Breakout Renovators

Walter Jackson 
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winter Park, FL

Thank you to Walter Jackson and the whole team at FB-Winter Park for hosting RENOVATE!

As a Senior Pastor, Dr. Walter Jackson has seen God use His people to turn around four churches in Tennessee, Alabama and Florida. His RENOVATE BREAKOUT SESSION: SAVING FIRST BAPTIST2 will equip you to personalize “The Courageous Want To” found in the 23rd Psalm. This breakout will also drive you to go rescue God’s people using the illustration of Saving Private Ryan. Whether your church needs to stop its decline, restart its growth or somewhere in between; his breakouts will encourage you to help your church grow again for the glory of God.

Jason CooperJason Cooper
Lead Pastor, Church at Oak Level, Ocoee, FL

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.

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, Miami, FL

Rob Myers is the Pastor of Miami Baptist Church a turn around church located in the multi-lingual community located on the main east-west corridor of Miami Dade County in South Florida. Rob has been in ministry for more than 39 years. He has been in church planting and pastoral leadership for 36 of those years which includes 15 years as the Senior Pastor of Miami Baptist Church. Rob is the author of The Xristos Factor. His is Adjunct Professor of Indiana Wesleyan University and President of Baptist World Charities.

Mike Atherton
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of O'Fallon, MO
Western States Consultant

Mike has served as a Senior Pastor for more than 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 past President of the Colorado Baptist Convention.

Chris IrvingChris Irving
Lead Pastor, 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.

Mark MacDonald

Mark MacDonald is a Bible Teacher, speaker, best-selling author of Be Known For Something, and communication strategist for He empowers churches to become known for something relevant (a communication thread) throughout their ministries, websites, and social media. His book is available at and

Drew CheyneyDrew Cheyney
Youth Pastor, Element Church, Wintzville, MO

Drew has been developing and leading student movements of hundreds for 8+ years. He is a National Conference Speaker and Student Ministry Strategist who currently resides in Wintzville, MO with his wife, Meagan,  and daughter. Drew is a frequent writer on revitalizing a church through youth ministry. Currently, Drew writes the Youth Ministers Feature Column for the Church Revitalizer magazine.

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. 

Tim Speweik 
Outreach Marketing, Director of Ministry Development

Tim has over twenty years of experience in marketing and has assisted in over 500 church launches. Tim is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a certified postal carrier consultant certificate with the USPS.

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.

John BaileyJohn Bailey
Multiplying Leaders 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.

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
State Director of Church Revitalization/Evangelism, 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 recently completed her DMin in Leadership Studies and acts as an Adjunct Professor for Indiana Wesleyan University in their Global Studies program. She is the wife of a pastor for the last 36 years, and has herself been on staff at various churches and schools throughout the same period of time. She is currently the Church and School Administrator for Miami Baptist Church, where she has served for the last 15 years. She has raised three sons, two of whom are currently serving in the ministry as well. She is well versed in church growth and staff relations, women's ministry, early child development, and Christian School administration. However, her true passion is teaching the Word of God wherever He leads, and her mission is to influence as many people for the Kingdom of God as she can within her lifetime, both here and abroad. Her latest missions endeavors include Haiti, Cuba, and South Africa.

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.

Bill Hegedus
Family Pastor, Bethlehem Church, Bethlehem, GA

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.

Rick Hall
Founder and CEO of P16:3

Rick is the founder and CEO of P16:3 Strategy, LLC, formed in 2016 with a mission for serving churches and non-profits in the areas of strategy consulting, strategic planning support and leadership coaching. His goal is to help pastors and ministry leaders effectively translate vision into life-changing, community-impacting strategic action for the church. In so doing, Rick’s desire is to honor God’s investment in him over 34 years as a successful strategic planning and business development leader for a global corporation and 20+ years serving in various church ministries as a servant, lay leader and a leadership coach.

Terry Rials
Senior Pastor, Crestview Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, OK

Dr. Terry Rials has been in Christian Ministry for twenty-nine years, the last twenty-five as the Senior Pastor of the Crestview Baptist Church of Oklahoma City. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University (B.A., Applied Ministries), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas (M.Div.BL), and earned his doctorate (D.Min.) from Midwestern Baptist Theological in Church Revitalization. His dissertation project involved training pastors in the principles of revival and revitalization by equipping them to begin a revitalization project in their churches.

