Staff Bios

Staff Bios

Dr. Michael Keller

Michael has been a part of Redeemer life and ministry from its inception in 1989; and with his wife Sara and daughters Lucy and Kate, they started Redeemer Lincoln Square in April 2017. He went to NYC public school for both elementary and middle school and attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate work. After working at London City Mission and New Life Fellowship in Queens, he attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, receiving both an M.Div and a Th.M in Apologetics magna cum laude. He served as Pastor of Community Life at Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston before returning to the city to start a new Reformed University Fellowship. His Ph.D. is from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in Computational Linguistics applied to Historical Theology. Sara is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner working in school-based health in Harlem.

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Drew Hall

Drew is a Mississippi native, who moved to the city in 2014 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in marketing and entrepreneurship from Samford University. Prior to joining staff, he worked at Warby Parker and Collectively, focusing his efforts on customer experience, social media and influencer marketing. He lives on the UWS with his wife Kate and enjoys running in Central Park, seeing Broadway shows, and exploring new coffee shops and restaurants. As LSQ’s Communications and Generosity Manager, Drew oversees our communications strategy and multi-channel editorial calendar, he provides Sunday worship planning support to our Pastoral team, and he works on generosity and stewardship initiatives.

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Dr. Vanessa Hawkins

Vanessa and her husband Marcus first met in the third grade, and were high school sweethearts. They have three college-aged daughters Kayla, Sydney and Chelsey. Prior to moving to the city in the summer of 2022, Vanessa served as the Director of Women’s Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA for five years. She is a Bible teacher and regular conference speaker. She received her MDiv and DMin in Cultural Apologetics and Communication at Covenant Theological Seminary. Vanessa currently serves as Diversity Advisor for the PCA’s Women’s Ministry. She’s the former co-host of a podcast called Something To Talk About. Vanessa enjoys a good cup of tea, a moderate hike and is refueled by nature. She enjoys good conversation with old friends and the excitement of making new ones. As our Director of Community Life, she will be an integral part of our Pastoral Care team, helping shape community through CGs and caring for women in the church, as well as collaborating in the development of a culture of evangelism, public faith and justice.

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Carolann Hicks

Carolann started working at Redeemer on the Rise Campaign in 2015, and in 2018, she joined the LSQ team. Carolann is a strong extrovert and loves having the opportunity to meet and connect with newcomers in the LSQ community, as well as care for and invest in all those who faithfully serve at our church. Carolann has loved cities her entire life — she grew up in Prague, Czech Republic (unbiasedly the most beautiful city in the world) and lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee (nicknamed the Scenic City) before moving to the greatest city in the world, New York City in 2014. After graduating from Covenant College, she served as a Youth Director at First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga for six years. She currently lives in Harlem with her husband, Trey, and their son, Colin. They love exploring the city, cooking delicious meals, playing games and inviting friends into their home.

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Elizabeth Martone

Elizabeth has called Queens “home” since she was four years old. She graduated from CUNY Queens College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and is a Registered Dietitian. Throughout her college years, she served with various children’s, youth and campus ministries; and shortly after her dietetic studies, she pursued vocational ministry and served at a local church in Memphis, TN with the youth and children. Her hometown love and missional love for NYC brought her back to the city. On LSQ’s staff, she serves as the Community Life and Leaders Coordinator where she provides logistical and administrative support to the LSQ team, Diaconate and Congregational Elder Team. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Biblical Arts degree at Reformed Theological Seminary in NYC. Elizabeth loves spending quality time with her husband John and with family and friends — going on walks and enjoying meals together.

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Cassidy McCowan

Cassidy is from Texas and moved to New York City in 2017. She attended Tarleton State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in Administrative Systems and Secondary Education. She first moved to New York for an internship, not expecting to move here permanently, but instantly fell in love with the city and people. You can find Cassidy always searching for new restaurants and coffee shops to try and exploring different neighborhoods. Thus, Cassidy is the person in your friend group that always has suggestions for where we should go for dinner. As our Ministry Specialist, Cassidy plays an integral role in office management, administrative support, and communications and events execution.

