About us

Who We Are

We are a diverse community of Jesus followers living and leading through 5 transformative values.

Our Approach to Spiritual Formation

In the gospel of Matthew, chapter 16, Jesus calls us to take up our cross and follow him. We believe this is at the core of the spiritual formation journey.

The process of Christ being formed in us is not easy. It is often painful and difficult to identify the gaps we’ve inherited from our past, and to allow God to restore those places deep inside of us that we thought were already healed.

We want to normalize the discomfort that comes when following Christ. At the same time, we want to anticipate the wholeness and transformation that is possible as we offer ourselves to the way of his kingdom.

Our Core Beliefs

What we believe

We believe that only a deeply formed life in Christ can lead you and others to the transformative kind of life and ministry to which you are called.​

We believe that our lives and leadership ought to be sustained by cultivating and holding together a deeply rooted value system consisting of our 5 values.

We believe in allowing Christ to be formed in every aspect of our lives.

We believe that following Jesus requires us to take up our cross, through which our lives find ultimate meaning and transformation.

We believe that deep and lasting formation happens in community.

We believe that a life of true spiritual formation is found not in living things perfectly, but wrestling with them faithfully.

our team

In-House Leadership

Rich Villodas

Founder/Primary Teacher

Rich Villodas is the Brooklyn-born lead pastor of New Life Fellowship, a large, multiracial church with more than seventy-five countries represented in Elmhurst, Queens. He is also a key speaker for Emotionally Healthy Discipleship—a movement that has touched hundreds of thousands of people. Rich graduated with a BA in pastoral ministry and theology from Nyack College. He went on to complete his master of divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. His award-winning book, The Deeply Formed Life, was released in September 2020. He and his wife, Rosie, have two beautiful children and reside in Queens.

Andres Valenzuela


Andres Valenzuela was born in Quito, Ecuador and grew up in Kenya and Mexico. He holds a Master of Organizational Leadership from Nyack College. Andres has held various leadership positions at Nyack College over a span of 20 years and owns a wedding and family photography business in the NY metro area. He’s an avid traveler and a fanatic of all things futbol and tennis. He’s been married to Kim since 2009 and they have 2 fantastic girls, Ana Sofia and Neomi.

2024-2025 Teaching Team

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Adam Young

Adam Young is a therapist who focuses on trauma and abuse, and the host of The Place We Find Ourselves podcast. Adam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Master degree in Social Work (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Divinity (Emory University). Adam is certified in EMDR, and serves as an Allender Center Fellow. He lives in Fort Collins, CO, where he enjoys mountain biking, skiing, soccer, and windsurfing. Learn more about Adam’s work at adamyoungcounseling.com

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Jemar Tisby

Jemar Tisby is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the Church’s Complicity in Racism, How to Fight Racism, and How to Fight Racism: Young Reader’s Edition. Jemar is the co-host of the “Pass the Mic” podcast. He speaks nationwide on the topics of racial justice, U.S. history and Christianity. Jemar earned his PhD in history and he studies race, religion, and social movements in the 20th century. You can follow his work through his newsletter, Footnotes, social media at @JemarTisby and his website jemartisby.com.

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Julia Sadusky

Dr. Julia Sadusky is an author, speaker, and licensed psychologist in Littleton, CO., where she offers therapy and consultations for individuals and families around sexuality and gender. She also serves as a youth and ministry educator, offering trainings and consultations to counseling centers and faith-based institutions on sexuality, gender identity, mental health, trauma-informed care, and the intersection of sexuality, gender, and theology.  Dr. Sadusky coauthored “Emerging Gender Identities: Understanding the Diverse Experiences of Today’s Youth” and “Gender Identity & Faith: Clinical Postures, Tools and Case Studies for Client-Centered Care” with Mark Yarhouse and contributed to a four views book titled, “Understanding Transgender Identities: 4 Views”. Her most recent books are “Start Talking to Your Kids About Sex: A Practical Guide for Catholics”, and “Talking with Your Teen About Sex: A Practical Guide for Catholics”. You can find our more about Julia at juliasadusky.com 


Wesley Hill

Wesley Hill is an Episcopal priest and Associate Professor of New Testament at Western Theological Seminary. He has spoken and lectured at numerous Christian colleges and seminaries in the U.S. and internationally. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality, Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters, Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian, and The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father.A contributing editor for Comment magazine, he writes regularly for Christianity Today, The Living Church, and other publications.

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