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Leadership

Senior Leadership

Tim Lucas
LEAD PASTOR
Tim Lucas is the founder and Lead Pastor of Liquid Church, named one of America’s 100 Fastest-Growing Churches by Outreach magazine. Pastor Tim and his wife Colleen started Liquid “on accident” with a dozen twenty-something friends meeting in the basement of a 150-year old church. Since launching in 2007, Liquid has experienced rapid growth, expanding to 7 campuses across New Jersey with a vision to “Saturate the State with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Pastor Tim is an award-winning author, leadership coach, and national conference speaker known for creatively communicating the Bible with passion, heart, and humor. He and Colleen love lake life with their two kids in the heart of NJ.  Learn about Tim’s latest book here.

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Dave Brooks
Executive Pastor
As Executive Pastor, Dave oversees ministry services, central leaders, and is at the forefront of strategic planning at Liquid Church. His desire is to create an environment that enables the high-capacity, big-hearted leaders at Liquid to fulfill the church’s vision to Saturate the State with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A former CPA and CFO of an industrial gas company, Dave is well-suited to his role. He attended Wheaton College in Illinois and loves spending time with his wife, Lois, their three children and two grandchildren.

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Kayra Montanez
PASTOR OF CAMPUSES
Originally from Puerto Rico, Kayra relocated to New Jersey in 2012 to secure the best care for her son, Andy, who has Down syndrome. Seeing Liquid’s passion to serve those with Special Needs, Kayra and her husband Jose decided to make Liquid their church home. Kayra quickly became an integral part of the Liquid family – she started as a volunteer, led Liquid’s largest location as Morris County Campus Pastor for four years, and is now on Liquid’s Teaching Team and Senior Leadership Team as Pastor of Campuses. Kayra has a background in law and worked as an attorney for nearly a decade!

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Karen Shannon
Discipleship Pastor
Karen is passionate about helping people grasp how much Jesus loves them, and equipping the body of Christ to care for one another. She oversees Liquid Groups, Spiritual Care Teams, and Marriage Mentoring. Karen’s background also includes chapters in teaching and finance. She attended Westminster Seminary and had a practice as a biblical counselor before joining Liquid. Karen loves spending time with her amazing husband, Bob, their two children and three grandchildren. Karen also loves the outdoors – biking, camping, and the beach!

Hyo Sil Siegel
CREATIVE ARTS PASTOR
Hyo Sil is passionate about creating environments and opportunities for people to experience and encounter God in a personal way. She loves to champion, equip, and inspire leaders to fully embrace their gifts, serve the local church, and see God transform lives. Hyo Sil has been in ministry for over 20 years and prior to Liquid was the Programming Director at Willow Creek Community Church, at their downtown Chicago campus. She is crazy about her boys – husband David, an Environmental Designer at Liquid – and her sons Eli and Geffen.

Pastors

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Denise Barone
Union County Mountainside Campus Pastor
Denise grew up in and currently lives in Union County and believes in the power of the local church. It brings her great joy to connect with people and help them grow in their relationship with Jesus. Denise started attending Liquid Mountainside when the campus launched in 2013. It immediately felt like home to her, her husband Chris and their two daughters Olivia and Grace. Denise is currently pursuing a degree in Biblical Studies and Organizational management at Nyack College.

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Zarida Brokenborough
UNION COUNTY GARWOOD CAMPUS PASTOR
Zarida is passionate about loving people and God’s transformation of their lives. Her background includes several chapters of working in finance and banking. Zarida has also been privileged to work to transform the lives of battered women and homeless persons. Zarida has served in a variety of roles at Liquid including that of an Associate Pastor and Campus Manager. She has two daughters, nieces and nephews. Zarida loves the Jersey Shore, biking and hiking.

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Chris Capua
SOMERSET COUNTY CAMPUS PASTOR
Chris is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus and experiencing life change through Him. Prior to his role in Somerset County, Chris led our Monmouth County Campus, which he launched in 2019. He also spent time as our Middlesex County Campus Pastor and helped that location establish a new homebase in Sayreville. At Liquid, you will often see Chris’ wife, Judy, and their three daughters serving by his side. When they’re not at church, you’ll likely find them at one of their favorite places, the Jersey Shore!

