What We Do
When urban church planters set out to start new churches in their cities, we want them to succeed. We recruit, assess, train, and coach local leaders all over the world, helping them to launch and grow healthy churches.
When urban church planters set out to start new churches in their cities, we want them to succeed.
We recruit, assess, train, and coach local leaders all over the world, helping them to launch and grow healthy churches.
New churches take the lead to reach new people groups and generations with the gospel and act as a lab for existing churches. City to City creates resources to share the best of our training, thinking and experience after planting about 300 churches.New churches take the lead to reach new people groups and generations with the gospel and act as a lab for existing churches. City to City creates resources to share the best of our training, thinking and experience after planting about 300 churches.
City to City works with network leaders all over the world to create sustainable and faster-growing gospel movements. We are seeing networks of gospel-centered churches that train, fund, and support others so that hundreds of new churches can be planted and sustained in 65 global cities by 2025.City to City works with network leaders all over the world to create sustainable and faster-growing gospel movements. We are seeing networks of gospel-centered churches that train, fund, and support others so that hundreds of new churches can be planted and sustained in 65 global cities by 2025.
Global cities are super expensive, and half the churches we help start each year will require money to get off the ground. When the church becomes self supporting, it can provide seed money to start another church in that city.Global cities are super expensive, and half the churches we help start each year will require money to get off the ground. When the church becomes self supporting, it can provide seed money to start another church in that city.
Mission and Philosophy
The growth of the city is the missional challenge of our generation. For the first time in history more than 50% of the world's population lives in cities. That's where the young, the poor, the unreached and the influential are most concentrated.
We seek to cultivate gospel movements. We join a growing number of Christians, churches, and institutions engaging in cities for the sake of the gospel and the common good in 65 global cities by 2025.
Our primary role in these cities is to help start new churches, because new churches are the best way to bring the gospel to the city. To see what this looks like on the ground, visit God Loves Cities and give money directly to a select number of churches we're helping to start this year.
- Timothy Keller Chairman of the Board
Chairman of the Board
New York, NY
In 1989 Dr. Timothy J. Keller, his wife and three young sons moved to New York City to begin Redeemer Presbyterian Church. In 20 years it has grown to meeting for five services at three sites with a weekly attendance of over 5,000.
Redeemer is notable not only for winning skeptical New Yorkers to faith, but also for partnering with other churches to do both mercy ministry and church planting. Redeemer City to City is working to help establish hundreds of new multi-ethnic congregations throughout the city and other global cities in the next decades.
- John Hutchinson President
New York, NY
Dr. Hutchinson most recently served for 14 years as Senior Pastor at McLean Presbyterian Church (PCA) in McLean, Virginia. During his years as Senior Pastor, John led McLean Presbyterian to partner with City to City in helping to plant several churches both in the United States and in Europe.
Before moving to McLean Presbyterian Church, John planted Christ Church (PCA) in Jacksonville, Florida and was active in helping to start a number of churches in Central Florida. He earned his Master of Divinity, Master of Christian Education, and Doctorate of Ministry degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi State University.
He is married to Cynthia and has three married adult children.
- Katherine Alsdorf Senior Fellow, Faith, Work & Leadership Initiative
Senior Fellow, Faith, Work & Leadership Initiative
New York, NY
Katherine provides consulting support and develops resources to help churches equip their people for cultural leadership.
She founded Redeemer's Center for Faith & Work in 2002 and served as its Executive Director until December 2012 where she set the vision and strategy of the Center's core programs, developed lay and staff leadership, and guided strategic partnerships. At CFW, Katherine launched programs such as the Gotham Fellows, Vocation Groups, Arts Ministries, and the Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Prior to this ministry role, Katherine spent twenty years in high tech in California and New York. She was CEO of Pensare, an online management education company; CEO of One Touch Systems, a hardware/software products company; and President of Private Satellite Network, a satellite services company.
Katherine also assisted Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor. She lives with her husband, John, in Washington Heights and serves on the coop board.
