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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.

I can help with church rebirth and financial questions.

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
MORRIS COUNTY CAMPUS PASTOR
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 and today not only leads Liquid’s largest location as Campus Pastor, but is a part of Liquid’s Senior Leadership and Teaching Team. Kayra has a background in law and worked as an attorney for nearly a decade!

I can help with groups and counseling questions.

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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Chris Capua
MONMOUTH COUNTY CAMPUS PASTOR
Chris is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus and experiencing life change through Him. Prior to his role in Monmouth County, Chris led our Middlesex County Campus and before that, he helped launch a contemporary portable church in South Jersey. 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
UNION COUNTY GARWOOD 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. Keon and his wife, Monique, have been blessed with 4 children.

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Jon Coords
SOMERSET COUNTY CAMPUS PASTOR
Jon loves being with people, hearing their stories, and pointing them to the redemptive love of Jesus. Ministry is in Jon’s blood and he took the example set by his parents and grandfather by helping to launch a church in Indiana and later serving as a volunteer leader at Liquid. Jon also owned a small family business, great preparation for leading and running a campus! Jon and his wife, Cari, have been blessed with 6 beautiful children, 3 of whom they adopted in 2013. Jon loves to watch and play sports and has a special passion for football – go Giants!

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Scott Elliott
UNION COUNTY MOUNTAINSIDE CAMPUS PASTOR
Scott is passionate about helping people learn, develop, and connect in a greater way with Christ. His background includes roles as a youth pastor and church planter. He currently runs a mentoring organization that helps guide and develop young men into strong leaders. A Colorado native, Scott loves the great outdoors – mountain biking, fishing, and snowboarding. Now he loves NJ too – his wife Kaitlin and two young daughters are all Jersey girls.

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Jim Gottshall
ESSEX 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.

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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.

I can help with kids and special needs questions.

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 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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Nithin Thompson
Church Online & Teaching Pastor
Nithin serves as the Teaching Pastor working with Pastor Tim and the Creative Team researching and writing compelling sermon and small group content. Also serving as the Church Online Pastor, Nithin provides care and leadership for Liquid’s online audience. Previously Nithin served in youth ministry for nearly a decade and was a cross-cultural communicator in the U.S. and overseas. Nithin is married to Jackie and has two children Selah and Wesley. For fun, Nithin writes at nithinthompson.com, reads, and goes on family adventures to parts unknown.

Jonathan Wilson
Youth Pastor
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.