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Meet our leadership

Pedro Reis - Lead Pastor

Pedro Reis was born in Brazil and moved to New York when he was three years old. He gained a heart for city communities after graduating from college. He served as an urban missionary for two years in the city of Chicago with Mission Year before earning his Master's of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. Through all these experiences he has continued to learn how individuals and the church can best love God and love people. Pedro and his wife Anne moved to Jersey City with their kids, Ryan and Paige, and now live in McGinley Square area of Jersey City. As Lead Pastor, Pedro is excited to see how God will use CityLife to bring people to faith in Jesus and bring healing to our city.

To get in touch with Pedro email him at [email protected]

Carla Calderon- Director Of Ministry

Carla was born in New Jersey and was raised in Argentina until the age of 10. Her husband's name is Luis and together they have a beautiful daughter. Carla found CityLife in 2017 and since then has served in various parts of the church and in different roles. Carla serves CityLife as a board member and has been leading ministries such as CityLife's Women's Ministry and international missions efforts with Spain. For many years she pursued a dream of serving God in overseas missions until she felt God change her call towards the local church. Through that training she grew a love for serving and seeing the local church thrive. She longs to see the church be a place of intentional relationships and discipleship. She is passionate about seeing believers grow as disciples and servants of Christ. As the Director of Ministry Carla will work towards strengthening CityLife's vision and mission. 

To get in touch with Carla email her at [email protected]

Ro Valenzuela- Director of Worship

Ro was born and raised in Jersey City and has served as a musician, vocalist and worship leader for over 18 years, on several Worship Teams. When Ro, with his wife, Aessy, discovered CityLife Church in 2019, he and his family felt called to be part of what God was doing here. Ro strongly believes that part of his calling is to glorify God and to edify others specifically through music. As the Director of Worship, his heart and goal for all who visit and attend CityLife Church is to have personal encounters with the LORD, experience Gospel change and to bring them to a more intimate place of worship in their own walk.

To get in touch with Ro email him at [email protected]

Jessica was led to Christ as a child by another child who had heard the Gospel at VBS. God used the children’s ministry volunteers in her local church pastor to teach her what it looked like to love and follow Jesus. She met her now-husband in Sunday school when she was 10 years old, where both their moms served as teachers. She is passionate about kids knowing the Word of God, boldly sharing their faith, and confidently living their lives for Christ.

She lives in tiny, beautiful Bayonne, NJ with her husband, Ajit, and their sweetest little son, Nivan. In addition to ministry, she loves embroidery and they spend their time staying connected with their folks back in India and the Middle East, exploring various cuisines and trying to keep up with their toddler’s adventures, activities and appetite."

Paul Manansala was born in Jersey City and grew up in both NJ & NY. He and his wife Hazel live here in Jersey City and are raising their two grade school kids, JT and Avie. Paul has professional training & experience working in IT, as well as in Pastoral ministry. He is passionate about creating meaningful opportunities & helpful resources for young families in Jersey City to experience Jesus in a personal way.

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