A Gathering Exclusively For Next Gen Pastors
Lake Orion UMC | Lake Orion, MI
Over the last 14 years, I have worked as a Youth Pastor in Michigan and Ohio. I spent three years in Texas ministering across the border in Mexico. During this time my family and I ran an after-school program teaching English, I also taught at a Bible college in a Mexican prison, and we built and distributed bio-sand water filters. I am currently transitioning into the Director of Family Ministries role here at the church, working closely with our Children’s Ministry Director.
My wife, Jenn, and I have been married for 13 years. We have 2 sons: Otto who is 12 yrs old, adopted at age 2 with special needs from Guatemala, and Owen who is 9 yrs old.
Manchester Christian church
I’m the family life pastor at Manchester Christian Church in Manchester New Hampshire. My wife Tracee and I have one son named Aric who is eight years old. I previously served at First Church in Owasso, Oklahoma for 13 years.
Cross Pointe | Duluth, GA
Served 15 years at a student pastor in VA, TN, SC, GA and TX. Have served the last 5 years as the NextGen pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, GA. Married 18 years to Maranatha. 3 kids 2 boys Barrett 11, Brock 9 and a girl, Bowen 4.
LifeChurch.tv | Edmond, OK
I have been in ministry and at LifeChurch.tv for 13.5 years. I started in kidmin and moved to leading all of NextGen (birth-18 yr olds) about 8 years ago. I’ve been married for 22 years and have a 20 year old at University of Oklahoma and an 18 year old, on her way to University of Oklahoma.
Wiley Church | Marlton, NJ
Ben Francisco is A husband and father of four. He served in the role of youth pastor starting in 2007 and in 2013 transitioned to next gen. His children’s ages fall into each of the phases of ministry so he is learning first hand all about parenting through every phase.
Ben is passionate about family ministry and desires to help his 75 year old church vision out and implement strategy to reach the next generation.
Southridge Community Church | ST. CATHARINES, ON
Married 24 years to a crazy, hockey loving Canadian! Mom of 3 penniless university daughters. Recent empty nester…sort of (foster mama). Part time student at Brock University and Pastor for 11 years at Southridge Community Church.
Cornerstone Church | Caledonia, MI
Director of Family Ministry for Cornerstone Church in Caledonia, MI. Betsy has worked with students for over 24 years and has served at Cornerstone for nineteen of those years. Betsy also teaches women’s ministry at Grace Bible College as an adjunct professor. She holds a degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Ministry. Betsy has been married for 28 years with two kids in college. In her free time, she enjoys reading, laughing with her family, and date nights!
Mountain Lake Church | Cumming, GA
Bill Hegedus is the Children’s and Family Pastor at Mountain Lake Church. Bill has over 15 years experience ministering to kids and families. His heart and passion is to help kids understand and live out a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Jessica, his wife and partner in ministry of 20 years have 2 children and live in the Atlanta area
Sugar Hill Church | Sugar Hill, GA
I serve as the Teaching Pastor at Sugar Hill Church. In this role I help shape and refine the disciple making efforts of our church. I work with our Next Gen team to create systems and process that help our people grow.
Georgetown Church of Christ | Wilmington, NC
My wife (Charissa) and I have been married for 17 years and have three wonderful boys (13, 10, 7). I have done student ministry (15yrs) and Children’s (5 1/2) before transitioning to a new church and a new role…NextGen. We live in the Austin, TX area.
Brian discovered his passion for ministry while volunteering with high school students. In 2007 he accepted a full time youth pastor position at his home church in New Philadelphia, Ohio. In October 2011 he met his wife, Melissa, who grew up attending Graceway. Nine months later they tied the knot in Kansas City and relocated to work at a church in Southern California. They are both humbled and excited about the opportunity to return home and be a part of what God is ding in the families at Graceway.
RiverTown Church | Columbus, GA
Raised in small town, Indiana, my dream to serve in full-time ministry led me to follow God to Bible College Columbus, GA. After a BA in Bible, I fell in love with ministry to Hispanics, met and married my Mexican husband, Oscar, and began six years of full-time ministry at RiverTown Church. Our first child, Daniela will gain a little sister in April, 2015!
