Sunday Service Manager
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.
Eunice Chang Anderson
Community Life Manager
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.
Rev. Charles Chung
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.
Early Childhood Coordinator
Redeemer Downtown Elders
The Redeemer Downtown Elders consist of Bruno Assante, David Hawkins, Bryce Humphrey, Wally Larson, Jr., Henry Woo and Andrew Yong. 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 Administrative 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!
Children’s Ministry Director
Morning Music Director
Community Life Associate
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
Creative Media Manager
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.
Susan Nacorda Stang
Director of Leadership Development
Generosity and Membership Coordinator
Rev. Jeff White
Interim Lead Pastor