- Al Barth Director - Europe, Africa, Middle East, North America
Director - Europe, Africa, Middle East, North America
Boca Raton, FL
Al is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church In America. Having planted four churches over his pastoral career, he now works primarily as a Church Planting Catalyst/Coordinator for Church Planting in major cities - helping to start new movements of churches in leading cities of Europe, Africa and North America. He has served as a coach, trainer and mentor for many global Church Planters. At present he is finishing his dissertation on "Strengthening the Influence of the Gospel in the Cities of Europe." He and his wife, Rene, have three adult children and are grandparents to eight grandchildren.
- Tim Cox Cause Manager
Tim is the voice behind much of what happens on City to City's Facebook and Twitter pages, and works to collaborate with church planters as well as develop relationships with online supporters.
Tim has been a web marketing resource and community manager for Chick-fil-A and Christian Higher Education. Graduating with a degree in music from Palm Beach Atlantic University, he has developed a heart for church planting as the director of music for plants in South Florida and currently attends Trinity Grace Church, Park Slope.
He lives in Brooklyn with his loving wife, Karen, and 5 beautiful kitties. He is big time into coffee, chess, Super Street Fighter IV, and Apple products.
- Sarah Davis Programs and Systems Assistant
Programs and Systems Assistant
New York, NY
Sarah processes donations, manages information about donations, and makes beautiful reports out of them. While working part-time for City to City, she is enrolled in two graduate school programs: Library Science at Pratt Institute and Jewish-Christian Relations at Seton Hall University. Meanwhile, she's also interning at the Burke Library at Columbia.
Sarah is originally from Virginia, on the other side of Richmond from where Tim Keller used to preach, and graduated from the University of Virginia in an era where a Religious Studies major could actually lead to a job.
In her rapidly diminishing spare time she enjoys running, listening to podcasts, competing in Simpsons Trivia, spending time with friends and enemies alike, and reading an exorbitant amount of books with her book club.
- Robert Guerrero Church Planting Catalyst, New York City
Church Planting Catalyst, New York City
New York, 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.
- Scott Kauffmann Vice President, Content and Cause
Vice President, Content and Cause
New York, NY
Scott leads our work to create new content and campaigns to help people apply the gospel to life, ministry, and mission in the 21st century city. He is Tim Keller's lead editor.
He spent eighteen years at Accenture, serving Fortune 500 clients in the areas of strategy, human capital, technology, and large-scale program management. He coached ministry leaders for five years before coming to City to City.
Scott has lived in cities for most of his life. He loves common grace and second chances in indie music, literature, film, design, business, family, and pop culture. He is drawn to secret weapons, reluctant heroes, and late bloomers. It's all there in his songs.
He is on the board of Q, a non-profit organization educating church and cultural leaders on their role to embody the gospel in public life.
Scott and his family live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
- Laura Kaufmann Project Manager, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East
Project Manager, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East
Laura provides executive assistance to Al Barth. Prior to moving to New York City, she lived in Boston and worked in product marketing to promote technology solutions to nonprofit organizations. She also spent five years helping plant a church in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. She believes that planting churches in urban centers around the world is crucial to advancing the kingdom of God. Laura graduated from Covenant College in 2005 and completed an M.A. at Boston University in 2008. She lives in Astoria with her sister and near several family members.
- Jay Kyle Director, Asia and Australia
Director, Asia and Australia
New York, NY
Jay is the Director and City Catalyst of Church Planting in Asia as well as Intercultural Church Planting in New York City. His responsibilities include recruiting, mentoring and coaching church planters in the megacities of Asia.
Jay attended high school in Manila, Philippines and graduated with a BA from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. He received an MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.
He served for thirty-two years as a missionary with Mission to the World (MTW), the overseas mission arm of the Presbyterian Church in America. During those years he worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Papua New Guinea; founded MTW's Short-term Missions Program; served as MTW's Personnel Director, as their church-planting team leader in Mexico City, and as Field Director for Mexico and Central America.
Jay serves on the Boards of Belhaven University and the Asian Charity Services in Hong Kong.
Jay and his wife, Maureen, live in Manhattan and have three grown children and six grandchildren.