Riverside Church | Big Lake, MN
I am the Children’s Ministries Pastor and Director of Ministry Development at Riverside Church in Big Lake, MN. I oversee Birth-5th Grade staff directly, as well as overseeing the staff for our Student Ministries, Connection Ministries, and Small Groups. I love to build teams. Staff Development is one of my primary objectives, and we are only as strong as the team we build around us. I love mentoring and mentor a group of young men every week. My wife and I have been married over 20 years and I have a 13 and 10yr old. Can’t wait to explore family ministry together with other leaders!
Preston Trail Community Church | Frisco, TX
Cindy is the Family Ministry Pastor at Preston Trail Community Church in Frisco, Texas. She leads a team of dynamic leaders who have passion to help kids, students and families to live their full potential as they find and follow Jesus Christ. One of her greatest passions is to see ministries integrate and combine efforts for the sake of helping families be all that God created them to be. She and her husband John are parents to three plus two and are stupid in love with five-and-a-half grandlittles.
Beach Church | Jacksonville Beach, FL
Courtney Stahlman is a follower of Jesus whose imaginative random creative-ness gets to be used to share Jesus with kids from birth to high school. After graduating from Florida State University, Courtney returned to Beach Church in Jacksonville Beach, FL where she serves as the NextGen Kids Minister. In her spare time, Courtney loves to create things by painting, sewing or using power tools. On the weekend, you can find Courtney at the movies indulging in pretzel M&Ms.
Winkler MB Church | Winkler, Manitoba
Spent 8 years in full-time youth ministry and transitioned into Family ministry 3.5 years ago. Work in a small community (12,000) with lots of churches, right in the heart of Canada’s Bible Belt. Besides Jesus and investing in other people, I get my kicks through snowboarding, working out, and drinking ridiculously good coffee.
Lakeshore St. Andrew's | Tecumseh, Ontario
I’ve been married for 30 years to Anneke and have 2 sons…one to be married this spring and the other in high school. I’ve served on staff at 4 churches (Michigan, Florida, Ontario CA) for 33+ years (26 as a youth pastor; last 7 as a family pastor). I love to spend time with family, enjoy sports (more watching than playing now), and being outdoors.
South Bay Church | San Jose, CA
I grew up in Wilmington, NC and went to UNC Wilmington for undergrad. After graduating college in 2005 I moved to Fort Worth, TX for seminary. When my wife and I finished our seminary degrees in 2009 we traveled for 3 months to raise financial support to join friends who were less than a year into planting a church in San Jose, CA. San Jose is in the heart of the Silicon Valley and is 95% unchurched. I’ve always had a passion for student ministry and several months after joining the team I was tasked with starting our student ministry and later that year I started leading our children’s ministry. The first time I had ever heard the term Family Pastor was when I became our Family Pastor in 2010. I am very passionate about next gen ministry and believe that we could see the San Francisco Bay Area transformed as the next gen says Yes to Jesus!
Christian Life Assembly | Camp Hill, PA
David currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Family Ministry at Christian Life Assembly in Camp Hill, PA. He has served as a pastor in Family Ministries for 20 years, served as CE director for the Oregon Ministry Network of the Asseblies of God, and adjunct faculty for the University of Valley Forge. David is married to Ronda and has 3 children, who are all incredible.
12Stone | Lawrenceville, GA
Dustin Aagaard serves as the Next Generation pastor at 12Stone Church at the Hamilton Mill Campus. He and his wife TJ attended Liberty University and are from Orlando, Florida. They have 3 children: Riley (11), Callie Joy (10), and Darby (6). Dustin has a huge passion for students and has spoken at all kinds of camps, leadership gatherings, and athletic teams. Dustin also serves as the team chaplain for multiple teams at Mill Creek and Mountain View High Schools. He enjoys spending time with his family, doing anything that involves sports, the outdoors, and helping students reach their full potential in all areas of their life.
