Youth Ministry Manager & Community Life Intern
A Massachusetts boy who’s called NYC home since 2004, Will hails from the Broadway lighting world and often feels more comfortable hanging from a harness in a box boom than he does hanging out in a suit. Energetic and analytical, he has about a 60% success rating in landing a joke. He’s been a deacon at Redeemer since 2016, and in 2019 he received a Masters in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. Will lives in Astoria with his wife Eunice and their ever-active toddler Jacob. Before chasing his son around the house, Will’s been known to go for hikes, hit the water for a swim, do a triathlon or two, and even enjoy a nap. He LOVES the Greek food of Astoria, but his first love will forever and always be ice cream.
Sunday Service Manager
Rev. Charles Chung
Asst. Pastor and Director of Community Life
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.
Redeemer Downtown Elders
The Redeemer Downtown Elders consist of Bruno Assante, Greg Buechele, Jon Endean, David Hawkins, and Bryce Humphrey. To be in touch with our elders, please send an email to [email protected] and someone will be in touch with you within 48 hours.
Children’s Ministry Director
Morning Music Director
Associate Director of Community Life
Marla was adopted when she was two. She grew up in Phoenix and moved to NYC in 1999 to work in publishing, where she enjoyed copyediting cookbooks and novels. During her first fifteen 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 (and a new Trader Joe's opening up in her neighborhood). In 2018, Marla’s birth sister found her, launching a cultural identity adventure that started with Skype calls and K-dramas and culminated in a half-year visit to rural Korea. As her story continues to unfold, God’s faithfulness is the consistent theme.
Evening Music Director
Rev. David Lee
Worship Arts Coordinator
Born and raised in Seattle WA, Carlin Lee moved to New York City in 2017 to study jazz piano at The New School. After a few semesters, Carlin transferred to NYU where he finished his Bachelors of Music degree in 2021. He was first referred to Redeemer by Cheech’s former youth pastor who coincidentally pastored Carlin’s home church in Seattle. The worship services, especially the music, became a weekly blessing for him, and he eventually studied with several of the pianists who regularly play for Redeemer. Carlin joined Downtown’s Staff in 2020 as the Worship Arts Coordinator, working under the two music directors Harrison Hollingsworth and Mark Lau. When not working as a freelance musician, Carlin enjoys spending his free time cooking, in nature, and reading.
Creative Media Manager and Community Life Intern
Christa is a NYC transplant of seven years by way of Los Angeles, CA. Christa had visited NYC three years prior and fell in love with the beating heart of the city. After nine months of reflection, prayer, and reading about what was going in the churches here — she took a step of faith. Christa sold her belongings, packed her SUV, and drove cross-country to her new home. Along the way, she did one of the things she loves most — document life.
Christa holds a BA in Sociology and an MA in Communications with a specialty in multi-media production. She draws from these two disciplines to connect with people and tell stories. She has been an active member of Redeemer Downtown for the past two years, been involved in community groups, and recently completed the Gotham Fellowship program this past Spring. She loves walking around the city, getting lost with her camera in a new neighborhood, travel, deep and fun conversations, and stops to greet every puppy she meets along the way.
Generosity and Membership Coordinator
Sunday Operations Supervisor
Ulysses Shields is a native of Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of a minister of a church in Jamaica, Queens, and has been part of an active part of a church community throughout his life. In his spare time, he thoroughly enjoys the arts and creating, mostly in the form of music or musical poetry. Ulysses also serves people in need at a neighborhood shelter in Midtown, Manhattan as an Operations Supervisor. He is the proud father of one daughter.
Rev. Jeff White