Meet our leadership
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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 son Ryan and 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.
Ryan Dominguez - Creative Pastor
Ryan Dominguez has served CityLife as the Creative Pastor since 2015 and earned his Master’s Degree in Urban Ministry from Alliance Theological Seminary. With his wife, Clara, and young son, Ezra, Ryan has been after God’s heart for Jersey City and their neighborhood of the Heights for the last decade, and plans to live here for at least another decade. As a shaper of culture, Ryan hopes to be a catalyst in transforming CityLife’s worship into a lifestyle of service to, and in collaboration with, our neighbors rather than just something we do on Sundays inside the four walls of a building.
Aessy Valenzuela & Kate Streelman- KidsMin Director
Aessy Valenzuela moved from the Philippines to Jersey City in 2011. In pursuit of a Jesus-following and diverse church, they found their home in CityLife. Aessy has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She believes that all children deserve a safe space and a loving community. Together with her husband, Ro, they are navigating homeschool life with their daughter, Ellie.
Kate Streelman moved to Jersey City in 2016 and found CityLife Church in 2019. She immediately felt welcomed into the community through Sunday service and Missional Communities. She’s been a teacher for 6 years and currently teaches first grade at Mustard Seed School in Hoboken. She has a passion for teaching and looks forward to using that passion for KidsMin!