Chets Creek Church | Jacksonville, FL
Grew up in Jacksonville, FL, and have lived in Memphis, Chicago, Atlanta and South Florida. I have served at Chets for 8 years as Middle School Minister, Pastor of Administration and now Pastor of Discipleship. Married for 18 years and have 2 sons (age 3 and 7).
Woodside Bible | Troy, MI
One of E.J.’s greatest joys is working with and serving the next generation! He is blessed to be leading the team of next gen pastors directors and leaders across each of the 12 campuses at Woodside Bible ! He loves being in the trenches with a great team,doing life kids,students, and leading the next generation towards Christ! As well as Pastoring at Woodside E.J. Speaks to over 150,000 students and adults nationally a year. EJ’s lively personality provides an exceptional ability to communicate to high-energy people in a way that is not only engaging and fun, but challenging as well. He loves Jesus his wife daughter Ruth and coffee and lives in Troy MI
New Covenant Free Methodist Church | Clio, MI
Liz has served at New Covenant for 4 years, starting out in children’s ministry and moving into the Family Ministries Director roll in June of 2014. She serves on staff alongside her husband Mark, New Covenant’s Worship Pastor, and they have 3 littles (ages 4, 2, and almost 1). Liz loves serving in ministry and has a passion for helping families grow together and grow closer to God.
Front Range Christian Church | Denver, CO
Emily is the Children’s Ministry Director at Front Range Christian Church, an 18 month old portable church plant in Castle Rock, CO with two campuses and 500 attenders. She was a public school teacher for 8 years in grades 3-5 before coming on staff at Front Range in June 2015. She and her husband, Steve, relocated from Charleston, SC to help plant FRCC in July 2013. Their favorite time in Charleston was the year and a half they lived on a boat with their two dogs, Turbo and Diesel. Their biggest passion in ministry is developing authentic community that attracts people to the Body of Christ.
Elevation Church | Matthews, NC
Frank Bealer is married to Jessica and together they have three children. Frank is the Family Pastor at Elevation Church, overseeing infant through 5th grade (and the transition into our unique student ministry model) including curriculum creation / resources for parents. Elevation is 9 years old with 13 locations and 30 worship experiences every weekend.”
Getwell Road United Methodist Church | Southaven, MS
I joined the staff of Getwell Road five years ago, after surrendering to God’s call and leaving the practice of family law. It has been a blessing to create and develop a team with a family ministry focus. Prior to going into ministry I was the lay leader to children’s ministry for four years, and helped our church begin and develop our Orange journey. My passion is for families, and my joy is watching God transform the lives of so many in our church. His grace is amazing!
Greenville Oaks Church of Christ | Allen, TX
15 years in student ministry before transitioning to family ministry this year. Lifelong Texan. Big sports fan. Love God, my family and have great friends.
ROCK Church | Wilmington, NC
I am the next gen pastor at ROCK Church in Wilmington, NC. I came on staff at my home church, ROCK Church, 6 years ago as the Children’s Director and 3 years later took over youth ministry when our youth pastor resigned. I also oversee all of our adult small group ministry at our church as well. I am married and have 3 children.
Christ Fellowship | West Palm Beach, FL
James Duvall is the Executive Director of Creative and Next Gen. Ministries at Christ Fellowship Church (www.gochristfellowship.com) in West Palm Beach Florida. James has served in various roles during his 20 years at Christ Fellowship including student ministry, worship ministry, communications, live production as well as looking after all environments for the church. He currently looks after all worship and creative ministries as well as children, student and college ministries. James and his wife Lisa have been married for 22 years and have three kids.
I’ve been married to my wife, Lydia, for 9 years and we have two adorable kids. I’ve been part of the First Church team since 2008. We have three campuses in the area of Owasso, Oklahoma. I came on the elementary team, then was asked to move into the Jr. High Minister role, then to Next Gen, where I’ve been for two years now. I love God, my family, ministry and the outdoors. There’s so much more to share… however it’s supposed to be short. BOOMER SOONER!
Rhea's Mill Baptist Church | McKinney, TX
I have been in Student or Next Gen Ministry for 17 years. In the middle of that time I spent 5 years teaching and doing research on churches at Baylor while working on a Ph.D. in Sociology. I have been at Rhea’s Mill for 4.5 years. My wife and I have been married for 13 years and have a 1 year-old son.
