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 and Strategic Planning

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, where she currently works part-time as the COO. In addition to her part-time jobs, Lauren is a full-time mom to three kids, who will tell you she loves adventures, sunshine, and talking to friends. Contact Lauren.

Women’s Ministry Director

Faye Gillespie works part-time for Christ Redeemer Church as the Women’s Ministry Director. Faye grew up in San Diego, and graduated from Brown University with a degree in Linguistics. She worked for Cru for 11 years ministering to college students at Brown and at Dartmouth College, which is what brought her to the Upper Valley and CRC. She and her husband, Jason, have 3 children. Faye’s favorite things are honest conversations, big hugs, sunshine, and cake. Contact Faye.

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.

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, Kerry Roberts, Jesse Roberts, Chris Rogers, 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.
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.

Ministry Interns

Robert Moore serves as a Pastoral Intern at Christ Redeemer Church. He grew up north of Atlanta, GA and graduated in 2020 from Dartmouth College with a degree in Psychology and Music. While in college, Robert was Co-President of Christian Union Vox – Dartmouth’s largest Christian student organization – and worked as a student intern for CRC. At the church, he now works primarily with our youth group and college students. When he’s not working, Robert loves hiking, kayaking, reading science fiction, and music of all kinds, yes, even country music. Contact Robert.
Brianna Nesselrodt serves as a Ministry Intern at Christ Redeemer Church. She grew up in New London, CT and is a citizen of the Mohegan Tribe. Brianna graduated from Dartmouth College in 2021 with a degree in Native American Studies. While in college, Brianna was Co-President of a campus ministry and dove deeply into the intersection of faith and reconciliation as a Native American woman. Her role as an intern includes working with college students and the middle school youth. In Brianna's free time, she loves listening to music, hiking, drinking good coffee, long drives, and roller skating. Contact Brianna.

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 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.