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Keon Carpenter
MORRIS COUNTY CAMPUS PASTOR
Keon is passionate about welcoming newcomers into the body of Christ. He has served in various leadership and volunteer roles at Liquid over the years. From holding the door as an usher, to serving in Liquid Family, and coaching baptism candidates in their spiritual journey…each opportunity is a reminder of his own personal need for a Savior. Prior to leading in Morris County, Keon launched Liquid's Union County Garwood campus and served there as Campus Pastor for over five years. Keon and his wife, Monique, have been blessed with 4 children.

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Gary Casaletto
Youth Pastor - Central Region
Gary oversees our High School & College Students across our central region campuses. He has an unquenchable desire to see people encounter God and grow in their calling. He is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in church leadership including next gen, urban outreach, communications, and church launching. Gary has received church development training from Church of The Highlands and is currently finishing his BA in Theology. He loves living at the shore with his beautiful wife Brittany and daughter Isabella who they are training up to be a world changer!

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Jim Gottshall
PASSAIC COUNTY CAMPUS PASTOR
Jim loves opportunities to connect with people and walk alongside them in their faith journeys. He was called into full-time vocational ministry in February 2019 after spending 15 years building a career in the corporate world. Jim is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity degree at Nyack’s Alliance Theological Seminary. Jim and his beautiful high school sweetheart, Shawna, are the proud (and exhausted!) parents of two biological children and four foster children.

Mike Lee
Care Pastor
Mike oversees the Liquid Prayer Teams, Marriage Ministries, Lay Counseling (Care Team), and Associate Pastors. During the pandemic, God placed a growing burden in his heart to help Liquid continue to care for its congregation, and took the opportunity to jump into full time ministry after 20 years building a career in the corporate world. It was a moment where he felt Jesus saying “Follow me, and I will make you a fisher of men.” Mike and his wife Becky have 3 amazing kids, and they are affectionately known as the Familee!

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Eryn Mera
Mercer County Campus Pastor
Eryn is passionate about serving Jesus through the local church and has been doing it for over a decade. She was born and raised in Salem County, where she served as Pastor of a Presbyterian Church since 2011. Prior to graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary, Eryn also served as a Special Education Teacher and missionary. In 2021, Eryn and husband Robert returned to Princeton to lead and launch Liquid's Mercer County Campus. Together they have four daughters: Adeline, Maisie, and twins Nailah and Karianne. Eryn loves spending time with family at the beach and vacationing at Camp of the Woods in the Adirondack Mountains.

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Ernie Rivera
MIDDLESEX COUNTY CAMPUS PASTOR
Ernie is passionate about people and seeing them fulfill their God-given purpose. He always finds opportunities to invest in others by encouraging them to grow in their relationship with Jesus. Prior to joining the staff at Liquid, Ernie served in various ministry roles including that of Associate and Lead Pastor. But wait, there’s more! He is also a drummer! His greatest gifts to the church are his wife Pilar, and their two sons, Isaiah and Joshua. Ernie enjoys reading, fishing, and spending time with family.

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Suzi Soares
Kids & Special Needs Pastor
Suzi is passionate about helping kids develop their own faith and giving them the opportunity to BE the church at a young age! She funnels that passion into overseeing Liquid Family’s Birth – Middle School and Special Needs programming across all Liquid Campuses. Suzi’s heart for Family and Special Needs programming is personal, as a mom to 3 wonderful kids, including a son with autism and epilepsy. She desires for ALL families and children to have a place to belong. Suzi loves to spend time outdoors with her family, including her husband of 20+ years!

Clint Taylor
Worship Experience Pastor
Clint is responsible for overseeing the vision, direction, and execution of Musical Worship across all Liquid campuses. His passion is to see people powerfully experience the presence of the Lord through the gift of music. Clint developed a love for music early in his life, which led him to worship ministry in the local church at just 13. He received his Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance from Mcnally Smith College of Music. Clint and his wife, Abby, love making music together and have been singing and leading worship together since the 10th grade.

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Jonathan Wilson
Youth Pastor - North Region
Jonathan has served in youth ministry for over 15 years, and is passionate about teaching and discipling High School and College Students. He has developed a strong desire to see students rise above the negative influences in their world as they walk into the power of a relationship with Jesus. Jonathan also has a background as a worship leader. As a musician, he has been fortunate to travel the world “slappin” the bass guitar. In his downtime, Jonathan loves spending time with his two sons Isaac and Shilo and beautiful wife, Angela.