Who We Are

Christ Redeemer Church (CRC) exists to honor God by fostering a movement of Christ’s Kingdom through the proclamation and practice of the gospel that serves and transforms the people and communities of the Upper Valley, and through the Upper Valley, the world. Since CRC’s beginning in 2000, our mission in the Upper Valley has expanded in the planting of Christ Restoration Church in New London (2014) and The Quechee Church (2016).

CRC Pastors, Staff & Leaders

Lead Pastor

Don Willeman is the founding pastor of Christ Redeemer Church. He has a Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and has led church-based ministries in Ohio, Michigan, Texas, and Vermont. In addition, he has campus-based ministry experience from his time in Ohio. He is married to Dori, and together they have four children. Don deeply loves living in the Upper Valley, enjoying its unique blend of small-town life mingled with the big-city opportunities of its world-renowned institutions. 

Executive & Youth Pastor

Chris Audino is Executive Pastor and Youth Pastor at Christ Redeemer Church. Chris, a New Hampshire native, has a B.A. in Biblical Studies and History of Ideas, as well as a M.A. in Bioethics from Trinity International University. Prior to coming on staff at CRC, he worked in college administration, most recently as the Director of the Lebanon campus of Franklin Pierce University. He still enjoys the opportunity to teach college courses in religion, ethics and biomedical ethics. His wife, Erin, and four kids love being part of the vibrant community of CRC and of the Upper Valley! Contact Chris.

Coordinator for Special Projects 

Lauren Groves works part-time for Christ Redeemer Church as the Coordinator for Special Projects and Strategic Planning. Lauren grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Dartmouth College, and has worked in campus ministry and executive administration. She and her husband returned to the Upper Valley in 2010 to found a biblical counseling center, CCEF New England. Lauren is mom to three kids, who will tell you she loves adventures, sunshine, and talking to friends. Contact Lauren.

Community Life Director

Christine Engert works part-time at Christ Redeemer Church as the Director of Community Life.  Christine was born in New Jersey but has always considered New Hampshire to be home.  She graduated from Houghton College and then spent five years in Kentucky before returning to NH in 2007.  Christine has worked in a variety of settings including office management, real estate, women's ministry and fitness, always looking for ways to connect people to community and help them find a place to belong.  Besides spending time with her husband Andy and their three sons, she enjoys anything outdoors, deep conversations with friends, and theology books.

Music Director

Andy Engert works part-time for Christ Redeemer Church as the Worship Music Coordinator. Andy was raised near Buffalo, NY. He has a Masters of Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. Andy also works full-time as a counselor at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) New England Office. Andy has been involved in church music all his life and has been leading worship since he was an undergraduate. Andy and his wife, Christine, have three sons. Andy enjoys spending time with his family, playing and listening to music, playing and watching sports, and being active outdoors. Contact Andy.

Women's Ministry Coordinator

Claudine Lefferts works part time at Christ Redeemer Church as the Women's Ministry Coordinator. Claudine spent her childhood and early adult years in New Jersey where she earned a B.A. in Biology from Kean College of NJ and a Ph.D. in Molecular Pathology from UMDNJ. She and her husband Joel, whom she met in graduate school, moved to the Upper Valley to work in the clinical laboratory at DHMC. After working for several years as a laboratory supervisor she left this position to become a full-time stay-at-home mom. When she is not driving her son to and from after-school activities, Claudine enjoys knitting and other crafts while watching true crime shows or listening to 80s music. Contact Claudine.

Office Staff

Emily Lewis is the Administrative Assistant for Finances at Christ Redeemer Church. She was born and raised in Columbia, Maryland. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2003. Before working at CRC, she taught First Grade in a small Vermont school. She is married to Matt and they have two daughters. Emily enjoys gardening, cooking, and a variety of crafts. Contact Emily.
Becca Wistrom is the Office Manager at Christ Redeemer Church and assists with youth ministry. She grew up in Essex, Vermont and graduated from college in Pennsylvania. Prior to CRC, she worked as an administrative assistant at Dartmouth College. Becca enjoys reading, baking, and owning too many house plants. Contact Becca.

CRC Leaders

Elders

Don Willeman, Jason Achmoody, Tim Ball, Ryan Bouton, Doug Cooper, Joel Eshbaugh, Dave Smith, and Lindsay Whaley.

Deacons

Leslie Achmoody, Eric Bish, Andy Engert, Christine Engert, Megan Eshbaugh, Claudine Lefferts, Joel Lefferts, Emily Lewis, Matt Lewis, and Matt Smith.

