David Acevedo

Worship Arts Coordinator

David is about as close to being a native New Yorker as possible, having lived here since he was a toddler. Growing up in Harlem and attending schools in East Harlem and the Upper West Side, he truly knows the hustle and bustle of the city. He recently finished his undergraduate degree in Music at Columbia University, where he trained as a trumpeter, composer and music theorist. David was incredibly blessed to have been raised in a Christian household, and his family has been associated with Redeemer for decades. In his role, he assists worship directors Mark and Harrison with any and all musical tasks, hoping to keep the Redeemer worship tradition alive while incorporating his own artistic personality. His older sister Adrian works at West Side, and he is happily engaged to the love of his life, Victoria. When he’s not making, listening to or writing about music, David can be found playing Nintendo games, watching King of the Hill and/or enjoying absurdist memes.

Lindsay Anderson

Elementary Coordinator

Lindsay Anderson spent her growing up years in Central Pennsylvania, and then in Northern Virginia. After graduating from Grove City College with an elementary education degree, she returned to the D.C. area where she taught elementary school for five years. During that time, she earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration as a Math Specialist. With a new focus on math education, she began working as a middle school math teacher and later an instructional coach. In the summer of 2016, she moved to New York City with her husband for his work. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, exploring neighborhoods, and eating brunch.

Obed Bazikian

Sunday Service Manager

Obed grew up right outside NYC in northern New Jersey. For college he traveled to Dallas, TX, and received an Associate's degree in Practical Theology from Christ for the Nations Institute. He then completed a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University and pursued politics for a few years in NYC, Washington DC, and on the campaign trail. Obed started attending a Redeemer Community Group in 2011, and, between political endeavors, he helped launch the Downtown congregation as part of the Operations staff in 2012. For fun, Obed enjoys nature outings, classic cartoons like Bugs Bunny, The Chronicles of Narnia, LOTR, and various arts and crafts. When time allows, he also works on home renovation and landscaping projects.

Kari Jo Cates

Parent Ministry Specialist

Though Kari Jo Cates hails from sunny Kansas City, after living here for twenty years now, New York is her home. From the beginning, Redeemer's ministries have shaped her understanding of the gospel and the city. Hosting and leading Community Groups for many years is one of the central parts of her family's life. She's held many roles at Redeemer both formal, as a Community Group Coordinator, and volunteer, including Deaconess, Trustee, Mom's Group Director and West Side Women founder and leader. Additionally, she is honored to serve on the faculty of City Seminary of New York in Harlem. As a creative outlet and to make ends meet while her husband was in grad school, Kari Jo built her own calligraphy business, citywrites. The hardest and most rewarding job she's ever held, actually, is raising her four children — Nathan, Henry, Caroline and Betsy — with her husband, Cory, her high school sweetheart. Don't be surprised if you see Kari Jo speeding by on a citibike on her way to the Redeemer offices where she's eagerly exploring and developing new ways to serve parents in the Downtown congregation.

Eunice Chang

Community Group Coordinator

As a native of the tri-state area, Eunice has spent much of her life in the various suburbs of New York City. Before joining Redeemer, Eunice practiced law in a corporate law firm and a non-profit organization. She is excited to now be a part of a team dedicated to fostering community and a sense of being known in a large city and a large church. Eunice also serves as a deaconess and, in her free time, likes to take in the arts offered by the city, do craft projects and try any kind of frozen dessert.

Charles Chung

Community Group Intern

Charles is better known as “Cheech.” He was born and raised in Brooklyn. In 2010, he asked Christina to be his girlfriend three times before she said, “Yes.” They’ve been married since August 2015. He graduated from Cairn University with a Bachelors in Bible and a Bachelors of Social Work. A short time after, he was led to Westminster Theological Seminary to study theology and received a Masters in Divinity. He loves and reps NYC because of the diverse people, cultures and foods. Cheech loves all sports from local-known handball to basketball and everything in between. He is also a self-renown, amateur photographer and videographer.

Emily Davidson

Early Childhood Coordinator

Since moving to New York City from Dallas, Texas in 2018, Emily has become a vital part of the Downtown community. She’s a part of a community group of recent grads, which has provided friendship in a fun, relaxing environment, and she has seen God provide during her first year in the city. In addition to being on staff, Emily is also a musical theater performer and a Hope for New York representative. She also loves to run in Central Park, explore all the city neighborhoods, and sing the entire Les Misérables soundtrack while cooking. When she’s not cooking, she’s hanging out at her favorite Downtown restaurants: Rosemary’s in Greenwich, Hudson Clearwater in the West Village, and City Vineyard by Pier 26. When you meet her in person, make sure to ask about her experience hunting alligators on the Amazon River—twice!

