Daniel Fusco came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in his last year at Rutgers University. After spending a few years as a professional musician (upright and electric bass), Daniel felt called into the pastoral ministry. He is a three-time church planter, constant evangelist and Lead Pastor at Crossroads Community Church (Vancouver, WA). He, his wife and three kids live in the sacred embrace of God, simply responding to Jesus. His first book, Honestly, will release in Spring 2016.
Brady Boyd is the Senior Pastor of New Life Church. He’s married to his college sweetheart, Pam and is the dad to great kids named Abram and Callie. He has written several books, including: Addicted to Busy, Fear No Evil, Sons & Daughters, and Let Her Lead. He’s also really serious about caring for the people of Colorado Springs by opening numerous Dream Centers. He has a degree in Journalism from Louisiana Tech and has been a radio announcer for professional baseball and basketball teams. Before coming to New Life in 2007, he served Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas for almost seven years.
Eric Swanson has a passion for engaging churches worldwide in the needs and dreams of their communities toward the end of spiritual and societal transformation. He served with Cru for twenty-five years before linking arms with Leadership Network where he has led initiatives for externally focused churches, global missions, marriage ministry, and ministry creativity.
He is an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary and is co-author of four books including The Externally Focused Church and To Transform a City along with numerous articles on churches that are transforming their communities. Eric has been married to Liz for 37 years, has three married children, seven grandchildren and resides outside of Boulder Colorado.
Tom Hughes is the co-lead pastor of Christian Assembly Church (www.cachurch.com) in Los Angeles, a growing church with currently more than 3,000 people attending each weekend. It’s known in L.A. as a multi-generational, multi-ethnic church that has been sparking good for, with, and within the city for a century. Tom is also one of the Co-Catalysts of the Los Angeles Church Planting Movement with a vision to plant 119 gospel-driven churches in L.A., which is 1 church plant for every neighborhood in L.A. (www.lacpm.org) Christian Assembly is also the key church in sparking church/school partnerships within L.A. to mentor at-risk kids in the public schools (www.kidshopeusa.org). Tom’s passion to see the Body of Christ in L.A. work together led him to serve on the steering team for TogetherLA. His first book will be published in the fall of 2015 through NavPress. Tom and his wife Allison have three children.
Alan Briggs is the Director of Frontline Church Planting, a network and equipping hub for leaders of all types. He is also the Multiplying Pastor at Vanguard Church in Colorado Springs where he makes disciples and trains leaders to multiply. His speaking and writing focus on equipping and unlocking the saints for effective ministry inside and outside the family of God. His book Staying is the New Going released September 1st, and Cultivators will release fall 2017. Their family focuses on building bridges to the lost, largely in the context of their neighborhood. He and his wife, Julie, have four kids, two adopted and two biological. He loves the church and is passionate about equipping leaders and churches to multiply through relational, experiential and formal learning. He loves climbing, camping, grilling and connecting with his neighbors.
J.R. Briggs founded Kairos Partnerships out of a growing desire to walk alongside and encourage pastors and leaders in order to better equip them for God-honoring ministry. He has served in ministry for over a decade in mega-churches, house churches and church plants.
In 2008 he and a team of people founded The Renew Community, a Jesus community in the greater Philadelphia area. Today he serves as the Cultural Cultivator of Renew, attempting to create an ethos that cares the most about the things Jesus cared the most about. He also serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation with The Ecclesia Network. He is also the creator and curator of the Epic Fail Pastors Conference, spaces hosted around the country giving pastors opportunities to process failure and grow to see failure as an invitation for grace and healing, instead of shame.
He has written/contributed to seven books including Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure (IVP, 2014) and Eldership & the Mission of God (IVP, 2015), which he co-wrote with Bob Hyatt.
He lives in Lansdale, PA with his wife Megan, their two sons Carter and Bennett and their four goldfish.
Yemi Mobolade is a community cultivator and culture maker in Colorado Springs, living out his call through entrepreneurship, coaching, leadership development, and spiritual development. He co-founded the Wild Goose Meeting House, a specialty café, “a third place” in the downtown area. He is the Associate Pastor of Local Missions at First Presbyterian Church Colorado Springs, works as a coach and consultant to emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, and serves on the board of the downtown YMCA. Yemi holds a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership and a Masters Degree in Intellectual Leadership from A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. He is married to his beautiful wife Abbey, an ICU nurse. They are in the process of adopting two children from Uganda.