Ministry Residents & Interns

Residency Director

Ryan Bouton is the pastor at The Quechee Church in Quechee, VT and CRC Residency Director. This is an extension of Christ Redeemer Church of Hanover and is CRC’s second church plant, having begun in January of 2018. He was raised in Central Florida and attended Dartmouth College. As a student he served as a pastoral apprentice to Don Willeman, and in 2001 he received a B.A. in Classics. Ryan and his wife, Jenny, served with Cru for 13 years at Brown University and Dartmouth College, and Ryan has an M.A. in Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary. He and Jenny have five girls and two boys. Ryan’s interests include playing the guitar, singing, teaching from Scripture, and biblical studies of all kinds. He has a great love for mythology, fantastic fiction, and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, as well as evocative, folk-guitar-rock music and all that calls the transcendence of God and reality to mind. Contact Ryan.

Ministry Residents

Doug Cooper serves as a Pastor in Residence at Christ Restoration Church in New London, NH. This is an extension of Christ Redeemer Church of Hanover and is CRC’s first church plant, having begun in July of 2014. Doug completed a two-year program at Word of Life Bible Institute as well as earning an Associate Degree from River Valley Community College in Occupational Therapy. He also works as a per diem staff member with Genesis Rehab Services as a COTA in the Upper Valley and is presently completing his B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Religion and English Literature. Doug and his wife Leah have four children. Doug loves a good cup of coffee, writing, poetry, and obscure vinyl records, to name a few. Contact Doug.
Joshua DePasacreta serves as a Pastoral Resident at Christ Redeemer Church. He is a born and bred New Englander having grown up in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and Hudson, New Hampshire respectively; he now lives just over the river in Vermont. Joshua achieved a B.A. in Pastoral Studies at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where he also served in college and high school student ministry with the National School Project and other on campus groups. He also has his M.A. in Pastoral Studies from Moody Theological Seminary. Upon graduating he came straight to CRC, preached the word, married his wife Michal, and now he serves in the Children’s ministry and wants to learn what it looks like to pastor the body of Christ. Joshua loves Lego, Star Wars, Lego Star Wars, chai lattes, apologetics, movies, theology, hiking, cooking, ultimate frisbee and sunsets. Contact Joshua.
Abrm McQuarters is a Pastoral Resident at Christ Redeemer Church. Abrm first moved to the Upper Valley as a student where he played football and graduated with a Government degree from Dartmouth. After undergrad he interned at CRC for 2 years working with youth and college students. In the fall of 2019, Abrm moved to Atlanta to start seminary at RTS Atlanta to begin working towards an M.Div, and has returned to CRC where he will finish his degree remotely while being a resident with an emphasis on learning what it means to be a lead pastor. Outside of working with CRC and attending school, Abrm likes fishing, any form of competition, finding new places to eat, and a good afternoon nap. Contact Abrm.
Scott Sottosanti is a Pastoral Resident at Christ Redeemer Church. While attending CRC as a Dartmouth student, God brought Scott to faith in Christ. He left Dartmouth in 2013 with a B.A./B.E. in Engineering Sciences with a focus in mechanical engineering. He and his wife Victoria moved back to the Upper Valley in 2018, where he’s currently also working part-time as a research engineer at DHMC. Prior to this internship, Scott worked in campus ministry and as an engineer in the defense sector. Scott is an avid ultimate frisbee player, who likes playing most sports, and will take almost any excuse he can to get outside. Contact Scott.

Dartmouth Student Intern

Rashad Brown-Mitchell is our Student Intern at Christ Redeemer Church. He is from Boston, MA, and is a current senior at Dartmouth College studying Electrical Engineering and Design. As an Intern, his focus is to facilitate communication between CRC and students at Dartmouth College and he hopes to help students find opportunities for discipleship and to grow in their faith. Outside of his studies and time with CRC, Rashad likes to play Squash, do woodworking projects, and participate in community service to bring people together. Contact Rashad.

Campus Pastors

Ryan Bouton is the pastor at The Quechee Church in Quechee, VT. This is an extension of Christ Redeemer Church of Hanover and is CRC’s second church plant, having begun in January of 2018. He was raised in Central Florida and attended Dartmouth College. As a student he served as a pastoral apprentice to Don Willeman, and in 2001 he received a B.A. in Classics. Ryan and his wife, Jenny, served with Cru for 13 years at Brown University and Dartmouth College, and Ryan has an M.A. in Biblical Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary. He and Jenny have five girls and two boys. Ryan’s interests include playing the guitar, singing, teaching from Scripture, and biblical studies of all kinds. He has a great love for mythology, fantastic fiction, and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, as well as evocative, folk-guitar-rock music and all that calls the transcendence of God and reality to mind. Contact Ryan.
Doug Cooper serves as a Pastor in Residence at Christ Restoration Church in New London, NH. This is an extension of Christ Redeemer Church of Hanover and is CRC’s first church plant, having begun in July of 2014.  Doug completed a two-year program at Word of Life Bible Institute, as well earning an Associate Degree from River Valley Community College in Occupational Therapy, a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Religion from Liberty University, and is currently working on a Master of Theological Studies degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. Doug and his wife Leah have four children, one dog, one cat, and five chickens. Doug loves a good cup of coffee, football, poetry, and obscure vinyl records, to name a few. Contact Doug.