The Acts 29 US Midwest Network sprawls across twelve states from the oil fields of North Dakota to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Southeastern Ohio.

We have churches and church planters in the smallest of farming communities and the largest of cities; in vacation communities, crumbling urban centers, and everywhere in between.

Our network spans some of the most economically booming areas and those struggling to keep their heads above water. The spiritual climate of our network reflects our socio-economic situation: it is wildly varied. Rural and urban areas consistently outpace the general population in resistance to Christianity while our suburban areas are increasingly overexposed to church and underexposed to the Gospel. Simply put, we need all kinds of churches for all kinds of people.

Our network includes the following states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and (Northern) Kentucky.

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Noel Heikkinen Network Director | US Midwest Noel pastors at Riverview Church, a rapidly-growing, multi-site church in the Lansing, Michigan area where he lives with his wife Grace and their four children (Emma, Jesse, Ethan, and Cole). He also serves as Chairman of the Board for Reliant Mission and (more importantly) the local baseball league.
Steve Treichler Regional Director | Upper 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 a Regional Director since 2011.
John Ryan Regional Director | Lower Midwest John Ryan is one of the founding pastors of the Summit, leading in the areas of preaching, vision and church planting. John enjoys planting churches and helping train and equip church planters. John has been married to Fran since 1990 and they have two boys, Will and Cade.
Kurt Hannah Regional Director | Ohio River Kurt Hannah has been a member with Acts 29 Network since July 2007 and served as the Founding and Lead Pastor of two churches since then. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Missio Dei Church in Cincinnati, which he planted in 2011. He has been married to his wife, Shannon, since 2000 and has four children.
Joe Swords Regional Director | Michigan Joe Swords, his wife Ashley, and one other couple from Clio, MI planted The Exchange in 2013. Since church planting is central to their vision, he also spends about 20% of his time assessing, coaching, and mentoring pastors and church planters from around the state. Joe and Ashley live in Clio with their four sons.
Davis Johnson Assessment Coordinator | US Midwest With prior experiences in pastoral ministry and consulting, Davis enjoys serving as the Assessment Coordinator for the US Midwest Network. He is married to Emma and enjoys most forms of competition, basketball, craft beer, and watching the Green Bay Packers lose.
Whitney Lawson Assistant to the Network Director Whitney serves as assistant to the Network Director and helps organize communication and events for Acts 29 Midwest. She resides in Knoxville, TN with her husband Chad, and two girls. She enjoys volunteering with refugees during their US Citizenship journey.