Advance the Church

The goal of Advance'17 is to be the most helpful conference possible for the long term health of church-planting churches. We want leaders to leave feeling both equipped and encouraged.

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Assessment Overview

Acts 29 is a diverse, global family of church-planting churches. As a part of that family, the Acts 29 US Southeast Network has some distinct features that work in conjunction with the global assessment standards set by our Acts 29 Central Resource Team.

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Church Planter Cohort Overview

The Acts 29 US Southeast Church Planter Cohort (CPC) is designed for men who are already recommended for Church Planting (or recommended with conditions) and who are already on the ground in the context of their call.

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The Southeastern US is a growing, distinct region in the midst of considerable cultural shift.

Once known as the “Bible Belt,” the Southeast is now more aptly described as “Christ haunted” as the number of those who are unchurched or dechurched continues to rise.

Once known primarily as rural, over 92% of the metropolitan areas of the Southeast are growing including three of the fastest growing cities in the US. Some projections suggest that by 2050 over 81.7 million people who do not know Jesus will live in the Southeast US. With this cultural shift comes tremendous opportunity for mission to both the dechurched and the unchurched.

To reach this Christ haunted, culturally shifting region, we need more healthy, gospel-centered churches planted and replanted. We need churches that both know and demonstrate the gospel in and to their communities. In fact, 1400 churches will need to be planted per year for the next 40 years to reach the increasing population. Acts 29 wants to play an integral part in the movement of God’s Spirit to see this happen by recruiting, assessing and developing church planters and pastors.

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Brian Lowe Network Director | US Southeast Brian Lowe has a degree in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. He planted Exodus Church—now grown to 2 congregations—after 16 years with student ministry. Brian’s heart is to be involved in Jesus’ mission through developing church planters. Brian is blessed with a wonderful wife, Cheryl, and four children.
Chan Kilgore Regional Director | Florida Chan Kilgore planted CrossPointe Church Orlando in 2002. CrossPointe Church is one church with seven congregations spread through the greater Orlando area & in Peachtree City, GA. He also serves as the Florida Regional Director for Acts 29. Loves dating his wife Stacy and wakeboarding with his three daughters.
Joby Martin Network Leadership Team | US Southeast Pastor Joby Martin is the Lead Pastor of The Church of Eleven22. He graduated with his Masters in Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and has been in full-time ministry for 20 years. Pastor Joby is married to Gretchen. They have been married for 16 years and have two children, JP and Reagan.
Dwayne Bond Network Leadership Team | US Southeast Pastor Dwayne Bond is an elder and serves as the Lead Pastor of Wellspring Church. He and his family relocated to Charlotte to plant Wellspring in 2006. In January 2007, he became a member of Acts 29 and now serves on the Acts 29 Board. Dwayne is married to to his beautiful wife Leslie & they have three wonderful children.
Tyler Jones Network Leadership Team | US Southeast Tyler and his wife Kimberly moved to Raleigh in 1997 and planted Vintage Church in the fall of 2002. He has served in leadership of Acts 29 and planted 5 church-planting regions, while coaching and working alongside church plants in Europe and Africa. Tyler and Kimberly have three little ones: Ellia, Lyla, and Lincoln.
Greg Gibson Regional Director | Southeast Gib is the Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Living Hope Church in Memphis, TN. Originally from Oklahoma, he has served at Living Hope since 2006. He and his wife Jill have three children.
Paul Whaley Regional Director | Alabama & Middle Tennessee Paul & his wife Brandi moved to Huntsville in 2000 and planted Summit Crossing Community Church in 2003. He is now the Lead Teaching & Vision Pastor of Summit Crossing’s Madison Campus. Paul also serves as the Regional Director for Alabama & Middle Tennessee. Paul and Brandi have 3 kids: Luke, Karsyn, and Jake.
Matt Adair Operations Matt Adair is an Acts 29 planter and pastors Christ Community Church in Athens, Georgia. Taking the church as a replant seven years ago, he recounts that it took five years to reconstruct and really get out of a bad place. Matt recently became the Regional Director of the newly formed Georgia Region in the Acts 29 Network
J. Tyler Deaton Assessment Coordinator & Operations Director | US Southeast J Tyler Deaton serves as the Assessment Coordinator and Operations Director for Acts 29 US Southeast. Tyler has served in full-time ministry for six years and is married to his wife, Lesley. They have been married for eight years and have three children, Addison, Eli, and Henry.
Dana Lefevers Logistics Manager | US Southeast Dana serves as the Logistics Manager for Acts 29 US Southeast. She has been married for 5 years to Jeremy and they have three children, Taylor, Wesley, and Will.