Kari Jo Cates

Director of Welcome and Engagement

Kari Jo moved to the City in 1996 as an starry-eyed newlywed. From the beginning, Redeemer's ministries have shaped her understanding of the gospel and the city. Hosting and leading Community Groups since she and her husband, Cory, first arrived 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, where she is currently completing her MA in Ministry in the Global City. 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. 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 ways to connect people to God and to each other within our Downtown congregation.