- Clara Lee Content Manager
New York, NY
Clara works primarily on developing content and resources for the website. She also handles permissions requests and foreign translations.
Clara spent a number of years working at Nature Publishing Group, and a year with a mission in Trujillo, Peru's third largest city. She has a passion for emerging economies, cross-cultural communication, and resourcing leaders in the Majority World.
She originally hails from Southern California and graduated from NYU in 2001.
- Patrick Linton Development Associate
Patrick processes donations, manages the database, crunches numbers, and gets stuff done. Previously, he worked at the United Nations for two years.
Patrick returned to New York in 2011 after graduating with a B.S. in International Affairs, Modern Languages, and Computer Science at Georgia Tech.
He lives in Brooklyn (in a neighbourhood you've never heard of). He is into exploring the far reaches of New York (and learning about every single intricate detail of large cities), single-speed bicycles, languages, cartography, making music, and working with large sets of data.
- Michelle Marshall Development Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the President
Development Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the President
New York, NY
Michelle directly supports the President and coordinates all things development.
Michelle grew up overseas and travelled extensively as a child, giving her a head start on her life goal of seeing the whole world. After finishing her bachelor's degree at Arizona State University and starting a family, she pursued a dream of living in New York City. There, she realized that she had found "her people" ? a diverse, outspoken, unapologetic, well-travelled and high functioning group who accepted people from all walks of life. After an interesting turn of events took her to live in the Philippines, she returned to NYC and started working at Dress for Success, a non-profit that gives marginalized women the tools for interviewing and employment, until she found a home at City to City.
Michelle has three kids and lives in Manhattan with her husband, two children and spirited English Bulldog, while her oldest daughter is away at university. She loves the Chrysler Building, all things French, tennis and chocolate.
- Melanie Penn Creative and Events Director
Creative and Events Director
Melanie Penn joined the City to City team after many years touring around with Broadway shows. She is a native Virginian and comes from a long line of Presbyterian church planters who were preachers in Missouri and Arkansas. Before them, she descends from some spiritual radicals who sailed to North America on the Mayflower.
She considers it a privilege to live in New York City, to be a part of CTC and to work with heroic church planters all over the world. She produces most training and development events in New York City and North America and also oversees creative and promotional materials generated by CTC.
Melanie lives in Brooklyn and is also a worship leader and singer-songwriter.
- Perryn Pettus Digital Engagement Coordinator
Digital Engagement Coordinator
New York, NY
Perryn helps gather and create content for all of City to City's social media channels and is the voice behind many of the posts and tweets on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Perryn made her home in New York after graduating from Auburn University and growing up in Alabama. Previously, she worked as an interior designer in the commercial, residential, and sales markets of the design industry. Before working at City to City, she fell in love with the mission during a visit to a church plant in Cape Town, South Africa.
Perryn enjoys cooking, traveling home to the Heart of Dixie (and elsewhere), reading young adult fiction, and the constant adventure of life in a city.
- Mark Reynolds Vice President, Operations and Leadership Programs
Vice President, Operations and Leadership Programs
New York, 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 Partnerships Coordinator
Ruben is the Partnerships Coordinator overseeing two new CTC programs: the God Loves Cities Partnership and City Lab. 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. He's working on his MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and lives in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
- John Thomas Director, Global Training
Director, Global Training
New York, NY
John Thomas is the Director of Global Training for Redeemer 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.
- Gary Watanabe Associate Director, Intercultural Church Planting, NYC
Associate Director, Intercultural Church Planting, NYC
Gary and his family first got involved in church planting as part of a core team in Hawaii in 1980. Soon after that they were called to cross-cultural church planting with the foreign missions arm of the Presbyterian Church in America, called Mission to the World.
He and his family have been involved in church planting, training, mentoring and coaching in Mexico City, Monterrey, Mexico, and Manila, Philippines before joining City to City. Gary's current role is to assist in the training, coaching, and networking among the different ethnic church planters within New York City and in other global cities of the world with whom they partner.
Gary and his wife, Lois, have been blessed with 3 grown children.