About Acts 29

Acts 29 is a diverse, global community of healthy, multiplying churches characterized by theological clarity, cultural engagement, and missional innovation.

What We Believe

Acts 29 stands in the tradition of historic evangelical confessionalism. We affirm the Lausanne Covenant and are committed to the following five theological distinctives:

  • Gospel centrality in all of life
  • The sovereign grace of God in saving sinners 
  • The work of the Holy Spirit for life and ministry
  • The equality of men and women and the principle of male servant leadership
  • The local church as God’s primary mission strategy

WHAT WE WANT TO BE KNOWN FOR

Acts 29 will ensure that we are known for:

  • Planting healthy, multiplying churches
  • Pursuing holiness and humility
  • Being a radically diverse and global community
  • Praying for conversions through evangelism

WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE

Acts 29 will succeed to the extent that we:

  • Recruit church planters dedicated to leading healthy, multiplying churches
  • Assess men based on core competencies to lead healthy, multiplying churches
  • Develop men who are planting or leading healthy, multiplying churches through coaching, training, and support

Staff Members

BRIAN HOWARD

Executive Director

Brian Howard has over 20 years of proven leadership experience as a leadership coach, non-profit executive, church planter, lead pastor, and business owner. Brian holds a master’s degree from Talbot School of Theology, has been married for 26 years to the love of his life, and has four children.

PHILIP MOORE

Vice President for Global

Philip Moore is married to Rachel and they have five children. In 2006, Phillip moved to France to pastor a church in the Paris area. Since then, by God’s grace, the church has planted three daughter churches and trained and sent a couple to plant a church in the centre of Paris. He is now the Acts 29 network director for Europe.

DOUG LOGAN

Vice President for Advancement

Doug Logan is an associate director for Acts 29 and has been in urban ministry for nearly 25 years. In 2011, he planted Epiphany Fellowship of Camden with his wife, Angel. They have three sons and three grandchildren. He serves as the president of Grimké Seminary, founded On the Block Collective, and is the author of ‘On The Block.'

TONY MERIDA

Vice President for Theological Training

Tony Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tony has an extensive itinerant ministry and has written several books, including 'The Christ-Centered Expositor,' 'Ordinary,' and 'Orphanology.' He is happily married to Kimberly and they have five adopted children.

MATTHEW SPANDLER-DAVISON

Vice President for Global Outreach

Matthew is originally from Stonehaven, Scotland. He is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and was awarded a doctorate by The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Matthew is married to Tracy and has two daughters. He is a church planter and the pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church in Bardstown, Kentucky.

ANDY BEAN

Vice President for Operations

Andy was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, where he lives with his wife, Ashley, and two children. Andy has over 12 years of experience leading communications and operations teams through many different phases of church life: from planting to multiplication to multi-site. Andy and his family have been members of Redeemer Fellowship Church in Kansas City since 2009, where Andy served as a pastor and director of operations until taking this position with Acts 29.

DAVE BRUSKAS

Vice President for US Regions

Dave Bruskas has served in pastoral ministry for twenty-seven years, laboring as a church planter in church revitalization and church multiplication. Dave received a master’s in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Kara, have been married for thirty-three years and live in Dallas. They have four daughters.

SCOTT ZELLER

Vice President for Global Coordination

Scott is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where he’s a pastor for Redeemer Church—a church-planting church having sent out planters throughout the UAE and to Lebanon, Kuwait, and India. He’s been involved in ministry leadership development and church planting in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East for many years. Scott’s married to Angela and they have four children.

ONE MOKGATLE

Network Director | Southern Africa

One, his wife Confidence, and their two daughters live in Pretoria, South Africa. He leads Rooted Fellowship, a gospel-centered, disciple making, and transcultural church, planted from a partnership with LIG.punt and Bryanston Bible Church. One’s desire is to see more churches planted in Pretoria and beyond.

ADAM RAMSEY

Network Director | Australia, New Zealand & Japan

Adam really loves Jesus and is serious about joy. He leads Liberti Church on the Gold Coast, Australia, and also serves as the network director for Acts 29 Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. His favorite parts of life include being married to Kristina, making memories with their five kids, and laughing over a good meal.

FRANCISCO BENDFELDT

Network Director | Latin America

Francisco began his ministry as a teenager and has preached in several countries around the world during the last 20 years. He is the lead pastor of Casa de Libertad in Guatemala City and has a passion to reach others with the gospel through church planting. He lives in Guatemala with his wife Carol and his four children.