Paige Gebert

Children's Ministry Administrators Coordinator

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Paige moved to New York City five years ago with her husband, Joseph, and has lived everywhere from Crown Heights to FiDi to the Upper West Side. As a part of our Children’s Ministry, Paige loves interacting with kids and being involved in their lives during the early developmental years to plant the seeds for growth. Since attending Redeemer Downtown, Paige has noticed the congregation’s commitment to developing and growing a thriving community. She regularly attends a community group, serves on the communion team and is involved in the Gotham Fellowship. Paige also enjoys snowboarding, working out, coffee dates, walking around the city and traveling to warm destinations (with a beach). Her favorite places around the Downtown area are Mad Dog and Bean on Stone Street, plus Industry Kitchen, with its view of the Brooklyn Bridge. If you ever need a haircut, Paige is also a hairstylist, and if you ever need someone to operate heavy machinery, she also knows how to manage a construction site!

Karen Girard

Children’s Ministry Director

A native of sunny Tempe, AZ, Karen Dolan moved to New York City in the Spring of 2008, armed with a bachelor’s in education and ready to take on the schools of New York. After a teaching stint at two public schools in the Bronx, Karen decided to use her teaching background to pursue a master’s degree in school counseling. While working toward her master’s, Karen began working with Redeemer Children’s Ministry as a Sunday School and Moms’ Group teacher. She’s worked with a multitude of Redeemer families. Karen joined Redeemer Downtown in March 2013. She loves downtown, children, and their families and is thrilled to be a part of what God is doing here. Karen loves riding her bike to far-flung locales such as City Island, New Jersey and Coney Island — basically anywhere with a food-focused destination.

Harrison Hollingsworth

Morning Music Director

Harrison Hollingsworth was raised in suburban Texas and grew up in the church. At 18 years old, he moved to Center City Philadelphia for music school and attended Tenth Presbyterian Church, his first exposure to city ministry. His severe culture shock was cushioned by a church that loved students and loved the city. Harrison joined Redeemer in 2008 when he came to New York to play Principal Bassoon at the NYC Ballet. God took him through an amazing discipleship journey, led by a combination of the preaching, the experience of leading a Community Group, and the courtship of the woman who soon became his wife. Harrison’s hope for Downtown is that we will bring the healing power of the gospel to lower Manhattan in word and deed and that we will worship on Sundays in a way that both edifies the church and attracts seekers and skeptics to our community.

Sherry Huang

Communications Manager

When Sherry attended Redeemer during her freshman year of college, she never imagined that she would become Downtown's "Chief Storyteller” a decade later. Sherry counts herself as a lifelong New Yorker who has always remained in the Big Apple orbit. She grew up on Long Island, attended Barnard College, and will be moving to Forest Hills, Queens. Some of her favorite Downtown areas include Strand Books, The Ink Pad, and Sundaes & Cones. She's wants to connect with the Downtown community and hear everyone's stories. If you see her during service, don't be shy about approaching her and introducing yourself!

Marla Jea

Community Group Intern

A beautifully Calvinist family adopted Marla when she was two. She grew up in Arizona and moved to NYC in 1999 to work in publishing. During her first 15 years in New York, she carried on a tumultuous love/hate relationship with the city but was eventually won over by the power of community, inertia and a new Trader Joe's opening up in her neighborhood. Now she plans never to move out of Brooklyn. Some of her favorite pastimes are baking scones, playing board games with her family, being vulnerable and buying all the things at Michaels.

Lubay Lancelot

DT LAB Intern

Lubay loves to cruise through multiple lanes: he juggles painting, drawing, chirping with birds in the park, and beat boxing. He originally hails from Palm Beach, Florida, but currently spends his days in New York City where his day job includes helping to run Downtown LAB.

Mark Lau

Evening and DT LAB Music Director

A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Mark Lau grew up in Sydney, Australia and has lived in Downtown Manhattan since 2003. Mark and his wife Helen have three children, Jack, Jonah and Joshua. When Mark is not working as a freelance bass player, he likes to spend time with his family on the Lower East Side.

