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
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 PerssonDavid 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.

Jim GrantJim 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.

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.

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. 

Dr. Tracy JaggersTracy Jaggers
Associational Director of Missions at Gateway Baptist Association
North Central States Consultant


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. Chris will be leading the following breakouts:

  • Biblical Foundations of Leadership
  • Leadership Development in the Rural Church
  • Leadership & the Seven Churches of Revelation
  • Rebuilding the People of God