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.
Cameron lives in the Chicago suburbs with his girlfriend, Katie,and kitten, Frankie.