St. Mark's Church | Burlington, NC
I have been in student ministry for 20 years in 5 states and 5 churches and my ministry role now includes family ministry and marriage. I love chasing my wife (Sarah) and 3 kids (ages 17, 14, & 11) and have no hobbies other than the sideline of whatever they are up to. Recently completed a M.A in Organizational Leadership from Regent University School of Business & Leadership.
Connexus Community Church | Barrie, Ontario
Jeff is currently the Executive Director at Connexus Community Church, a multi-campus church north of Toronto, and a strategic partner of North Point Ministries. He has been working with families and students for over 15 years and is passionate about family and church coming together to reach this generation. Jeff invests his time in developing teams of leaders, discovering innovative and practical ways to partner with parents, and finding ways to inspire communities with timeless truths. Jeff and his wife Leslie have two young boys who love NFL football, soccer and bedtime stories.
Fellowship Bible Church Dallas | Dallas, TX
I’ve been working with students as a teacher, coach, or minister since 1996 and has a passion for leading families into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. I have a passion for life, and love adventures and traveling. I’ve lived in Ohio, New Jersey, California, and Texas in addition to spending 3 memorable summers in the Netherlands. I’ve been sky-diving, snowboarding, bungee jumping, and have hiked Utah’s slot canyons, across Europe, and in Alaska. I’ve yet to run with the bulls and am afraid of giving blood. One day I hope to have done both…just not at the same time.
Jennifer Reardon McSoley
Heartland Church | Indianpolis, IN
A Graduate from Butler University with a passion for leading leaders. I love developing new and exciting ways to teach children, grow leaders and find creative ways to inspire volunteers. Im love thinking out of the box and not afraid to try something new. I have a problem with Dark chocolate and peanut M&M’s but lets face it , Who doesn’t! Oh and I have a deep passion for cardboard boxes-I see props in all garbage. I love what I do! 🙂
Oakdale Emory Church | Olney, MD
My passion is showing love and compassion to young people by bringing them to a better understanding of and relationship with Jesus Christ! I believe the best way to do that is through the local church. The local church through Jesus Christ is the hope of the world! Huge Green Bay Packer fan.
Mission Hills Church | Littleton, CO
Jeremy Bentley has served as the Generations Pastor, overseeing children’s, middle school, high school, men’s, women’s, and senior adult ministry at Mission Hills Church since August 2014. Previously Jeremy served as the Marketing Director for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. Jeremy has been married for 12 years and has two boys, Dylan and Luke.
The Heights Baptist Church | South Chesterfield, VA
Jerry has served in full time ministry for nearly 17 years. For 15 of those years he served in youth ministry. He graduated from Marshall University with a B.A. in Business Administration. In 1999 he earned a Master of Divinity in Church Ministries from Liberty University. He has a passion for the Word of God, discipleship, missions, and equipping families to be the primary faith trainer of their children. He is currently serving as the Next Generation Pastor at the Heights Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, VA.
Covenant Church | Bemidji, MN
As Pastor of NextGen Ministries, I support ministries to a little over 500 kids, students, and young adults––cradle to college with a team of 5 staff and 100+ volunteers. I’ve been in ministry since 1992, and at the Covenant Church in Bemidji since 2006. My wife of 20 years, Deanna, and two daughters, Natalie and Greta, are the loves of my life. I blog at www.onthegrowingedge.com.
Maryland Community Church | Terre Haute, IN
Follower of Christ, husband of Amanda, father of Lanie, Gabe & Micah, and Family Life Pastor at Maryland Community Church. I’ve been in ministry for 10 years and recently began a new role overseeing birth through graduation, as well as leading the launch of a multi-site in our community.
The Chapel | Getzville, NY
I serve in a dual role as the High School/Next Gen Pastor. I’m a worship leader and started a musician training program in 2003 for our students called School of Rock. My wife and I started a local organization in 2009 that is working in Sierra Leone Africa providing clean water wells, education, and an orphanage. Before entering ministry I worked as a pharmacist and I like making people laugh.
