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. While we believe it is vital that the elders of each of our churches determine where they stand on doctrines of second importance, we collectively hold to the following five theologically-driven core values:

  • Gospel centrality in all of life
  • The sovereignty 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

Associate Director & Network Director | Europe

PHILIP MOORE
Philip Moore is married to Rachel and they have 5 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 3 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

Associate Director

Doug Logan is an Associate Director for Acts 29 & has been in urban ministry for nearly 25 years. In 2011, he planted Epiphany Fellowship of Camden with his wife, Angel. They have 3 sons & 3 grandchildren. He serves as the President of Grimké Seminary, founded On the Block Collective, & is the author of ‘On The Block.'

TONY MERIDA

Director of Theological Training

Tony Merida is the founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. 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.

BRYAN LAUGHLIN

Co-Director of Theological Training

Bryan Laughlin is the lead pastor of Remnant Church in Richmond, VA, 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.

MATTHEW SPANDLER-DAVISON

Director of Church in Hard Places

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, KY. Matthew is married to Tracy and has two daughters. He is a church planter and the pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church, in Bardstown, KY.

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.

ONE MOKGATLE

Network Director | Southern Africa

One, his wife Confidence and their daughters Amara & Keeya, live in Pretoria, South Africa. He leads Rooted Fellowship; a Gospel Centered, Disciple Making and Transcultural church, planted from a partnership with LIG.punt & 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, & laughing over a good meal.

SCOTT ZELLER

Network Director | Emerging Regions

Scott is a pastor for Redeemer Church of Dubai, husband to Angela, and father of four. Born and raised in America as a global soul, he’s lived in India and then the Middle East – and traveled to many places beyond those. The goal is always the same: seeing churches planted and multiplied in the least reached areas.

FRANCISCO BENDFELDT

Network Director | Latin America

Francisco began his ministry as a teenager and during the last 20 years has preached in several countries around the world. 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 4 children.

SHAUN GARMAN

Regional Executive Director, US West

Shaun was an entrepreneur before planting churches in Portland, Oregon and in Ventura, CA. Shaun & Daisy, his wife of thirty years, have 7 children & 4 grandchildren. A California native, Shaun is passionate about Jesus, family, the LA Dodgers, surfing, fish tacos and film.

NOEL HEIKKINEN

Regional Executive Director, US Midwest

Noel Heikkinen is the Teaching Pastor at Riverview Church in the Lansing, Michigan area and serves as the US Midwest Regional Executive Director for Acts 29. He is the author of two books (Unchained and Wretched Saints) and the host of the Recovering Hypocrite podcast. He and his wife, Grace, have four children.

BRIAN LOWE

Regional Executive Director, US Southeast

Brian has a degree in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. He planted Exodus Church in 2009 after 16 years of 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.

DAVE BRUSKAS

Regional Executive Director, US South Central

Dave Bruskas has served in pastoral ministry for twenty-seven years, laboring as a church planter in church revitalization & 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 & live in Dallas. They have four daughters

GARY COUSINS

Director of Global Operations

Gary is married to Claudia and based in her home country of Germany. They have 2 teenage boys. He pastored for 6 years in N. Ireland followed by 8 years in leadership development with an international missions agency. He enjoys trail running and is a volunteer firefighter.

TYLER DEATON

Director of Assessment

Tyler has served in full-time ministry for more than six years and is married to his wife, Lesley. They have been married for eight years and have four children, Addison, Eli, Henry, and Rory.

ANN HASTINGS

Director of Partnership Development

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

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 HR for Acts 29.

REBEKAH PAZ

Director of Events

Rebekah has 10+ years of administrative experience and helped her husband, Edward, plant theMOVEMENT Church in Oakland, CA. 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.

RACHEL WOLVERTON

Director of Marketing & Communications

Rachel worked in various marketing roles for Wycliffe Bible Translators for 9 years before joining Acts 29. Originally from Florida, she’s an alumna of LeTourneau University & Eastern Michigan University. She lives in Colorado with her husband, Nick, & their 3 sons. She enjoys the outdoors, reading, & cooking.

JOHN KIM

Director of Finance

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

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 & they have three wonderful children.

RONELL KING

Global Networks Liaison

Ronell, her husband Darret and three children live in Linden, Johannesburg. She studied Interior Design & Décor and had her own business before going full time into ministry in 2009. Ronell is eager to see church planting teams flourish for sake of furthering the gospel and glorifying his name.

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. He lives in Guatemala City.

VINCE BLACK

Regional Associate Director, US West

Vince is the founding pastor of The Town Church in Fort Collins, CO. He has an undergraduate degree in Sculpture from Union University and an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Vince and his wife Kirsten have 5 sons. They enjoy doing anything in the great outdoors with their two dogs, Kevin and Steve.

RODNEY WILKINSON

Regional Associate Director, US Southeast

Rodney planted Gospel Fellowship Church in Boynton Beach, FL after ten years of college ministry. Rodney has been married to his amazing wife for 16 years and has four children. He is passionate about discipleship and enjoys playing basketball and motorcycles.

STEVE TREICHLER

Regional Associate Director, US Midwest

Steve is the Senior Pastor of Hope Community Church in Minneapolis, MN which he started in 1996. Before planting Hope, Steve had also been on staff with the Navigators & a Jr. High Math teacher. He and his wife Carole have three sons. He has been a part of Acts 29 since 2007 and in leadership positions since 2011.

JESSY RIDDICK

Executive Assistant to Brian Howard

Jessy Riddick is originally from Houston, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University. She worked for Breakaway Ministries before getting married and moving to South Florida with her husband, Logan. Now based out of Washington, DC, Jessy is excited to watch God’s faithfulness unfold through the work of Acts 29.

