Breakout Renovators


Jason CooperJason Cooper

Lead Pastor the Church at Oak Level, Ocoee, Florida

Jason embraced God’s call to begin a revitalization effort at Oak Level in order to restore Jesus’ mission to the church.  The church began to take steps to refocus on the community surrounding the Ocoee campus.  In the first three years of Jason’s tenure at Oak Level Baptist Church, more people who had placed their faith in Jesus were baptized than had been baptized in the ten years leading up to his arrival put together.  It has been a remarkable turnaround.

Jeffery SingletaryJeffery Singletary

Central Florida Regional Catalyst with the Florida Baptist Convention

Jeffery has worked in structural engineering for 20 years in Central Florida and has pastored in the Tampa area for 22 years. He shares a pastor’s heart with the 930 churches in the Central Florida region.

Tom Cheyney

Founder of RENOVATE National Church Revitalization Conference & Executive Director of Missions, Greater Orlando Baptist Association

Tom is a nationally recognized conference leader in Church Revitalization, Church Planting, and Church Health. Tom has taught all over the world and is an Oxford University Distinguished Scholars Student from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tom is co-author of Spin-Off Churches.

Rob Myers pastor Miami Baptist ChurchRob Myers

Lead pastor, Miami Baptist Church

A vibrant multi-cultural church of over 700 in attendance located on the main East - West corridor of South Miami.  Rob has been pastoring for over twenty eight years and before that was in music and youth ministry for ten years. Rob was a church planter for seventeen years and has now been the Senior Pastor of Miami Baptist Church for eleven years. 

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.

Donald Newman

Director of Acquisitions for Xulon Press

Donald has over 20 years experience working with Christian authors and editors. As a Pastor and Church Planter for much of that same time, Don truly believes that nothing can impact people for the Kingdom of God like a book can. In this current position he draws upon his past experience as Pastor and Church Planter to help him partner with and assist Pastors and Church leaders with getting their books and book ideas published and promoted. Don and his team work with this one thought in mind..."Books change lives everyday"

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.

Joel BreidenbaughJoel Breidenbaugh

Lead Pastor First Baptist Sweetwater, Longwood Florida

Joel has four main passions in ministry: expositional preaching in the context of the local church, watching God’s Word transform people’s lives over time; teaching those called into ministry to equip the,; going on missions to assist pastors and local churches in the Great Commission; and writing.  Joel is the author of Preaching for Body Building.”

Ronald DavisRonald Davis

Leade Pastor of Day Street Baptist Church

Ronald is pastor of Day Street Baptist Church since 1997. He has also served in churches in Kentucky.  He is the author of A Call for Racial Reconciliation: Thy Kingdom come on Earth as it is in Heaven, and The Revitalization of the African-American Baptist Church, Association, and Convention.

Drew CheyneyDrew Cheyney

Youth Pastor of Neighborhood Church Visalia, California

Drew Cheyney is a frequent writer on revitalizing a church through youth ministry. Currently, Drew writes the Youth Ministers Feature Columnist for the Church Revitalizer magazine.


John KimballJohn Kimball

National Director of Church Development for the conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC)

John has nearly 30 years of pastoral and denominational experience, having served local churches in Virginia and as a Regional Representative for Mid-Atlantic before taking his current role with his denomination.  He oversees a national team that works with clusters of churches around the country in church revitalization and coaches pastors and church leaders to guide revitalization efforts.  He has experience in both rural & suburban church development.  As a professional coach, John also works with pastors and denominational leaders in church development outside of his own CCCC family.

Angie LandAngie Land

Family Life Director, Lafayette Baptist Association, Florida Author of Heart Matters newspaper column.

Angie speaks often at group conferences and ladies events, as well as coaching individuals and couples.  She primarily teaches God’s plan for marriage and family, focusing on healthy boundaries and communication.  She also coordinates and serves on a chaplain team for Emergency Service First Responders. Angie is also the author of Heart Matters, a weekly column in 6 North Central Florida newspapers.  These columns reflect her passion to glorify God and see people have healthy family relationships and strong marriages. 

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. 

