He accepted his first pastoral position at the age of 19. After graduating from Mississippi College with a Bachelors in Church Music, and obtaining Masters Degrees in Divinity and Christian Education from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, Matt pastored churches in Virginia, Maryland, California and Michigan. He accepted a position with Westside Family Church in 2001.
Matt has been married to Debbie since 1984. They have two daughters, Laura and Rose. In his spare time Matt enjoys reading, biking, walks, and time with family and friends. His favorite sport is college football.
Brad is currently the Church Planting Strategist for for the North American Mission Board in Kansas City, where he recruits, trains and coaches church planters. He holds a doctorate in the area of missional ecclesiology. His doctoral thesis was on assisting existing congregations in transitioning in a missional direction. He also serves on the National Leadership team for Forge America Mission Training Network and is co-founder of the Sentralized Conference.
Brad is co-author of Missional Essentials, a twelve-week small group study guide, The Missional Quest, and the forthcoming Next Door As It Is In Heaven. He blogs regularly at missionalchurchnetwork.com.
Additionally, he enjoys working with existing congregations that desire to more deeply engage God’s mission in a local context. He has taught college level courses for more than ten years, including History of Christianity, Religion in America, Life of Paul, Discipleship and Evangelism and a course on Worship. He and his wife, Mischele, are parents to three children and have been foster parents to more than fifty other kids.
Greg is a native of Austin, Texas. He attended Texas State University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a focus in Accounting. He received a Master of Theology degree with a focus on Pastoral Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary.
Greg has worked with The Urban Alternative, a ministry of Dr. Tony Evans.
He is currently the Executive Director of Elevate KC, which is a ministry that is uniting the Church of Kansas City around human trafficking, racial healing, education, and fatherlessness.
Charley doesn't like to talk about himself, so very little is known about his earliest years, before Tricia spotted him crossing Central Avenue, dodging traffic until he found himself caught in a no man's land between a yard full of barking dogs and a stranger's open car door. He chose Tricia's car door, and has been a fixture at Mission House ever since.
Charley doesn't know he only weighs 4 pounds, because we've never had the stomach to tell him and there are no mirrors that low to the ground.