Westside Family Church | Lenexa , KS
John serves as Westside’s Family Ministry pastor, He provides leadership and passion to see the church partner with families. His passion is for homes to be a safe and healthy places where our kids grow in the love of Jesus. John has over 20 years of experience in the social service sector, and church ministry. He has spent the last 17 years serving in Children’s, Student, and Family Ministries. John received his BA in Psychology from LaRoche College, a Master’s Degree in Education (Elementary Certification), and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership with a focus on Family Ministry from Geneva College. He and Jenny have been married since 2002 and have two amazing boys name Elijah and Matthew. John loves to hang out with his family & friends, playing golf, football and building things.
Christ Fellowship | McKinney, TX
I have been serving at Christ Fellowship for the past 12 years as a Student Ministries Pastor. I have 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys. I have been married for 14 years this December. I I have a passion to see this next generation do amazing things for the glory of God and I believe it is amazing to be a part of that mission every day.
Here is a link to our church website for more about me and Christ Fellowship.
Free Christian Church | Andover, MA
Married 35 years with 3 young adult children. Have served at Free Christian Church for 14 years as the Children’s Minister and now the Children’s and Family Minister. On the Harvest Hands Board of Directors and a licensed Intensive Foster Parent. Enjoy biking, hiking, skiing and all things outdoors!
The Chapel | Baton Rouge, LA
After working with Children’s Ministry for 16 years, I was moved to the new position of Family Life Director (simply as a staff structuring change). As I began to read, study, and try to prayerfully discern what this “”Family Ministry”” could/should look like, God began to open amazing doors of opportunities to support the spiritual growth of our families. I count it a privilege to help shift our church’s perspective of biblical parenting to one that communicates the parent’s responsibility to spiritually nurture their children and the church’s role in supporting them.
I’ve been married to my amazing husband, Stephen, for 32 years, the proud mom of 3 grown children (3rd getting married in June) and the super proud KK to 2.5 amazing grandchildren!
Gateway Church | Austin, TX
Kenny, a 16-year veteran of children’s ministry, currently serves as the NextGen pastor at Gateway Church in Austin, Texas. His passion to see the next generation come to know and follow Christ propels him to constantly rethink how the church approaches ministry to kids and their families. Kenny loves to network and collaborate with ministry leaders around the world to push ministry to new levels. He lives in Texas with is wife, Sara, and children, Titus and Genevieve.
First Baptist Church | Jacksonville, NC
Lenny is a husband to Kisha, a father to Maddox and Miles and is passionate about making disciples of the next generation. Lenny has been working with the next generation for fifteen incredible years. He currently serves as the family pastor at FBC Jacksonville, nc (www.fbcjax.net).
CrossRoads Community Church | Chittenango, NY
I’ve been the Next Gen director at my church for five years now . . . and prior to that I worked for a non-profit as the director, worked as an event planner and taught first grade for 12 years. I have a BA in English and an MS in Education and live near Syracuse, NY with my husband Jeff and my two beautiful daughters.
Columbia | Falls Church, VA
Lora serves as the Pastor for Family Life at Columbia in Falls Church, VA and is responsible for giving leadership to all ministries related to children (birth through college age) and their families. Lora and her husband, Carlton, have been married for 28 years. She is the mom of three: Brittany (24), Christian (22), and Brett (19). They enjoy puttering in their yard, dinners on the patio, reading and traveling.
Waters Edge Church | Yorktown, VA
Mike has worked for the past 18 years with kids and students in three different mega churches. He presently serves as the Director of Family Ministries at Waters Edge Church, a multi-site church in Hampton Roads Virginia.
Browncroft Community Church | Rochester, NY
I am the Senior Director of Family Ministry at Browncroft Community Church in Rochester, NY. In this role I oversee our our four ministry environments for kids and students from birth through high school graduation.
Rolling Hills | Franklin, TN
After eleven years as a Student Pastor focused on middle and high school ministries, God called me to elementary kids in order to create alignment in our age graded discipleship ministries. In 2011, we transitioned and launched Family Ministry at Rolling Hills. I love ministry but the best part of life is being husband to Susan and dad to Lillie Cate , Nora Blake , and Simon .