Tyler Jones

VP of US East

After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 1997, Tyler and his wife Kimberly moved to Raleigh, where they now continue loving their city with their three kids. Tyler planted Vintage Church in the fall of 2002, which has now grown to five locations in the Triangle. Serving in a myriad of leadership roles with Acts29 since 2003, he is driven by his passion for planting and growing churches to advance the gospel across the US and the world.

DWIGHT BERNIER

Network Director | Canada

Dwight and his wife, Jessica, live in Montréal with their four children. In 2011, they began Church 21, a multi-location church in the province of Québec. Dwight has a great desire to see churches planted all throughout Canada. He enjoys baseball, running, reading, U2, and playing in the city with his family.

JOHN KIM

Director of Finance

John’s experience is in hospitality and event management. He is a northern Nevada native and has gained ministry experience working as a staff deacon for Living Stones Churches. He received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Cornell University.

CHANDRA HOWARD

Director of Human Resources

Chandra has been a part of the Acts 29 family for many years. She is married to Brian and they have four amazing kids. Chandra planted a church with her husband in 2002, has served as the marketing director for Context Coaching, and currently serves as the director of human resources for Acts 29.

TYLER DEATON

Director of Events

Tyler has served on staff in Acts 29 since 2015 and was in full-time ministry for more than six years prior to that. He and his wife, Lesley, were married in 2008 and have four children.

RACHEL WOLVERTON

Director of Marketing & Communications

Rachel worked in various marketing roles for Wycliffe Bible Translators for nine years before joining Acts 29. Originally from Florida, she’s an alumna of LeTourneau University and Eastern Michigan University. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Nick, and their three sons. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, and cooking.

JEFF MEDDERS

Director of Assessment and Podcast Creator

Jeff is the host of The Acts 29 Podcast and works with the content and theology of Acts 29. He also serves on staff at Risen Church and the Risen Collective in Houston, Texas. He’s a PhD student in biblical spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeff is the author of 'Humble Calvinism' and 'Gospel Formed.'

DWAYNE BOND

Director of Pastoral Care

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. Dwayne is married to his beautiful wife, Leslie, and they have three wonderful children.

GARY COUSINS

Director of Global Operations

Gary is married to Claudia and based in her home country of Germany. They have two teenage boys. Gary pastored for six years in Northern Ireland followed by eight years in leadership development with an international missions agency. He enjoys trail running and is a volunteer firefighter.

RONELL KING

Global Networks Liaison

Ronell, her husband Darret, and three children live in Linden, Johannesburg. She studied interior design and décor and had her own business before going full-time into ministry in 2009. Ronell is eager to see church planting teams flourish for the sake of furthering the gospel and glorifying God's name.

CHRISTY BRITTON

US Content and Publishing Manager

Christy is a member of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, and serves as the discipleship classes coordinator. She’s married to Stephen, and they’re raising four boys together. Team Britton enjoys Cajun food and cheering for the LSU Tigers.

AHARON LOGAN

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Aharon was born to an inner-city church planter and has been raised in the ministry his entire life. For three years, he worked as an executive assistant for a Presbyterian church in New Jersey and now serves Acts 29's marketing and communications needs. He married Erin in 2019 and resides in Richmond, Virginia.

YADIRO HENRIQUEZ

Lead Graphic Designer

Yad is a graphic designer who currently resides in Oak Island, North Carolina. In 2000, he graduated with a BFA in graphic design from the School of Visual Arts in New York. That may seem like centuries ago in internet years, but don’t worry, this hyperbolic old dog is on top of all the new tricks. Yad enjoys houseplants and dogs.

ANN HASTINGS

Partnership Events and Texas Relationships Specialist

Ann has a BS in communications from Abilene Christian University. She previously worked at The Village Church, ServingHIM, and has ten years of sales experience in the hospitality industry. Ann married Tyler in 2006 and they have two children. She is a member of The Village Church and is the director of Women's Bible Class.

ANDREA COHEN

Director of Partnerships Strategy

Andrea graduated from Penn State and married Matt one week later. They then planted Citylight Church in Philadelphia, where they continue to lead and serve. Andrea is passionate about connecting people and organizations to Christian ministries. She also enjoys indoor projects and outdoor adventures with her children.

JESSICA ESTES

Partnerships Project Manager

Jessica has a BBA in marketing from Texas A&M University with a background in advertising and communications. She and her husband, Jason, have three children. Jessica is a member of The Village Church, serves on the PTA Board at her children’s elementary school, and loves spending time outdoors with her family.

STEPHANIE OSBORNE

Sponsorships Coordinator

Stephanie is a graduate of Texas A&M University and also received her MA in international conflict resolution from George Washington University. She enjoys traveling and serving in the music ministry at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. She and her husband, Caleb, have three young boys.

