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The Team


Liz Schauerte

Worship Leader

Liz has an amazing ability to lead God's people into worship, and has been doing it from the age of 15!  She was adopted from Korea, raised in New York, and was a missionary in Spain for nearly six years. It was in Spain that Liz met and would eventually marry Pastor Jimmy. Together they have two beautiful children, Haven & Malachi.

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Jimmy Schauerte

Lead Pastor

Jimmy was born in New York and raised in California. He spent seven years on the foreign mission field pastoring at a church and directing a Bible College in Spain before moving back to the States to Plant Roots Church. Jimmy adores his family, is passionate about Jesus, and has a heart for missions. He is also currently working on his Masters Degree from Western Seminary.

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Jacob Ramsey

Assistant Pastor

Jacob is a graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College and is a founding member of Roots Church. He and his wife Danielle are passionate about discipleship and seeing people come to know Jesus. Jacob oversees the church's Leadership Development program.

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Daisy Avalos

Administrator & Finances

Born in Ecuador, Daisy moved to NYC at 5 years old and has never left. She has an amazing heart for kids, the City, and to step in and serve wherever she's needed. 


Faheem Smart


Faheem was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He Graduated from Binghamton University and has been at Roots from day one. He is a faithful servant who is passionate about Jesus and people. Aside from all of the different hats he wears, Faheem organizes monthly outreaches for our church body.

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Justin Dobrow


Sound & A/V

Justin came to know the Lord through Young Life Ministries at 16 years old and has been serving Jesus ever since. He is married to his beautiful wife Kalie, and they have two cats (Spumoni & Cannoli). Justin is a graduate of Oswego State University and works as a manager for NBC.

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Theresa Stephens

Care Ministry

Theresa has been a part of the core team since Roots was just a dream! She has been walking with Jesus for over 30 years and absolutely loves people.  She graduated from the Teachers College at Columbia University and has been an educator in NYC for over 20 years!

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Danielle Ramsey


Danielle is the reason everything runs smoothly on a Sunday morning. She makes sure every ministry is on the same page and that distraction is at a minimum. Danielle also has a passion for discipleship and seeing women grow and flourish in Jesus.

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Dominick Washington

Youth Ministry

Dominick was born and raised in New York City and has such a big heart for the people who live here. God has given him a passion for the next generation and an incredible ability to connect with youth. He is currently a teacher and coach at The Geneva School of Manhattan.

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Kaylie Acuna

Creative Ministry

Art & Design

Kaylie loves art and creativity! She uses her gift to glorify God with every chance she gets. Kaylie is a graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College and served at our New York City campus for years. She has a heart for the city, the local church, and pouring into other women.

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