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Dr. Bruce O'Neil

Bruce was born in Los Angeles but was raised in Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Education, and he also has an MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary and a DMin from New Geneva Theological Seminary. He wrote his dissertation on “Reclaiming the Role of Elder as Shepherd.” Prior to full-time vocational ministry, Bruce taught history and government in a public high school. He has since spent the last 25 years serving as a pastor at three churches in Tennessee, Alabama and Maryland. Bruce and his wife Kathy have three grown children — Sarah, Mike and Matt — and seven grandchildren. They have fond memories taking weekend trips to the city, filling their time with Broadway shows and dining at as many restaurants as possible on a quest to discover the best cheesecake the city has to offer. Bruce also enjoys golfing, reading, visiting museums and having long dinners with friends. In his role as Assistant Pastor, Bruce will support congregational growth and care in a number of ways, including further developing our pathways for discipleship and overseeing the LSQ Diaconate.

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Ginny Owens

Born and raised in Jackson, MS, Ginny moved to Nashville, TN to attend Belmont University, and made her home in Music City for many years. Since graduating with her Bachelor of Music Education, Ginny has spent the past two decades sharing her heart with listeners and readers as an award-winning singer/songwriter, author, adjunct professor, vlogger and advocate. Her unique musical style and inspirational lyrics have transcended genre definition and taken her to diverse venues that include the White House, the Sundance Film Festival, Lilith Fair and the National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C. As a toddler, Ginny picked out melodies on the piano before she was able to put words together in a sentence. Even as vision left her eyes — a degenerative eye condition left Ginny completely blind by age three — songs began to emerge from her fingertips, providing a window into the world she could not see. Ginny first moved to New York City in 2007, where she spent a summer studying fiction writing at Columbia University. She loved the city so much that she finally made it her home In 2018. Soon after, she enrolled at Reformed Seminary, where she will soon complete a Master of Biblical Studies. When she’s not busy making plans for worship, traveling, writing songs, prepping talks, or working on her seminary classes, Ginny enjoys catching up with friends on long walks through Central Park, imbibing mass quantities of Green Tonic and espresso from Joe & the Juice.

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Noël U-L

Noël is originally from Boston but moved to New York City in 2016, and now calls Redeemer Lincoln Square home. She has taught undergraduate and high school students in different capacities for over five years. When she’s not at home with her husband Hector and their two bunnies, she enjoys reading in cafes and bookstores, listening to new music, going to concerts, and returning to the ballet studio.

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Jon Werking

Jon was born and grew up in upstate NY (upper Hudson Valley) and came to NYC in the late 80’s to pursue a career in music. Jon has been involved in Redeemer’s music ministry for over 25 years and it’s been one of the great blessings of his life. Jon has performed and/or recorded with The Manhattan Transfer, New York Voices, Toni Braxton, Patti LaBelle, Deborah Cox, Liza Minelli, Linda Eder, Edwin McCain, The New York Pops, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Steven Curtis Chapman, Bruce Hornsby, Roberta Flack, Michael and Randy Brecker, saxophonists Grover Washington Jr.and Bill Evans, The Drummers Steve Gadd, Neil Peart (of Rush), bassist Will Lee of the David Letterman Show. Jon is the featured pianist with the Buddy Rich Big Band on the “Burning for Buddy” tribute album/DVD. He was the in-house accompanist for the “Regis and Kelly Show” from 2005-2007. Jon enjoys reading, bike riding, and sports of all kinds. A unique fact about Jon is that he was born with an extra thumb on his right hand which forced him to become left-handed. Jon has a solo piano CD entitled “Every Horizon.”

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Jenny Yun

Jenny is a native New Yorker—born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, attended high school in the Bronx and works/lives in Manhattan. She received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University, her Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard University and her J.D. from Fordham University. Over the course of her career, she’s worked in special education, children’s health policy research, sports management, and corporate law. She joined LSQ’s staff in 2019 as Director of Community Life to oversee our Community Group (CG) system and help cultivate a culture of inclusion for those looking to get more involved at LSQ. In February 2021, she transitioned into the role of Managing Director, and in this role, she manages the LSQ Staff team, helps implement the LSQ Pastor’s vision for the church and directs and oversees day-to-day operations, strategic planning initiatives and implementation.

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Kathy O'Neil

Kathy O’Neil grew up in Nashville, TN. She then followed in her mother’s footsteps by graduating from The University of Tennessee with a degree in Human Services. She joined the LSQ family in August 2021 when her husband Bruce joined the Pastoral Care team. They have three grown children and nine grandchildren. She likes long hikes in nature and every sport team of the Tennessee Volunteers.

