Cory Maxwell-Coghlan – Director
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.
Laura Rogers – Programs & Communications 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.
FAITH & WORK PASTORAL STAFF
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.”
Jeff White – Assistant Pastor, Redeemer Downtown
A graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, Jeff started his ministry at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and then went on to serve as the first associate pastor at Redeemer from 1990 to 1998. At Redeemer, he oversaw community formation through fellowship groups before moving on to become the organizing pastor of New Song Community Church, a multi-ethnic, church-based community development effort in Harlem. Jeff is very excited to have rejoined the staff of Redeemer to launch and serve the Downtown congregation. Jeff and his wife, Rebecca, have been married since 1985 and have three children (Kirsten, Corina, Andrew) and two grandchildren. Prior to entering the ministry Jeff worked as a physical therapist.
Judson Bergman - Youth & Formation Manager, Redeemer East Side
Judson spent his earliest years in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago before moving to Connecticut, where he grew up in the shadow of New York City. Though he’s always loved New York, Judson returned to the Chicago suburbs to study Christian Education & Ministry at Wheaton College. He’s had the privilege of ministering in such dissimilar contexts as Greenwich, CT and Tulsa, OK — experiencing firsthand that the Gospel truly is good news for all. Judson loves long conversations around a fire, losing himself in an art museum, playing tennis at the beach, and falling into a good book. He’s excited to serve junior and senior high students at Redeemer East Side and Gotham Fellows with Redeemer's Center for Faith & Work.