To support his ministry, Tim runs a thriving marketing communication consulting practice, relying on the care and good humor of his partner of 31 years, Walter Swift, and their two crazy cats, Maxwell and Oscar. Tim holds a B.S. in psychology from Northwestern University and an M.Div. from Chicago Theological Seminary. He lives in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.
Trailblazing a brand new world with a captivating spirit, Angel-A delivers a brave fusion of jazz with the soul-stirring inspiration of gospel to create a refreshing, life-giving space for her listener’s spirit. She has toured and shared stages with Chaka Khan, El Debarge, Oleta Adams, Pattie LaBelle, Howard Hewitt, Eric Roberson, Dr. Bobby Jones, The Clark Sisters, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Rance Allen, The Winans and many others. Angel-A’s versatility and vocal power are a driving force in Gather’s worship life. She provides a distinction that speaks to people in truly transformative ways.
Russoul owes his attachment to music to his family. His mother is an award-winning music instructor, leaving him little to no room for error, which enabled him to take his creativity to new levels. In 2004, he won the Chicago Idol singing competition, giving him the opportunity to have a song produced by Kanye West. Since then, he has continued to grow, showcasing his talent as he takes audiences on a spiritual journey with music. He has opened for a variety of artists, including Green Velvet, Cajmere, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Rhymefest, New Edition, Chaka Khan, Erika Bahdu, Slave, Cameo, El Debarge, Chico Debarge, and The Twilite Tone.
While Russoul stays busy creating new music for his label, Company Pike Unlimited Music, he is an essential element in the Gather worship mix, where he brings all of his gifts to the table.
Shea and Tim began dreaming of Gather while Shea was in Chicago for his PhD coursework. They would spend hours weekly brainstorming and praying about what it would look and feel like. Knowing the church would need an online presence, they devised a way for Shea to continue his pastoral work at Gather from a distance. As a result, Shea now serves as Gather’s theologian in residence, helping guide the community’s learning and spiritual life. Shea lives in Charlotte, NC with Kathryn, his wonderful wife, and their cats Sophie, Curly, Rosalyn, and Douglas. He’s always down for a good brew—coffee or beer—and a chat, whether about theology, music, or sports.
Guided by Luke 4:18 (Amplified): “The spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to announce the release (pardon, forgiveness) to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy).”
I firmly believe in the foundational tenet of Jesus' ministry - to serve the marginalized, oppressed, and downtrodden, ensuring they recognize their intrinsic value and worth. Jesus’ teachings highlight the love, justice, and equal rights that I hold dear for all individuals, irrespective of any differences. My ministry aims to re-engage and rejuvenate those who may have strayed from the Church, strengthening their faith in God and humanity.
strategist who strives to co-create change through social justice, critical education, and racial equity. His education career spans various institutions and levels, serving as a secondary teacher, instructional lead, and adjunct professor. In his administrative roles, Terence has significantly contributed to organizational efforts around DEI, anti-racism, and leadership development. He has been a fellow with such institutions as Vanderbilt University’s School of Divinity, Georgetown University, Howard University, and the Institute for Policy Studies. As a Public Theologian, he has worked with organizations such as Bread for the World, Children’s Defense Fund, and the Poor People’s Campaign. Terence holds degrees in Business Administration, Education, and Religion.
As the Community Ministry Director at The Center for Youth Ministry Training, He develops and leads programs that equip leaders for ministry in community-based organizations and multicultural church ministries. He supports CYMT’s efforts to develop resources for parents/caregivers and youth in marginalized communities.
Kevin is a change management consultant, consulting hypnotist, and life coach. Promoting diversity and wholeness is key to his life’s work. Helping people to connect to their spirituality is always key. A New Jersey native, Kevin and his husband of 27 years reside in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood and are the fathers to three sons, one grandson, and Thor….the companion dog. Kevin has a BBA from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University, and advanced studies at the Chicago Theological Seminary focused on pastoral counseling.