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Anthony Bradley

Dr. Anthony Bradley is professor of religious studies and director of the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing at The King’s College and serves as a research fellow at The Acton Institute. Dr. Bradley holds a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Clemson University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Ethics and Society from Fordham University, and his PhD is from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. He studies and writes on issues of the covenant theology, criminal justice reform, youth and family, poverty, education policy, social ethics, and race in America. As LSQ’s Theologian-in-Residence, he will share his areas of expertise with our church family by preaching, teaching, reviewing and writing Catalyst and other discipleship curriculum and helping our staff and church leaders understand what it looks like to be a church not for ourselves, but for others — in our neighborhood and throughout the city.

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Membership

Become a member

To be a member of a church is to make a public promise to live according to the Word and to support the work of the congregation. In the Bible this is called a covenant. Every believer is part of the church when we think about it as an organism (the Spiritual Body of Christ), but only by a public promise can someone be part of the church as an organization.

⸻ Become a Member

Steps

There are four steps to becoming a Redeemer member. They are as follows:
⸻ Process

Step #1

Membership Class. This four-hour class is where you will learn about the history and vision of Redeemer, acquaint yourself with its ministries and opportunities, and dialogue with Michael and other congregants on questions you may have about the church or Christian community. Here you will also be introduced to the Biblical foundations of our five membership vows.


Step #2

Membership Application. Following the class, you will be sent an online application to complete which is based off of the course material covered in Intro to Redeemer Lincoln Square. Individual applications must be completed before moving on to step 3.


Step #3

Membership Interview. Meet with one of our pastors (45 to 60 minutes) for your membership interview. Our staff will work with you to schedule an appointment. If recommended for membership, your name will be submitted to the monthly Session meeting for approval. Married couples who both profess the Christian faith will interview together, and both spouses need to complete Steps One and Two to move on to the interview.


Step #4

Vows & baptism. Take your membership vows at a worship service. If you have not been baptized before, your baptism will be scheduled for the same service.

FAQs

You may have a lot of questions, and we want to give you the most updated answers to allow you to make the best decision for you when it comes to joining a group. If you have a question that’s not addressed here, please contact us.

If you’d like to join Redeemer LSQ, please have your former church email [email protected] with a letter that states 1) you are a member in good standing, and 2) they are releasing you to the spiritual care of Redeemer LSQ. Note: You will still be asked to complete the four steps of our membership process (listed above). If you’re looking to transfer your membership to another church, please email us.

If you have never been baptized before and would like to be, you will need to complete the church membership process. Be sure to discuss your desire at your membership interview. This will allow you to be scheduled for baptism on the day you take your membership vows in front of your affiliated congregation.

We will baptize infants of church members. Please read our overview of Redeemer’s position on infant baptism. To learn more and to schedule this, please email [email protected]. Note: Redeemer will baptize your older child after he or she has made a profession of faith. We offer a Communicants Class annually, and you can contact [email protected] for more information.

In addition to Pastoral Care team meetings, our church leaders offer “2Q,” which is an annual check-in where members are asked two questions: How are you? How can we pray for you?


Skeptics Welcome

We value questions

We are a church that values questions and the people who ask them. Why? Because questions lead to dialogue, dialogue fosters relationships, and relationships create community.

 

 

⸻ We Value Questions

Why Public Faith?

Q&R

Question and Response is a time after our Sunday service for you to ask any question about faith.

When

After the service, we’ll take a few minutes to reset the stage before our pastors return to discuss responses to your questions for 10-15 minutes.


How

If you have any questions about the elements of our service or faith in general, you can text them anonymously to 657-777-2754.


Why

We value questions and the people who ask them. We may not always have the answers, but we believe we can work together, through our questions, to understand and experience the power of the gospel.

Resources

As you continue to have questions and explore aspects of Christianity, we invite you to engage with these resources and opportunities.

⸻ Resources

Contact Us

Contact us

Have a question?Hit us up below!

For general inquiries please email [email protected] or call (917) 206-1374.

Offices

1500 Broadway, Suite 700
New York, NY 10036

Email

General inquiries
[email protected]

Phone

General Inquiries
917-206-1374

Get in contact

If you need to book an appointment to visit a staff member, please email that staff member or [email protected]


    Who We Are

    About us

    Together in the city

    We began in April 2017. As a family, we seek to joyfully reflect God’s love!