Ron Smith

Lead Pastor, WaterStone Church Orlando, FL

Ron has served as a Pastor for over twenty years, revitalizing churches in the Southeast, Midwest and West Coast.  Ron has developed the small church, the stuck church and the mega church.   Ron is known for passionate, biblical preaching and visionary leadership.  Ron serves as CO-Leader of the Church Revitalization Assistance Team with Tom Cheyney helping churches and leaders in the greater Orlando area. Ron is the author of Churches Gone Wild.

Jim McComasJim McComas

Director of Church Revitalization, Free Will Baptist Home Missions

Jim travels across the country teaching on the subject of church growth and revitalization, as he is in great demand as a revival and conference speaker as well. He led North American Ministries in launching the Acts 1:8 “Power Conference” on church growth and revitalization in 2015.

John BaileyJohn Bailey

Co-Leader Renovate Virtual Coaching Network

John  has been coaching churches and church leaders for well over 15 years.  He is a seasoned coach and one that has the ability to get to the heart of hurting churches and proved solutions.  John also serves as the pastor of Marble Springs Baptist Church in western North Carolina and as the director of the Multiplying Leaders network.  He dreams of a day when the boy of Christ unites together to glorify God through the multiplication of disciples, small groups, leaders and new churches.

Wesley BaldwinWesley Baldwin

Lead Pastor of Aloma Church in Winter Park, Florida

Wes has been preaching for over 16 years and has served churches in TN, TX, and FL.  He is a graduate of University of Tennessee and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  His hometown is Pigeon Forge, TN.

Gerald BrownGerald Brown

Lead Pastor - LifeWay Community Church Sanford, FL

From humble beginnings in their apartment with just a few members to now 17 years later, Both Gerald & his wife Amy have an unquenchable excitement and love for people of all ages. Their hearts beat for the life change that happens when people meet God and begin to experience His incredible love and mercy.

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.

Estelle MyersEstelle Myers

Church & School Administrator for Miami Baptist Church

Estelle has been a business administrator for seven years, and worked as an administrator in churches and private schools for 26 years.  She is currently the Church & School Administrator for Miami Baptist Church & School.  She is working on her DMin in Leadership & Supervision, & writing a book on developing character and leadership in young children today.

Bob WhitsellBob Whitesel

Professor of Missional Leadership, Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University

Bob is a sought-after speaker and award-winning writer on organic outreach, church leadership ad church health; who has been called by a national magazine, “the key spokesperson on change theory in the church today.” Author of 12 books in 14 years, he serves as founding professor and Professor of Missional leadership of Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University and hold two doctorates from Fuller Theological Seminary. The recipient of two national McGavran awards, his presentations are known for their humor insights and practical methods that help churches grow and regain health.

Bonnie RogersBonnie Rogers

Bonnie has been in ministry with her husband, Glenn for forty years.  Most of those years were spent as a pastor’s wife or as a NAMB missionary.  She has had a consistent passion for the two things this side of heaven that will last into eternity: the Word of God and the souls of men.

Bruce Raley

Director of Church Education Ministry with LifeWay Christian Resources

Bruce served a ten year ministry as Teaching Pastor at First Baptist Church of Panama City, Florida and a thirteen year ministry at Walnut Street Baptist Church in Jonesboro, AR.   He is a frequent trainer for education ministry leaders, church staffs and ministry teams.  He has a passion to help churches reach people and see them mature through the creation of new Bible study groups. 

Dawn StrobeckDawn Strobeck

Co-Chair of Faith Alliance

Dawn is known as an author, a seminary graduate, a licensed counselor, a teacher, a friend, and a sister. Currently, she serves as a women’s ministry leader, a therapeutic director of an anti-trafficking program in Orlando, and co-chair of Faith Alliance, a Christian organization that is uniting the church over the issue of human trafficking.

Debbie WaldheimDebbie Waldheim

Debbie has been teaching High School Biology for the last 20 years at Orangewood Christian School.  She and her husband currently serve in the High School ministry at Aloma Church.  She considers herself an advocate of pastor’s wives and seeks to act on their behalf whenever and however she can.  She understands and is deeply moved by the responsibilities of those in leadership and is committed to their care and refreshment.

