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New Community Church


Our vision is to cultivate an urban-focused, small group driven community of missionaries that wholeheartedly worships God, unconditionally loves all people, and boldly lives out and extends the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, through Jesus Christ. Here are a few quick things about New Community. We think small groups are just as important, if…

Location Spokane
Project Status Early

Kelsey Patterson


Kelsey serves Communitas North America as their Social Media Manager. Just like many Communitas staff members she also serves in a few different roles: Leading the communications department of the North America team. She is particularly excited to share stories of what God is doing in cities nationwide. In the coming year she hopes to…

Shannon & Catalin Popa


Shannon & Catalin’s story began in 1990 near Vienna, Austria and reads something like this:“Romanian refugee meets American missionary and the two fall in love and live happily ever after.”100% truth, minus a few important details! They did meet in the summer of 1990. Catalin had recently escaped communist Romania, fleeing religious persecution and was…

Location Tulsa
Time on Staff 18 Years

Teal L. Rapp


After five years serving as the Executive Pastor at [iccp] in Aix-en-Provence, France, Teal and the Rapp Family relocated to Denver, Co, then Austin, TX where Teal helped shepherd God’s people toward their calling through leading the recruiting efforts of Communitas International. Teal currently leads the Communitas Board of Directors as Chair. In the same…

Location Austin
Time on Staff 17 Years

Geoff & Kristi Rinehart


From a near-death experience as a young boy, Geoff has experienced the gift of God’s presence throughout his life. His ministry started when he was 20 years old by serving on high school ministry staff at several churches in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Upon moving to North Idaho in 2001, Geoff began…

Jon, Kristyn, Addy & Jax Ritner


Jon and Kristyn served in a “mega church” in Williamsburg, Virginia for 10 years before moving to Brussels, Belgium to help plant “micro churches” as part of Communitas’ project, The Well. Now the Ritners are applying the lessons they learned about adapting the church to post-Christendom back in America as part of a local faith…

Jeff Shaffer


To know me is to know someone who has always been a bit unconventional and on the outside – being the class clown of my high school and forming a fringe club on our campus based on the rabbit in Monty Python in the Holy Grail!  I have re-discovered this in myself as I began…

Tony Sheng

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Tony is involved in technology for his day job and runs The Ember Cast, a student missions leadership org, bi-vocationally. The Shengs first got involved with Communitas in 2007 when they brought a team of students to help run the kids’ programs at Connect. Since then, they’ve had multiple touchpoints with Communitas that have included…

Location Columbia
Time on Staff 1 Year

Bradley & Hannah Smith

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Two California natives, Brad and Hannah entered into full-time ministry when they followed a God-placed stirring in their heart. This desire to see disciples made from the unchurched led them first to Aix en Provence in the south of France for Brad to work as a worship director and faith community developer. After three years,…

Location Richmond
Time on Staff 6 Years