The Rev. Vito Aiuto was born and raised in Michigan and is a graduate of Western Michigan University and Princeton Theological Seminary. After seminary he moved to New York City where he has worked in a variety of ministries including homeless outreach and directing a ministry to college students at NYU. He helped to found Resurrection Brooklyn, and has been the lead pastor of Resurrection Williamsburg since it began in May 2005. Vito and his wife, Monique, enjoy playing music as The Welcome Wagon.
David Stancil was born and raised in Georgia and is a graduate of Berry College and Covenant Theological Seminary. After seminary, he completed a pastoral internship with City Church San Francisco and joined Resurrection Brooklyn in 2009 to participate in the church planting internship. He was ordained in July 2010 and is the Assistant Pastor at Resurrection Williamsburg. He and his wife, Mia, have been married since 2001, and they have two children: Jonah and Hannah.
Jeremy McDonald is the son of a pastor and music teacher from western Pennsylvania. After studying music in Boston he spent a few years building swimming pools in Pittsburgh before moving to Brooklyn in 2013. In addition to being on staff at Resurrection, Jeremy is a bass player and producer. He loves all things Pittsburgh Pirates baseball.
Mia Stancil was born in Binghamton, NY and was raised there, Minnesota and in Georgia. She is a graduate of Berry College, Emory University and Covenant Theological Seminary. She is a Registered Nurse, working at New York University Langone Medical Center. Her family, church and neighborhood responsibilities are also part of her current vocation. She is married to David, and they have two fabulous kids, Jonah and Hannah. She loves being outdoors, enjoying music and eating delicious food.
Children’s Ministry Director
Liz Simakoff was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Liz earned her B.A. in Economics from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA, where she also extensively studied Fine Art and the Bible. A recent Williamsburg transplant, Liz is so pumped to serve the children and community of Resurrection Williamsburg as the Director of Children’s Ministry. In her free time Liz prefers reading and podcasts to screens, and her favorite food is birthday cake.
Caroline Kolts has been living in Brooklyn, New York for the past three years but she grew up on a dairy farm in Iowa (which felt, at times, like the Shire). After graduating from Hope College in Michigan with degrees in Communications and Psychology, she worked as a service coordinator in Texas and then a guidance counselor at a bilingual school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. After brief stints in farming, youth ministry, a printing shop, and foster care counseling, Patrick arrived at her doorstep in Iowa to whisk her off to Brooklyn. She occasionally blogs about finding community in the city, often adventures in the park with a wobbly one-year-old, and is currently working on several creative collaborations with her husband, a freelance photographer.
Grace McDonald was born and raised in Dallas, TX and moved to Waco in 2005 to study Philosophy at Baylor University. During college, she began an after-school arts program for youth in an under-resourced neighborhood near Baylor. Inspired by the work she was doing, Grace moved to New York in 2011 to pursue her Masters in Arts & Cultural Management at Pratt Institute. She enjoys all things mobile including hiking in Harriman, bicycle beach trips and attempting to balance on a skateboard from time to time.