Prioritizing the planting of churches in some of the most difficult places in the world.

About Church in Hard Places

Acts 29 is a diverse, global community of churches. In order to see our churches reflect their communities and our networks reflect their regions, we provide assessment support, accessible training, and contextualized coaching for urban poor, rural, and other under-resourced church planters globally through Church in Hard Places.

Where We Work

Acts 29 is committed to planting churches in diverse, global environments. In many cases, this means planting churches where life and ministry is hard, including among the urban poor and the many rural, isolated communities of the world.

Global Urban Poor

In the world’s poorest communities life is hard. Life expectancy is low, crime is high, drug and alcohol addiction is extensive, and mental health issues, abuse, and neglect are widespread. Many churches in poor communities lack access to affordable and relatable training, and church planters often feel ill equipped and under resourced. But there is also something special about these places. There is often a rich sense of community and loyalty, and many people are happy to call these areas home. Acts 29 is working to see churches planted here, in the world’s poorest communities.


Church planting in small towns and remote villages presents distinct challenges and opportunities. Acts 29 Rural works to develop resources and training opportunities to equip those engaged in ministry within these unique environments.

Urban Environments (U.S.)

Urban and inner-city areas are among the most neglected mission fields within the United States. There is little investment or initiatives aimed at supplying frontline urban planters with the tools and resources needed to build sustainable, healthy, local churches in America’s inner cities. Acts 29 Urban provides church-planting support to urban planters through theological education, contextualized content and coaching, and financial support.

Español (U.S.)

Hispanics are the largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority in the United States. While most Hispanics consider religion an important part of their lives, many ascribe to works-based beliefs. There is great need for gospel proclamation in their primary language. Spanish is the heart language of almost all Hispanics living in the US, and resources and training in this language are essential in reaching this community for Christ.  Acts 29 Español aims to plant healthy, gospel-centered, Spanish-speaking churches in the US. We assess, coach, train, and support Hispanic church plants and planters, providing a more contextualized approach to the opportunities and challenges specific to this demographic. 

How We Work


Church planters in poor or rural communities lack access to affordable and contextually relevant training. Additionally, these communities often lack solid gospel-preaching churches. Through Acts 29 Apprenticeships, indigenous, urban, and rural church planters are trained and supported to plant healthy churches. Apprenticeships also serve as a pathway to assessment with Acts 29.

Support & Training

Church planters among the urban poor or within rural communities face unique challenges. Through Church in Hard Places, we provide training and Acts 29 assessment support for those who need it. We also offer formal education through Grimké Seminary (USA) and the Ragged School of Theology (Europe), where participants receive masters-level theological training.


september, 2021


Staff & Leadership

Matthew Spandler-Davison


Mez McConnell

Global Urban Poor Strategist

Dave Pinckney

Rural Strategist

Steve Ross

USA Urban Poor Strategist

Tim Sizemore

Apprenticeship Manager

Tyler St. Clair

Network Lead | Church in Hard Places

Thom Desmond

Coaching | Rural Collective

Patrick Bowler

Support | Rural Collective

John Hindley

Training | Rural Collective & Internship & Residencies

Mitch Muñoz

Assessment (Oral) | Rural Collective

Dawn Gribbin

Events Manager

Temidayo Adeyemi

Temidayo Adeyemi

Assessment Coordinator | West Africa

Robert Manda

Regional Director, East Africa

Mark Glenn

Assessment Support