Acts 29's Rural Collective is focused on churches planting rural churches.

A “rural” community is commonly known as an isolated, forgotten, and small place. It is defined by geographic, demographic and socio-economic realities. Rural areas are often overlooked when it comes to resourcing, training, support, and mobilization. Yet, almost half of the world’s population still live in a rural context.

Through the Rural Collective we will:

  • Promote the theological and missiological rationale for rural church planting through Acts 29 Network leaders, the broader Acts 29 family and within the wide evangelical community.
  • Recruit within Acts 29 churches and on Bible college and seminary campuses for the purpose of rural church planting.
  • Develop a network of cohorts focused on strategies for rural planting.
  • Coach regional Network representatives who are devoted to advancing rural planting in their region. We will assist these Network representatives in creating coaching teams for any rural planter in their area Network.  
  • Resource rural planters by creating communities for support, context-specific content, and conduits for funding.

If trends continue and more and more people migrate from rural communities to urban centers, we envision two things. First, we see those who have met Jesus and grown in gospel joy in their villages and towns moving as missionaries to major cities. Second, we believe that those who will never leave their dusty roads and remote settings ought to have accessible gospel community for the glory of God and the good of their neighbors.


Leadership + Staff

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David Pinckney Co-Director | Rural Collective & Area Leader | Northern New England 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.
Robert Manda Co-Director | Rural Collective Robert is a lead pastor of New Life Church, in Lilongwe, Malawi Africa. He is married to Sheila and the Lord blessed them with two children. He is deeply passionate about preaching the gospel and training rural pastors and is the founder of Pastoral Training Institute of Africa.
Mark Glenn Assessment Development | Rural Collective & Assessment Coordinator | Australia & New Zealand Mark is Lead Pastor of The Fields Church in the Southern Highlands of NSW which he planted in 2012. He is married to Katherine and has three children. In 2016, Mark took on the role of Assessment Coordinator for Australia/New Zealand and cares deeply about preparing church planters to lead healthy, multiplying churches.
Mitch Muñoz Assessment (Oral) | Rural Collective Mitch Muñoz serves as lead pastor at Casa de Libertad Los Chilitos in rural Guatemala. He and his wife Amanda have lived in Guatemala for 5 years as full time missionaries and church planters. Mitch is a Texas boy at heart and loves UT football, good books, and long runs.
John Hindley Training | Rural Collective & Internship & Residencies John was saved by Christ over twenty years ago. He is married to Flick and they have three girls. After being involved in planting a church in Manchester, John and Flick moved to North Norfolk, a rural part of England, in 2009. Broadgrace church was planted by Christ in 2010 and John serves as pastor.
Thom Desmond Coaching | Rural Collective Thom is the lead pastor at Springbrook Church in Antigo, WI, which he planted in 2011. He is married to Crystal and the father of two boys. Thom is also a recovering city-slicker who is loving rural life and ministry in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.
Patrick Bowler Support | Rural Collective Patrick was born in the small town of Lebanon, Oregon and has spent most of his life in the beautiful Willamette Valley. He has pastored for more than 20 years, and in 2006, he planted Valley Life Church where he still serves as lead pastor. He is married to his lovely wife Sarah, and together they have five children.

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