Brian Nall
Executive Director of Missions, Pensacola Baptist Association

Brian is the Executive Director for the Pensacola Baptist Association. Before this he pastored Ferris Hill Baptist Church. Over the last decade, he led that small panhandle church on a journey to revitalization; seeing transformation come, not only to the church, but also to the surrounding community with impact on the entire area. Author of An Uphill Journey, Brian has used his strategic skills to help dozens of churches take practical and biblically-driven steps to see their church experience revitalization. Brian holds a doctorate degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Candace live in Milton with their two children, Baleigh and Elijah.

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: 

Jim GrantJim Grant 
Lead Pastor, Heartland Baptist Church, Alton, IL

Jim Grant is a seasoned pastor of 20 years. His ministry has been exclusively in the revitalization of declining churches. He is a 25 years Air Force veteran. His travels have equipped him to speak distinctively to various church models and ministries. He received his doctorate in Church Revitalization from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Grant is a conference speaker and innovator of church revitalization practices; sharing in United States and Canada. He is married to Kathy, they have 6 grandchildren. Blog:

Tracy JaggersTracy Jaggers
Director of Missions, 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.

Amber Irving
Bible Teacher and Blogger 

Amber is a Bible teacher, blogger, children’s minister, pastor's wife and mom of six. She seeks to encourage women and children to dig deep into Scripture and walk more closely with God each day.  She enjoys plugging in to all of the ministry opportunities of First Baptist Church of Gonzales, Texas, where her husband, Dr. Chris Irving is senior pastor.

Glenn Stewart
Founder, LifeEquip

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.

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.

Jeffrey Haglund
North Central Florida Baptist Association

Jeffrey is married to GG, his wife of 24 years. They have four children, all still at home. Jeffrey has mixed business and missions for nearly 20 years. He has been part of numerous church and business starts. Jeffrey served with the International Mission Board for 15 years and is currently on the Board of the Cornerstone Foundation, a business as missions foundation based in Bulgaria. His pre-ministry background is business, marketing, and finance. He is passionate about serving churches and currently works for the North Central Florida Baptist Association as the Lead Missional Strategist. Jeffrey loves to tell the story of the Gospel and his message will help you if you are wondering how to reach your target audience with Christ's message.

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 to grow and reach their communities that the Lord has blessed.  You can reach him on his website at

Donnie Brawner
President & CEO, Paragon 360

Donnie Brawner has a lifetime of experience in auditorium design and live event production. For the last 28 years, he has been designing and producing theatrical productions and corporate events, and designing some of the most cutting edge theaters and church auditoriums in the country. He has created a holistic design approach with a focus on environment creation that is all his own. A creative visionary, Donnie manages a team of artisans and technicians who have a driving passion for exceeding their client’s expectations. His focus on building long-lasting customer relationships is evidenced by his extensive list of repeat clients. Donnie understands the necessary changes required of churches to reach today’s culture. He believes that the environment or experience created in a space is critical to reaching today’s generation or the un-churched secular audience. He also understands the careful politics of church business, fund raising, volunteers, multi-phased projects, and the delicate balance between traditional and contemporary audiences.

Nathan Wilder 
CEO and Founder, Convergence Now, Inc

Nathan is the CEO/Founder of Convergence Now, Inc. and is currently working bivocationally: he is serving as Senior Pastor at University Baptist Church in Orlando, FL along with teaching Bible at The Masters Academy in Oviedo, FL. He previously served in 2 local churches over the past 15 years (CrossLife Church, Oviedo, FL and Liberty Heights Church, Liberty Township, OH). Nathan is currently working toward his doctorate and has previously received his Masters of Divinity and Arts in Religion degrees from Liberty University. He also co-authored, Equip- Building Student Leaders and has been featured in multiple pieces of work. He is happily married to his wife, Amber, for over 15 years and they have 4 energetic and beautiful kids!

Micah Fries
Senior Pastor, Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN

Micah Fries is the Senior Pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Prior to that, he has served as the Vice President of LifeWay Research, a Senior Pastor in Missouri and an international church planter in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Micah and his wife Tracy have been married for 17 years, have two daughters, and recently adopted a son from the Kingdom of Lesotho in Africa.