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.

Domenic FuscoDomenic Fusco

Co-founder of Visible Light Ministries

Leaving behind a successful career in the electronics industry to pursue his calling to ministry, Domenic has applied his passion for the arts and media producing and directing hundreds of video and media projects for leading ministries around the world. He has authored over a dozen books and is the co-founder of Visible Light Ministries (dedicated to supporting Christian organizations with media), All attendees will receive a FREE copy of A Ministry Guide for Producing Powerful Video.

KKenneth Priest enneth Priest

Director of Convention Strategies for the Southern Baptist of Texas Convention

Kenneth has served churches in Texas and North Carolina in various roles of evangelism, educational ministry, and second chair leadership. While serving the SBTC, Kenneth has had the privilege of serving in the role of interim education minister in several churches in DFW. He holds a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has a Doctor of Educational Ministry degree in Church Revitalization from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kenneth is married to Debbi.

Dr. Jennifer BennettJennifer Bennett

Social Media/Communication Strategist

Jennifer’s passion is to help churches and ministries with strategy, implementation, and training of their online presence. She has been able to assist a variety of leaders in creating their voice and brand awareness on some of the largest social media platforms. Jennifer is passionate about helping those in leadership see how their social media presence can truly change and impact the lives of others and how they can #BeWorthFollowing. To learn more about Jen, you can connect with her here: 

Lee KricherLee Kricher 

Lead Pastor, Amplify Church, Pittsburgh, PA

In 2003, Lee became the Lead Pastor of an aging church in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh that was in dire need of revitalization.  Lee writes about the change journey of the church in his book, For A New Generation; A Practical Guide For Revitalizing Your Church, which will be published by HarperCollins in 2016.The book revolves around five proven change strategies: Adopt a New Mindset, Identify the Essentials, Reduce the Distractions, Elevate Your Standards and Build a Mentoring Culture.

Jesse ConnorsJesse Connors

Founder and CEO of

Tracy JaggersTracy Jaggers

Director of Missions at Gateway Baptist Association, Edwardsville, IL

Tracy earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in Church Revitalization from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He is a frequent blogger and writer for state and national revitalization websites and magazines, and an active speaker in state and national revitalization conferences.

Jim GrantJim Grant 

Lead Pastor Heartland Baptist Church- Alton, Illinois

Jim is a veteran with 25 years of service in the Air Force. His extensive travels, while in the military, allowed him the unique ability to have served in the full spectrum of churches, styles, and health.

Amber Irving 

Amber is a Bible teacher, blogger, pastor's wife and mom-of six. She seeks to encourage women to dig deep into Scripture and walk more closely with God each day. She leads a team of ladies from different churches in a community-wide morning Bible study each week and she leads a group of women from her own church in a weekly evening Bible study as well. She actively participates in the women's ministry of First Baptist Church of Gonzales, Texas, where her husband, Dr. Chris Irving is senior pastor.

David LangDavid Lang

Vice President of Development, Accordance Bible Software

 David has worked for more than two decades to equip pastors and scholars to study and teach the Scriptures. Prior to that, he ghostwrote the first six books of Pastor Joel Hunter’s Journey to Spiritual Maturity series (Northland Church, Longwood, FL).  David is also the author of Macs in the Ministry, The Accordance Bible Lands PhotoGuide, and the Accordance Bible Times PhotoMuseum.

Greg MorrisGreg Morris

Generosity Strategist for Generis

Greg has over twenty-five years of leadership experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. He has a passion for working with organizations to develop a culture of generosity, making their God-given vision possible. He has a unique gift to identify the issues holding an organization back and then to work with leadership to create the necessary plans to overcome these obstacles. 

Gabe NorrisGabe Norris 

Co-Founder and Vice President Connect Ministries and Director of WinShape Camps for Communities

Gabe has led in camp ministry since 1997 as a bible study leader, Camp Pastor, Camp Director, and a Camp Coordinator for Crosspoint and Centri-Kid in the LifeWay Christian Resource\office and Student Life. He is a graduate of University of Georgia and Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. He as had the opportunity to teach, speak and preach to a wide variety of age groups all across the country.

