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Staff

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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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 is new to the city and loving every minute of exploring it with her husband of 6 years, Johnny, and dog, Maya.

 
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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!