anything.”
Morning Music Director
Miriam Burns has attended Redeemer since its inception in 1989, has been the conductor of The Orchestra of the Redeemer since its beginnings in 1995, and has been on staff as music director of the East Side morning service since 2000. Miriam has just been named music director and conductor of the McLean Orchestra (in Virginia), having recently held the same title with the Tallahassee and Kenosha (Wisconsin) Symphonies. Miriam was also on staff with the New York Philharmonic as one of the cover conductors for eight years, having been invited as a result of a competitive audition. Serving under then music directors Kurt Masur and Loren Maazel, she was entrusted as an assistant conductor on call for countless specific, fully prepared programs under many guest conductors of international repute.
Abe grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut, a small New England town just north of New Haven. After attending the University of Connecticut, he went on to pursue an M.Div. and a Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary near Boston. He was previously the youth pastor at First Korean Presbyterian in Hartford, CT and the director of university ministries at Citylife Presbyterian in Boston. He has been a pastor at Redeemer since 2007 serving in a variety of capacities over the years. He recently completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary with particular interests in urban ministry, leadership development, public theology and issues of race and justice. He and his wife, Jordyn, have four young children, Lydia, Ezra, Micah and Judah. “I love the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and often use it as a place for solitude and prayer especially during the long NYC winters.”
Senior Community Group Director
Lyn grew up in South Florida and moved to New York in 2008. One bright spot of her early days in New York was a Redeemer women’s community group. The relationships and truth she found there were pivotal in her transition to life in the city and growth in her faith. Prior to joining Redeemer as a Community Group Director, Lyn worked in ministry with Cru for 14 years, serving in campus ministry in Alabama and East Asia and in New York with Cru City. She lives on the East Side with her husband, Clay, and daughters, Emma and Hope. Some of Lyn’s favorite ES activities are running on the East River Esplanade and eating Sichuan food at Wa Jeal.
Elementary Program Coordinator
Natalie has attended Redeemer since she moved here in the fall of 2011 and began working with the Children’s Ministry shortly after. Not only has Redeemer provided her with a wonderful community of friends, she has the privilege of serving the families of the East Side Congregation, as the Elementary Program Coordinator. She could not ask for a better team to serve with! Originally from Southern California, Natalie left home with a degree in Theatre and is also currently pursuing a career in acting. She has shared her passion for storytelling with Off-Off Broadway audiences, as well as communities in Thailand and India. Natalie loves NYC and currently resides in Astoria, Queens. “The view from the Queensboro Bridge heading into the city — It’s the best view. Fitzgerald captures it perfectly in my favorite book, The Great Gatsby!”
Evening Music Director
Rozz was born and raised in Kannapolis, NC, and began singing as a child at Mt. Calvary Lutheran church. After receiving her BCA degree from UNCC, she moved to NY to pursue a music career. She’s appeared on Broadway in Once On This Island, Big River and Urban Cowboy, Off -Broadway and regional performances of Dreamgirls, Aida, Joseph, and Candide. She’s recorded with Moby, Black 47, Grover Washington, Eartha Kitt and as a back-up singer for Diana Ross, Ben E. King, and Maxwell and many others. She’s performed with symphony orchestras, corporate clients, and many wedding and club date bands over the years, most recently as a featured vocalist for JK Entertainment. She currently serves as a deaconess and music director for the morning services at All Souls Community church in Suffern, NY. She came to Redeemer in 2003 when Tom Jennings asked her to sing at a West Side Evening Service. She lives in Fort Lee, NJ, her “upper westside” home just on the other side of the river. Rozz is overjoyed to share her gospel/r&b roots as music director for the East Side Evening Service. “She can be heard on several episodes of The Wonder Pets including “Off To School”, “Meet the Beetles” and “The Rat Pack”, and she co-wrote the title cut “Home For Christmas” on the NSYNC Christmas album.”
Mark grew up outside of Chicago, and after graduating from the University of Illinois, he moved to New York City in 2005 to begin his career in investment banking and private equity. After several years in the industry and serving bi-vocationally on staff at a church plant, he completed a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and joined Redeemer in 2016 as a Pastoral Resident serving primarily on the Community Group team. Mark is married to Holly, who hails from Sydney, Australia, and they have two rambunctious boys, Joshua and Justin. When he's not running after his boys, he loves traveling and exploring new cities, watching and playing sports (especially basketball and golf), and reading.
Kirsty moved to NYC in the Fall of 2011 and she never wants to leave! She started attending Redeemer Winter of 2012 and she also never wants to leave! She is the middle child to a terrific family of five back in Michigan so she will always be a Tigers fan and a Lions fan and suffer the consequences that come with it. She is an actress, singer, puppeteer, and a violinist aiming for Broadway! She loves riding her bike along Riverside Drive and the rest of the city, seeing theatre, going to museums (especially the Met), laughing and the color yellow.
Community Group Intern
Hector was born in Ecuador, but grew up in Flushing, NY. That makes him a Mets fan by default, and through the suffering that accompanies that, he has learned that it’s not all about winning in life. He enjoys traveling and learning about cultures and languages. He enjoys history and can geek out on WWII facts. In fact, that’s one of the many reasons why he loves living in New York. He loves exploring different neighborhoods in the city, and hunting for ethnic foods to try (and maybe music to dance to, maybe). He has been in Redeemer since 2009 and is currently serving as a Community Group Intern. In addition, he is a student at Reformed Theological Seminary’s New York City program.