    Gospel beauty

    The gospel changes everything. It’s the solution to our spiritual problems and our societal ones. The beauty of Christ and his work, which the gospel points to, will inevitably transform us.

    Deep life change

    We are what we love, so the only way to change us deeply is to change what we worship. We seek this through preaching, worship and discipleship through spiritual experience and relationship.

    Public faith

    The beauty of the gospel compels us to share it. We do this by cultivating redemptive friendships with non-Christians, being hospitable, communicating the what and why and valuing questions.

    Community

    The gospel creates new community. Our connections with one another change from consumer to family relationships. We live out changed lives through hospitality and deeds of love and kindness.

    Healing & Renewal

    The gospel shapes how we love the city. We respect its diverse peoples, which prompts us to address social problems and value all work and cultural production that brings human flourishing.

    Movement

    The kingdom of God is gradually, but inexorably growing. We emphasize and support initiatives to send Christians out to start churches across the city with the same gospel-based core values.

    Our staff

    Led by Michael Keller, the staff seeks to partner with the congregation and local community to see LSQ’s vision and mission come to fruition. Click here to view staff bios.

    Dr. Michael Keller

    Senior Pastor

    Dr. Vanessa Hawkins

    Director of Community Life

    Dr. Bruce O'Neil

    Associate Pastor

    Drew Hall

    Communications & Generosity Manager

    Carolann Hicks

    Director of Hospitality and Connections

    Elizabeth Martone

    Community Life and Leaders Coordinator

    Cassidy McCowan

    Ministry Specialist

    Ginny Owens

    Assistant Director of Worship Arts

    Sadiqa Smith-Ford

    Sunday Operations Coordinator

    Noël U-L

    Youth Ministry Manager

    Jon Werking

    Director of Worship Arts

    The Redeemer network began in 1989 as a small group meeting weekly in an Upper East Side apartment to pray about starting a church in the heart of Manhattan for professional New Yorkers.
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    Tim Keller

    Founder


    Ministry Partners

    Ministry Partners

    Our vision is “to joyfully live as reflections of God’s love together in the city.” We are able to realize this vision through the collaboration of ministry partners who help us understand how to welcome, grow and share.

    Our partners

    Center for Faith & Work

    The Center for Faith & Work exists to explore and investigate the gospel’s unique power to renew hearts, communities, and the world, in and through our day-to-day work. As the cultural renewal arm of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, we foster, shepherd, and empower the church as it is scattered, living and working out in the world, beyond the walls of any one gathered place of worship. Learn more here.

    Redeemer Counseling Services

    Redeemer Counseling Services strives to apply a biblical perspective to the challenges of life. Their approach to gospel-centered counseling is to create a context for healing and growth as people experience the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth of the gospel in a personal way. The role as counselors is to direct people to the sure hope in Christ to restore and heal. Learn more here.

    Hope for New York

    To serve New Yorkers in need, HFNY partners with non-profit organizations (their affiliates) across the city that serve vulnerable communities. They aim to strengthen their affiliates so they can do their work even better. This happens in four ways: through annual grant-making, through mobilizing volunteers, through capacity building and training programs, and through collaborative network opportunities. Currently, HFNY has 60 affiliates that they support in all five boroughs of New York City. Learn more here.

    Promised Land Covenant Church

    PLCC is a church in the Bronx pastored by Michael Carrion, who is a friend of LSQ as well as a member of Redeemer City to City’s staff. During the COVID-19 pandemic, PLCC experienced great hardship and loss, so we established a partnership through the generous gifts of our Disaster Relief Fund in order to support their Eviction Prevention & Rental Assistance initiative. Learn more here.

    Redeemer City to City (CTC)

    Redeemer City to City (CTC) is a non-profit organization that prayerfully recruits, trains, coaches and resources leaders who cultivate gospel movements in global cities primarily through church planting. CTC is based in New York City and works in over 140 global cities throughout Africa, Asia, Australia, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. CTC’s core competencies are urban church planting, leadership development and content creation. All of this is done to help bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to cities. Learn more here.

    Reformed University Fellowship

    RUF seeks to launch more NYC college students into a lifetime of following Jesus — for the good of the church, the city, and the world. They do this through ministry gatherings and discipleship programs that connect students attending a variety of NYC colleges and universities. Learn more here.