Equipping the Midwest for Our Unique Mission Field
Abner serves as the Lead Church Planting Catalyst for NAMB in the state of Iowa. Previously, he served in college ministry for twelve years and helped lead Collegiate Collective, a web-based resource for collegiate leaders.
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Pastor retirado. Sirviendo actualmente entre 18 grupos etnicos como Catalizador para el Estado de MN & WI.
David is a Ministry Specialist at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, TN where he has served since 1985. He develops and leads training experiences for church professional and volunteer leaders in this country and globally; he has also authored several resources. He serves as pastor of a small church northwest of Nashville. He also serves weekly in a Maximum Security Institute where he works primarily with men on death row.
Jesse is the church planting pastor of Resonate Church in Janesville, WI. Jesse also served 10 years in full-time ministry mainly as a youth pastor working with students and families. Prior to moving to Janesville, Jesse served 5 years at Monroe Bible Church in Monroe, WI.
Jack’s been an elder at Grace Church in Racine WI for the last 27 years with the goal of being a strong right arm to his pastors in helping make disciples. He’s now on staff with the Navigators as the Heartland Upper Midwest regional leader coaching 17 pastors and leading the Growing an Intentional Discipleship Church Process (GiDC) in 15 local churches.
Georges is a native of Lebanon who came to Canada at 19 and started following Jesus at 23. Today, Georges leads church planting in KNCSB as a North American Mission Board supported missionary. His passion is the spiritual formation of followers of Christ.
Clint has served as Church Leadership Catalyst of the MWBC since 2006. He has led a dozen churches to organize and raise the funds needed for facilities. His D. Min. project was titled, “Coaching Church Planters to Make the Case for Their First Facility.”
Charles is presently the director of the Church Planting Training Team for the Send Network of the North American Mission Board. He has worked for NAMB since Jan 1, 2016. Prior to that he served Illinois Baptists for 16 years in a variety of roles. His main responsibility for NAMB is to lead the team to train the trainers for the US and Canada. Charles has served churches in Illinois and Missouri in the areas of student and music ministry as well as helping launch Delta Church in Springfield, IL.
Chad gets to lead the team that helps churches and individuals get connected to church planting through the Send Network. He lives north of Atlanta, GA.
Mark is the senior director of replanting at the North American Mission Board. Mark has been planting, replanting, and providing strategic mission leadership since 1978. Mark is based out of Kansas City, MO Missouri.
Dan and Chris Conrades
The Conrades planted a legacy church plant in Richmond, IN called Crosspoint Church. Dan has traveled on over 10 international mission trips and loves to lead the church to go and serve. Chris works as a curriculum writer for WMU’s RA and GA programs.
Chris is a church planting candidate with the Salt Network based in Ames, IA. In August 2020, he will be planting a church to impact Indiana University and the Bloomington, IN community.
Mark served as pastor to an urban congregation in Virginia for 26 years and has traveled, been on mission, or preached in over 30 countries. He now serves as director of Black and Western Church Partnerships at Lifeway Christian Resources.
Daniel is the vice-president of communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He’s a contributor to several publications, including Christianity Today, Homelife, In Touch, and The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of several books, including, “The Dignity Revolution.” He is also a teaching pastor at Green Hill Church in Mt. Juliet, TN.
Glenn has served as the associational leader for Heart of Kansas Southern Baptist Association in Wichita, KS for 11 years. Prior to serving in this role, Glenn was pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Salina, KS for 25 years.
Bob became the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Marion, IL, in 2007, after serving IBSA as an associate executive director of Church Strengthening. He received a BS in Education and taught high school mathematics for 7 years after college. When called to the ministry, he attended Midwestern Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary, earning a D. Min. while serving churches in Illinois.
Rick is the founding pastor of Cuyahoga Valley Church (CVC) near Cleveland, Ohio. After 26 years as lead pastor of CVC, Rick and the CVC elders developed a two-year succession plan as he passed the torch of leadership to Chad Allen, new lead pastor of CVC. Rick now serves full-time with the Send Network Training Team of NAMB.
Chris Eller serves as associate executive director for the Baptist Convention of Iowa and has 30 years of church ministry experience, including 12 as a pastor of small groups.
Mark is in his 19th year as the associational mission strategist of the Heartland Church Network, Omaha, NE. He is a Wyoming native who has spent the 30+ years in the upper Midwest having previously served as director of missions/church starter strategist in western Iowa and as pastor in Fort Dodge, IA.
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Dean Fulks Dean Fulks is lead pastor and planter of Lifepoint Church on the north side of Columbus, OH. He also serves as the SEND Columbus City Missionary. He has written two books, “Your Next Thirty Days” and “Your Next Thirty Days of Relationships.”
