Daytona Beach, FL
Byron was born and raised in Fayetteville, NC. Although he grew up in the church, he was not awakened to the truth of God’s grace until he was 23 years old. He was saved on the couch of his one bedroom apartment and has followed Jesus Christ since. Not long after salvation, he committed to serving in ministry any way he could as a layman. His desire to serve the Church grew into a sense of call to vocational ministry.
In 2015, Byron joined the staff of Fellowship Memphis as a pastoral resident with desires of getting experience in a multi-ethnic church. While serving at Fellowship Memphis, he worked on his Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. He also gained more clarity on his calling and began seeking training to plant a church. Byron has a heart to plant a multi-ethnic church in the heart of Daytona Beach, FL, the city where he attended college, and where he first began his career in Public Relations and Advertising. Byron is married to Kimyatta Cogdell and he’s the father of Parker Alexander and Robyn Kaycee.
Iowa City, IA
Scott Gaskill was born in Iowa City, IA. For the first 18 years of his life he was comfortable living the small town life, being a church attender and not doing anything “too stupid”, but then he went to college. During his first semester at the University of Northern Iowa Scott pledged with a fraternity, took at least one final inebriated and started down the road toward financial stability through earning a degree in actuary science. God took Scott’s life by storm though when he politely took up his father’s invite to a Promise Keeper’s conference at the beginning of his sophomore year. The light of the gospel exposed Scott’s sin that weekend and he was transferred from the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of the Beloved Son.
During the summer of 2004 Scott attended a summer training program with the express purpose of learning to make disciples. Little did he know, not only would he learn how, but he was overwhelmed that summer with a desire to make disciples full-time for the rest of his life. Scott returned to campus to finish up college with a new desire for full-time ministry and met the woman of his dreams, Emily, who was already at work making disciples. Together, Scott and Emily made disciples at the University of Northern Iowa with the Navigators for two years and then transitioned to Parkview Church in Iowa City, IA where they were a part of leading the college ministry for 10 years. Scott and Emily have three children and reside in west Iowa City. They enjoy backyard baseball, Star Wars and reading.
34 years ago Scott was born in Iowa City, 10 years ago God called he and his wife back to Iowa City, and over the last 2 years God has made it clear that He is calling Scott, Emily and a core team of friends to plant Harvest City on the west side of Iowa City. They are excited to see the beautifully diverse church God is going to bring about as they faithfully preach the gospel and seek the renewal of the city.
Born and raised in Bronx, New York, Dominique came to Christ when he was 12 years old. He became involved in the youth ministry at his church, but it wasn't until college that he began to really study the Bible and grasp all that the Lord had for him. While working at a summer camp for inner-city children, Dominique felt the call to be a pastor, and the Lord affirmed this call through those who were mentoring him.
After a move to Knoxville, TN, Dominique began working with urban ministries and praying for God's direction for his future. With a strong desire to reach the world for Christ, Dominique feels called to church planting with an emphasis in serving the urban community. He is now pursuing a Masters of Arts in Leadership at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Dominique is husband to Emily and father to his two daughters, Brielle and Jade.
Jeremy Linneman was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and attended the University of Missouri, where he met his wife, Jessie. They were married in 2006 and remained in Columbia, MO, until 2010. Jeremy worked as a microbiologist and spent three years as a pastoral intern at Karis Community Church. From 2010-17, Jeremy served as a staff pastor at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky.
During his time at Sojourn, he loved training community group leaders, writing curriculum, preaching at weekend services, teaching membership classes, counseling members, raising up new elders, and officiating weddings and funerals. Jeremy also completed an MA at Southern Seminary, was certified as a leadership coach, and wrote articles on discipleship and community for The Gospel Coalition, Lifeway, Christ & Pop Culture Magazine, and Sojourn Network.
In the spring of 2017, Jeremy and Jessie, with their three sons Joseph (8), Jude (6), and Jack (3), returned to Columbia, Missouri to plant Trinity Community Church with a group of friends from Sojourn. Jeremy and Jessie love spending time outdoors with the boys, usually through hiking, cycling, or youth sports.
Tyler St. Clair
Tyler St. Clair was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and by God’s Grace planted and now pastors Cornerstone Church - Detroit. He has served in myriad ministry capacities including: prison chaplaincy, youth pastor and mentor for at-risk youth. Tyler also serves on the board of plantSEMI, a church planting movement in Southeastern Michigan. He married his best friend Elita in 2004 and they have five wonderful children
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Brett is a native to the Inland Empire. He grew up in church culture (thanks Mom) that he originally hated, which ironically many years later evolved into church idolatry, until 2009 at a TGC conference when Jesus graciously opened his eyes to the beauty of the gospel of grace—and he has been ruined ever since.
He came back home with a burden to see the gospel have the same impact on his friends and city, and what started as a conversation in the local coffee shop about the gospel has now by God’s grace become the foundation of what is called Mere Church.
Brett quickly become a member in a local Acts29 church, New Hope Community Church, while simultaneously overseeing the growing community that Jesus was creating back home in Rancho—in the middle of Starbucks. He holds a degree in Business & Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, a Special Education Teaching Credential (he taught Kindergarten for many years), and was part of the first ever Acts29 Pastor’s School.
Thanks to the friendships, opportunities, and prayer from and with the Acts29 Network, The Gospel Coalition, and Pacific Church Network, Mere Church was officially launched in August of 2014, and continues to see the power of the gospel bearing fruit, and increasing.
Brett and his wife Natalie have been married for four years and have one daughter, Scarlett Grace.
San Fransisco, CA
Eddie met his wife Sarah in college playing sports at the University of Idaho in 2007. It wasn’t obvious then, but just a few months into their relationship it was clear that they would one day plant a church.
Eddie became a follower of Jesus in college shortly after arriving on campus and Sarah was raised in the church as a pastor’s kid, but neither had early thoughts of going into ministry. God changed that when Eddie felt the overwhelming call to go into ministry at age 20, despite having no clue what that meant. Sarah agreed to follow Eddie in the journey, discovering her own call in the process.
The Williams’ lived in major cities around the country, following Eddie’s NFL career and serving in different churches along the way. After five years in the NFL, they had their first of three children, Emmanuella, just before moving to Salt Lake City to serve with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
After two more children and nearly three years in Salt Lake City, doors began opening to begin the process of starting a church back where Eddie is from, the Bay Area in California. It was a tough, prayerful season, but God made it clear to them that San Francisco is where they should move their family. They are both prayerful that God would use their story to help transform San Francisco with the Gospel of Jesus.