Rev. David Lee

Community Group Director

David Lee moved to New York City from the mean streets of Delaware in 2005 to study finance at NYU. After making use of his degree as an investment banker for a number of years, he recently left Wall Street to pursue a Masters of Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary. He joined Redeemer's staff in 2015 as a Community Group Intern for the Downtown congregation and has also served as an intern for the Center for Faith & Work. In his free time, David enjoys exploring new cafes with good coffee and air-conditioning, and walking the streets of the city to his own soundtrack. He also likes talking sports, eating good food and wearing colorful socks!

Rev. John Lin

Senior Pastor

A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, John Lin grew up in Boston and came to New York City in 2002. Prior to coming to Redeemer, he worked as the English ministry pastor at a Korean-American church in Hartford, CT. Since moving to New York, John has had a deep affinity for all things downtown, including food, people and culture … and food. John and his wife, Kyoko, have been married since 2004 and have two children. When he is not doing pastoral ministry, John spends time following the Boston Red Sox, thinking about travel to far-flung locales, and taking pictures of his kids.

Susan Nacorda Stang

Director of Leadership Development

A Southern California native, Susan Nacorda Stang came to the city for adventure and to study business at New York University in 2001. She worked for a hip-hop magazine before entering vocational ministry in 2005 to work for a discipleship and evangelism focused college ministry called The Navigators. A natural people gatherer, fun maker and risk taker, Susan has loved serving with college students downtown for the past seven years. She joined Redeemer’s Community Group team in 2009 and is excited to be a part of launching a congregation near where she lives, works and plays. In her free time, Susan listens to a lot of live music, gives out “free hugs,” tries to cook, rides her bike, goes climbing, and spends time with her husband and baby in Harlem!

Rev. David Plant

Pastor for Faith & Work

David Plant is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (MDIV) and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (MFA). Born in Sacramento, he has lived in DC, Seattle and Hawaii but downtown is where he calls home, having lived below 23 st. longer than any place else. David has been on staff at Redeemer since 2006 having served as the creator of the New Birth Portrait Series, Redeemer's Youth Pastor, and now as Assistant Pastor and Community Group Director for the Downtown congregation. Together with his wife, Susan, and their son, they plan on worshipping and serving the city downtown for years to come.

Andrés F. Quintero

Youth Ministry Manager

Andrés Quintero moved to New York City from Colombia with his wife and two boys in February of 2011. He first learned about Redeemer while living in Colombia. While waiting on line in the grocery store, he found himself in the self-help area, where a copy of “Reason for God” caught his eye. He remembers telling his wife that he wished to join a church as stimulating as the message in the book. Little did he know a few months later he would be moving to NYC and calling Redeemer home. Though an architect by training, Andrés has been involved in the fashion industry for more than ten years. Upon moving to New York, he worked as senior designer for LeSportsac. Most recently, he and his wife launched their own leather handbag line, Min and Mon, inspired by the names of their sons, Benjamin and Simon. Andrés and his family joined Redeemer Downtown in its early days. Andrés has served as a Community Group leader and Beta leader. Now being an entrepreneur, he has the opportunity to explore vocational ministry, which is a dream come true! For fun, Andrés loves illustrating picture books and would never turn down an offer to play tennis.

Mike Roberts

Sunday Service and LAB Coordinator

After growing up around the midwest with two siblings, Mike migrated to New York City and has lived here for 12 years (Washington Heights, Murray Hill, Hudson Yards). He now considers himself a lifelong New Yorker who was once in an off-Broadway play, and whose favorite places downtown include Artichoke Basille Pizza, Smac's, Saigon Shack. Mike is encouraged by how active Downtown’s congregants are in every aspect of the church community, and he hopes the church will continue bringing people together during divisive times. Having traveled to New York City, it’s no surprise that Mike loves to travel and see what God is doing all over the world, so that he can continue praying and being a witness to his word.

Marie Sclafani

Generosity and Membership Coordinator

A native New Yorker who has lived in four of the five boroughs; she moved to Dallas, TX for a number of years where she raised her three grown sons. Upon her return to NYC in 2000, Marie started to attend Redeemer. She became a Community Group Leader and then went on to serve on the Diaconate from 2005 to 2009. Marie spent most of her career in the field of staffing and Human Resources and assisted in forming the Job Search ministry. She is thrilled to be working on staff at Redeemer assisting John and the helping the team serve the Downtown Congregation. Marie enjoys exploring the many neighborhoods in NYC and spending time with her five grandchildren.

