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Wil Mayfield | Vona Church | Seattle, Washington
Wil is a graduate of Arlington Baptist College in Arlington, Tx. He served for seven years as a pastor in the Dallas area before returning to Seattle, the city he grew up in, to plant Vona Church. Ballard, the neighborhood in which they are planting, is the fastest growing neighborhood in Seattle. Wil, his family and church plant team believe that the key to reaching the city of Seattle is by reaching the diverse neighborhoods in Seattle. With that in mind, they are planting Vona as the first in a network of neighborhood church plants.
John Markum | LifeCity Church | Santa Clara, California
John Markum is a 2004 grad of BBC-Springfield, and has served as an associate pastor for nearly 10 years before setting out to plant LifeCity Church in Santa Clara, CA in 2013. John was sent out by Edgewood Baptist Church of Rock Island, IL where he and wife, Tiffany, served as their singles/young adults pastor. LifeCity officially launched September 0f 2014. Being strategically positioned in the heart of Silicon Valley, John's church plant faced amazing opportunity and unique challenges. John's vision is to establish LifeCity Church as a catalyst for planting dozens of more churches around the San Francisco Bay - and from there reach the world through the transient residents.
Mike Brinson | Lifepoint Baptist Church | Centerton, Arkansas
The first official meeting of Lifepoint Baptist Church was in the Sienna Estates Clubhouse in Centerton, AR on July 19. God blessed with 24 in attendance. Since that date God has been equipping the new church with a dynamic core group. The church celebrated its Grand Opening on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009.
At Lifepoint we have a simple purpose that has become our process. What is our purpose? To Love God, Live in Community and Lead from Strengths.
Joey Candillo | Grace Church | Independence, Missouri
Joey grew up in Independence and graduated from William Chrisman in 1992. He got into a lot of trouble as a teenager and young adult. In 1997, he went to prison for a short time for selling drugs. While in there he became a Christian. After getting out he surrendered to full time ministry and enrolled at Baptist Bible College in 1998. He graduated in May of 2002. In September of the same year, he planted The Milestone Church in inner-city Kansas City. In 2004, the Milestone Church merged with Bales Baptist Church and Joey became the pastor of Bales. He resigned from Bales in the fall of 2013 and began to make plans to launch Grace Church. He was married to his wife, Megan, in May of 2005. Joey is blessed with five children (Caitlyn, Josiah, Grace, Madison, and Jaxon). In his spare time he loves to hunt and fish. He is passionate about connecting people with God.
Blake Fortner | Three Trails Community | Kansas City, MO
Blake is a 2005 graduate of Baptist Bible College. He and his wife Meagan were married in 2005 and have four boys (Ben, Owen, Liam, and Calvin).
Blake and his family had the privilege of serving as BBFI missionaries to Ethiopia for four years (2007-2011) until God brought them back home to deal with some developmental challenges their oldest son was facing. During this time, Blake and his family returned to their sending church (Abundant Life Church, Lee’s Summit MO) where Blake served on staff as a pastor for six years. Over those six years Blake began to feel that God was calling him and his family to plant a church in South Kansas City. Having been a former missionary, Blake has a burden to see disciples made of all nations. South Kansas city is a melting pot of people from all over the world. Many of them, from countries where Christianity is illegal. Blake, along with his and several other families from their sending church, are excited to begin serving the community of South Kansas City and see many disciples made.
With Blake having had the privilege of growing up and experiencing life in this incredibly diverse community, it is his desire is to fully embrace this aspect of our city and promote it within the church as well. With all the racial tension in our country there is not better place to bring healing and unity than from within the church. At Three Trails Community, our passion is to see disciples made of every nation represented in South KC and to see those disciples continue to reproduce themselves in the exact place God has put them. We are excited to have the opportunity to reach the world from South KC!
Eric Goodman | CenterPoint Church | Andover, Kansas
Eric and his wife Lori started CenterPoint Church in 2013. For 9 months they met in their home and started with one lady, besides their family. God has since blessed with a healthy group that loves the Lord and the church plant is growing weekly. Eric has pastored in Colorado, Arkansas and Kansas prior to this church plant. Eric is a 2nd Generation planter, as his parents were missionaries in Australia for 25 years. Eric is a graduate of Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri with a BS. in Pastoral studies and is currently enrolled at Louisiana Baptist Graduate School for his Masters in Leadership. Eric is an avid Denver Broncos fan, loves a good action packed movie and is a coffee connoisseur. Exercising at the Y has become a new passion recently. Lori handles everything from Co-leading the children's ministry to book keeping for the church and just about everything in between. Together they have 5 children from college age to 3rd grade.
Chris Highfill | Grace River Church | O'Fallon, Missouri
Chris Highfill is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University with a degree in church ministries. Prior to church planting, Chris worked in youth ministry for 14 years; 13 of those at the same church. Chris is also the founder of The Link Camp, a two week summer camp for middle and high school students. Under Chris's leadership, the camp grew from 80 to 800 students in four years. Chris is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce in O'Fallon and the Saint Charles County Vision Leadership program. Chris met his wife Sarah while in college and they have been married since 2003. They have three children; Ella, Jack and Alle.
