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Adam Knight

Adam Knight

Adam is the planter and lead pastor of Christ Fellowship UMC. Adam is passionate about the Wesleyan movement and it’s focus on evangelism, discipleship, and mission and he tries to lead Christ Fellowship in that same tradition. Adam holds a Bachelors Degree from Texas Tech University, a Master of Divinity Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is married to Brittney and they are the parents of Rylan (6) and Laurel (3).

Brittany Jolly

Brittany Jolly

Brittany Jolly is currently serving as the Outreach & Discipleship Pastor at Residuum Church, an 8-month-old church plant in North Charleston, SC. Before serving stateside, she and her husband, Nathan served as church planters in Central Asia for 2 years. They have been working with other church planters as support staff for the past 5 years, and in the next 2 years hope to launch their first church plant as lead pastors.

Ed Love

Ed Love

Dr. Ed Love presently serves as an Adjunct Professor and the Catalyst of the Certificate in Church Planting and Multiplication at Wesley Seminary of Indiana Wesleyan University. He is responsible primarily for the development and teaching of the church planting courses the seminary offers. Ed currently serves as the narrative pastor of The Well Church. Ed resides in central Michigan with his wife Emily and three kids, Jennah, Josiah, and Micah.

Brad Kalajainen

Brad Kalajainen

Brad Kalajainen is the founding and lead pastor of Cornerstone UMC in Grand Rapids. MI. Cornerstone began as a church plant 24 years ago. It is now a multisite church of three campuses with a projection of more in the next few years. Brad coaches, consults, and speaks on a variety of planting, leadership, growth, and multisite ministry related topics. Brad attended Asbury Seminary, and is married to Colleen and has two grown children.

Bryan Collier

Bryan Collier

Bryan Collier is the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Orchard: A Multisite United Methodist Congregation in Tupelo, Mississippi. With its five sites throughout northeast Mississippi, The Orchard is focused on Growing Deep in the Love of Jesus and Branching Out to others with that love. Bryan is a sports enthusiast, a voracious reader and enjoys hiking and the outdoors. He has been married to Wendy for 23 years and they have a daughter Olivia and a son, Houston.

Carolyn Moore

Carolyn Moore

Carolyn Moore is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. In June of 2003, she was appointed to the Augusta area, where she and her family were given the joy of birthing Mosaic United Methodist Church. Mosaic focuses on reaching people in the margins. In more than ten years of weekly worship, Mosaic has seen more than 130 baptisms and hundreds of professions of faith. Carolyn has been joyfully married for 28 years to Steve Moore, a U.S. History teacher at Greenbrier High School in Evans.

Bob Crossman

Bob Crossman

Dr. Bob Crossman is the author of Committed to Christ: Six Steps to a Generous Life; Six Steps to a Generous Life: Living Your Commitment to Christ; The New Church Leadership Notebook; 50 Ways to Increase Worship Attendance; 50 Ways to Welcome a New Pastor or Associate Pastor; and 50 Ways to Take Church to the Community. He has over forty years of experience in the ministry, serving as pastor or staff member in churches ranging in size from 13 to 3,000, and as an Annual Conference and General Agency staff member. Currently, Bob is deployed to the South Central Jurisdiction as a New Church Strategist for Path 1 at Discipleship Ministries and also serves as Director of the New Church Leadership Institute.

Jeff McDowell

Jeff McDowell

Jeff McDowell is the founding Pastor of The Harvest United Methodist Church in Missouri City, TX. He and his wife Paula have been married for 23 years and have two teenage children, Jackson and Tori. He is a graduate of Sam Houston State University (BBA) , Asbury Seminary (M. Div) and Perkins School of Theology (D.Min – Evangelism). Jeff has a passion for partnering with the Spirit to help people reach their God given potential.

Jeff Olive

Jeff Olive

Jeff Olive (www.olivecoaching.com) has served as a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference for the past 15 years. Currently he is the Director of New Church Development overseeing the formation of new congregations throughout the Conference. Prior to his current appointment he planted and pastored a growing new congregation called Dayspring UMC in Tyler, Texas. He continues to coach and consult with a number of church planters in several Annual Conferences and serves as Editor of the Seedbed Church Planter Collective.

Ken Werlein

Ken Werlein

Ken Werlein is Founding Pastor of Faithbridge Church in Northwest Houston, TX. From its initial core group of seven people, the church has grown into a thriving congregation with thousands of adults, students and children. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Asbury Seminary. In addition to preaching God’s Word, mentoring young leaders, and working to strengthen other Kingdom-minded ministries, Ken prioritizes family time with his wife Suzanne, and their two sons, Wesley and William.

Matt LeRoy

Matt LeRoy

Matt LeRoy is a co-pastor of Love Chapel Hill, an eclectic, quirky church plant in downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is married to Sarah, who is out of his league, and Dad to twin sons, Luke and Sam. Matt is co-author of Awakening Grace: Spiritual Practices to Transform Your Soul. His church can be found at lovechapelhill.com.

