Amilee Watkins – Assistant Director
Amilee focuses on training and equipping New Yorkers in integrating theology and practice. She facilitates learning and engagement across all of CFW's programming and supports Redeemer's Gotham Fellowship leadership development program. Prior to joining CFW in 2009, Amilee worked for Starbucks Coffee Co., where over her tenure, she managed several stores throughout Manhattan, training and developing people and serving as a brand ambassador for the company.
Although Amilee has lived in New York City since 2003, she grew up near Philadelphia, and spent several years in Buffalo, NY and Colorado. She studied Flute Performance and now enjoys freelancing with various musical organizations in the city. After completing the Gotham Fellows program (2009), she reflected on her work at Starbucks through a new lens (“Coffee Girl” and “Repairing the Garden”). She's enthusiastic about city-life in general, and loves great coffee and great theatre specifically. Amilee, her husband, Dan, their two young children (a strong, spunky daughter, Olyvia, and a joyful, inquisitive son, Elijah) live on the Upper West Side.
Lauren Gill – Arts and Communications Manager
A Kentucky native, Lauren moved to New York City to study acting and journalism at New York University. As an actress, Lauren has performed widely, from London to Off Broadway to Amish country, in pieces ranging from biblical musicals to Shakespeare’s classics. Lauren has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. She founded and operates The Redemptive Pursuit, a weekly devotional series for women. She is a graduate of the 2010 Gotham Fellowship class and has been working at Redeemer since 2011. Having lived in the city for over a decade now, Lauren and her husband, Suneel, love exploring NYC’s culinary options. They live in Harlem.
Stephanie Cunningham – Events & Operations Manager
Stephanie joined the CFW team in March 2014 and works in planning and logistics of the CFW events. Prior to joining CFW, Stephanie was the Director of Events at the Christian non-profit Q, Ideas for the Common Good. She’s had experience in the wedding industry, styling and planning and does freelance event planning, her favorite being bridal & baby showers. Stephanie moved to NYC in 2006 to attend The King's College, where she graduated with a degree in Business Management. She is originally from State College, PA and now lives in the Harlem neighborhood, Sugar Hill with her husband Cliff where they love hosting celebrations in their home.
Esther Suh – Vocational Program Manager
Esther was born in Boston and raised in sunny San Diego. She moved to NYC in 2010 and fosters a deep love for the city. She started working at Redeemer in 2013 and joined the CFW team in July 2014. She works closely with the Redeemer congregations, providing support and connection with CFW's various programs and resources. She looks forward to channeling her passion for building relationships and creating opportunities for others to connect and grow in their faith and work.
Esther has a background in early childhood education and in real estate sales. Working with individuals in and from various settings, Esther discovered her gift and desire to work with people, specifically through vocational ministry where she is able to develop and care for them. In 2012, Esther began her studies at Westminster Theological Seminary towards a MA in Counseling. She has since completed her studies and desires to see the gospel made more real in the everyday.
Jonathan Seale- Arts Coordinator
Jonathan was born in the flatlands of Texas and raised in the jungles of South America. After relocating to New York City in 2007, he co-founded Mason Jar Music and Nomadique, two collectives committed to fostering a community of artists in the city as well as producing work that is soulful and genuine. He is a musician, producer, sound recordist, lover of cultural exchange, and a guardian of tradition.