New York City Staff

 
 

Denine Carter

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administrative Coordinator, New York City
Manhattan, NY

Denine provides support for the NYC team and creates processes to make things run more smoothly. The best part of her job is getting planters the training they need to help them start Jesus-loving churches that serve their communities.

Denine was a hip hop dance missionary in the Dominican Republic where two seemingly unrelated things occurred: she developed a passion for church planting in urban centers, and began attending Robert Guerrero’s church. After moving back to New York, she reconnected with Robert, began working as his assistant, and helped him start a church. 

A New York City native, Denine now lives in Washington Heights and enjoys mentoring, storytelling podcasts, and, of course, hip hop dancing.

 
 

Cody Dunn

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Leadership Pipeline Coordinator, New York City
Manhattan, NY

Cody helps execute and support CTC’s training programs for leaders in New York City. He counts it a privilege to participate in the renewal of the city by helping leaders flourish in the calling God has given them.

Cody grew up in rural southeastern Virginia and never thought he would call an urban center like New York home. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and comes alive when spending time in nature, even if only by taking in the view of the skyline from his fire escape.

Fluent in Spanish, Cody is married to Kelsey and lives in Washington Heights. They are both active in Cru’s Millennials network and enjoy exploring New York’s incredible patchwork of neighborhoods together. 

 

 
 

Robert Guerrero

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CHURCH PLANTING CATALYST, NEW YORK CITY
MANHATTAN, NY

Robert is the New York City Church Planting Catalyst working to network with existing churches and to identify and coach new church planters.

Born to Dominican parents in New York City, Robert has spent much of his life in both the U.S. and Dominican Republic. He earned a degree in theology from Moody Bible Institute and during his studies was active in the ministry of Lawndale Community Church, Chicago, as well as planting La Villita Community Church. In 1995, Robert and his wife moved into the Colonial City of Santo Domingo where they planted Iglesia Comunitaria Cristiana (ICC) with a focus on justice and compassion for the most under-resourced in the community.

Robert is also the co-founder of the Coordinating Community of Del Camino Network for Integral Mission in Latin America with networks in Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Brazil and the Dominican Republic.

 
 
 

Timothy Keller

Chairman of the Board
Manhattan, NY

Timothy Keller is Chairman of Redeemer City to City and the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons. For over twenty years he has led a diverse congregation of young professionals that has grown to a weekly attendance of over 5,000.  

Dr. Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He previously served as the pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church in Hopewell, Virginia, Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and Director of Mercy Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America.

 
 

Mark Reynolds

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VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS AND LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
MANHATTAN, NY

Mark serves as Vice President of Operations and Leadership Programs providing oversight of church planter training, assessment, coaching and funding as well as bringing new CTC initiatives to market. He also provides leadership to the Church Multiplication Alliance of NYC that is committed to planting churches throughout the city through a trans-denominational alliance and various networks.

He is passionate about creating learning programs that further develop leaders to reach their vision of planting new urban congregations and resourcing them through coaching, training and feedback.

Before serving in this current position he was the field director with Mission to the World in Manila facilitating church planting with Filipinos. Mark has also helped plant a church in Columbus, Ohio, served as campus staff with Campus Crusade at Oregon State University, and holds graduate degrees from Covenant Seminary, Aberdeen University and Saint Louis University.

Mark lives with his wife and two sons in Manhattan, all of whom share common affinities for reading, sports, and love for NYC.

 
 

Ruben Soto

Program Manager, New York City
Brooklyn, NY

Ruben comes to us from being the Director of Ministry Relations at Nyack College, where he developed partnerships between the college and area churches. He also spent several years as an active lay leader at Brooklyn Tabernacle.

Ruben is working on his MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.

 
 

John thomas

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Director, Global Training
Manhattan, NY

John Thomas is the Director of Global Training for City to City.

He is responsible for designing and delivering many of our training experiences for CTC, both in New York and in other global cities. From 2008-2011, he has written and field-tested CTC's Incubator, a transformational training system for urban church planters. His vision is to develop a global cadre of trainers who collaborate in the service of gospel church planting in every city in which we work.

John has been involved in ministry training and church planting overseas, as well as in the US, most recently planting Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta.

John earned a Ph.D. in anthropology with an emphasis in adult education and spiritual formation, and continues to be intrigued by how epistemology, ethos, and cultural values impact the quest to know God and each other.

He is married to Shari, founder/director of Parakaleo, a ministry dedicated to the care and nurture of church planting couples. They live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

 
 

DAVID WHITEHEAD

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COACHING CATALYST, NEW YORK CITY
MANHATTAN, NY

David has been involved in helping church plants for over 30 years. He and his wife, Kathleen, moved to New York City in 2003 specifically to plant churches. During that time, David has been a part of pioneering 3 church plants, including his current congregation, Grace, which meets on the Upper West Side and is planting another church in Queens. 

David has been coaching church planters throughout his time in Manhattan. He studied at Reformed Theological Seminary and Fuller Seminary. David also served as a chaplain at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill at the same time. He has been certified by CoachNet, Gospel Coach and Church Multiplication Ministries. David, his wife and his two daughters live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. His hobbies include trying to find time, cycling and playing guitar.