Chris Hildebrand is the lead pastor of Resurrection Park Slope. Previously, Chris served as executive pastor and director of church planting residency program. Prior to joining Resurrection Brooklyn in 2005, Chris received his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL and participated in the church planting fellows program at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Chris and his wife Jeannie have four children, Owen, Evie, Jacob, and Wells. He is native to New Jersey, and an avid (often injured) runner. He loves football and baseball, but refuses to pledge his allegiance to any particular professional team much to the chagrin of his colleagues.
Marc, a native of Queens, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1998. After spending time abroad in Germany and working as a consultant in Boston, Marc ended up in Washington D.C. He spent 5 years there on staff with FOCUS, a para-church youth ministry for independent school students. Once he had his fill of paintballing, adolescent drama and summer camps, Marc heeded his growing desires to return home and to serve the churches of NYC. His first step towards that end was enrolling at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2007. Being close to New York City made Princeton a perfect vantage point to both study and take bites out of the Big Apple.
It was during his time at seminary that he first learned of Resurrection Brooklyn and its church planting internship. Marc graduated from seminary in May 2010, and shortly thereafter Marc and his wife, Balem, became residents of Park Slope. Marc joined the staff of Resurrection Park Slope as an intern in September 2010 and was ordained in June 2012.
Marc and Balem are happy to be laying down roots in Brooklyn. In addition to making trips to Queens and the Hudson Valley, they enjoy cooking, scoping out cheap eats, getting the New Yorker, and thinking about having all sorts of fun.
Gerald’s first contact with the church was in 2007 when he subbed for then-music director/guitarist Steve Elliot. He began playing pedal steel in the church regularly shortly thereafter, became a member, and in fall 2012, was named music director. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he lives in Carroll Gardens with his wife Genevieve and their two children Ilse and Paul. He is delighted to program and perform the music for worship every week and counts his involvement in the church among the greatest of his many, many blessings.
Possibly the only NYC church MD who also has a CDL, Gerald has played pedal steel on hundreds of indie albums, performed on national and international tours, composed music for major ad campaigns, composed music for radio dramas and played pedal steel on dozens of indie movie soundtracks. He is bilingual English-German, a musical omnivore and loves spending time exploring NYC with his wife and children, and reading biographies. Favorite expression: Don’t worry about the mule going blind. Favorite truck: Kenworth W900L.
Children’s Ministry Director
A Connecticut native, Meggie Simmons attended Furman University in South Carolina and graduated with a degree in Communications and Religion. In 2009, she married her husband Josh and they returned to the north, settling in Brooklyn. Four apartments, two kids, and several jobs later they love Brooklyn more than ever and feel grateful to be raising a family in this community.
Meggie has served as the Director of Children’s Ministry since 2013 and loves working alongside parents to establish biblical foundations and a love for church community in the hearts of our youngest members.
Steven is a native from Brooklyn, NY. He moved to Orange County, CA in 1996 and attended Calvary Chapel Bible College and their School of Ministry from which he graduated. He is currently a student of Biblical and Theological studies at Nyack College and has aspirations for attending Seminary. He enjoys reading fiction, theology, apologetics, fellowshipping, and exploring the local hot spots in Brooklyn, NY. Steven is also a loyal New York Mets fan.
Born and raised in Michigan, Rebecca graduated from Michigan State University in 1996, a year after marrying her husband, Nate. After a few years in Massachusetts, they landed in Brooklyn in 2002. They have enjoyed living in and exploring various Brooklyn neighborhoods for the past 15 years. Rebecca is excited about her new role as Administrator for Resurrection Park Slope.