Prince George's County, MD
Thomas was raised in Oxon Hill, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC. His grandmother introduced him to Jesus at an early age and as a result he moved to Philadelphia to attend, what was known then as Philadelphia Biblical University. He spent several years serving as a member of a inner city church plant and counseling men through alcoholism and drug addiction. After graduating he joined the staff at Epiphany Fellowship as a pastoral assistant teaching, leading community groups and working to strengthen the church’s incarnational presence in the community. Thomas leveraged what he learned in Philadelphia to become Pastor of Biblical Community at Vintage Church in Raleigh North Carolina. Through these experiences God has given him passion to lead today’s un-churched generation to intimately encounter a big and beautiful God. To such a degree, they are adopted into his family and become worshipers who love God and their neighbors through words and acts of kindness. Thomas is married to Syeebra Anderson and has three daughters: Brianna; Marissa; and Genesis.
Little Rock, AR
Drew is originally from Little Rock, AR. He grew up in the church and started his first full-time ministry in 1993. He married his beautiful wife Lori in 1994 and church ministry jobs took them from Arkansas to Texas and then to Tennessee. Drew and Lori helped establish a church in Franklin, TN now called Journey Church where he served as an elder and the Creative Arts Pastor. In 2006 Drew became the lead singer of CCM group NewSong, but after a year and a half realized his heart and passion was for the local church.
Drew has served the last four years at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock but recently accepted the Lead Pastor role at Temple Baptist (Drew’s home church) where he’ll replant a new vision and ministry in the next year. Drew and Lori have 2 little girls, Daisy (9) and Jovie (6). They can’t wait to see what God is going to do!
Brad grew up in St. Louis, MO (Go Cardinals!) where his only exposure to Christianity was via Christmas songs played on the radio. He became a Christian late in college at Truman State University, where he also met his wife, Hannah. They were married shortly after graduating and have been co-adventurers in life ever since. Brad is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv, 2012), during which time he and Hannah also served on the launch team of a church plant in St. Louis and started an award-winning arts non-profit. He has served as an Army Chaplain and Pastor of Discipleship in the local church, attended Redeemer City-to-City’s Church Planter International Intensive and works part-time for the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
Brad and Hannah are head-over-heels for the great state of Colorado and especially for the greater Boulder region, where they are in the thick of planting The Table Church. They have a too-smart-for-her-own-good pup named Scout, love board games (the nerdier, the better) and seek to live out as much as possible their motto that “a crowded house is a happy home.”
Rob was born and raised in Youngstown, OH. In 2006, he graduated with his Bachelors of Music Education from Youngstown State University, where he met his wife, Lauren. In 2009, Rob and Lauren married and then moved to Louisville, KY where he graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity in Christian Ministries. During his time in Louisville, Rob felt a call to plant a church in Pittsburgh, PA, which was then confirmed by his leaders at his local church. In February of 2013 Rob and Lauren moved to Pittsburgh to plant Renaissance Church. Renaissance began weekly services in the Fall of 2014 and is coming up on their 2 year anniversary. Since moving to Pittsburgh, Rob and Lauren welcomed 2 little girls into their family, Lucy (2) and Norah (3 months).
By God's unmerited grace, Clint is an adopted son of God the Father, serving Jesus, being sent by the Spirit to make disciples in Greater Boston (Waltham). After completing a Masters in Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, Clint joined the staff at The Village Church as a Groups Pastor, ministering to men and women at the Dallas Northway campus.
In October 2012, Clint went to Boston for the first time to attend a conference and everything changed. God had called Clint to the work of church planting while in seminary, but had yet to give him a location and a people. That weekend, the LORD stirred in Clint a burden for the people of Boston and set the Patronellas on a journey to plant in Waltham, a growing community along the Charles River just 9 miles west of downtown Boston.
Clint is part of the Seven Mile Road Network of churches, a family of churches advancing the good news of Jesus Christ by equipping spirit-led disciples to multiply gospel communities and plant gospel-centered churches devoted to the glory of God, the growth of the church, and the good of their neighborhood.
He is married to his best friend, Andea and together they have four beautiful children: Bryton, Haddon, Everett, and Evangeline. They love reading, good eats, and conversations with friends.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Chris is a native to South Orange County. Although he grew up in a church-going household, it wasn’t until college that he met Jesus and had his life radically transformed by the grace, mercy, and beauty of the gospel. He went from finding his identity in temporary things—the people he knew, the status he held, and the stuff he owned—to finding his identity in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone. He was actively involved in Saddleback Church and Reverence Bible Church, serving on staff in various roles: College/young adults ministry, local missions, and men’s ministry.
By 2010, Chris had an increased burden for the rapid-growing community he grew up in. He launched The Gospel Coalition's Orange County chapter and began praying with other local pastors for gospel-saturated revival in their cities. Through those prayers, Chris sensed a specific and personal call to plant a new work of the gospel in the soil of South Orange County. By the end of 2015, Chris began training at Village Church Irvine in preparation for planting a new church in Rancho Santa Margarita, California.
Chris and his wife Alyssa have been married for four years and have two children (a daughter and a newborn son). He is the author of The Two Fears: Tremble Before God Alone (Cruciform Press).
Trent Senske grew up outside Minneapolis, MN. For years he posed as a good Minnesota-Lutheran, but looking back, success was the only thing that mattered to him. His heart was hard, but God graciously broke through — melting dreams of athletic success, exposing selfishness, and revealing idolatry.
In college, Trent sensed a calling to spiritual leadership, and for seven years he learned the ropes of discipleship, preaching, and leadership by ministering to college students. He holds degrees from Creighton University and is finishing his M.A. at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. For the past several years, he has worked for Coram Deo Church in Omaha, NE, as a pastoral assistant, serving and shadowing Pastor Bob Thune.
A decade ago Trent left the Twin Cities hell-bent on his own success; ten years later God called him to return and plant a multi-ethnic church, laboring for the fame of Jesus in the heart of the city. Trent longs to see Minneapolis transformed through the work of church planting, racial reconciliation, and gospel renewal.
Trent, and his wife Laura, are high school sweethearts. They have two young children and reside in south Minneapolis. They enjoy family dance parties, outings to city parks, and cold, snowy winters.
Charles Shannon serves as the lead Church Planting Pastor of The Mission Church and The Director of The Theology Mission, an urban ministry training center. He was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida and stirred up much trouble before a friend confronted him with the gospel. He immediately began to hold pavement Bible Studies in the neighborhood housing projects. When the Navy brought his family to Norfolk in 2009 it was clear it was time to add knowledge to his zeal. Charles completed a B.A. Biblical & Theological Studies, Regent University and a Master of Biblical Studies, Virginia Beach Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity. Charles lives in Norfolk, VA with his wife Jaqueline and their three small children. He is excited to see a gospel church form with the diversity of the people who live in the city, worshiping together and witnessing to the unifying power of the gospel.