Bryan has a doctorate in cultural studies and has extensive fieldwork experience in researching and understanding people groups in Asia Pacific, North America. He presently serves as the IMB’s Diaspora Coalition Coordinator.
Dr. Ray Gentry is president/CEO of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders and associational mission strategist, Southside Baptist Network, McDonough, GA.
Pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and current president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, writing on the correlations between early church presentations of the gospel and Islamic theology. He has authored several books, including, “Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems,” “Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send,” and “Jesus, Continued…Why the Spirit Inside You Is Better Than Jesus Beside You.”
Whether you call it a DOM, AM or AMS, Rich Halcombe has been grateful to serve Metro Columbus Baptist Association in that capacity in Ohio’s capital since 2003. Rich also served as CEO of stowemission.org. In 2018, he founded leaderincrease.com to help leaders better lead themselves and others.
John currently serves as the lead pastor of the Jersey Church in New Albany, OH. Hays has served his denomination in a variety of capacities; 2 years as president of the State Convention of Baptist of Ohio, 8 years as trustee of the International Mission Board, and 8 years as trustee of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Bill recently returned to the pastorate after serving nearly 4 years as executive director of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists, accepting the call of the First Baptist Church of Athens, TN. Since 2007, he has served on the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary teaching classes in evangelism and church revitalization on both the master and doctoral levels. He is the author of “Can These Bones Live?” and “ReClaimed Church.”
Landry is the Manager of LifeWay Kids Ministry Publishing, Nashville, TN. A graduate of Howard Payne University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he served on church staffs before coming to LifeWay. He is a church leader, writer, workshop facilitator, and publisher.
Steve serves with the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio coming to REACH Ohio with 22 years of pastoral experience. His responsibilities include leader development with pastors and church leaders, the PrayOhio! prayer initiative, and church revitalization.
Spencer attended Southwest Baptist College (SBU) and went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX where he received a Master’s in Religious Education. He served as a minister of education prior to moving to the Missouri Baptist Convention where he has served in various capacities since 1983. He currently serves as the liaison in the Executive Office.
Dana is a pastor’s wife, a pastor’s mother, and a pastor’s mother-in-law who has spoken at conferences, retreats and events as far away as Africa and as close as her own hometown. Her experience teaching at colleges in Texas and Tennessee as well as providing training for businesses and industries has also given her a heart for marketplace ministries.
John served in an Islamic context for almost 18 years in North Africa. Since returning to the US he and his wife have continued to reach out to Muslims in their community of Louisville, KY. John currently serves as president of Reaching and Teaching International and associate professor of global studies at Boyce College and Southern Seminary.
Dhati Lewis Lead pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and Vice President of Send Network with the North American Mission Board.
Tim has served as executive director of the Baptist Convention of Iowa since March 2014. Formerly, he served as the mission pastor at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa for 8 years; prior to this, he and his family have served 6 years with the IMB ministering among university students in South Korea and 10 years as a team leader in Turkey.
Tony was born in Flint, MI and grew up in the family of a General Motors factory worker. He served as an international missionary with his wife and children in Africa and Europe and as a pastor in various churches. Tony now serves as State Director of Missions in Michigan.
Will Mancini Will is a church consultant and ministry entrepreneur. In 2004, he started Auxano, a church consulting firm that works with 400 churches a year to create break-thru clarity around disciple-making and visionary planning. In 2015 he cofounded Younique, a coaching company that delivers gospel-centered life design through local churches. In 2019 Will founded Denominee, a non-profit consulting group that increases the value of denominational and network leaders to the local church.
David is associate executive director for the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists with ministry responsibilities in the areas of leadership development and worship consultation. David has led worship and leadership conferences with various churches, conventions and educational institutions and can be followed on his blog: worshipevaluation.org.
Gary is director of missions for Clay Platte Baptist Association in the northern Kansas City area. Prior to joining CPBA in January of 2019, Gary served 6 years with the Missouri Baptist Convention as Church Revitalization and Pastoral Development specialist. He also served 25 years as a senior and associate pastor in Missouri and Kansas churches. He is a graduate of The College of the Ozarks (BA) in Branson, MO, and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M Div; D Min), in Kansas City.
Ted Max Ted is lead pastor of Vale Church, a multi-campus church with locations in Bloomington and Peoria IL, leading all six worship experiences. He’s been in full-time ministry since 2000 and has served in multiple roles: student pastor, teaching pastor, and for the past 6 years, lead pastor. He attended Illinois State University for Business Administration as well as Moody Bible College for a Biblical Studies degree.
Ben McKim Ben McKim is a pastor in Clarinda, IA. He is married with two beautiful children and in his free time he loves to write.
