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Staff

Rev. Dr. Scot Sherman

Executive Director

Scot Sherman is the executive director of Newbigin House of Studies, a member of the Newbigin Faculty at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, and Teaching Pastor at City Church.  He teaches courses in Systematic Theology, Urban Ministry and Missional Liturgics and oversees the Newbigin Fellows leadership program at City Church,  He is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M), and the University of Wales (Ph.D).

Scot was one of the original pastors of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, planted the Village Church in Greenwich Village, and later served as the Pastor of Intown Community Church in Atlanta.  His doctoral dissertation focused on the early ecumenical influence of the British missionary-theologian Lesslie Newbigin.  He currently chairs the Worship Commission of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), as well as the leadership development team for the City Classis, a ministry committed to launching and growing healthy churches in global cities. Scot lives with his wife, Catherine, and they have four sons.  He loves opera, detective fiction, playing the piano, and goes wine-tasting as often as possible.

 
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Rev. Dr. Peter Choi

Director of Academic Programs

Peter Choi is Director of Academic Programs at Newbigin House of Studies, a member of the Newbigin Faculty at Western Theological Seminary, and Pastor of Community and Spiritual Formation at City Church. He is a graduate of Pomona College (B.A.), Calvin Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and the University of Notre Dame (M.A., Ph.D.).

 

Peter’s interests include evangelical revivals in the British Atlantic world, American religious history, and world Christianity. His research has been funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Huntington Library in San Marino, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. He comes to Newbigin House with an interest in helping students understand the ways global realities, both past and present, can strengthen the church here for missional engagement with culture. Peter and his wife, Minsun, have three sons.

 

Rev. Dr. Kevin Adams

Director of the Center for Church Planting

23 years ago, Kevin and his wife Gerry moved from Minnesota to Sacramento to plant Granite Springs Church.  Kevin grew up in Kalamazoo , Michigan and his wife Gerry in Alameda.  In addition to pastoring this flourishing church, Kevin has been instrumental in another 11 church plants in the Sacramento area, all the while “moonlighting” as a professor (he has taught at William Jessup University and Calvin Theological Seminary).  He’s authored The Book That Knows You (2009) and 150: Finding Your Story in the Psalms(2011) and a forthcoming book on baptism and Christian mission. He serves as the New Church Development Specialist for Central California Classis of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), and as director of the Sierra Leadership Network, a training program for new church leaders and will continue to lead Granite Springs as senior pastor.

 

Kevin serves as Director of the Center for Church Planting at NHS and as a member of the Newbigin Faculty at Western Theological Seminary. He will be overseeing the ministry formation process for our students, creating an assessment process for urban ministry and church planting, and laying the groundwork for a support system for church leaders afterseminary—the church- planting center (more later—it doesn’t exist yet)!

 

He and Gerry have been married for 31 years and have three children–one in college, one working in Sacramento and one teaching English in China.

 

Kirsten Oates

Director of Operations

Kirsten Oates is providing support in business planning and development for Newbigin House. Kirsten grew up in Australia and graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor in Economics and a Bachelor of Laws with Honors. Kirsten spent six years working for Bain and Company in Australia and one year working for Bain's non-profit organization The Bridgespan Group in San Francisco where she developed a passion for bringing structure to the non-profit sector and helping organizations effectively achieve their mission. Since leaving Bain, Kirsten has worked with Inspire USA Foundation and City Church San Francisco in the areas of strategic planning and financial management.

 
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Christy LaLonde

Administrative Coordinator

Christy provides administrative support and development for the Newbigin House of Studies. Her previous positions at Reformed Theological Seminary and Florida Virtual School have given her extensive knowledge in managing the details of a learning institution.  She loves exploring San Francisco and has lived here for 3 years with her husband of 7 years, Johnny, and dog, Maya.

 
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Rev. Jonathan Gundlach

Director of the Newbigin Fellowship

Jonathan spent most of his life in South Florida and Chicago before moving to San Francisco. He is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary - Orlando (M.Div.) and, being a major coffee-geek, had the opportunity to start a few specialty espresso bars while in seminary. Before all that, Jonathan worked as an attorney in Chicago focusing on civil rights litigation and non-profit organizations. He has also assisted in a couple church planting projects in Chicago and Fort Lauderdale. He and his wife Kristen were married in 2008 and two sons, Noah and Rowan.

 

In addition to serving as the Director of Community Formation at City Church San Francisco, Jonathan is the Director of the Newbigin Fellowship program.

 
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Rev. Dr. Chuck DeGroat

Senior Fellow

Chuck is a co-founder of Newbigin House along with Rev. Dr. Scot Sherman, and serves as a Senior Fellow. His is Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at our partner seminary - Western Theological Seminary. He is a professor in both the NHS/WTS M.Div. and M.A. programs, as well as National Director for the Newbigin Fellows program.

Chuck has served as a Teaching Pastor at City Church SF, as well as both a professor and Director of Spiritual Formation at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando). Chuck contributes as a writer to many academic and popular journals and magazines, and speaks often at conferences and retreats.  He has started two church-based clinical counseling centers.  He is author of the book Leaving Egypt: Finding God in Wilderness Places.  He and his wife of 19 years have two daughters.

 

Mike joins Newbigin House as our newest member.  As a leading scholar on the thought of Lesslie Newbigin, Mike is excited to work with our programs.

Mike holds an M.A. from Westminster Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht, Netherlands.  He has written many books and articles including A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church in the Biblical Story (Baker, 2011) and The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story (Baker, 2004). Mike is currently teaching at Calvin Theological Seminary and working with the Surge Network of Churches in Phoenix, Arizona in joint partnership with Newbigin House.

Mike lives with his wife of 33 years, Marnie, in Burnaby, British Columbia, and has four married adult children and four grandchildren. His favorite activity is playing with his grandchildren and working out daily to keep up the stamina to do so!