JUSTIN ROBERTS

Information Systems Specialist

Justin has been married to his best friend, Samantha, for six years and they have two beautiful girls. He enjoys coffee, supporting local community, and loves exploring the outdoors.

REBEKAH PAZ

Executive Assistant to Brian Howard

Rebekah has 10+ years of administrative experience and helped her husband, Edward, plant theMOVEMENT Church in Oakland, California. Originally from Texas, she graduated from San Francisco State University and has lived in the Bay Area for 14 years. She enjoys all things Texas, crafting, new restaurants, and exploring Oakland.

SU PARKS

Executive Assistant

Su recently relocated to Southern California after living in Northern Ireland for 15 years where she and her husband, Lucas, planted Village Church Belfast. They have been married for 25 years and have three children. Su is passionate about sharing Christ with others, being active, and expressing herself through art.

BRYAN LAUGHLIN

Co-Director of Theological Training

Bryan Laughlin is the lead pastor of Remnant Church in Richmond, Virginia, where he lives with his wife and four children. He is an experienced pastor and planter with a heart for the gospel and church planting. He has served many years in the local church, training and equipping leaders for gospel ministry.

ASHLEY DAVIDSON

Executive Assistant to Dave Bruskas

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ashley graduated from Texas Tech University in 2007 with a degree in exercise science and education. She worked as a teacher and coach for six years before becoming an administrative assistant and bookkeeper to her husband's restaurant business. Ashley has been married for nine years and has two kids.

JAKE DAVIES

Global Partnership Coordinator

Jake was born and raised in Alaska. He met and married Allison, his wife of 20 years there, and they're raising four kids. Before his service in the local church, Jake served in the United States Navy, received his education in business management, started a small business, and is currently finishing his master's studies at Western Seminary. Through serving the local church for many years, Jake has a deep desire to strengthen and grow the church locally and globally. He enjoys cooking, building houses, and fishing with family, friends, and anyone who comes within his path.

LINDSAY KING

Partnership Development

Lindsay has a BS in human resources and business management from Rowan University and more than a decade of experience in both fields. She married her high school sweetheart in 2010, just six weeks after graduating from college, and they have four beautiful children. They planted an Acts 29 church in their hometown in 2020. Lindsay loves gardening, the beach, dates with her husband, and having a house full of people sharing laughter and good food.

Nicole Cox

Finance Assistant

Nicole was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. Her husband, Michael, and their three children are part of the newest Living Stones Church plant where Michael is a pastor. She volunteers for the finance team and has three years of experience working in ministry as an assistant. When not working, she is homeschooling her kids, leading a women's community group, and hanging out with her best friend—her husband!

ATYIA PARKS

Wives Support Coordinator, US North Atlantic

Atyia is wife to Derrick and the mother of three. She and Derrick began their journey to plant Epiphany Church in Wilmington, Delaware, in 2016. She serves as the women’s ministry director at Epiphany Wilmington and is passionate about discipleship and helping women find freedom and discover their purpose in Christ.

TYLER ST. CLAIR

Urban Strategist

Tyler St. Clair is the lead pastor of Cornerstone Church Detroit. He is a regular contributor to the Acts 29 blog. Tyler is also the US network lead for Church in Hard Places and urban strategist with Acts 29 Urban, and acts as a liaison between Acts 29 and Grimké Seminary Urban. Tyler is married to his best friend and has five amazing kids.

DAWN GRIBBIN

Office Admin & Events Manager, Church in Hard Places

Dawn was raised in northern Virginia and is a member of Redeemer Fellowship Church in Bardstown, Kentucky. Dawn is married to Chris and they have three children. She joined Acts 29 in August, 2019, serving as the personal assistant to the vice president for global outreach and the administrator for Church in Hard Places.

TIM SIZEMORE

Apprentice Manager, Church in Hard Places

Tim is a lay elder at Redeemer Fellowship Church. Tim and his wife, Robbin, have four children between the ages of 11–16. They enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and all sports.

ZACHARY MORGAN

Lead Assessment Coordinator

Zack is from north Georgia and served as a pastor for seven years before joining Acts 29. Zack is married to Shelby and they have two children. Zack is grateful to be part of the process of seeing healthy churches planted through Acts 29.

TYLER POWELL

Assessment Coordinator

Tyler has been married to Jodi for more than 20 years and they have four children. He holds a master of divinity degree from Denver Seminary and has been in ministry since 2001. Tyler currently serves as the church planting director at The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, overseeing the church planting residency, and previously served as the assessment director for Acts 29 from 2006–2015.