Todd has served local churches for over 30 years in a variety of roles from small rural congregations to church plants to mega-churches. His generosity roots rise from leading multiple capital campaigns for two churches where he served on staff, raising over $35,000,000 for their visionary projects. He now serves as the Director of LifeWay Generosity & Digital Giving. He’s a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, Fla. and Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Chris has served in student ministry, church planting, international missions, and as pastor in local churches. Throughout the different venues of ministry, he has resolutely pursued the purpose of intentionally making disciples according to Jesus’ standards.
Jorge Melendez Jorge es originario de Honduras Centroamérica. Jorge ha estado sirviendo por 18 años con la Illinois Baptist State Association y La North American Mission Board como estratega para el inicio de nuevas congregaciones entre los Latinos en Illinois.
Luis Mendoza Luis is pastor of Iglesia Cristiana Palabra Viva in Kansas City, MO. He also serves as Missouri Baptist Convention’s Multicultural Church Planting Field Assistant for Kansas City and the director of the Multicultural Church Planting Center. A native of Nicaragua, Luis has been involved with church planting since 1992. He received a B.A. from Hannibal-LaGrange University in 2002. He obtained a M. Div. in 2007 and a D. Min. in 2018, both from Midwestern Seminary.
Casey is a co-founder of ConneXtion Worldwide and a leadership development coach, focusing on personal and team development. She specializes in Christian ministries and churches, helping leaders build healthy team cultures that further validate the gospel message to their disciples and a lost world. She is Bible teacher and a Lifeway Women’s Leadership Trainer.
Matt and his wife, Jenn, planted New City Church in 2012. Over the past 7 years, New City Church has multiplied to 4 campuses in Kansas and Missouri. Matt is also a part of the Send Network, serving as the Send City Missionary for Kansas City.
Mark has served as the church planting catalyst with the North American Mission Board and in Wisconsin since 2005. He earned his M Div and D Min from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is credentialed with the International Coach Federation.
David Mitchell is lead pastor at West Ridge Community Church in Wichita, KS.
Doug is executive director of the Baptist Foundation of Illinois (BaptistFoundationIL.org). In the last few years, BFI has helped 24 churches make the transition from regularly meeting congregations to BFI’s Church Legacy Program. Together, they represent millions in financial resources as well as numerous people introduced to Christ in new planted churches.
Doug is in his 25th year as senior pastor of FBC O’Fallon, IL. He is an author, online seminary professor of preaching and evangelism, former 1st Vice President of the SBC, and an ice cream lover.
Scott is pastor of Crossroads Community Church, located west of Chicago in Carol Stream. Scott and his wife, Victoria, launched Crossroads in 2001. Today, it’s a thriving congregation with 3 weekend services, a site in DeKalb, and a daughter church in Palos Hills, IL.
Noah Oldham Noah is the lead pastor of August Gate Church, a church he planted in south city St. Louis in 2009. He also serves the St. Louis Send City Missionary for the North American Mission Board.
Matt Pardi Matt is the founder of the H2O Network. He now pastors locally in Bowling Green, OH and coaches the network of churches that has grown to 10 churches. He has been serving in ministry for over 20 years. Matt loves discipleship and raising up future leaders.
Brandon is founder of Marketplace Mission, a ministry dedicated to empowering business leaders to make disciples in the workplace. He is former pastor of Connection Point Church in Kansas City, one of the largest multisite churches in the Midwest. He is author of 5 books including: “LifeCoach Discipleship” and “The Five Essentials of Life.”
Carolyn lives in Dallas, TX and has been involved in missional discipleship for over 35 years. She loves God’s word, is passionate about His mission to all nations, and believes missional disciples are to live the Great Commandment and fulfill the Great Commission.
Born into a military family, Cathy’s first 18 years included multiple cross-cultural experiences. As young adults, Cathy and her husband served as church planters with the Foreign Mission Board in Asia. She serves with the State Convention of Baptist in Ohio in women’s missions and ministries.
Don was on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for 14 years; serving in Alabama, Texas and Illinois. He holds an M. Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He pastored Bethel Church on Washington Island and Faith EFC in Stanley. Don served as Director of Church Health for the Forest Lakes District of the EFCA. Since retiring in 2015, Don is working as an interim pastor.
Jim is the founding pastor of 6-year-old Rock Hill Church in Lawrence, KS. Rock Hill was planted as an expression of God’s call to recruit, equip and deploy Great Commission laborers and leaders, to the ends of the earth. He earned a D Min in Leadership Development from Fuller Seminary in 2007.
Doyle is pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Topeka, KS. He has pastored churches in Kansas and Oklahoma.
Eddie has planted 2 churches as planter and lead teaching pastor and from these churches, 5 more new churches were planted. He completed a D Min in Expository Preaching and Church Planting from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2015. Eddie serves as IBSA’s church planting director with a focus on gospel saturation.
