Pastors & Staff

 

Jan Vezikov

Lead Pastor

Jan, pronounced “yahn,” (as in “never beyond grace” or “yarn” with a Boston accent) moved to Boston in July, 2009 with his family to plant a church. Pastor Jan was born in Estonia, but grew up in the great state of Rhode Island. He graduated with a triple major in International Relations, Business Economics, and Slavic Studies from Brown University, in Providence, RI. After working a couple years as an analyst, Jan devoted several years to studying theology and the Scriptures. In May 2009, he graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree, focusing in Advanced Biblical studies. He holds a ThM degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry from Westminster Theological Seminary. Pastor Jan has also completed a church planting residency with Fellowship Associates and a pastoral residency with the Ockenga Fellows Institute.

Most importantly, however, Jan loves Jesus, his beautiful wife Tanya, and their four daughters Sophia,  Elizabeth, and Ekaterina, and Milana. 

SHANE SIKKEMA

Executive Pastor

Shane was born in Chicago in 1982, and raised in Fulton, Illinois – a small Dutch community along the mighty Mississippi river. His childhood was filled with church, fishing, baseball, and lots of adventure. In 2004, he finished his undergrad in Computer Graphic Design, and the following year married Kelly, the love of his life! After college, Shane started his career at an ad agency, but within a few months God called him to be a pastor instead. After spending a few years in the design world, he quit his job and went to Seminary. In 2010 Shane completed a Master of Divinity degree and spent a few years serving at a large church in the Quad Cities, Iowa.

After a providential trip to New England in September of 2012, God called Shane, Kelly and their son Owen, to move from the Midwest to the great city of Boston, and join the mission of Mosaic! Since then, they have also welcomed Nora into their family.


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Kara Bettis

COMMUNICATIONS AND CONNECTIONS Director

A native New Englander, Kara moved back to Patriots nation after stints in New York City and Raleigh, NC. In addition to working in ministry, she’s a freelance reporter focusing on the intersection of religion, politics and culture. Kara graduated with her B.A. in Media, Culture and the Arts in 2013 and is currently working on an M.A. in theology. She is passionate about women's discipleship and urban ministry.

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RAQUEL ROSS

director of mini mosaic

Hailing from the sunshine state, Raquel was brought up learning a love for vocal performance, writing and photography. She earned her B.A. in Media Communication Studies and minored in Spanish at the Florida State University before making the pilgrimage to Boston in 2012. Raquel worked in the Boston advertising scene and volunteered as the assistant director of Mini Mosaic until 2016, when she moved abroad to teach in Madrid, Spain. She has now returned to New England to work more closely with the families and young ones here in Boston.

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Caleb Savari

WORSHIP LEADER

Caleb was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He graduated in 2017 with his Bachelor of Music in Music Production and Engineering from Berklee College of Music. Caleb plays rugby with MIT and is a guitarist and vocalist for his band, The Fine Print. He has come to call Mosaic home and is really excited about what God is doing in and through the church to spread His Gospel in the city of Boston.

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Tyler Burns

MOSAIC YOUTH

Tyler was born and raised just outside of Trenton, New Jersey but moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University.  After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Tyler was moved to serve the youth of Boston.  Having helped start the Mosaic Youth Group in October of 2015, Tyler is now pursuing his Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in order to be best prepared to serve the teens he works with.

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Ivey Rhodes

CHURCH PLANTING APPRENTICE

Ivey, his wife Allie, and his kids (Maggie, Quentin, Levi, and Olan) are originally from Charleston, SC. Most recently they moved from Raleigh, NC where he finished his Master of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ivey and Allie moved to Boston to start a new church. He is excited about learning how to contextually bring the gospel to Boston as he works through his church planting residency at Mosaic.

JASON TALLENT

CHURCH PLANTING RESIDENT

Jason and his wife Micah have been happily married for 20 years. They have five children, Olivia, Ethan, Olexis, Evan, and Olissa. Jason was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and has pastored churches in Arkansas and Tennessee for the past 20 years. In 2011, Jason and Micah traveled to the Northeast where they were overwhelmed with the spiritual darkness of New England. They have responded to God’s call and are determined to plant their lives in Boston and see the Kingdom of God expand.