OUR LEADERSHIP & STAFF
Jamison Galt, Lead Pastor
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.
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Cody Dotson, Pastoral Resident
Cody was born in Torrance, CA and raised in San Diego. While attending Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Cody sensed a call to ministry through his experience leading a small Bible study. He would eventually change his major from Psychology to Religious Studies. After graduating from Westmont College, He attended Covenant Theological Seminary where he received his Master’s in Divinity.
Cody met his wife Molly through a small Bible study in San Diego while they were Freshmen in College. They were married in January 2014 and immediately moved to St. Louis. They have one son Darby, who was born September 2015 and is friendly, independent, adventures, impassioned, and well spoken, even if it’s only in gibberish for now. As a family, they enjoy cooking and eating, especially Mediterranean food. When it’s nice outside, you will definitely see them in the park with Darby and their pup Princess Bubblegum.
Jeff Newell, Music 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.
Linda Harris, 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.