• Graham Cray
    Read Bio

    Graham Cray serves as Bishop in the Church of England and is the former team leader of the UK Fresh Expressions Team. In 2004, Graham chaired the working group that authored the report that launched the Fresh Expressions initiative. He serves as the UK liaison to the Fresh Expressions Teams in the US and South Africa. The former Vicar of St. Michael le Belfry in York and Principal of Ridley Hall Theological College at Cambridge, he chairs the board of ordained pioneer ministry within the Church of England.

  • Jo Saxton
    Read Bio

    Jo Saxton and her husband Chris serve as the co-pastors of Mission Point Church just outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Jo also serves as a director of 3DM, a ministry that helps churches lead with a focus on discipleship and mission. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, Jo served on the pastoral staff of St. Thomas Crookes in Sheffield, a thriving church that helped give birth to much of what has shaped the Fresh Expressions movement in the UK.

  • Don Renzo Bonetti
    Read Bio

    Renzo Bonetti, is deeply passionate about the discipleship of the family and how the home serves as a primary place for evangelism. He currently leads the Foundation Famiglia Dono Grande, an organization that has launched hundreds of ‘little churches’ led by married couples called Family Community Evangelism scattered in about 25 dioceses in Italy and now taking shape in the US through The Amore Project. His work was highlighted during Pope Francis’ recent visit to the US.

  • Tory Baucum
    Read Bio

    Tory Baucum is Rector of Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, Virginia and is chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fresh Expressions US. He also serves on the board of Alpha USA. Tory received a Ph.D. from Asbury Theological Seminary in Intercultural Theology with expertise in the catechumenate, Christian revitalization movements, and the history of preaching. Internationally recognized for his work on peacemaking, in 2015 he was named one of the Six Preachers of Canterbury by Archbishop Justin Welby. 

  • David Fitch
    Read Bio

    David Fitch is the B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He is the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community- a missional church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. In 2014 he moved with his family to Westmont IL to join in with a church planted from Life on the Vine, Peace of Christ Church, Westmont, where he serves on the pastoral staff. He writes on the issues the local church must face in mission including cultural engagement, leadership and theology.  His theology (and theological development) combines Neo-Anabaptist streams of thought, with his commitments to evangelicalism (especially as it existed before the modernist-fundamentalist controversies).

  • Brian Sanders
    Read Bio

    Brian Sanders is executive director of the Underground Network, a coalition of churches in Tampa, Florida united by a call to biblical justice and love for the poor. In addition, he is the lead pastor of the network’s founding church, the Underground Church. He holds a degree in applied theology from Spurgeon’s College, London where he saw what it would take for a church to become a source of life to a community.

  • Jorge Acevedo
    Read Bio

    Jorge Acevedo is the Lead Pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site, United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida (Cape Coral, Fort Myers Shores and North Fort Myers). Grace Church is recognized as having one of the largest and most effective recovery ministries in America. In 2003, Grace Church planted a second campus in East Lee County by adopting a declining United Methodist Church. In 2007, Grace Church purchased a former grocery store and opened the Grace Community Center, a holistic ministry center and home to the third worshipping community of Grace Church.

  • Verlon and Melodee Fosner
    Read Bio

    Verlon and Melodee Fosner have led a 92 yr. old church in Seattle for the past 17 years. When they realized they were losing influence with the proclamation model, they felt inspired to shift to the way the Apostolic Era did Christian gatherings – Dinner Church. A resurgence quickly followed that decision, and there are now 8 Dinner Church sites in key urban neighborhoods through out the city, and many more church-plants planned in the next few years. Verlon & Melodee have three adult children and five grand-children.

  • Audrey Assad
    Read Bio

    Audrey Assad is a singer-songwriter and a worship leader. Her debut album, The House You’re Building, was released through Sparrow Records in July 2010 and went to be named Christian Album of 2010 on Amazon.com and Christian Breakthrough Album of the Year on iTunes. She has worked and toured with other artists such as Chris Tomlin, Tenth Avenue North, Matt Maher and Jars of Clay. Audrey has been making musically independently for about 3 years, releasing the records Fortunate Fall, O Happy Fault (Live), and Death, Be Not Proud. Her latest album, Inheritance, was released in February.

  • Chris Backert
    Read Bio

    Chris Backert is the National Director of Fresh Expressions US. He serves with the Baptist General Association of Virginia and serves as the Director & Organizational Architect for Ecclesia, a national network of missional churches and for Missio Alliance, a network of theologians and church leaders. Previously, he served as pastor of New Life Christian Fellowship, a large university congregation in Blacksburg, Virginia. Chris holds the D.Min. in Missional Church Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with wife Rachel, daughter Elliana and son Jase.

  • Winfield Bevins
    Read Bio

    Winfield Bevins is the Director of Asbury Seminary’s Church Planting Initiative. He also serves as canon for church planting for the Diocese of the Carolinas and adjunct professor at Trinity School for Ministry. As a seasoned church planter, he has used his experience to train church planters from diverse backgrounds on three different continents. He frequently speaks at conferences, churches, seminaries, and retreats on a variety of topics. As an author, one of his passions is to help others connect to the historic roots of the Christian faith for spiritual formation and mission. His writings have appeared in numerous places such as Christianity Today and Exponential. He and his wife Kay, have three girls Elizabeth, Anna Belle, and Caroline.

