Church Plants & Organizations
Anchor Church is a brand new church being planted in Champaign through Converge MidAmerica by Nick and Hannah Brzozowski. After graduating from TEDS and serving as a youth pastor for a number of years, Nick felt called to plant a new church. Anchor Church is in the early stages of forming a core team in Champaign with plans on launching in the fall of 2020.
The mission of Converge is simple: to glorify God through a catalytic movement of reproducing churches. Converge has its roots in the Baptist General Conference founded in the 1800s and has grown to be one of the most fruitful church planting networks/denominations in the world. We have partnered with them for funding church planting as well as coaching and training other church planters.
Ryan Huguley, our founding pastor, and his wife Tami recently planted Ridgeline Church in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake is the fifth fastest growing city in America, with less than 3% of the population participating in a Bible-believing church. Their vision is to plant churches in pursuit of a spiritual awakening throughout the Salt Lake valley.
Hope Church is a brand new church being planted in downtown Knoxville through Converge MidAmerica by Charley and Nichole Dever. After leading thriving youth ministry and small group ministry, Charley felt called to plant and pastor a new church. Hope Church wants to help the people of downtown Knoxville find rest, find hope, and find purpose in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Mount Prospect Bible Church has been a part of Silver Birch Ranch from the beginning, and we want to continue that relationship and legacy of sending children to summer camp to have fun and learn more about Jesus.
Though it has a rich, Christian heritage, the UK is a place where the gospel has largely been forgotten or abolished, and there is a great need for cross-cultural gospel workers. Dan and Tracy are excited to be partnering with the Alliance for Transatlantic Theological Training (or AT3) in order to accomplish this work at Trinity Church Everton in Liverpool. Dan will be serving in the church while also gaining theological training while Tracy will pursue her calling to serve young wives and mothers, training and empowering them to make disciples in their homes and neighborhoods.
Tim works with Carey Outreach Ministries to provide theological education for pastors and church leaders in developing nations throughout the world. Tim has served as a Lead Pastor in several churches and is able to bring pastoral wisdom and experience to the classes he teaches throughout the world.
Serving as Awana Clubs International Missionaries since 1997 in SW Georgia/NW Florida until March 2000 when they relocated to IL & worked at Awana Headquarters until 2008. At that time they felt the need to return to the field in Northern IL & now serve over 100 churches with Awana Clubs by providing training, support & encouragement to the leaders.
Alejandro and Andrea serve in Young Life, Colombia. Colombia is home to almost 46 million people. Its cultural landscape finds roots in Native American, European, African and Caribbean influences. According to a 2009 study, 46 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. Today, Alejandro and Andrea have undertaken the effort to further develop that first group of leaders and help them recruit their friends and peers. Together, the team has created a firm foundation on which to continue an exciting and growing effort.
Mackenzie works to serve the Campus Ministry of Cru at a variety of conferences & events by creating environments where staff, students and faculty can meet with the Lord and return to their campus compelled to win, build and send others.
Tom and Michele have served with Christar since 1985, working to plant indigenous churches in Southeast Asia. They focus on learning local languages as they evangelize, disciple, mentor, & built teams. A new challenge starts in January 2018 when they transition to directing Christar’s Church Planting Division in East Asia.
David was a member at Redemption from 2010-2014. During this time he completed a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and was drawn by an opportunity to plant a church in Toulouse, France, a city of few gospel-centered churches. David has served the church in Toulouse since early 2014 and continues to minister there today by using his gifts of teaching, music, and discipleship. David plans to spend his life pastoring in France, and we are honored to partner with him and his ministry.
Kimmie serves with Global Aid Network® (GAiN®), the humanitarian ministry of Cru®. GAiN expresses the kindness of Jesus through its three programs of food and agriculture, water, and critical aid, opening the door for the gospel to go forth. Their mission is to Relieve suffering, Restore Dignity, and Reveal Hope by serving people in some of the toughest places on earth. GAiN accomplishes its mission in partnership with international Cru missionaries to help them increase their effectiveness and gain access to new communities. Kimmie serves as an international trip leader for GAiN by taking groups of volunteers overseas to help accomplish this important work!
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