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.

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

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Brian Nall
Executive Director of Mission - 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: 

Jesse ConnorsJesse Connors
Founder and CEO of

Jesse has a passion to equip believers to better understand, defend and share their faith. He received a Masters of Divinity degree in Christian Apologetics and Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a graduate from Liberty University in communications and worked for Liberty as a spokesman. He has a wide range of experiences that include working as an intern at the White House in the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, working at Fox News and a working for the United States Congress. 

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.

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

Micah Fries

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.

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.

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.

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.

Terry Rials

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.

Steve Sells

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.