Nolan Donald

Nolan Donald

Nolan Donald is a native Alabamian serving on the mission field of Texas! He way outkicked his coverage when he married Susanna, and they have two sons (Asher and Ezra) who are the delight of his life. Nolan loves live music, traveling, reading and is an amateur beekeeper. He is the founding pastor of WordServe Church in Fulshear, TX.

Ray Hughes

Ray Hughes

Ray Hughes serves as Pastor of the Fry Road Campus at Foundry United Methodist Church in Houston, TX. Ray joined Foundry in 2007 and helped lead the launch of a second campus. Ray graduated from Georgia State University in 1998 where he played on the baseball team and spent two summer tours with Athletes in Action baseball. An Asbury Seminary graduate, Ray and his wife of 16 years, Jacqueline, have three children, Thomas, Mary Frances and Chase.

Tommy Gray

Tommy Gray

Tommy Gray is married to Carrie and the father of Matt and Breanne. And the grandfather of Millie Anne. He planted ClearBranch UMC in 1996 and over his twelve years as founding pastor the church grew to 1,650 in worship. Tommy then served as a District Superintendent in the North Alabama Conference with a focus on church planting. Currently he is one of the pastors at Asbury UMC in Madison, AL and is also involved in developing the New Expressions Network for church planting in the Wesleyan tradition.

Phil Struckmeyer

Phil Struckmeyer

Phil Struckmeyer is from Lowell, Michigan where he lives with his wife Andrea and three kids, Drew, Nick and Emily. Phil and Andrea planted a new church, IMPACT, in Lowell, MI in the Fall of 2003. Phil has recently become the Director of Church Health and Multiplication for The Wesleyan Church and is using the church planting network he started, known as Nitrogen, to help move the multiplication movement across North America. Phil is currently working on a Leadership and Global Perspectives doctorate in ministry at George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

Winfield Bevins

Winfield Bevins

Dr. Winfield Bevins is the Director of the Asbury Church Planting Initiative. He has a passion for equipping others to plant new churches. His experience includes planting churches and training church planters from different denominational backgrounds. He has written several books including Our Common Prayer: A Field Guide to the Book of Common Prayer. He and his wife Kay, have three girls Elizabeth, Anna Belle, and Caroline.

Kevin Parido

Kevin Parido

Kevin has served in churches for 15 years in multiple areas of ministry. He is a coach with Spiritual Leadership Inc. where he works with churches, districts and conferences helping them take the next steps in mission. He currently works at Winchester First UMC in Kentucky as Pastor of Equipping and Leadership Development. Kevin is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University (1999) and Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div., 2013). He and his wife Sarabeth live on his father’s farm with their three boys: Lukas, Liam, and Landon.

Anderson Moyo

Anderson Moyo

Dr. Anderson Moyo is Senior Pastor of Sheffield Community Church and also leads the Apostolic Team of Faith Ministries UK, a network of diaspora churches in the United Kingdom. Anderson is involved in church planting and research in diasporic missiology as a reverse missionary from Zimbabwe based in the United Kingdom and has extensive experience in leadership training, evangelism, and discipleship. He obtained his Doctor of Ministry degree at Asbury Theological Seminary (Kentucky, USA). He is married to Lydia, and has three children, Dumisani, Victoria and Lesedi. He loves to play Volleyball and Table tennis, watches football regularly, and has a passion to identify, develop, and release emerging leaders.

Tracey Goss

Tracey Goss

I am married to the “voice of wisdom”, Tracey Goss. We have 3 amazing boys, Noah, Caleb, and Micah. Tracey and I love to travel, watch action movies, and read good books. In 2008 the church I planted, Light and Life Goleta, launched in a movie theatre with nine adults, seven kids, and a handful of friends. In the years since, we have moved twice and now rent a UCSB auditorium in Isla Vista, California.

Joe McKechnie

Joe McKechnie

Joe McKechnie attended the University of Georgia earning his degree in Broadcast Journalism. Joe then spent six years as a television sportscaster before respond to the lord’s invitation into vocational ministry. He attended Asbury Theological Seminary, and later earned his Doctorate from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Joe and Catherine have been married for ten years and they have two awesome children – David, age 8, and Grace Ann, age 5. Joe was the founding Pastor of Arbor Point Church in North Georgia. After eight years there, Joe was appointed to serve Sixes United Methodist Church in Canton, Georgia.

Dana Hicks

Dana Hicks

Dana Hicks is the Lead Pastor of Real Life Community in Nampa, Idaho. He also serves at Northwest Nazarene University in the School of Theology and Christian Ministries as an adjunct Professor of Missional Leadership. Dana received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwest Nazarene University, the Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from the Beeson Pastor Doctoral Fellowship at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is married to Serena. They have five kids between them that they juggle in a Brady Bunch-like fashion.

Andrea Abrahamson

Andrea Abrahamson

Andrea Abrahamson is the Coordinator of Worship at Asbury Theological Seminary and is completing her Masters of Divinity with a specialization in Church Planting. In addition to Church Planting, her experience includes Business Management and Creative Arts. She has a passion for missional church movements and unreached people groups.