DAVIS JOHNSON

Assessment Coordinator

Davis is an assessment coordinator on the US assessments team and a pastor at an Acts 29 church in downtown Minneapolis. While attending the University of Minnesota, Davis was invited by a friend to church and kept returning as the things he thought he knew about Jesus and Christianity were flipped upside down one by one. He is married to Emma, and they have one daughter. Davis enjoys competition, renovation projects, compelling stories (written and on-screen), and watching the Green Bay Packers lose—especially with his Wisconsinite in-laws!

ALEJANDRO URREA

Global Assessment Coordinator

Alejandro is the assessment coordinator for Latin America. He is also part of the staff and church planting team at Casa de Libertad in Guatemala City, and lives in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

JAYE BICE

Wives Support Coordinator, US Southeast

Jaye and her husband, Tim, live in Albany, Georgia, with their four children. They serve at Greenbriar Church, which they planted in 2008. She has an EdS degree from Liberty University and is currently a stay-at-home mom. Jaye has a heart for pastors' wives, loves chocolate and traveling, and will find any excuse to celebrate.

SARA DAVIS

Wives Support Coordinator, US West

Sara and her husband, Caleb, planted True Life Church in Denver, Colorado, in 2012. Originally from Washington state, Sara graduated from Seattle Pacific University. She has two beautiful children and loves sunshine, food, and a good magazine.

JESSIE ROSEBERRY

Wives Support Coordinator, US Midwest

Jessie Roseberry is an artist, mom of four, and church planter’s wife. She lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, with her husband Eric and enjoys time with friends, painting, teaching watercolor classes, and hospitality. She has been married to Eric for more than 15 years. They are both over 6’ tall and are raising their own basketball team.

ABBEY PADGETT

Wives Support Coordinator, US South Central

Abbey and her husband, Bryan, planted Redeemer Church in 2015 in Stillwater, Oklahoma—home of her alma mater, Oklahoma State University. She has four wonderful kids, loves people, the outdoors, having a great heart-to-heart with a friend, and curling up with a good book and a hot drink.

STEVE ROSS

Urban & Diversity Content Strategist

Steve Ross has been married to his lifelong best friend, Jamie, since they were 19. They're blessed to raise three sons and five daughters together. He serves as the lead pastor at Arise, a gospel-centered, multiethnic church in Ventura, California, and loves shepherding the church toward unity in diversity.

MARK GLENN

Assessment Support

Mark is the lead pastor of The Fields Church in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, which he planted in 2011. He is married to Katherine and has three children. Mark is the assessment coordinator for Asia Pacific, part of the Rural Collective leadership team, and works as assessment support for Church in Hard Places. Most of all, he cares deeply about preparing church planters to lead healthy, multiplying churches in any context.

ROBERT MANDA

East Africa Strategist

Robert is a catalyst of Acts 29 in East Africa and pastor of New Life Church in Lilongwe, Malawi. He is married to Sheila, and the Lord blessed them with three children. He is deeply passionate about preaching the gospel, training rural pastors, and planting churches. He is the founder of Pastoral Training Institute of Africa and holds an MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary.

JESS LOVE

Executive Assistant to Andy Bean

Jess has more than five years of experience working in church administration. She graduated from the University of Kansas and lived in Kansas City, Missouri, before meeting her husband and moving to Columbus, Georgia, in 2021 for his Army placement at Ft. Benning. She loves music and coffee, exploring new cities with her husband, and growing and arranging flowers in her free time.

RENELLE PIÑERO

Writer

Renelle is a first-generation Filipino American who grew up in the beautiful Reno/Tahoe area. Along with her role at Acts 29, she also serves as a staff deacon with Living Stones Churches. She received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Nevada. Renelle loves spending time with family, cooking, and shooting hoops (Go Warriors!).

SHAUNA SIGMON

US Event Coordinator

Shauna and her husband, Matt, helped plant Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she serves as the women’s discipleship director and her husband is the executive pastor. They have five witty children, including two who joined their family through the blessing of adoption. Shauna and her family have traveled around the world encouraging planters and missionaries.

Josh Kim

Executive Assistant to Doug Logan

Josh lives in Philadelphia with his wife Sarah and serves as a pastor at Metro Church. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary and is passionate about global church planting with a desire to see the gospel advance among skeptics.

TAYLOR OWENS

Executive Assistant to Dwayne Bond

Taylor lives in Huntersville, North Carolina, with her husband and three children. She has a BA in international affairs from Florida State University and an MS in management from Sullivan University. She spent most of her childhood living overseas in Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland, so she loves to travel and explore new places.

ANNUAL REPORT 2021