Gary McIntosh
President of the Church Growth Network and Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

Dr. Gary L. McIntosh, has over 27 years of experience in the field of church growth consultation, coaching of church leaders, and workshop presentations. As President of the McIntosh Church Growth Network, Gary has analyzed over 1,000 churches, representing some 87 denominations throughout the United States, Canada and Southeast Asia. His articles have appeared in Global Church Growth, New Results, the Win Arn Growth Report, Leadership, Church Growth America, Growing Churches, and numerous denominational publications.

karl vatersKarl Vaters

Karl Vaters is the author of the book, The Grasshopper Myth: Big Churches, Small Churches and the Small Thinking That Divides Us. On his blog Pivot, he writes about Innovative Leadership from a Small Church Perspective for several times a week. He’s also the founder of, a ministry that encourages, connects and equips innovative Small Church pastors. Karl has been in pastoral ministry for over 30 years and has been the lead pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Fountain Valley, California for over 23 years.

paul smtihPaul Smith
Lead Pastor, Life Church, Mandeville, LA

Paul is a leader, visionary, and teacher. He is a sought after conference speaker, Bible Teacher, and motivational presenter. He has traveled all over the Americas, North, South, and Central, teaching, preaching, and strategizing with church planters, ministers, and leaders of denominations.

Larry Keefauver
Xulon Press Senior Editor

Larry Keefauver has pastored local churches 40 years, and is a bestselling Christian author with over 60 books published in 11 languages with over 2 million in sales. He currently resides in Orlando, has been married 48 years to Judi, and they have 7 over the top grandchildren. 

Steve Sells
President and CEO of Operation Transformation

Steve Sells is the President and CEO of Operation Transformation a church revitalization ministry in Salisbury, North Carolina. Steve has served in North Carolina and Georgia as a local church pastor for 31 years and a Director of Missions for 12 years. He has led numerous revitalization conferences and projects. Dr. Sells is the co-author of the book “With Greater Power.” The ministry of Operation Transformation seeks to help churches of all sizes experience new health and growth.

Don Newman
Director of Acquisitions, Salem Author Services

Donald has more than 20 years experience working with Christian authors & editors. As a pastor & 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. “You just never know what an inspired Christian book can do, In fact, one book can actually change thousands of lives & at other times, one book can change a life that impacts & changes thousands of lives.”  He directs and manages the Sales & Acquisitions Teams at Salem Author Services.

Scott Stewart  
President of LifeEquip, Inc

Visibility of church operational and relational challenges is something he has always had. He grew up in a pastor's home where his family moved three times for his dad to step into senior pastor roles. As an adult, Scott led worship for over ten years at 5 different churches as he moved around for his careers. In his professional life, Scott has over 15 years of experience in program, operations, and change management. His foundation for managing complexity to meet organizational objectives comes from his time serving as nuclear engineer and submarine officer in the US Navy. His professional experience led him to see a way that he could help. He currently serves as President of LifeEquip, Inc. His current roles allow him to help pastors and business owners maximize efficiency to ultimately achieve their goals.

David Murrow 
Author and Speaker

David Murrow founded Church for Men in 2005. Murrow is not a pastor, professor or theologian. He’s just a guy in the pews who noticed a disturbing trend: churches are losing their men and boys. So he wrote a book titled Why Men Hate Going to Church, which became an instant Christian bestseller, with more than 100,000 copies in print. His efforts have spawned articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Chicago Tribune, to name a few. You may have seen him on PBS, the NBC Nightly News, or the Fox News Channel talking about the gender gap.

Roy Smith 
Writer and Psychologist, Knights of the 21st Century

Dr. Roy Smith has worked for over 35 years as a psychologist/counselor to men and their families. Pennsylvania Counseling Services, which he began out of his home, now offers a variety of counseling services in eight counties in Central Pennsylvania. Roy is also an ordained minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance. He developed Knights of the 21st Century, a ministry that produces men’s DVD/curriculum programs to help men grow and learn how to lead more effectively, contributing to the overarching goal of positively changing our culture. Roy has written several books in the area of men’s issues, including Bull, Being God’s Man, Manhood Journey (Volumes 1-5), Why Not Try To Hit The Real Target—Men and You’re Not Dead Yet, and has consulted on and written several women’s DVD/curriculum series. 

Sean Corser 
Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY

Sean Corser currently serves at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky on the Admissions staff and in the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Oklahoma and is pursuing an M.Div from Southern. Before attending Southern he served as youth Pastor, and most recently as college pastor.