Cory Maxwell-Coghlan – Director
Cory was born and raised in Australia and moved to the US in 2011 to complete his masters in religion and politics at Harvard. He moved to NYC in 2014 after his two-year stint in Boston and a year-long detour in the DC area. Cory began working with the Redeemer congregations, City to City, and CFW as a writer and teacher after graduating from the Gotham Fellowship in 2016. Cory has an eclectic background in ministry, business, and the non-profit sector. He has launched two businesses; taught and ministered at churches in Australia and the US; written for organizations, ministries, and churches; and has traveled and volunteered around the world. He currently lives in Chelsea, is working on his second masters in theology, and enjoys devouring books.
Laura Rogers – Programs & Communications Manager
Laura Rogers is from Clinton, Mississippi, and has lived in NYC since 2007. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in vocal performance from Vanderbilt University. Laura decided to move to New York after listening to Tim Keller’s messages on the importance of cities and cultural centers. She worked for several years in fashion and most recently for Redeemer's West Side Children's Ministry. As our Communications & Content Manager, Laura oversees and manages CFW communications and educational platforms. Laura lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and enjoys making playlists, drinking coffee and discussing Myers-Briggs/MBTI. Her favorite spots around the city usually involve quiet, coffee, and greenery, in that order.
FAITH & WORK PASTORAL STAFF
Chuck Armstrong – Assistant Pastor, Redeemer Lincoln Square
Chuck, who studied journalism at Kansas State University, worked in the radio and music industry for the last decade. In 2015, he joined the inaugural cohort of Reformed Theological Seminary's NYC campus, and has since graduated with his M.A. in Biblical Studies. He came on staff with Redeemer in September 2016, serving as Pastoral Resident for the Redeemer Lincoln Square congregation. Having been ordained in December 2018, Chuck now serves as Assistant Pastor. In this role, he works with all of the Community Groups that call LSQ their home, works closely with mercy and justice within the city, and oversees faith and work initiatives. He lives on the Upper West Side with his wife Celine, their daughter Quincy, and their cockapoo Sassy.
Milla Nieminen – Senior Director for Faith and Work, Redeemer West Side
Originally from Finland, and after living in ten different countries, Milla Nieminen joined the West Side staff in August 2018. She received her Master of Science in Economic and Business Administration from Aalto University School of Business and spent 12 years in global sales and marketing and strategy roles in the technology industry. Milla also received a Master in Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary and was in ministry work in a church setting in Los Angeles for six years before moving to New York City. Hebrews 11:8, where it talks about Abraham and how by faith he “obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going,” has become her slogan for life. “Following Jesus is the biggest adventure ever,” she says. “I’m excited to see what He has for me here in New York.”
Milla enjoys fitness classes such as pilates and barre, loves hiking and walks on the beach. Irving Farm and Joe Coffee are quickly become favorite coffee spots on the Upper West Side. Her favorite way to spend an evening is “around delicious food, great wine and good conversation.”
Mark Ro – Director for Faith and Work, Redeemer East Side
Mark grew up outside of Chicago, and after graduating from the University of Illinois, he moved to New York City in 2005 to begin his career in investment banking and private equity. After several years in the industry and serving bi-vocationally on staff at a church plant, he completed a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Mark joined Redeemer in 2016 and continues to work in the finance industry as an instructor for Training the Street. Mark is married to Holly, who hails from Sydney, Australia, and they have three rambunctious boys, Joshua, Justin and Jesse. When he's not running after his boys, he loves traveling and exploring new cities, watching and playing sports (especially basketball and golf), and reading.
Jeff White – Assistant Pastor, Redeemer Downtown
A graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, Jeff started his ministry at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and then went on to serve as the first associate pastor at Redeemer from 1990 to 1998. At Redeemer, he oversaw community formation through fellowship groups before moving on to become the organizing pastor of New Song Community Church, a multi-ethnic, church-based community development effort in Harlem. Jeff is very excited to have rejoined the staff of Redeemer to launch and serve the Downtown congregation. Jeff and his wife, Rebecca, have been married since 1985 and have three children (Kirsten, Corina, Andrew) and two grandchildren. Prior to entering the ministry Jeff worked as a physical therapist.
FAITH & WORK INTERNS
Judson Bergman - Faith & Work Intern, Redeemer East Side
Judson spent his earliest years in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago before moving to Connecticut, where he grew up in the shadow of New York City. Though he’s always loved New York, Judson returned to the Chicago suburbs to study Christian Education & Ministry at Wheaton College. He’s had the privilege of ministering in such dissimilar contexts as Greenwich, CT and Tulsa, OK — experiencing firsthand that the Gospel truly is good news for all. Judson loves long conversations around a fire, losing himself in an art museum, playing tennis at the beach, and falling into a good book. He’s excited to serve junior and senior high students at Redeemer East Side and Gotham Fellows with Redeemer's Center for Faith & Work.
Alan Charnock - Faith & Work Intern, Redeemer West Side
Originally from Texas, Alan Charnock moved to New York City in 2011 with some friends in pursuit of theatre. “We wrote some plays, started a theatre group, and some of us worked off-Broadway.” Though most of them have moved on to other things, theatre is still a big part of their lives. Alan attended the University of Dallas and received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and English and received a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Alan joined the West Side team in July 2019 as a Faith & Work Intern. In his role, he helps facilitate the Gotham program on the West Side, as well as contribute to other Faith & Work classes, programs, and general pastoral care. Alan enjoys spending time with his wife and kids walking up and down Amsterdam Avenue, browsing at Westsider Books, and walking through Central Park to Belvedere Castle, where he proposed to his wife.