Steve SmithSteve Smith

Founder of ChurchEquippers Ministries

Steve has been involved in strategic church planting movements for 30 years. He is a strategic thinker, a relational networker, a mentor and coach to pastors and young leaders. Steve is the author of several books including The Key to Deep Change and The Increasing Capacity Guidebook. Born in Virginia, Steve is has been married for 40 years to his wife, Shirley, they have 4 children and 4 grandchildren. Their home base is in central Florida.

Danny SouderDanny Souder 

President and Founder of SMP Global

Danny has served as a Lead Pastor, Bi-Vocational Pastor, Missionary, and a Professional Hunting Guide. He has over 30 years effective experience consulting, leading, and serving with plateaued/declining churches. He has done extensive doctoral studies and research for and with P/D churches and how to turn around and grow again. He has developed and implemented an effective prayer strategy to assist churches o grow and reach their communities that the Lord has blessed.  You can reach him on his website at

Ken ThomasKen Thomas

President of Connect Ministries

Ken ihas been involved in Crosspoint and Centri-Kid camps since 1991 in various positions. He has served as a bible study leader, Camp Pastor, and Camp Director and has served in a full-time capacity since 1997 at LifeWay Christian Resources in the Student Ministries Department.

Jamie StahlerJamie Stahler

Vice President of Partnerships, Outreach, Inc

Jamie leads and oversees company partnerships as well as the publishing and films divisions of the organization. Jamie leads the charge for National Back to Church Sunday, an annual event focused on invigorating an invitational culture within the church resulting in a 22% average attendance increase. Jamie also works to bring culturally relevant faith-based films to the church such as Ben Hur, RISEN, Miracles From Heaven, God’s Not Dead, Do You Believe? and more.

Larry WynnLarry Wynn

Vice President of Church Revitalization & Evangelism Ministries of Georgia Baptist Convention

Larry has held many positions of leadership such as Senior Pastor of Hebron Baptist in Dacula, GA for 33 years where the church recorded more than 10,000 baptisms; President of the Georgia Baptist Convention, and most recently served as Vice President for Evangelism and Leadership Development at the North American Mission Board, Alpharetta, GA.

Terry TiemanTerry Tieman 

Executive Director of Transforming Church Network and Revitalization Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Memphis TN

Terry helps churches become more effective in reaching their communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Terry’s experience as parish pastor, mission executive, congregational consultant and coach, learning community facilitator, and trainer of consultants and coaches bring a skill set and perspective that inform and direct the work of the revitalization team. He is the author of several books, including Hinges: Opening Your Church’s Doors to the Community, Skill Builders, and People of Passion.

Erik Ely

Generosity Strategist with Generis

His experience in business and ministry allows him to have a unique perspective on ministry.  He draws on gifts in leadership, administration, strategic planning, and financial analysis to help churches reach their God-given potential and vision.  Erik has a Bachelors degree in theology and a Masters in business Administration.

Tracey Bailey

Guidance Counselor at Orangewood Christian School

Tracey  holds a degree in Counseling from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the mother of two adult children and she is a pastor's wife. She brings to Renovate an emotional and spiritual perspective within the journey of ministry.

Erik Ely

Generosity Strategist for Generis

Erik's experience in business and ministry allows him to have a unique perspective on ministry. He draws on gifts in leadership, administration, strategic planning, and financial analysis to help churches reach their God-given potential and vision. Erik has a Bachelors degree in theology and a Masters in business Administration.

Tim Staley

President of Quikkast

After a successful career leading the design and development division of one of the largest and most successful healthcare software companies for may years, Tim saw the communication challenges within his own church and turned his attention to solving the problem. Today, Tim assists churches with developing their communication strategy and is also the president and founder of QuikKast.

Glenn Stewart

Author and Pastoral Coach

Glenn has forty years of experience leading churches, planting a church, and developing leaders. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology and leadership at the Orlando campus of Palm Beach Atlantic University, and as the chairman of the board of a Christian college and seminary. Along with his degrees in Bible and theology he has a master’s degree in organizational leadership. Glenn has a heart for serving pastors and being a spiritual mentor.