US National Conference 2021

At Acts 29, our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ by planting healthy, multiplying churches around the world for God’s glory. We’ve built 2021’s US Conference theme around Mission + Moxie because we want to focus on sharpening our mission edge, especially after the year we’ve experienced. Moxie is a combination of courage, determination, skill, and enthusiasm. This is how we want to live on mission as disciple-makers and church planters.

We hope you will join us on YouTube by clicking below. The virtual event will begin on October 5 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT (6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET).


Conference Host

Doug Logan

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.
Missional Proficiency

Derrick Puckett

Derrick Puckett is the lead pastor and church planter of Renewal Church of Chicago and serves as president of The Chicago Partnership. He and his wife, Kaley, moved to Chicago in 2013 to plant a gospel-centered, disciple-making, multi-ethnic church. Renewal started in 2014 and has been thriving ever since.
Missional Urgency

Brian Howard

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 currently serves as the executive director of Acts 29. He 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.
Missional Integrity

Tony Merida

Tony Merida is the pastor for preaching and vision at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He’s also the dean of the Center for Christ-Centered Preaching at Grimké Seminary, director for theological training at Acts 29, and serves as a Council member for The Gospel Coalition. Tony has written several books, including The Christ-Centered Expositor, Love Your Church, and multiple volumes in the Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series. He’s happily married to Kimberly, and they have five children.
Missional Momentum

Matthew Spandler-Davison

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. He is a church planter and the pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church in Bardstown, KY. He currently serves as the Acts 29 Director of Church in Hard Places.