meet the staff
PASTOR KENNY HART
Hey Fam! I’m Kenny, the lead pastor of this church, a Harlem native, and a suffering Knicks fan. I was raised on these streets believing that I would one day escape them and move on to greener pastures. But God had a different plan for my life and He called me, my wife Shanika, and our sons - to start this church in 2017. Now, all I want to do for Harlem is love the place that I thought that I had to leave. I believe that the beauty of Jesus has the power to change every story, transform every heart, and renew every community. That's my story, just a kid from the hood that came home to do good.
Hey ya’ll! I’m Pricelis, the Director of Operations here at The Gathering Harlem. I’m from all around NYC and the Dominican Republic and currently live in The Bronx with my husband. I’m currently pursuing a PhD in Social Work at Adelphi University. I’m passionate about community building through the church and empowering and equipping people to live their best life. I’ve worked in Harlem for the past 10 years in a variety of different organizations and I love this community. I love to travel and I’ve traveled to 27 countries so far!
Hey! Im Jensy, I am the Community Life Director at The Gathering. Harlem is home, it is where my immigrant Dominican parents settled, where I grew up, and it is the place that made me who I am. I earned a B.A. in Bible from Nyack College, and an M.Div. in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to coming on board at the Gathering, I helped to plant a church in our neighborhood and served as its Associate Pastor. I have also had the privilege of serving Nyack College as an Adjunct Professor of New Testament and Hermeneutics. My passion is to translate all of the theological training that I have received into concrete action to help those who are most in need. I grew up on Bruce Lee, Van Damme, Bruce Leroy, Rocky and I’m always down to watch these classics again.
Hey, I’m Nate. I grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and I’ve been in NYC since 2007 and I’m currently living in Inwood. I’m currently earning my Masters in Divinity at Nyack College’s Alliance Theological Seminary. I have been with the Gathering since its inception and I currently serve at the Gathering as the church administrative assistant, teacher of our seasonal courses, and the spiritual formation ministry. I am passionate about racial justice so The Gathering is a great place to be.
Hey y'all! My name is Jessica, and I am the Creative Director here at The Gathering Harlem. Originally from New Rochelle, New York, I moved to Florida back in 2005. During my time in the South, I earned my Bachelors in Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University. In 2016, God called my family and I back to the Empire State, where I continued my education in Media Studies at The New School. I first attended TGH during its launch service, and I knew almost immediately that this was my church home. I've always been passionate about content creation, so it feels amazing to be able to use my creativity for God's glory. Aside from being Creative Director and a freelancer, I enjoy going to cat cafes, artist showcases, and counting down the days until Christmas comes back around.
Hi I’m Yetunde and I’m the Kids Ministry Director. I’m originally from Southern California, I have lived in New York a total of about 10 years and currently live in Harlem. I am a social worker by training and I currently practice as a mental health clinician and executive coach/trainer. I love spending time with my little sister in the Big Brother Big Sister program and for fun, we go to live sports events and cultural activities. I feel very blessed to be at The Gathering Harlem and I am so grateful to serve in the Kids Ministry. The children are the future—so definitely an investment worth making!
Hey everyone!! I'm T'hai Jones (pronounced Ty), the Worship Music Director for TGH. I'm originally from Maryland, right next to Washington DC but lived in Los Angeles, CA for 15 years. I moved to New York in 2017 and started attending TGH the summer of 2018. I've been singing and writing music since I was a young girl. While I was in LA I had the opportunity to work in the music industry and travel the world. I never thought in a million years that I would be the musical director of any worship ministry. I learned over time that I had to let go of what I thought and get in alignment with God's thoughts for me. And with all my experience, nothing compares to using your gifts for the kingdom of God. When people look at me I don't want them to say, "Oh, that's the Worship Musical Director." I want them to look at me and say "Oh, that's a worshiper."
Hello, I am Cristina Jones, the Worship Ministry Director at TGH. I was born in Baltimore, MD, but spent most of my life in Los Angeles, CA, where I was a professional background singer for many years for notable R&B artists like Aaliyah, Tamia, and Keyshia Cole.
In 2008, I decided to leave the music industry and focus on giving my life and gifts over to the Lord completely for Him to do what He saw fit. I led praise and worship at my former church in Los Angeles until I moved to New York in 2010. I started attending The Gathering in the summer of 2018, and I am honored to worship with this amazing church!