Ryan Phipps

Ryan is the Lead Pastor of Forefront Church in Manhattan, New York City. He serves as the primary teacher and visionary overseeing the direction of the congregation and equipping the staff.

Ryan also serves as the National Communications Director for Convergence, the umbrella organization comprising The Center for Progressive Renewal, The Open Network, and The Form Network.

In his spare time, Ryan can be found at his desk writing for the Huffington Post.

Learn more about Ryan at ryanphipps.com

You can email Ryan here.

Marlee Walters

Marlee is the Pastor of Operations at Forefront Church. Marlee also serves on the teaching team.

She was previously the Family Ministry Director. She has also been an office manager, for both churches and for-profit companies.

Marlee holds a Master's degree in Library and Information Science, with a focus on User Experience, from Pratt Institute in New York City.

She is an INTJ.

You can email Marlee here.


Travis is the Community Pastor at Forefront. Travis also serves on the teaching team.

He oversees all aspects of community life, including the small groups ministry, outreach projects, and insures that the church is welcoming to all who enter its doors.

Travis also writes for the Huffington Post.

He is originally from Kentucky and loves Bourbon.

You can email Travis here.

Michael Taylor

Mike is the Director of Worship at Forefront. 

A gifted singer, songwriter, and musician, Mike oversees all aspects of the music at our Sunday gatherings in addition to our worship mentorship program.

Mike is originally from New Zealand.

Learn more about Mike and listen to his music at michaeljamestaylor.com.

You can email Mike here.

Feel free to email us with any questions you may have. We'd love to hear from you.