Staff Bios

Staff Bios

Dr. Michael Keller
Senior Pastor

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
Director of Communications and Generosity

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. At LSQ, 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
Director of Community Life

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
Director of Hospitality and Connections

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 on the UWS with her husband Trey and their children, Colin and Elle. They love exploring the city, cooking delicious meals, playing games and inviting friends into their home.

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Elizabeth Martone
Community Life and Leaders Coordinator

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
Ministry Specialist

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
Associate Pastor

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
Associate Director of Worship Arts / Community Engagement Specialist

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, professor and more. 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 Theological Seminary, where she completed a Master of Biblical Studies. When she’s not busy making plans for worship, traveling, writing songs, or prepping talks, 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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Jon Werking
Director of Worship Arts

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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Rebekah Hannah
LSQ Kids Director

Bekah has a passion for teaching the sufficiency of Scripture for everyday life. She holds a Master of Divinity in Theology and Biblical Counseling, and she brings with her a variety of experiences — working on church staff teams, leading ministries and serving as Executive Director and Co-Founder of Anchored Hope. Having first attended Redeemer as a college student in 2004, her heart never left the city. Bekah is married to Andrew, and they have three daughters: Maggie Claire, Charley Brave and Ellis Jane. The Hannahs have purposefully moved back to New York because they believe raising their children in the city is both a calling and a privilege. As Director of Children’s Ministry, Bekah seeks to equip parents on how to raise their children here, love and serve families, and encourage everyone toward Christ.

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Jenny Yun
Executive Director

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 as a special education teacher, children’s health policy researcher and in sports management, and most recently she’s spent over a decade as a practicing attorney. She first joined LSQ as Director of Community Life, shaping our important Community Group (CG) system, helping us cultivate a culture of inclusion for those looking to get more involved at LSQ, and teaching, growing, and caring for individuals in our church. As Executive Director, Jenny oversees the day to day of our church, managing our staff and budget and strategizing initiatives aligned with our vision and mission.

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Sydney Fitch
LSQ Kids Coordinator

In 2022, Sydney moved to New York City from Chattanooga, TN. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Covenant College, where she also ran track and cross country. Sydney is a full time teacher at The Geneva School of Manhattan. She loves teaching her third grade students, as well as coaching track and cross country. A native and enthusiast of Richmond, Virginia, Sydney looks forward to family time with her three siblings on the Chesapeake Bay, and is especially thankful that her older brother made her an aunt. Sydney is delighted to work on organizing and preparing lessons for our LSQ Kids, and is thankful to put her education skills and experience to use in ministry. She is excited to make an investment into the future of LSQ and the city’s community at large. Sydney enjoys sailing, traveling, rock climbing, eating Van Leeuwen, and listening to John Prine.

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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.

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Steps

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

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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?

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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.

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Why Public Faith?

Q&R

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

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

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

Offices

1500 Broadway, Suite 700
New York, NY 10036

We share this workspace with Redeemer Downtown and Hope for New York. Please contact us in advance to set up an appointment.

Worship

2 W. 64th Street
New York, NY 10023

We meet at the NY Society for Ethical Culture each week. Learn more on our Sundays page.

Business

150 W. 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024

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    Who We Are

    ABOUT US

    Together in the city

    Our church was started in April 2017, centered upon a mission that is three-fold. To first be a church that’s not for ourselves, but others. Secondly, a church who values questions and the people who ask them. And last, be a place where members of our community are known, loved and cared for.

    Our Living Principles

    We seek to carry out our vision and core values by being a congregation that focuses on the following vision principles.


    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.

    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 partners who help us understand how to welcome, grow and share.

    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 our day-to-day work. As the cultural renewal arm of Redeemer, we foster, shepherd, and empower the church as it is scattered, beyond the walls of any one gathered place of worship.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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’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.

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    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.

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