Katherine Leary Alsdorf - Interim Director, Center for Faith & Work
In 2002, after 25 years in the high tech industry – in roles from researcher to organizational consultant to CEO –Katherine responded to Redeemer’s invitation to help launch a marketplace ministry. With the support of Tim Keller and the Redeemer Session, Katherine established the Center for Faith & Work with a vision to equip, connect, and mobilize the Redeemer congregation to live out the gospel in every area of their work lives. Vocation Groups were launched in 2003, Arts Ministries in 2004, the Entrepreneurship Initiative in 2006, and the Gotham Fellowship in 2008.
In 2013 she turned over leadership of CFW to David Kim who continued to build into the vision and impact of CFW. She consulted with City to City and other churches around the country, helping start other church-based faith and work ministries. Then from 2016 to 2018, she and her husband re-located to Raleigh NC to create New City Fellows with Holy Trinity Church, based on the Gotham Fellows model and forming a multi-church partnership for city engagement and renewal.
She is adjunct faculty at Regent College in Vancouver, and serves or has served on boards of the Carver Project, Fellowship of the Performing Arts, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the Theology of Work Project. Katherine assisted Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor. She and her husband, John, are returning to their home in Washington Heights this fall as she steps in as Interim Director of both the Center for Faith & Work at Redeemer and City to City’s global faith and work initiative.
Scott Calgaro – Program Director
Scott Calgaro is the Program Director for CFW at Redeemer, providing leadership to the Gotham Fellowship, faith and work classes, as well as various events and lectures throughout the year. Scott joined CFW in 2013 as Events and Expanding Initiatives Manager, serving as the liaison between CFW and its external partners, manages the strategic planning of all CFW events, and coordinates and curates content for all CFW initiatives. Prior to joining CFW in January 2013, Scott served as the Program Director and Content Curator of Q: Ideas for the Common Good and as the Director of Program and Resources for the Coalition for Christian Outreach, where he directed their annual Jubilee Conference. Although Scott was raised in Pittsburgh, he has lived in Brooklyn since 2011. He attended Geneva College in Pennsylvania. He has advised COMMENT Magazine, The Center for Public Justice, Hearts & Minds Books and the Festival of Faith & Music. Scott spends a lot of time reading and drinking coffee at The Coffee Foundry, which was founded by one of his co-Fellows from the Gotham Fellowship. Scott lives with his wife, Deahna, and their two cats, Sydney & Nadiya, in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Esther Schissler – Manager, Faith & Work Leadership Development & Training
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 currently works at Redeemer City to City in the Leadership Development team and continues to support Redeemer's Gotham Fellowship Program where she channels 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.