Josh Simmons

Ministry Director

Josh Simmons grew up in Tennessee and spent nine years in South Carolina during and after college. In May 2010, Josh and his wife, Meggie, packed up a Penske truck with all of their belongings and headed to the city. In October of that same year, they found out that Meggie was pregnant — as if a move from South Carolina to New York City wasn’t a big enough change for them. Since being in the city, all of Josh’s work has been downtown, so he has come to love this area of Manhattan and the people there. Josh loves spending time with his family in Prospect Park, going to new restaurants, discovering new music, attending concerts and working from a standing desk.

Rev. Michael Smith

DT LAB Site Pastor

Michael grew up and went to college in Florida, lived in Europe for five years working as a fashion model, and moved to California in 2000 where he served as a youth pastor, assistant pastor, and senior pastor. Desiring to grow more in his pastoral calling, Michael and his adventurous and very patient family moved from sunny, Southern California to NYC in 2013 so he could help a friend with a church plant and be part of the seminary partnership between Reformed Theological Seminary and Redeemer. Michael, his wife, Kristyn, and their two sons live in Brooklyn Heights. The Smiths love to explore and hike the surrounding areas of NYC, go to the beach, and travel outside the country, wherever and whenever they can.

David SooHoo

Community Group Intern and DT LAB Ministry Manager

Born and raised in northern NJ, David moved into the city upon earning his undergrad degree in business from Pace University. He then went on to spend the next 10+ years in the corporate sector, functioning in various capacities, including Six Sigma consulting, project management and IT. David joined the inaugural class of Reformed Theological Seminary NYC and having recently graduated, he is now enrolled in the Redeemer City Ministry Year. David has been attending Redeemer since 2001, with Downtown being his church home for the last three years. In August, he joined the DT Community Group team as an intern. He currently lives in Prospect Lefferts Gardens with his faithful corgi, George. In his time off, he can be found in his bed catching up on sleep. When awake, he can be found exploring Brooklyn with George, snowboarding with his brothers, or simply hanging out with his friends over drinks and food. He also wants everyone to know that dogs are better than cats.

Jordan Tanksley

DT LAB Ministry Fellow

Jordan Tanksley graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2017 with a M.A. in Biblical Studies. She’s currently in her first year as a Ministry Fellow and a member of the mid-week LAB launch team––Downtown’s new Wednesday night service at Baruch College. In addition to church planting, Jordan has a heart for women and singles. Jordan also serves on Redeemer’s mercy ministry, the Diaconate, which is aimed at supporting congregants who are financially and spiritually in need. When Jordan is not doing ministry, she is traveling around the world. Her hidden talents include oil painting, tap dancing and being an exceptionally good whistler. Jordan also knows that life is better with animals in it and invites anyone who needs to hold a cute dog to borrow hers—a 6 lb. miniature dachshund named Heidi who loves to bark!

Rev. Sam Wheatley

Executive Pastor

Like many in New York, Sam and his wife, Kate, moved to the city after college. For four years they worked with the urban ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru) with recent immigrants in Upper Manhattan. In 1994, Sam felt a call to pastoral ministry and their family moved to Philadelphia for him to attend Westminster seminary. After serving as an assistant pastor in Atlanta for three years, in 2000 Sam took a pastoral call to New Song Presbyterian in Salt Lake City. For 16 years the Wheatley’s enjoyed living in the beautiful state of Utah and leading a church in a very interesting ministry context. Upon turning 50 and with their three children, Bennett (25), Zoe (23) and Julia (21), out of the nest, they began to pray and think about what God might be calling them to do next. “I love the local church and knew that whatever I did, I wanted to be part of helping a congregation flourish,” says Sam. The Downtown Executive Pastor role fulfills that vision by focusing Sam’s energy and gifts on equipping and encouraging the staff team and assisting with strategic outreach for the congregation. Sam and Kate are excited about living near Union Square, exploring this dynamic neighborhood and getting to know the people of the Downtown congregation.

Rev. Jeff White

Assistant Pastor

A graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, Jeff started his ministry at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and then went on to serve as the first associate pastor at Redeemer from 1990 to 1998. At Redeemer, he oversaw community formation through fellowship groups before moving on to become the organizing pastor of New Song Community Church, a multi-ethnic, church-based community development effort in Harlem. Jeff is very excited to have rejoined the staff of Redeemer to launch and serve the Downtown congregation. Jeff and his wife, Rebecca, have been married since 1985 and have three children (Kirsten, Corina, Andrew) and two grandchildren. Prior to entering the ministry Jeff worked as a physical therapist.