Chris Housewright | GracePoint Church | Destrehan, Louisiana
GracePoint is a newer church in the New Orleans area. Chris and Kassy Housewright felt lead by the Lord to move to the south Louisiana and surrender to God’s calling of planting churches in May 2011. They left their position as student pastor at East Side Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas to come down to Destrehan, LA and start GracePoint. The church currently gathers every Sunday in the Ballroom at Cypress Lakes Country Club.
Chris and Kassy have been married since January 18, 2003 and have three children Kaitlyn (8), Kinsley (4) and Karley (2).
Gary Milbourne | Revolution Church | Pearland, Texas
11.7 people move to Pearland Texas every day! Gary & Tammy Milbourne were blessed with four hard working families with servants hearts to join the launch team in planting a racially diverse church in this rapidly growing, multicultural city.
Because of the generosity of a godly business man, they meet in a 9,000 square children's play place called Lone Star Bounce Town! Talk about a fun church! Revolution Church has steadily grown over the last year and a half using the Bounce Town to turn customers into Christians.
Gary graduated from BBC in 1986 and he and Tammy have had three children also graduate from there as well, (and one black sheep graduate from Liberty University!) Please pray for this unique work and that racial and cultural barriers will continue to be broken down by the power of the Gospel.
Dennis Metzger | Rose Hill Baptist Church | Texas
Aaron Mitchell | Rio Rancho Baptist Church | Rio Rancho, NM
Aaron & Jodee Mitchell grew up in the Southeast corner of New Mexico and have been married 5 years. They have been faithfully serving God at Victory Baptist Church in Stephenville Texas for the past 4 years as Youth Director. God has called this young couple to start a new church in Rio Rancho, NM. It is their desire to follow the Lord's moving in their lives and step out in faith to see souls saved, discipled, and multiplied.
The Church will meet in the French Building Just off of North Unser & Northern Blvd. They will immediately provide a Nursery, Sunday School, Prophecy Bible Studies, Door to Door visitation, Establish Missions, and a Building Fund to purchase property for a future permanent building. Rio Rancho is known as the city of vision and the Mitchell's have a vision for Rio Rancho Baptist Church to grow and become a light in Rio Rancho.
Randy Moore | Revolution Church | McKinney, Texas
Pastor Randy dreamed of planting a brand new life-giving church with a simple goal- to maximize the chances of seeing lost people find and follow God.
The vision for Revolution Church came to Randy & Amy in January of 2012. Immediately surrendering to the call on their lives, they began to raise support as missionaries to start this brand new life-giving church. In April of 2012, after much research and desire to discover where God would have them to plant this church, they visited McKinney, Texas where God revealed to them His desire for His work to be in this area.
Their first goal was to begin to develop a launch team to help them launch Revolution Church. Through the efforts of the Dream Team, Revolution Church officially launched on April 6, 2014 with 208 people in attendance! God has really blessed the efforts of those who have been obedient to give of their time, talents, and treasure to follow Him with their lives!
Lynn Phipps | Burrell Chapel Baptist Church | Angelton, Texas
Pastor Lynn grew up on the North Side of Houston Texas. Pastor Lynn has previously served as associated minister the New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, where Dr. Wiley L. Dunn, Sr. was his Pastor. He was also responsible for leading many study groups, youth ministries and men ministries within the church.
Having being commissioned by God to plant a new church, Pastor Lynn and family left New Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and began to served in two different locations on the North Side of Houston while attempting to establish a group of people to start a church, but the doors did not open as he expected. Not willing to give up on this mandate giving by the Lord, an opportunity presented itself in the Angleton, Texas (South Houston) area. A small group of believers at Burrell Chapel gave him an invitation to come and lead them into the future. After being convinced in my heart that this was the Lord's will, Lynn accepted the challenge and decided to move forward with a new organization that promises to be the ground work for a new-planted church in the South Houston area. Pastor Lynn and his wife Kia have been married for 10 years and are the proud parents of three children, Mikayla 16, Lyndon, 8 and Kiara 7.
Robby Pollard | Village Park Baptist Church | The Woodlands, TX
On January 5, 2014, after a year of prayer and planning, Berean Baptist Church, in Houston, TX commissioned and sent 35 members to plant a new gospel-centered church in the northwest area of Houston. This church was a part of the church's vision to "multiply through church planting."
Committed to the mission of "leading people to find and follow Jesus," Village Park Church officially launched on January 19, 2014 and has grown to a weekly Sunday attendance of 100 and 65 engaged in small groups throughout the community. Village Park is gospel-centered, mission-driven and deeply committed to discipleship.
Robby has been married to his wife, Leslie, for 15 years. They have 3 children, Luke (10), Noah (7) and Adam (4), and they are in the process of adopting a 3 year old daughter from China.
Elias Salazar | Texas
Jeff Williams | Portico Church | Humble, Texas
On October 27, 2013, Berean Baptist Church, in Houston, TX commissioned and sent 20 members to plant a new gospel-centered church in the northeast area of Houston. This church plant was a part of Berean's much larger vision to multiply the gospel through church planting. In obedience to this call from God, Berean sent people, resources, support and prayer to establish Portico Baptist Church in the city of Humble, TX. We are forever grateful for Berean and their support to Portico.
