Jamison Galt is the founding pastor of Resurrection Clinton Hill. He hails from everywhere, or nowhere—depending on your perspective—having grown up in Florida, California, Washington State, North Carolina, and Texas, in that order. Jamison eventually graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with his degree in English Literature and a focus on creative writing. He received his Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. From 2006 to 2010 Jamison served as an assistant pastor at Resurrection Park Slope, during which time he completed Redeemer Presbyterian’s church planting Fellows Program under Pastor Timothy Keller and others. Jamison was ordained here in Brooklyn on Pentecost Sunday, 2007. For fun Jamison likes to cook, write, make music, do immersive theater, and bike all over NYC.
Now that the boring part is over, let’s get to the good stuff. Jamison has been married to Laura (formerly McKey) since 2001. Laura is from Hazlehurst, Mississippi which is as small as it sounds. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from Mississippi State University. Having served two of her college summers in Ukraine she continued her missionary trajectory after college by moving to the foreign country of Texas to do campus ministry with Reformed University Ministries at UT Austin. She asked Jamison to take her dancing and the rest is history. Laura also received her Master of Arts in Theology from Covenant Seminary. Jamison and Laura have four children: twins Arthur and Adaline, and Tihun and Solomon whom they adopted from Ethiopia in 2010. They are hard not to hear when walking around their favorite neighborhood: Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
Omari was raised in The Bronx (aka “the Boogie Down”) and has returned to New York—literally South by Southwest—after 13 years in Texas and North Carolina. After a brief stint at New York University studying Computer Science, Omari was licensed as a Baptist minister at Burke Avenue Baptist Church and moved away to complete a degree in Biblical Studies at The Criswell College in Dallas. After deciding to become a walking enigma (a Black Presbyterian – yes, they exist!), he graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte with a Master of Divinity. Omari proudly served as a founding ruling elder with Christ Central Church in Charlotte’s arts district before starting a chapter of Reformed University Fellowship at UNC Charlotte from 2009 to 2012. For almost three years, Omari was an associate pastor and community group director at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan (“West Side!!”). When he makes time for chilling out, Omari prefers to enjoy music and lectures, visit museums and parks, play with digital media, and hang out anywhere near or far with his wife.
Cherise and Omari have been married since 2004. Cherise is from Jamaica (the island, not Queens) and spent her early young adult years in Queens and Nassau County. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from NYU, where she also completed a Masters in Dance Education. While she has been teaching choreography and history for over 10 years, predominantly among at-risk students, Cherise and Omari met in the hallowed halls of the NYU School of Law. You definitely want to hear her side of the story. Omari and Cherise have two children: Mia and Preston, who are a winsome and amusing showcase in their own right.
Music Ministry Director
Having grown up outside of a small town in Nebraska, Jeff graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education and moved to Chicago to study and perform on the local jazz scene. After years of valuable experience in Chicago, an NEA grant to study with jazz master David Liebman eventually drew Jeff to Fort Greene, Brooklyn, in 1994. Jeff was surprised to find that, through a convoluted set of life experiences, God used the move to NYC to lead him back to attending church after a long hiatus. With his musical interests, Jeff soon found himself a part of the music ministry at Brooklyn’s Baptist Temple, where he served as music director from 2000 to 2005. Jeff started attending Resurrection Park Slope in 2005, where he was on the sound team and frequently lead worship for children’s church. The start up of Resurrection Clinton Hill in 2012 was a true answer to prayer for Jeff, providing the opportunity to make a joyful noise and worship God among the people he lives with in his neighborhood. Jeff’s extensive performing career began 1976 and has taken him around the world, from Europe to China, from intimate clubs to symphonic halls and into people’s living rooms through television shows and commercials. He is currently head of the Jazz and Woodwind Departments at the Brooklyn Music School, where he has been on faculty since 1997. Jeff continues to make his home in Fort Greene with his wife, Ruth, and their son, Henry. You can find out more about Jeff’s musical endeavors at: www.new-trad.com.
Children’s Ministry Director
Linda Harris was born and raised in North Jersey, but always dreamed of living in New York City. Her dream came true when she moved to Manhattan after graduating from Williams College in 1994. One year later, she moved to Brooklyn, which has been her beloved home ever since. Linda and her husband, Stephen, met and married in 2001. They are now raising their four children—Gavin, Elizabeth, Lucy, and Jane—in their Fort Greene home. Linda is thrilled to serve and to connect more deeply with other children and families in the neighborhood as the Children’s Ministry Director at Resurrection Clinton Hill.