Meet The Team

Dr. Tom CheyneyDr. Tom Cheyney 

Founder of RENOVATE National Church Revitalization Conference

RENOVATE Directional Leader

National Consultant


Tom Cheyney is the Founder of RENOVATE National Church Revitalization Conference and RENOVATE’s Directional Leader of He is the co-author of SPIN-OFF Churches (B&H Publishing Group), The Biblical Foundation for Church Revitalization and Renewal (Renovate Publishing Group), Preaching Towards Church Revitalization and Renewal (Renovate Publishing Group), and The New Unchurched and Strategies to Reach Them (Renovate Publishing Group)! Dr. Cheyney lives in Orlando, Florida where he leads his own Church Revitalization Assistance Team to aid churches regionally and globally.

Mark Weible Church Planting Director GOBA

Mark Weible

Strategic Director of
National Consultant

Mark Weible is the Strategic Director of Mark has a wealth of experience as a church planter and local church coach. Mark is passionate about church multiplication, renewal, planting, and coaching.


Ron Smith

RENOVATE Strategic Coach
Southeastern States Consultant

Ron Smith is the co-host of the RENOVATE National Church Revitalization Podcast weekly radio program delivered via iTunes. Ron serves as the Lead Pastor of FBC of Altamonte Springs where they are a work in progress towards church revitalization and renewal.


John Bailey MWBTSJohn Bailey

Renovate Cohorts Coach
Southeastern States Consultant

John Bailey has been coaching local churches for almost two decades. He is the individual church coach for John lives in North Atlanta and has a deep commitment to see churches become healthy once more. Along with Dr. Cheyney, Dr. Bailey leads the monthly RENOVATE Virtual Coaching Network.


Paul Smith

RENOVATE Leadership Coach
Southwestern States Consultant

Paul Smith has been leading church leadership retreats and workshops for over fifteen years and is a widely known Church Leadership leader and coach. Paul lives in Mandeville, Louisiana where he is the lead pastor of Lifepoint Church. Which is an example of revitalization and renewal.


Terry Rials

RENOVATE Strategic Coach
Midwestern States Consultant

Terry Rials holds a D.Min. in Church Revitalization and Renewal and is a gifted conference leader in the field of church revitalization and renewal. He leads his own Church Revitalization Team in Oklahoma City where their goal is to bring life back to declining churches. Assessment of the need is one of Dr. Rial’s great gifts to the local church and the field of revitalization and renewal.

Drew CheyneyDrew Cheyney

RENOVATE Youth Ministry Revitalization Specialist


David LemaDavid Lema

Leader, Renovate En Espanol 
Southeastern States Consultant

David Lema brings to the Renovate Group not only the experience as a pastor practitioner, he furthers brings to this partnership solid academic credentials as a professor for the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. David has a deep and time-honored commitment to educating Hispanic leaders for the work and ministry of the local church. 

Bill Hegedus

Bill Hegedus

Family Pastor Bethlehem Church

Bill Hegedus has over 15 years experience ministering to kids and families and currently serves as the Family Pastor of Bethlehem Church. His heart and passion is to help kids understand and live out a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Often described as a big kid himself, Bill uses laughter and innovation to do ministry in an exciting and memorable way kids enjoy.

Jim Grant Jim Grant 

Lead Pastor of Heartland Baptist Church - Alton, Illinois
North Central States Consultant

Jim Grant also served three churches in Texas.  He is an Air Force veteran, retiring  with 25 years of service. His extensive travels while in the military allowed him the unique ability to have served in the full gambit of churches styles and health.   He has been married to his wife for 39 years; they have two daughters and four grandchildren.

Dr. Tracy JaggersTracy Jaggers

Associational Director of Missions at Gateway Baptist Association
North Central States Consultant


David Persson David Persson

Director for the North Jersey Network of Churches
Northeastern States Consultant

David is a native of New Jersey who is blessed to serve as the Director for the North Jersey Network of Churches.  He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been in ministry since 1980, and served churches in Florida, Texas, New York, and New Jersey.  David is an experienced Pastor, has helped to start 11 churches in New Jersey, and he enjoys working with Pastors of existing churches to help them grow and be revitalized.