Jake Mitchell

Executive Assistant to Doug Logan

Bio: aving served as a pastor at a church plant in the South Bronx for nearly six years, he (like Lebron) was led by God to "take his talents to South Beach" where he serves as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Cruciform Church in Hollywood, FL. He is passionate about training and developing urban ministers for the glory of God and the good of neighbors.

SU PARKS

Executive Assistant to Shaun Garman

Su has 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 25 years and have 3 children. Su is passionate about sharing Christ with others, being active and expressing herself through art.

CHRISTY BRITTON

Content 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.

ANDREA COHEN

Partnerships Strategist

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 Associate

Jessica has a BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University with a background in advertising & communications. She and her husband, Jason, have 3 children. Jessica is a member of The Village Church, serves on the PTA Board at her children’s elementary school, & loves spending time outdoors with her family.

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, centrally, for Marketing & Communications needs. He married Erin in 2019 and resides in Richmond, VA.

AMY TYSON

Content Editor

Amy Tyson is Adam’s wife and mom to Joel and Ethan. They live in Bakersfield, California, where they are part of Sovereign Grace Church of Bakersfield. Amy previously worked as an English teacher and is grateful for almost ten years of work in research, writing, and editing for various Christian organizations.

MEZ MCCONNELL

Global Urban Poor Strategist, Church in Hard Places

Mez McConnell is the senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church. He spent four years working with street children in Brazil and planted the Good News Church. He is the director of 20Schemes, a church planting and revitalization initiative in Scotland. Mez is married to Miriam and has two daughters, Keziah and Lydia.

DAWN GRIBBIN

Office Admin & Events Manager, Church in Hard Places

Dawn was raised in Northern Virginia. She is a member at Redeemer Fellowship Church in Bardstown, KY. Dawn is married to Chris and they have three children. She joined Acts 29 in August of 2019 as the personal assistant to the VP of Collaboratives and Administrator for Church in Hard Places.

DAVID PINCKNEY

US Rural Strategist, Church in Hard Places

David Pinckney is a second generation rural pastor, living in Chichester, NH with his wife Sharon. They have 5 children (Stephen, Joel, Jed, Isaac & Abby) and planted River of Grace in Concord, NH in 2002. He also serves with Small Town Summits and The Gospel Coalition of New England.

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 ages 11-16 years old. They enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and all sports.

KIRSTEN BLACK

Director of Wives Support

Kirsten and her husband, Vince, planted The Town Church in Fort Collins, CO in 2009. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. When not shuttling her 5 boys to and from soccer, Kirsten enjoys reading, learning to play the banjo, dating Vince, and cooking enough food to keep her boys fed.

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, DE in 2016. She serves as the Women’s Ministry Director at Epiphany Wilmington and is passionate about discipleship and helping women to find freedom and discover their purpose in Christ.

JAYE BICE

Wives Support Coordinator, US Southeast

Jaye and her husband, Tim, live in Albany, GA, with their 4 children. They serve at Greenbriar Church which they planted in 2008. She has an Ed.S. degree from Liberty University & is currently a stay-at-home mom. Jaye has a heart for pastors wives, loves chocolate, traveling, & will find any excuse to celebrate.

JESSIE ROSEBERRY

Wives Support Coordinator, US Midwest

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

SARA DAVIS

Wives Support Coordinator, US West

Sara and her husband, Caleb, planted True Life Church in Denver, CO 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.

ABBEY PADGETT

Wives Support Coordinator, US South Central

Abbey and her husband, Bryan, planted Redeemer Church in 2015 in Stillwater, OK, home of her alma mater, Oklahoma State University. She has 4 wonderful kids, loves people, the outdoors, having a great heart to heart with a friend and curling up with a good book and hot drink.

ZACHARY MORGAN

Assessment Coordinator & Executive Assistant to Brian Lowe

Zack is from north Georgia and served as a pastor for 7 years before joining Acts 29. Zack is married to his wife, Shelby, and they have two children: Felicity and Calvin. Zack is grateful to be part of the process of seeing healthy churches planted through Acts 29.

KARI NEVINS

Assessment Administrator, US West

Kari lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and three of her four teenagers, and they attend The Town Church. Kari enjoys classic literature, third wave coffee shops, and outdoor adventures. She brings her experience in education, administration, event coordination, and volunteer management to the US West team.

YADIRO HENRIQUEZ

Lead Graphic Designer

Yad is a graphic designer who currently resides in Oak Island, NC. In 2000, he graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. 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.

CHRIS ATWELL

Regional Executive Director, US North Atlantic

Chris Atwell began his vocational ministry journey at Burke Community Church in Burke, VA in 1994. He and his wife, Jennifer, moved back to their native Charlottesville to plant Portico with Acts 29 in the fall of 2004. He now serves as the Lead Pastor of Portico and serves as the Dean of Students at Grimké Seminary.

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 9 years and has two kids.

JEFF MEDDERS

Podcast Host and Publishing Manager

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

JUSTIN ROBERTS

Information Systems Specialist

I have been married to my best friend, Samantha, for six years. We have two beautiful girls, Avery Brave and Ellie Free. I enjoy coffee, supporting local community, and I love exploring the outdoors.

TAYLOR OWENS

Executive Assistant to Chris Atwell

Taylor lives in Huntersville, NC with her husband and three children. She has a B.A. in International Affairs from Florida State University and an M.S. 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.

STEVE ROSS

Urban & Diversity Content Strategist

ANNUAL REPORT 2020