     

  • J.R. Briggs
    Read Bio

    J.R. Briggs leads The Renew Community, a Jesus community for skeptics and dreamers in Lansdale, Pennsylvania and oversees Renew Apprenticeship, a year-long program that helps young leaders and pastors become effective and faithful church planters for contextual ministry in the 21st century. He is the creator of the Epic Fail Pastors Conference, which helps pastors embrace failure as an opportunity for grace and growth. He works with the Ecclesia Network and Fresh Expressions, US through the Kairos partnership—a coaching and mentoring approach aimed at helping pastoral leaders through the ‘kairos moments’ of ministry. Briggs and his wife Megan have two sons, Carter and Bennett.

  • Caleb Brumbaugh
    Read Bio

    Caleb Brumbaugh is a worship leader for Church Relevant in Eastern North Carolina. He also works with teens as a youth leader. He has a passion for helping people find intimacy and connection to God through worship.

  • Isabella McCarthy
    Read Bio

    Isabella McCarthy has a heart to impact people for Christ through her voice and acting. She ministers with Caleb on the Church Relevant Youth Worship Team.

  • Ken Carter
    Read Bio

    Ken Carter, a Georgia native, is a graduate of Columbus College (B.S.), Duke University Divinity School (M.Div.), the University of Virginia (M.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He currently serves as Resident Bishop of the Florida Annual Conference in the United Methodist Church. He has served a four-point charge, as an associate pastor of missions and evangelism, as a new church planter, and as senior pastor of two large regional churches; his ministry at Providence United Methodist Church in Charlotte North Carolina was described by the historian Diana Butler Bass in Christianity for the Rest of Us. Bishop Carter is the author of eight books reflecting on the subjects of stewardship, spiritual gifts, baptism, the Wesleyan means of grace, and intercession. He is married to Pam Carter and they have two daughters: Liz, an editor, research analyst and Chinese Translator, based in Washington, D.C., and Abby, a student at Duke University Divinity School.

  • Travis Collins
    Read Bio

    Travis Collins Travis serves as Director of Mission Advancement for Fresh Expressions US bringing together his calling and experience as a missionary and pastor. He served as pastor of Bon Air Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia from 2002 until March 2014 and was named pastor of the First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Alabama earlier this year. His twenty-five plus years of ministry have included missionary service in Venezuela and Nigeria. He is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and earned the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of four books including From the Steeple to the Streets (Seedbed, 2016).Travis and his wife, Keri, have three adult children.

  • Joe DiBella
    Read Bio

    Joe DiBella Distinguished Professor of Art, has taught at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia since 1977. He served as chair of the Department of Art and Art History from 1990 to 1993 and 1996 to 1999 and Director of University Galleries from 1983 to 1988. Instrumental in the establishment of the gallery program and Ridderhof Martin Gallery, he was Director of University Galleries from 1983 to 1988 and Interim Director in 1989 and 1997-98.  From 1994 to 2003 he was co-director of the University’s program in Urbino, Italy. He holds a BA in art history from Rutgers and MA and MFA degrees in painting from Northern Illinois University. A signature member of the National Watercolor Society and affiliated with other professional art organizations, he has exhibited in regional, national and international venues.

  • Luke Edwards
    Read Bio

    Luke Edwards is the Pastor of King Street Church (KSC) in Boone, North Carolina. KSC is a network of small gatherings and the newest campus of Boone United Methodist Church. KSC is committed to creating Christian community among those who have never experienced it before. Luke is a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church. You can follow him on twitter at @lukesedwards or check out his blog www.lukesedwards.com.

  • Sarah Finch
    Read Bio

    Sarah Finch is a visual artist currently living in New Bern, NC, but is originally from England. When she is not busy creating commissioned pieces or teaching private art lessons, she loves painting for events as a Performance Artist. You can see more of her work online at: facebook.com/FinchyPortfolio.

  • Ronald Gainer
    Read Bio

    Ronald Gainer was appointed Bishop of Harrisburg by his Holiness Pope Francis on January 24, 2014. He was installed as Bishop on March 19, 2014. After studies for the priesthood he was ordained a Priest for the diocese of Allentown. He was consecrated and installed as Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky on February 22, 2003. Bishop Gainer completed studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia in 1973, earning a Master of Divinity degree, summa cum laude, and earned a licentiate degree in Canon Law and a diploma in Latin Letter from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 1986. For much of his Priesthood, Bishop Gainer served in parish, campus ministry, marriages and family, and the promotion of the works of spiritual renewal and evangelization.

     

  • Mike Gray
    Read Bio

    Mike Gray has served as the pastor at Newington Baptist Church in Glouchester, Virginia since 1992. Over the years he has created a culture of permission giving that has helped develop a number of ministry initiatives led by members of his congregation, several of which are becoming fresh expressions of church, including a home group for foster moms, an outreach project that became a Sunday morning service at a transitional housing unit, a worship and prayer gatheirng at a local restaurant and a now-mature expression of church for motorcycle lovers called Highway to Heaven Biker Church.