Derick Wilson

Derick Wilson 

Northeastern States Consultant

Derick is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Somerset Hills, Baptist Church, in Basking Ridge, NJ, where he oversees Worship, Discipleship, and Outreach. He is originally from Scotland, but emigrated to the USA in August, 1998, to attend seminary, on a call to full time Christian service, after retiring from a 24 year military career. He has served churches in Texas, Ohio, and New Mexico, before moving to New Jersey in October 2013. Derick has been married to Beverly, from Nottingham, England, since August 9, 1980.  Derick brings a unique perspective to church revitalization, as God has used him consistently in ministry and church revitalization from the associate pastor position.

Darwin Meighan  Light in the Desert Church Mesa ArizonaDarwin Meighan

State Director of Church Revitalization/Evangelism for the Nevada Baptist Convention

As a coach and practitioner, Darwin encourages pastors and churches toward the process of renewal and hope – guiding them in the journey of rediscovering their God-given purpose and mission of making disciples which embraces an outward focus of engaging their community, culture and world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mike Atherton

Senior Pastor Cornerstone Church, Lone Tree, CO
Western States Consultant

Mike has served as a Senior Pastor for 15 years. Leading a church in a church merger, he has learned firsthand the challenges of a revitalizer. Mike is the author of “The Revitalized Church.” Mike leads a Mentored Master of Divinity program at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and is the President of the Colorado Baptist Convention.

Chris IrvingChris Irving

Lead Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Gonzales, TX
Rural Revitalization Specialist

Chris served as a youth pastor in several churches throughout Texas and has pastored two other churches in the rural settings of Texas. He led a small rural church to revitalization and is currently involved in the revitalization process of First Baptist Gonzales. He earned his doctorate at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in leadership studies and seeks to help pastors equip the lay leadership of the church. He has been married for 15 years and they have 6 children.

What is Renovate?

Our Name

RENOVATE means to: “restore life, vigor, or activity.” We seek to renovate the church within the Western Hemisphere through the development of a new spirit towards revitalization and renewal. That is the core of what we seek to do (our mission).

Our Mission
RENOVATE seeks to influence, train, and equip, a group of church revitalizers that multiplies rapidly across the west with effective principles, ideas and solutions for the enhanced reproduction of church renewal in America.

Our Vision
To see an ever-magnifying number of church revitalizers working across multi-denominational fields for the revitalization of plateaued and declining churches.

We seek to assist the local church in becoming fully restored and actively bold in its ongoing witness for Jesus Christ! Ours is a ministry of coming alongside of the local church and help accelerate the restoration necessary to revitalize the church. RENOVATE is not in competition with the church, but a vessel to assist the church through renewal and revitalization.

Church Growth
We seek to assist the local church in the redesigning of its ministry structures in order to begin to bounce back into a healthy vitality and visual activity of church growth. With so many churches seeing members and prospect fall away from their fellowship, now is the time to confront the issues inhabiting the New Testament church from growth. Renewed influence in ones community takes a radical overhaul of how the church does ministry.

We seek to work together for the cause of Christ is much greater than our own desires within the local church. Collaboration allows the best practices of revitalization to be assimilated within the Christian community for the expansion of the Kingdom. All of us are better than one of us and RENOVATE seeks to draw key revitalization practioners together with life long learners to work synergistically in order that we achieve more.

We are seeking partners an association of partners that have:
· A willingness to work with other Kingdom partners in order to advance the cause of Church Revitalization and Renewal.
· Groups that desire to further Church Revitalization within their kingdom expressions.
· Organizations that display a caring concern and understanding of church revitalization.
· Partners that have a willingness to make a contribution and give wise counsel to the RENOVATE Coaching Network on how we can be more efficient at connecting with all forms of leaders needing assistance in revitalization and renewal.
· Associates which seek to continue the cause of revitalization and desire a platform for their efforts in church renewal.
· Alliances which are willing to display and list the RENOVATE Coaching Network visibly on their Website.
· In addition,we seek to provide a visual place on our RENOVATE web site for our partners to have a continuing affiliation with our followers, for the purpose of furthering the Kingdom through church revitalization and renewal.

For more information on becoming an alliance partner, contact us via email or call 407-293-0450, to discuss opportunities for getting involved in the RENOVATE Network and its cooperating members.