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.