We are a church made up of imperfect people striving to authentically love God and love people by making God famous for ages to come. Our aim is to be a church of communities reaching communities with the love of God expressed through Jesus Christ. We then want to guide believers along their spiritual journey of growing closer to God and making Him famous!
Troy Wolfe | Movement Church | Rhome, Texas
Hello, my name is Troy Wolfe and I'm the Founding and Lead Pastor at Movement Church. I'm married to my best friend and ministry partner, Jennifer, and have 3 amazing kiddos, Jackson (9), Ava Joy (6) and Bella (3). We are a fun-loving family, who are serious about seeing God do amazing things in and through Movement Church. I was raised in Southwest Ft. Worth and attended Bible College in Springfield, MO. I have had the great opportunity to serve on church staffs in Claremore, OK, Camdenton, MO, Orlando, FL, and Springfield, MO before moving to the north DFW area to start Movement Church. My passion is in spiritually mentoring other people so they can grow with God and help others around them grow with Jesus as well. I enjoy the show Justified, finding "hole in the wall" restaurants, and sports.
Josh Bevan | Lighthouse Baptist Church | Xenia, Ohio
Pastor Josh planted Lighthouse Baptist Church in the summer of 2009. Before coming to Xenia he served as Assistant/Youth Pastor at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Chillicothe, Ohio for 5 years. He and his wife Candace have 4 girls; Lacey, Sadie, Jocee, and Calee.
Kirk Kirkland | Revive Baptist Church | Cincinnati, Ohio
Pastor Kirk Kirkland is the founder and lead pastor of Revive Baptist church. He grew up on the west side of Dayton, OH and is a graduate of Stivers School for the Arts. He holds a Bachelor of Biblical Studies from Crown College. After college, Pastor Kirk served for seven years as an associate pastor in his hometown.
In December of 2012, The Kirklands moved to downtown Cincinnati to start a brand new church from scratch. He and his wife Karen live a few blocks away from the Music Hall with their two daughters, Kerigan and Kolbie.
William Phluger | Georgia
Ron Taylor | New York City, NY
Ron and Susan Taylor were married in 1997 and in the fall of 1998 moved to Springfield, Missouri, shortly after surrendering to ministry. At a chapel service during their freshman year at Baptist Bible College, God began working in Ron’s heart about church planting in America. He expressed his burden to Susan, and together they began praying about the urban communities of the United States. God quickly began to reveal to them the great need among the New England states and even more specifically in New York City. Upon graduation from BBC, God opened the door for them to move to Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and work in their home church, Westwood Baptist, under the leadership of Dr. Steve Proctor. For 4 1/2 years Ron was an assistant pastor over the youth. During their years at Westwood, God continued to burden their hearts for New York City, and in October of 2005 God confirmed that call at a missions conference with Dr. Charles Shoemaker of Church Planting America. Ron and Susan are currently living in New York City serving as church planting missionaries.
Josh Todd | Radiant Church | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Josh Todd is the blessed husband of Vickie Todd and proud father of Isabella, Josh Jr., and Jasmine. Josh earned an undergraduate degree in Pastoral Studies from Baptist Bible College (Springfield) in 2003, followed by a Masters of Church ministry in 2015. Josh is set to graduate with a Doctorate of Church Ministry from Summit University in 2017.
In 2012 the Lord led Josh and his family to Delaware county on the south end of Philadelphia to plant Radiant Church. Delaware county is the most densely populated suburban county in North America, with the nations highest murder rate, drug overdose rate, fastest climbing suicide rate and is the 3rd largest city for the religion of Islam in North America and Canada combined. Less than 1% of the overall population regularly attend any christian church of any kind. Over the last three years Radiant Church has seen tremendous growth. Please pray and consider supporting Radiant Church as they audaciously pursue a permeant church facility.
Chad Hartis | South Coast Church | Dartmouth, MA
Chad is a Church Planter in Dartmouth, MA where less that 1% of the population is a part of an evangelical church. South Coast Church aims to change that. Chad became a Christian in 2004 while he was working at a youth summer camp. He received his undergrad in Christian Studies from the College at Southeastern and is currently finishing his Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Seminary. He and his wife, Jodi, have been married for six years and have a 2 year old son named Brayden. Jodi has her Bachelor's in Elementary Education and is passionate about helping other women and children grow in their walk with Christ.
Doug Denny | Bridgewater Baptist Church | Bridgewater, MA
Doug & Ellen have four young children and in 2013 on Easter Sunday planted Bridgewater Baptist Church. Doug started his Christian Journey as a bus Kid at Temple Baptist Church and was saved at six years old. He is also a former US Marine Iraq Combat veteran and has also served as an Army Chaplain. He has studied at Boston Baptist, Trinity Baptist in Jacksonville FL as well as attending Seminary at Liberty University. This Church plant is adjacent to the BSU campus; which is one of the largest state universities in Massachusetts.