Katherine Leary Alsdorf - Interim Director, Center for Faith & Work
In 2002, after 25 years in the high tech industry – in roles from researcher to organizational consultant to CEO –Katherine responded to Redeemer’s invitation to help launch a marketplace ministry. With the support of Tim Keller and the Redeemer Session, Katherine established the Center for Faith & Work with a vision to equip, connect, and mobilize the Redeemer congregation to live out the gospel in every area of their work lives. Vocation Groups were launched in 2003, Arts Ministries in 2004, the Entrepreneurship Initiative in 2006, and the Gotham Fellowship in 2008.
In 2013 she turned over leadership of CFW to David Kim who continued to build into the vision and impact of CFW. She consulted with City to City and other churches around the country, helping start other church-based faith and work ministries. Then from 2016 to 2018, she and her husband re-located to Raleigh NC to create New City Fellows with Holy Trinity Church, based on the Gotham Fellows model and forming a multi-church partnership for city engagement and renewal.
She is adjunct faculty at Regent College in Vancouver, and serves or has served on boards of the Carver Project, Fellowship of the Performing Arts, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the Theology of Work Project. Katherine assisted Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor. She and her husband, John, are returning to their home in Washington Heights this fall as she steps in as Interim Director of both the Center for Faith & Work at Redeemer and City to City’s global faith and work initiative.
Scott Calgaro – Program 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.
Eunice Shin-Lai – Gotham Fellowship Coordinator
As CFW’s Gotham Fellowship Coordinator, Eunice refines logistics and oversees operations for the Gotham Fellowship program, past and present. Eunice is also a graduate student, earning her Masters in Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary. “I'm a medical doctor by training but am pursuing a seminary degree now to help others love God more.”
Eunice enjoys running and enjoying the vast food and culture of NYC. Eunice and her husband, Richard, are active members of Redeemer West Side and are both Gotham Alumni. Eunice says that, through her Gotham experience, she gained a greater understanding of the importance of theology, learned in community, to working out the tangible implications of our faith.
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.
Esther Schissler – Faith & Work Leadership Development & Training Manager
Esther was born in Boston and raised in sunny San Diego. She moved to NYC in 2010 and fosters a deep love for the city. She joined the CFW team in July 2014. She currently works at Redeemer City to City in the Leadership Development team and continues to support Redeemer's Gotham Fellowship Program where she channels her passion for building relationships and creating opportunities for others to connect and grow in their faith and work.
In 2012, Esther began her studies at Westminster Theological Seminary towards a MA in Counseling. She has since completed her studies and desires to see the gospel made more real in the everyday.
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.”
David Plant – Pastor for Faith and Work, Redeemer Downtown
David is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (MDIV) and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (MFA). Born in Sacramento, he has lived in DC, Seattle and Hawaii but downtown is where he calls home, having lived below 23 st. longer than any place else. David has been on staff at Redeemer since 2006 having served as the creator of the New Birth Portrait Series, Redeemer's Youth Pastor, and now as Assistant Pastor and Pastor for Faith and Work for the Downtown congregation. Together with his wife, Susan, and their son, they plan on worshipping and serving the city downtown for years to come.
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.