Pastors & Wives' Retreat 2020

Our hope for this event is that we would remember our “why”.
Specifically, that we would remember why Jesus died and rose from the grave, that we would remember why God has placed us where he has placed us, and that we would remember why we are called to do what we are called to do.

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Planting a church is a challenging task. Acts 29 exists to support the local church as it identifies, raises up and sends out new church plants. Our goal for all church plants is that they become healthy churches that go on to plant more churches. This process starts with assessment.

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The goal of Acts 29 US Southeast Coaching is to provide advice, instruction and training for church planters, pastors, and teams in the Acts 29 US Southeast Network.

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Acts 29 US Southeast Training offers cohorts based around intensives in a set area. We currently have training opportunities for men exploring the call to plant (Church Planter Development School - CPDS) as well as men who have gone through the Assessment Process (Church Planter Cohort - CPC).

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200 by 2020

The goal of Acts 29 US Southeast is to grow to 200 church-planting churches by 2020. To do this, we want to provide structure in order to create a culture where churches can plant churches. We are one of 11 Networks that make up the diverse, global family of Acts 29. 

The US Southeast Network is built on 4 program initiatives: Assessment, Coaching, Training, & Support.

The nine states that make up our Network are as follows:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

We need more healthy, gospel-centered churches planted and replanted.

Once known as the “Bible Belt,” the Southeast is now more aptly described as “Christ haunted” as the number of those who are unchurched or dechurched continues to rise.

Once known primarily as rural, over 92% of the metropolitan areas of the Southeast are growing including three of the fastest growing cities in the US. Some projections suggest that by 2050 over 81.7 million people who do not know Jesus will live in the Southeast US. With this cultural shift comes tremendous opportunity for mission to both the dechurched and the unchurched.

To reach this Christ haunted, culturally shifting region, we need more healthy, gospel-centered churches planted and replanted. We need churches that both know and demonstrate the gospel in and to their communities. In fact, 1400 churches will need to be planted per year for the next 40 years to reach the increasing population. Acts 29 wants to play an integral part in the movement of God’s Spirit to see this happen by recruiting, assessing and developing church planters and pastors.

Our goal is for all church plants to thrive and endure through assessment, coaching, training, and support.

If you are looking to plant a church and desire help and support along the way, or if you are an existing church that desires to be more deeply involved in church planting, Acts 29 US Southeast may be for you. As a member of our Network, you would receive training, coaching, support, and a group of like-minded pastors and churches of which to be a part. The process to join our network follows the Acts 29 assessment process of application, interview, assessment, and candidacy. We want you to thrive as a planter and pastor, both at the beginning and throughout your journey. Select the appropriate button below to begin the process to join Acts 29 US Southeast.

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Brian Lowe Network Director | US Southeast Brian Lowe has a degree in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. He planted Exodus Church—now grown to 2 congregations—after 16 years with 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.
Joby Martin Network Leadership Team | US Southeast Pastor Joby Martin is the Lead Pastor of The Church of Eleven22. He graduated with his Masters in Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and has been in full-time ministry for 20 years. Pastor Joby is married to Gretchen. They have been married for 16 years and have two children, JP and Reagan.
Dwayne Bond Network Leadership Team | US Southeast 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. In January 2007, he became a member of Acts 29 and now serves on the Acts 29 Board. Dwayne is married to to his beautiful wife Leslie & they have three wonderful children.
Tyler Jones Network Leadership Team | US Southeast Tyler and his wife Kimberly moved to Raleigh in 1997 and planted Vintage Church in the fall of 2002. He has served in leadership of Acts 29 and planted 5 church-planting regions, while coaching and working alongside church plants in Europe and Africa. Tyler and Kimberly have three little ones: Ellia, Lyla, and Lincoln.
Greg Gibson Regional Director | Mid-South Gib is the Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Living Hope Church in Memphis, TN. Originally from Oklahoma, he has served at Living Hope since 2006. He and his wife Jill have three children.
Paul Whaley Regional Director | Alabama & Middle Tennessee Paul & his wife Brandi moved to Huntsville in 2000 and planted Summit Crossing Community Church in 2003. He is now the Lead Teaching & Vision Pastor of Summit Crossing’s Madison Campus. Paul also serves as the Regional Director for Alabama & Middle Tennessee. Paul and Brandi have 3 kids: Luke, Karsyn, and Jake.
Matt Adair Coaching Coordinator and Georgia Regional Director Matt Adair is the Acts 29 US Southeast Regional Director for Georgia. He is also the lead pastor of Christ Community Church in Athens, GA and works as a coach and consultant at 'Griddiron' building customizable solutions for church leaders related to productivity, leadership development, and preaching.
J. Tyler Deaton Operations Director | US Southeast J Tyler Deaton serves as the Assessment Coordinator and Operations Director for Acts 29 US Southeast. Tyler has served in full-time ministry for six years and is married to his wife, Lesley. They have been married for eight years and have three children, Addison, Eli, and Henry.
Rodney Wilkinson Assessment Coordinator Rodney Wilkinson has a master’s degree in Ministry from Capital Seminary. He planted Gospel Fellowship Church in Boynton Beach, FL. after ten years of college ministry. Rodney desires to see healthy planters plant healthy churches. Rodney is married to his amazing wife Kiesha, and has four children.
Latoya McCutcheon Administrative Assistant Latoya McCutcheon is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of South Alabama, graduate degree at the University of West Alabama, and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree. She also serves as a wife and mother of two children.
MJ Jackson Finance & Logistics Administrator MJ serves as the Finance and Logistics Admin for Acts 29 US Southeast. He and his wife Martha have been married for 13 years and have four children and are members of Exodus Church in Belmont, NC. 



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