David Chrzan serves on staff at Saddleback Church as Pastor Rick Warren’s Chief of Staff. He is the central point of public communication and strategically manages the structure and flow of staff and church projects.
David also serves as the Pastor of the Purpose Driven Network, a training and relationship network of global pastors to build healthy, growing churches. Today, more than 200,000 church leaders from around the world have been trained in Saddleback’s purpose-driven philosophy.
David came on staff at Saddleback in 2000 to launch of a volunteer program that is still used today for high level involvement in supporting the ministry of Saddleback church. David and his wife Jenny have been married 28 years and have three children and two grandchildren.
Abhineeta Matney works alongside her husband Greg to develop and establish educational and vocational training programs in northern and central India through an organization called Aatma Vikas (which means ‘self-progress’ in Hindi) . They recently partnered to launch The Skipping Stone – a business that provides lifestyle products with the vision of employing 2,000 women in brothel communities by 2025. She is the mother of two beautiful children and she is grateful to work in close partnership with a ministry that her parents established 34 years ago. Watching her parent’s example inspired her passion to spread the love of Christ by serving marginalized communities in strategic and relevant ways.
Allan Karr and his family have been designing and experimenting with new concepts of community and training others to do likewise. Allan has been a seminary professor and a mentor since 1999. He is passionate about his family, international travel, construction projects, and community transformation by helping refugees. He lives in Larkspur with his wife, Kathy, and their children, four by birth and two who were former refugees from Burma, and many others who regularly visit and consider themselves family. They use their home as an informal community transformational training center.
He is a full-time professor at Golden Gate Seminary, a community developer and social entrepreneur. He is the co-author of “Church Turned Inside Out.”
Myron Pierce lives in Omaha, Ne with his wife and Kids Kristin, Jericho, Judah, & Jayce. In 2008, Myron Co-launched Bridge Church in Omaha. In January 2013 He launched Passion City Church in Colorado Springs. With a heart for community development and business as mission he also launched Thrive! Colorado Springs, a missional approach to community development through entrepreneurship. He also launched a car detailing company that now serves as a missional tool designed to hire those who are least advantaged in South East Colorado Springs.
Tosha Lamdin Williams
Tosha Lamdin Williams grew up in a military family, moving all over the country. She attended Liberty University, where she majored in communications and met her future husband Kelly. After they got married, the couple moved to Dallas where Tosha earned her masters of biblical studies. In 1997, the Williams started both Vanguard Church and their family. The couple now has five children and recently celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.
Kelly Williams grew up on a farm in Kentucky. He attended Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary. He always dreamed of starting a church, and in 1997 he and his wife Tosha founded Vanguard Church in cooperation with the SBC. They have written a book, “Real Marriage: Where Fantasy Meets Reality.” They live on a small farm in Colorado Springs with their five children and various farm animals. They love Colorado and have a heart to multiply disciples, leaders, and churches through loving others into a real relationship with Jesus Christ.
Dustin Willis serves as the Coordinator of the Multiplying Church Initiative through Send North America. He helps churches discover, develop, and deploy missionaries and church planters for the mission field in North America. Dustin is the co-author of Life on Mission and the author of Life in Community, both from Moody Press. Before beginning his work with Send North America Dustin served as the Founding & Lead Pastor of Midtown Fellowship in Columbia, SC where they saw the church grow from 9 people to over 800 people meeting in 2 campuses in just five years.
Mark Hallock serves as the Lead Pastor of Calvary Church in Englewood, Colorado. Calvary is a church planting church, but also assists churches in finding their sweet spot again and working toward revitalization. He is grateful for 16 years of marriage to his wife, Jenna, and loves being a daddy to their kids, Zoe and Eli. His great desire is to see the gospel transform lives and neighborhoods through the planting of new congregations, along with the revitalization of declining congregations, throughout the city of Denver.
Sean Benesh works in a creative partnership between TEAM as the Developer of Urban Strategy and Training and the Upstream Collective leading the PDX Loft. He writes, bikes and loves great coffee.