Subject: West Side Update — News (Rise Campaign, May 2)

Redeemer West Side
2 May 2016
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Hello ,

Over the last several months, the broader Redeemer community has been imagining a future where each of the three congregations become independent churches and launch new sites from within those churches. I’m thrilled to announce the hiring of two key pastors that will allow us to accomplish both of those objectives. First, the Reverend Drew Field will join the West Side Congregation in the role of Executive Pastor, filling the spot vacated by Abe Cho. Some of you may remember Drew, who was a pastor at Redeemer overseeing Community Groups before leaving in 2000 to plant Grace Presbyterian in Silicon Valley. In his time at Grace Presbyterian, Drew not only led a successful plant but also sent out multiple sites as the congregation grew. In 2011, Drew, his wife Donna and their 4 children moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, where Drew served as Executive Pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church. The Fields have recently signed the lease for an apartment on the Upper West Side and will begin their transition to rejoin the movement God is growing in the city in the coming weeks as the school year winds down. To learn more about their story click here.

Additionally, the Reverend Michael Keller, currently the Director of Reformed University Fellowship City Campus Ministry in Manhattan, will join the West Side team on July 1 to lead the launch of a new site out of our West Side Congregation. Michael served on the staff of CityLife Church in Boston from 2004 until 2009 as pastor of community life and head of the School of Christian Formation before moving to NYC to start RUF CCM. Michael and his wife Sara, along with their daughters Lucy and Kate, live on the UWS and attend the West Side Congregation. To learn more about their story click here.

Please pray for the Fields and the Kellers as they undertake these new responsibilities, and thank you for your ongoing support and partnership as we together seek to bring the good news of Jesus to New York City.

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” - Romans 10:14-15

In Christ,

David Bisgrove
West Side Congregation Lead Pastor

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