Community Christian Church | Nottingham, MD
Nick and his wife Jennifer have been married for 10 years and have one son, Isaac. Nick leads the Children & Student Ministry Team at Community Christian Church in Baltimore, MD. He helped the church start in 2006 and serves on the the staff leadership team.
National Community Church | Washington, DC
Nina serves as Director of Family Ministry at National Community Church in Washington DC. During her time working for the United States Congress, Nina realized her deep passion for strengthening the family and the home. She has overseen the family ministry department at NCC since 2001, growing the children’s programs to seven locations. Nina and her husband, Joel, live on Capitol Hill with their three young kids: Eloise, Ezekiel, and Lorenza.
Colonial Church | Wichita Falls, TX
I’m the NextGen Pastor at Colonial Church in Wichita Falls, Texas and previously the LifeKIDS Pastor at Life.Church South Oklahoma City Campus. I’m married to my amazing husband Nick. I have two adult children Sarah and Josh and my doggie child Chloe.
Woodside Bible Church | Troy, MI
I’ve been serving Next Gen ministry since 1996, spending 12 years in Student Ministry and 7 in Family Ministry. My passion is leadership development, systems and structures. I have 3 daughters (18, 16, & 11) and have been married 21 years to Mandy.
Tri-Cities Baptist Church | Johnson City, TN
I live in East Tennessee and love serving the church and the next generation for the sake of the gospel and the glory of King Jesus! I’ve served in student ministry for over a decade and have recently moved into the Family Pastor role at Tri-Cities. I have a marketing degree from ETSU and an MDiv from SEBTS. I’ve been married to my best friend Katie for over eight years and have three children three years old and under (Jack, Evie, and Camden).
MOSAIC | Los Angeles, CA
Rachel serves as the Pastor of Families at MOSAIC in Los Angeles. She has a passion for people, especially kids, and is grateful for the opportunity to create beauty in the world for younger generations while on mission at MOSAIC. Prior to MOSAIC, she spent 12 years in education, primarily at an independent international school, where she chaired the Music and Theater departments. She holds a Masters in Music from the University of Wisconsin, and since her move to LA, Rachel has also performed in a number of independent films and theatrical productions, including her own one-woman-show: Ma Voix.
Eagle Brook Church | Minneapolis, MN
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Ray Zaffke is the Family Ministries Director at Eagle Brook Church, a multi site church of 20,000+ in the Twin Cities, MN. He oversees the development of Eagle Brook’s kids and student ministries through a talented central ministry development team. Ray and his wife, Pamela have been married for 25 years and have two sons, Zac and Tim.
Church at the Springs | Ocala, FL
Rich is the Executive Pastor for Church at the Springs in Ocala Florida. Previously he was the Kid Ministry pastor for LCBC – Lives Changed By Christ – Church in Lancaster, Pa. He had the privilege of watching the kid Ministry grow from 800 kids at one campus to 2300 kids at 6 campuses over a 9 year period. He enjoys creating environments to engage kids into a relationship with Jesus and giving young leaders opportunities to develop their skills. Rich is married and has two beautiful daughters.
Fellowship Greenville | Greenville, SC
After teaching in public school for 12 years in Ohio, my wife and I became a part of the missionary staff with FamilyLife and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2002. I joined the staff at Fellowship Greenville as their Fellowship Kids Pastor in 2007 and moved into the Next Gen Pastor role in 2010. I am passionate about God, my family and the next generation, and I love brainstorming about leadership and strategy.
Northeast Bible Church | Garden Ridge, TX
Years as Next Gen Pastor: 1.5
Ross is a graduate of Baylor University and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. He grew up in the Dallas area before heading to Baylor where he met his wife Stephanie. They have two boys Hudson (2) and Brooks (1). He has been serving at Northeast Bible Church for almost 3 years with 1.5 of those years as the NextGen Pastor. Ross loves all things Dallas and Baylor sports along with playing golf.
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First 20 years as children’s director/pastor, starting 2nd 20 as head of Family Life. Married 41 years to first wife. 3 kids, 5 g-kids. Current church – 7yrs.