  • Elaine Heath
    Read Bio

    Elaine Heath is a constructive theologian who integrates systematic, pastoral, and spiritual theology in ways that creatively bridge the gap between academy and church, opening a path for mission in both arenas. Central themes in Elaine’s theology include the missional wisdom of the great saints and mystics, the healing power of the gospel of Jesus, the church as God’s missional community of faith, and the central role of the Holy Spirit in prayer, discernment and ministry. Elaine is the McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She is the co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation. Last month Heath was named Dean at Duke Divinity School. She begins her new role on July 1.

  • Shannon Hopkins
    Read Bio

    Shannon Hopkins is an extreme networker and social entrepreneur. She lives in East London but is a Texas native. She has the eclectic background of fashion merchandising and church planting, having developed a national strategy for three apparel brands after planting a church in Texas and before developing a fresh expression of church in East London. In the UK, she has worked with Church Mission Society to develop a course on social entrepreneurship and uses design thinking to engage people’s imaginations to consider a different, dignified and positive future. She is a believer in the power of community, hospitality and prayer.

  • Hannah King
    Read Bio

    Hannah King is the Director of Local Missions at Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, Virginia where she has the privilege of supporting the laity in their calling to minister in their neighborhoods. Before coming to Truro, Hannah and her husband Michael served in campus ministry in Princeton, NJ and in apartment ministry in Dallas, TX while they attended Redeemer Seminary. Michael and Hannah now have the privilege of working together at Truro and are expecting their first child at the end of April.

  • Shannon Kiser
    Read Bio

    Shannon Kiser is Director of Training on the US Fresh Expressions Team. Before that she worked with the 1001 New Worshipping Communities Initiative of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. In that role, she developed and led training events, started an internship track for pioneer leaders and directed a peer coaching network for emerging ministries. She also serves as Parish Associate at Riverside Presbyterian Church in Sterling Virginia, a young church which encourages experimentation in fresh expressions and missional ministry. Shannon is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Shannon and her husband Patrick live in Springfield, VA with their teenage daughters Catherine and Suzanne.

     

  • Carey Sims
    Read Bio

    Cheryl McCarthy serves on the US Fresh Expressions team as Coordinator of Intercession and The Ananias Project, helping equip intercessors and prayer ministry leaders to support the work of Fresh Expressions Pioneers. Cheryl began her journey toward prayer ministry at Truro Church in Fairfax, VA in 1989. She and her family were commissioned on their first church planting team in 1993 and they’ve been involved with church planting ever since. Cheryl lives in New Bern, NC with her husband, Bill, who serves as the worship leader at Grace Anglican Church, and their five children. She is Founder and Director of The SEEDS Ministry, a Fresh Expressions incubator helping unify local churches and civic leaders to reach those far from God through connecting events and prayer.

  • Gannon Sims
    Read Bio

    Gannon Sims is Director of Ministry Formation and Communications for Fresh Expressions. He’s a graduate of Baylor University and Duke Divinity School. Prior to entering seminary, Gannon worked as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate and as a public affairs officer in the anti-human trafficking office at the U.S. State Department. He enjoys forging partnerships between followers of Jesus from different traditions and has served in various roles at several churches, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Anglican.

  • Mike Snedecker
    Read Bio

    Mike Snedecker has been married to his wife Beth for 22 years and is the proud father of two girls Allysa (17) and Cassidy (15). He is the Lead Pastor of Community Evangelical Church in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, a small congregation that averages about 400 in attendance on Sunday mornings.  He began working with Community Evangelical in September of 1993 as the youth pastor, he has served in many different roles until becoming the Lead Pastor in April of 2012.  Mike has a passion for church multiplication and fell in love with the Fresh Expressions  model about two years ago.  Over the past year, Community has passionately pursued making disciples in and out of the church and has partnered with Fresh Expressions to help establish new ministry models in and around Berks County, Pennsylvania.

  • Karen Swenholt
    Read Bio

    Karen Swenholdt is a figurative sculptor who lives and works in Northern Virginia.  She attended Maryland Institute College of Arts and California College of the Arts. Karen served as the Artist in Residence at Washington Shakespeare Company from 2002-2011 and at Wesley Theological Seminary throughout 2010. Her work can be found in public and private collections including The Vladmir Romanov Palace in St. Petersburg, Carin University in Philadelphia, Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and many churches across the United States.

  • John Upton
    Read Bio

    John Upton was elected Executive Director of the Baptist General Association of Virginia during the annual meeting of the General Association in November 2001. John had been group leader on the BGAV staff since 1995. Earlier he was pastor of Urbanna Baptist Church in Urbanna, Virginia and he and his wife, Deborah, served as missionaries in Taiwan through the Southern Baptist Convention’s Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board). In July 2015 he completed a five-year term as President of the Baptist World Alliance. John is a graduate of Averett University in Danville, Virginia, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The Uptons have two sons, Christopher and Richard; a daughter, Emily; and seven grandchildren.