Michael Keller has been a part of Redeemer life and ministry from its inception in 1989. Married for 15 years, his wife Sara and daughters Lucy (6) and Kate (4) have attended the West Side congregation with him for the past eight years. Michael attended NYC public school for both elementary and middle school, then attended The Stony Brook School for high school, and graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he double majored in Psychology and History. Michael worked at New Life church in Queens before he attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, receiving both an M.Div and a Th.M in Apologetics. Following seminary Michael joined the staff of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston for five years where he was the Pastor of Community Life. Sara, at the same time, earned her Ed.M. at Harvard University. Upon returning to New York City, Michael and Sara started and established the college ministry City Campus Ministry (Reformed University Fellowship). Michael is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the Free University of Amsterdam in Computational Linguistics applied to Historical Theology. His dissertation is currently being reviewed. Sara is currently enrolled at Columbia University to get an MS as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.
Chuck, who studied journalism at Kansas State University, has 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, working toward his M.A. in Biblical Studies. And in September 2016, Chuck joined Redeemer staff as an Associate Community Group Director and Pastoral Resident. In his role, Chuck works with the CG team to care for the many Community Groups and leaders on the West Side. And through the pastoral residency program—a direct result of the Rise campaign—he will go through various educational and developmental experiences that will better equip and train him for pastoral ministry in the city. Chuck lives in the Upper West Side with his wife Celine and their cockapoo Sassafrass Molasses (Sassy for short).
Children's Ministry Director
Jenni Bounds grew up in a small town in the mountains of northern Idaho. After graduating with a degree in voice performance from Furman University, she moved to NYC (and the UWS). She intended to stay for only 6 weeks—but that was 18 years ago! She’s worked steadily as an actress, singer and model in theatre, film and TV, and as a makeup artist in between. Jenni has been an active part of Redeemer since moving to the city, and even met her husband, Brent, in a Redeemer Community Group. When she's not chasing after their two sons, Griffin and Wyatt, she's an avid half-marathoner, event planner and tennis player. As Volunteer Coordinator for our Children’s Ministry team, Jenni helps foster an environment in which parents, families, youth and young professionals desire to share in the lives of young children and teach them about the gospel. “I love gathering people into community and connecting to others,” says Jenni. “My role on the WS team is to gather people into Children’s Ministry and connect them to some of the youngest members or our larger Redeemer community. How cool is that?” Favorite WS Restaurant: “The Mermaid Inn—their fish tacos are the BEST!”
Tarina is a Richmond, Virginia native who made her way to the Big Apple after graduating with a Marketing Management degree from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!). She began attending Redeemer immediately upon moving to NYC to start her career in advertising. After three years of account management at DDB New York, she decided it was time for a change and transitioned to working at Redeemer full-time. Tarina met her husband, Jeff, through Redeemer and they now live on the Upper West Side. In her spare time, Tarina enjoys scouting new thrift shops around the city and catching up with friends over a cup of coffee.
Operations and Volunteer Manager
Director of Worship and Arts