Meet the team.
Reformed Communion is led by experienced pastors who are dedicated to investing in current and future church leaders.
Matt Brown, Founding Director
Matt Brown is also the founding pastor of Resurrection Brooklyn, a network of Presbyterian congregations planted in 2004. He leads the Reformed Communion from the conviction that "my colleagues and congregations need me to be strengthened by other ministers who love Jesus' church and want to see her flourish in this world." Matt and his wife Deb have three children, Flannery, Charlotte, and Walker.
Tuck Bartholomew is the founding and senior pastor of City Church Philadelphia, a role he has been in for over ten years. Previously he was an Assistant Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Tuck and his wife, Stacy, have three children, Connor, Tucker, and Emalyn. Tuck values the Reformed Communion as "the pastors of the communion have been the source of encouragement and wisdom in my work as a pastor."
Josh Eby is an Associate Pastor at All Saints Presbyterian in Austin, TX. He is the founder and executive director of the Center For Latino Leadership, a learning community formed through prayer, study, service and work. Josh has been married to Robin for 21 years, and they have five children.
Drew Field has been the Executive Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, West Side in New York City for five years. Prior to this role, he served as a pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia and planted Grace Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto, CA. Drew and his wife Donna have four children, Timothy, Sarah, Elizabeth, and James. He is a part of the Reformed Communion because "the collective wisdom, encouragement and experience found in the relationships within this group."
Blake Schwendimann is the Associate Rector of St. Matthew’s Newport Beach and has served in that role for seven years. He is married to Chau, and they have three children, Caleb, Jonah, and Esther. Blake is part of the Reformed Communion out of the conviction that "I need to be challenged and encouraged for the mission of God by those outside of my parish walls."
Sam Wheatley is the Executive Pastor of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church Downtown congregation. He was the Senior Pastor of New Song Presbyterian, Church in Salt Lake City from 2000-2017. Before New Song, he was an Assistant Pastor at Christ Church Presbyterian in Atlanta, Georgia (1997-2000) and also worked with CRU in New York City's "Here's Life Inner City" (1989-1994). Sam is married to Kate and they have three grown children, Bennet, Zoe, and Julia. He is a part of the Reformed Communion because it "was a lifeline for me as a solo pastor in a difficult field. Through the communion I was able to connect to people and resources that enabled me to be faithful to my calling."
Jeff White serves as a pastor at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church Downtown congregation. He was ordained at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and initially served on the pastoral staff of Redeemer from 1990 to 1998. From 1998 through 2011 he was the founding pastor of New Song Community Church, a multi-ethnic, church-based community development effort in Harlem. New Song was involved in educational, housing, economic development, youth development and health and wellness initiatives in the community. Jeff and his wife Rebecca have been married 31years and live in Harlem. They have three grown children and two grandchildren. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Westminster Theological Seminary.