Adron serves as pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Country Club Hills, IL. Under his direction the church has transitioned from an inward focused congregation to a mission-centered congregation. Adron serves as president of the Illinois Baptist State Association and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Charlie is the lead pastor of Northridge Church in Sabetha, KS.
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Aaron is the church planter/pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in northwestern Minnesota. He’s also a chaplain in the Air Force Reserves.
Ben has served as associate pastor of worship at Trinity Baptist Church in Reedsburg, WI for 16 years. He’s worked in ministries small and large, full and part-time for the past 38 years in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Ben holds a BA of Religious Studies from Southwest Baptist University and a M Min from Master’s International University of Divinity (Sept 2019).
Omar was born in Chile, immigrated to Toronto, Canada at age 6, and would go on to serve as an International Mission Board missionary. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012 with a M Div. Omar currently serves as a church planting missionary with the Missouri Baptist Convention.
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Mike has facilitated Muslim evangelism and numerous church planting movements during his 21-year international ministry. Those applying the principles of his best-selling book, “Any-3: Lead Muslims to Christ Now,” have reached tens of thousands of Muslims worldwide with the gospel.
George is manager of the Student Mobilization Team at the International Mission Board. He’s passionate to mobilize and equip students, their leaders, and churches in the US and abroad to engage in God’s mission. Prior to coming to the IMB in 2007, George served as a student and missions pastor for over 25 years in 3 churches. He was also the associate director for World Changers at the Brotherhood Commission in Memphis, TN.
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Travis, a native of the Cincinnati area, with over 25 years of pastoral experience has been the lead pastor at Lakota Hills since 2006. He earned a bachelors from Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and masters from Liberty University.
Bruce has been assisting churches in demographic research for the past two decades. His training and experience includes: MissionInsite, Percept, Mapping Center for Evangelism, ScanUS, and several online public access resources. He serves as associate executive director of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio.
Mark’s written “Truth That Sticks” with Avery Willis, “Workers in the Harvest” on indigenous unfunded church planting; and served as general editor for “Orality in America,” a white paper for the Mission America Coalition. He’s trained hundreds in People Teams, a cross-cultural church planting initiative and led teams to survey the most ethnically diverse places in the Cincinnati area. Mark served the IMB for 18 years, NAMB for 9 years, and in the Kentucky and Missouri state conventions. He currently serves as the associational missions strategist for the Cincinnati Area Baptist Association and leads Snowden Ministries International.
Arlin is Vice President of Brand and Ecosystem Evangelism at ConnectWise in Tampa, Fla. He founded HTG, now known as IT Nation Evolve, an organization that is responsible for delivering peer group, coaching, and consulting services to over 600 companies globally. He also founded Sorensen’s Computer Connection, a technology company, and HTS Ag.
Laurie Sorensen Laurie graduated from Iowa State in 2004 with a bachelor’s and Western Illinois in 2008 with a master’s, both education. She left teaching to go to East Asia where she served with a Southern Baptist church planting team for two years. She now serves as a learning architect for ConnectWise. Laurie holds a second master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. She’s the author of thePlanning for Successworkbook.
Joel is pastor of Peavine Church in the Chattanooga area. In 2017, Peavine was the 52nd fastest growing church in America and in 2018 was one of the 16 most effective evangelistic churches in the SBC. He also serves as a national evangelism strategist for the North American Mission Board.
Gene retired from the US Air Force after 25 years of service and has been the lead pastor at Heartland Church in Sioux City, IA for 14 years.
Josh is the Lead Pastor of Redemption Church, a four-year-old church plant in the greater Grand Rapids area. They have seen God move in many life changing ways in their short history. Redemption is a multi-campus church that highly values multiplication. In their first four years they have already launched two churches.
Mark is lead pastor of Cornerstone Church of Ames, IA. Cornerstone is the home of Salt Company and the leading church in the Salt Network, a family of churches that strategically plant multi-generational churches at major university campuses.
Joshua has been involved with a variety of church plants at a variety of levels for the past decade. Since developing Send Twin Cities, Joshua now oversees church planting for the Minnesota and Wisconsin Convention.
Bryan Wiles Bryan Wiles is the pastor and campus director of H2O Church in Bowling Green, OH, where he has served since graduating from Bowling Green State in 2002.
Sandy, an Illinois native, serves as executive director-treasurer for national WMU in Birmingham, AL.
Eleanor is director of the International Mission Board Prayer Office. The graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary lived in Germany for 15 years and served in Central Asia.
Having ministered 19 years as a pastor and 18 years as a director of missions, Joe now serves as executive director of the Bivocational & Small Church Leadership Network. He brings not only a lifetime of experience in church service but a heart that is broken over the hurting and injured leadership within our churches.
Associational Mission Strategists, please contact your local Baptist Convention or Association for information about bringing a group to the summit.