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Meadowbrook Church | Ocala, FL
Ryan was called into ministry at 19, serving with his father in ministry. In 1998, he was hired at Hoffmantown Church in New Mexico. After serving in the media and tech ministry he was asked to lead the family ministry. During this time he finished his B.A. in Ministry. From 2008 until 2014 he was hired at The Crossing Church in Tampa, FL where he served in various capacities including children’s pastor, Next Gen Pastor, and Media and Tech Pastor. In the Summer of 2014, he was hired by Pastor Tim Gilligan at Meadowbrook Church, in Ocala FL where he serves at the Next Gen Pastor. Ryan has been married to Leah for 17 years and has 2 sons, Ethan (15) and Tyler (12). Empire Strikes Back is the greatest movie of all time.
Grace Community Church | Universal City, TX
I am one of 4 pastors at Grace Community Church in Universal City, TX. My specific responsibility is to oversee Family Ministry to include children’s, students, college, and marriage. Prior to Grace, I spent 8 years in children’s ministry in various churches. I have a wife of 8 years, a 4 year old boy, 4 month old girl, and 1 annoying dog!
Journey Church International | Lee's Summit, MO
Scott has served in Family Ministry for 14 years at 3 different Churches. In his current role at Journey Church International he serves as the Family Ministries Pastor overseeing programming for children from infants to college. He is passionate about partnering with parents to influence the faith of a child.
Connexus | Barrie, ON
Shawna is our very loved Director of Children’s Ministry. She has been part of the Connexus Family since our launch in 2007, and joined our staff team officially in 2011. She is responsible for all things student ministry, and is passionate about creating environments kids love to be a part of, experiences that help kids engage their faith, and inspiring each child to make a relationship with Jesus their own. Shawna’s thirst for fun, her spunky personality, and love for families and serving God make her a valuable part of the Connexus team – it wouldn’t be the same without her! Shawna is married to her husband Trevor, and they have two beautiful daughters.
LCBC Church | Lancaster, PA
Sonja was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in York, PA. She is a graduate of Lancaster Bible College with a Bachelor of Science in Bible. She has experience both in the secular job market (including managing stores like American Eagle and teaching kindergarten at a private school), as well as ministry on the LCBC Staff, since 2005. In every role Sonja has held, she has deeply enjoyed investing in others and developing people.
Sonja, her husband Scott, children; Sara, McKinley and Rollins began attending LCBC in 2004 and are all involved in serving at LCBC Church, and are extremely passionate about seeing lives changed by Christ.
Cornerstone Church | Lawrenceville, GA
Long story short: 26 years ago, I went on a church planting to Detroit as an intern and have been serving in some kind of church leadership capacity ever since. Over the last 26 years, I have married the love of my life, completed my Masters in Education, had four kids (well, I gave birth to two, we adopted one and became guardians for another), planted a church in Grand Rapids where I was the Women’s Ministry Leader, moved back to Atlanta to work with a large church but ended up starting Cornerstone Church in Duluth where I now work as the Family Ministry Director. (Addendum: It feels like I now have the job God has been preparing me for my whole life and we’re almost empty nesters – ¾ kids are now in college and we’re kind of really enjoying having grown up kids.)
Cocalico Community Chapel | Denver, PA
I came to CCC about 5 years ago as the Student Ministry Pastor and after a couple of years added the oversight of the Children’s Ministry as well. In that transition I caught the vision for family ministry and was exposed to Orange. We have been transitioning our Kids & Student Ministries into the Family Ministry ever since!
Next Level Church | Fort Myers, FL
Will is the Student & Next Generation Pastor at Next Level Church in Fort Myers, Florida. There he has served on staff since 2007, after serving as a small group leader. In addition to leading the Next Generation staff on two campuses, Will is also the primary communicator to middle and high school students, teaches youth leaders through his virtual coaching group, listens to 90’s R&B, and cheers for the Tampa Bay Rays with his wife, Arianne. But you’ll most likely find him wrestling with his rambunctious four-year-old, Liam, or cuddling with his one-year-old princess, Reese.