Scott Calgaro – Director
Scott Calgaro is the Program Director for CFW at Redeemer, providing leadership to the Gotham Fellowship, faith and work classes, as well as various events and lectures throughout the year. Scott joined CFW in 2013 as Events and Expanding Initiatives Manager, serving as the liaison between CFW and its external partners, manages the strategic planning of all CFW events, and coordinates and curates content for all CFW initiatives. Prior to joining CFW in January 2013, Scott served as the Program Director and Content Curator of Q: Ideas for the Common Good and as the Director of Program and Resources for the Coalition for Christian Outreach, where he directed their annual Jubilee Conference. Although Scott was raised in Pittsburgh, he has lived in Brooklyn since 2011. He attended Geneva College in Pennsylvania. He has advised COMMENT Magazine, The Center for Public Justice, Hearts & Minds Books and the Festival of Faith & Music. Scott lives with his wife, Deahna, and their two cats, Sydney & Nadiya, in Downtown Brooklyn.
Laura Rogers – Communications & Content Manager
Laura Rogers is from Clinton, Mississippi, and has lived in NYC since 2007. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in vocal performance from Vanderbilt University. Laura decided to move to New York after listening to Tim Keller’s messages on the importance of cities and cultural centers. She worked for several years in fashion and most recently for Redeemer's West Side Children's Ministry. As our Communications & Content Manager, Laura oversees and manages CFW communications and educational platforms. Laura lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and enjoys making playlists, drinking coffee and discussing Myers-Briggs/MBTI. Her favorite spots around the city usually involve quiet, coffee, and greenery, in that order.
Jonathan Seale – Events Producer
Jonathan was born in the flatlands of Texas and raised in the jungles of South America. After relocating to New York City in 2007, he co-founded Mason Jar Music and Nomadique, two collectives committed to fostering a community of artists in the city as well as producing work that is soulful and genuine. He is a musician, producer, sound recordist, lover of cultural exchange, and a guardian of tradition.
Cory Maxwell-Coghlan – Content & Training Associate
Cory was born and raised in Australia and moved to the US in 2011 to complete his masters in religion and politics at Harvard. He moved to NYC in 2014 after his two-year stint in Boston and a year-long detour in the DC area. Cory began working with the Redeemer congregations, City to City, and CFW as a writer and teacher after graduating from the Gotham Fellowship in 2016. Cory has an eclectic background in ministry, business, and the non-profit sector. He has launched two businesses; taught and ministered at churches in Australia and the US; written for organizations, ministries, and churches; and has traveled and volunteered around the world. He currently lives in Chelsea, is working on his second masters in theology, and enjoys devouring books.
FAITH & WORK PASTORAL STAFF
Chuck Armstrong – Assistant Pastor, Redeemer Lincoln Square
Chuck, who studied journalism at Kansas State University, worked in the radio and music industry for the last decade. In 2015, he joined the inaugural cohort of Reformed Theological Seminary's NYC campus, and has since graduated with his M.A. in Biblical Studies. He came on staff with Redeemer in September 2016, serving as Pastoral Resident for the Redeemer Lincoln Square congregation. Having been ordained in December 2018, Chuck now serves as Assistant Pastor. In this role, he works with all of the Community Groups that call LSQ their home, works closely with mercy and justice within the city, and oversees faith and work initiatives. He lives on the Upper West Side with his wife Celine, their daughter Quincy, and their cockapoo Sassy.
Milla Nieminen – Senior Director for Faith and Work, Redeemer West Side
Originally from Finland, and after living in ten different countries, Milla Nieminen joined the West Side staff in August 2018. She received her Master of Science in Economic and Business Administration from Aalto University School of Business and spent 12 years in global sales and marketing and strategy roles in the technology industry. Milla also received a Master in Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary and was in ministry work in a church setting in Los Angeles for six years before moving to New York City. Hebrews 11:8, where it talks about Abraham and how by faith he “obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going,” has become her slogan for life. “Following Jesus is the biggest adventure ever,” she says. “I’m excited to see what He has for me here in New York.”
Milla enjoys fitness classes such as pilates and barre, loves hiking and walks on the beach. Irving Farm and Joe Coffee are quickly become favorite coffee spots on the Upper West Side. Her favorite way to spend an evening is “around delicious food, great wine and good conversation.”
Mark Ro – Director for Faith and Work, Redeemer East Side
Mark grew up outside of Chicago, and after graduating from the University of Illinois, he moved to New York City in 2005 to begin his career in investment banking and private equity. After several years in the industry and serving bi-vocationally on staff at a church plant, he completed a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Mark joined Redeemer in 2016 and continues to work in the finance industry as an instructor for Training the Street. Mark is married to Holly, who hails from Sydney, Australia, and they have three rambunctious boys, Joshua, Justin and Jesse. When he's not running after his boys, he loves traveling and exploring new cities, watching and playing sports (especially basketball and golf), and reading.