Children's Ministry Director
Originally from Ohio, Lindsey is a drama graduate of New York University. After graduation, she performed professionally Off-Broadway, on screen and in national educational tours working with schools across the country. Lindsey began attending Redeemer in college, and began working in the children's ministry in 2010 serving in multiple roles along the way. Redeemer's family community has been such an integral part of her spiritual journey and life in New York, and she is committed to helping support families as they follow the call to plant roots and raise their children in the city. Lindsey married her high school sweetheart, Todd, and they are raising two little New Yorkers, Alexander and Emily, in Astoria. “Luke’s Lobster.”
Hannah was born in Boston and was raised a faithful Red Sox fan while growing up in England, California, and South Korea. (Her freshman year at M.I.T. was richly rewarded with the first World Series in 86 years!) She moved to the city after college to study neuroscience but will readily admit that her Ph.D. is the third best thing that happened here, after Redeemer and her husband Topher. She joined the East Side team to serve the congregation’s educational activities and loves combining her two passions: vocational ministry and academic administration. She and her husband currently live in Brooklyn where they cook a lot of Korean and Tex-Mex, brew their own beer, and dream about owning a dog someday. “I love all things Disney. Seriously — if you ever need a friend to sing Olaf's ‘In Summer’ with, I'm your girl.”
Sunday Operations Manager
Cybele moved to the United States from Brazil in September of 1980. Since her Brazilian years, Cybele has been a devoted professional for the joy of her family and friends. She lived in Michigan for five years as a companion and enthusiastic supporter of her husband’s education and ministry. In 1985, she came to New York City, serving administrative roles at John Wycliffe School, Advent Hope, and Redeemer Church. Having been with the church since its early years, she has developed a passion and compassion for the city and commitment to Redeemer’s church planting vision. As a native Brazilian, Cybele is an avid soccer fan. “I enjoy the Brazilian salad buffet and ambiance at Plataforma Restaurant and also the juice and smoothies from Fresh Press.”
Director of Community Groups and Evangelism
Drew is a proud born-and-raised New Orleanian who originally moved to New York as a teacher with Teach for America in 2007. Before moving back to the city in 2017 to join Redeemer as Director of Community Groups and Evangelism, Drew explored other areas of the country, spending three years in St. Louis as a seminary student and social entrepreneur and four years in L.A. as a pastor at Pacific Crossroads Church. In 2016, Drew achieved his greatest accomplishment, marrying his wife Kate. When he's not working or exploring the city with Kate, Drew enjoys cooking up a zesty gumbo for Cajun food newbies, talking far more smack than his game merits at pick-up games of basketball, and just finding a spot in the park and reading a good book.
Bruce Terrell began serving as the executive director for Redeemer East Side in the summer of 2017. He also served as executive director of Redeemer Presbyterian Church since 2006. Prior to joining the Redeemer team, he served for 20 years with Mission to the World (MTW), the foreign mission agency of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) denomination, the last 10 years of which he served as chief operating officer. Bruce also recently served as the interim president of City to City in 2016 and as the moderator of the PCA in 2013-2014. Bruce and his wife, Missy, recently celebrated 30 years of marriage, and they have two adult children: Andrew, married to Olivia, who live with their son, Asa, in Harlem, and Katie who lives in Charlotte. Missy is a counselor with Redeemer Counseling Services. As executive director of Redeemer East Side, Bruce leads the East Side staff team to help advance thriving ministries, including the anticipated new sites and new ministry center. "I'm looking forward to serving Abe and an amazing East Side staff team," Bruce says, "as well as advise, coach, and champion our great lay leaders." Bruce and Missy love to travel internationally, explore NYC, and their newest and best pastime -- enjoy their first grandchild!
Youth Ministry Manager
Ben grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and stayed there to attend the great University of South Carolina (the REAL USC, for those Californians who don’t know any better). He got his degree in Exercise Science and loves exercise and sports, especially football and volleyball. After graduating he worked as an RUF intern for two years at the University of Alabama, where he met his wife Sarah. Shortly after he moved to St. Louis where he received his Masters of Divinity from Covenant Seminary in May 2016. It was during this time that the Lord grew in him a desire for urban ministry and specifically began to place New York City on his heart. Ben will be working with Redeemer East Side as the Youth Ministry Manager. His wife Sarah also hopes to pursue a Masters degree in Social Work in the next few years and is exploring different options for school in the city. They are excited to be here and to be given this opportunity and look forward to what else God has in store for them in the coming years. “So far, I am most excited about the opportunity to compete in city-wide sports leagues. I look forward to playing flag football and volleyball somewhere!”
As the Ministry Manager for the East Side, Lindsay loves that she gets to do a little bit of everything for the East Side Team. She grew up in Dallas, TX and after studying Musical Theatre in College, she moved up to NYC to pursue her dream of being on Broadway. After a few years of performing and shifting of dreams and careers, Lindsay feels so blessed that this is God’s plan for her life right now. Lindsay met her husband, Will, at Redeemer and after the East Side Morning service, you can usually find them eating brunch at Untitled in the Whitney Museum.