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.
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.
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.
Communications Assistant & Connections Coordinator
Lori McNally is originally from Milford, Delaware. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts and Art History from Cornell University and later gained her postgraduate degree in classical acting from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). She has lived in New York for 15 years and currently resides in Woodside, Queens with her husband Seth. They hope to one day be proud owners of a Golden Retriever or a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Levi & Josie Adkins
Youth Ministry Directors
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Levi Adkins was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He graduated from the South Carolina School of that Arts with a B.A. in acting. He has served in Youth Ministry throughout his life and across the globe: from middle school small-group leader in the bible belt, to English camp teacher in Germany. Levi loves dogs; his favorites are frenchies, pugs, great danes and basically any type of pit-mix. Levi is happy to be able to serve the church by running around and talking about Jesus with the energetic kids of Brooklyn.
Josie Adkins grew up in Atlanta and Charleston, South Carolina. She has a Fine Art degree with a concentration in Graphic Design. Josie and Levi were married in March of 2017, and moved to Brooklyn in April of the same year. She has served in Youth Ministry as a middle-school small-group leader, Good News Club teacher and summer camp counselor. Josie is excited to share the truth and love of God with the youth of Resurrection.