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Olivia Ramsey


Student | Dallas, Texas | The Village

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Olivia Ramsey


Student | Dallas, Texas | The Village

 
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Olivia Ramsey

OCCUPATION | Student

CHURCH | The Village

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | TBA

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | olivia@initiativenetwork.org

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

So, I don't think what I'm doing currently will be what I do forever but currently I feel called to do what I do because of relationships and the importance Christ puts on loving and serving others.  I love helping to develop, equip and teach people especially fellow believers and those in the local church.  I believe helping to equip people will always be a large part of what I do and I hope the Lord uses this deep desire and my love for business to do so.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Ever!?? Some of the most helpful advice or comments have been:

"Delayed obedience is disobedience."
"People will believe what's believed if they feel like they belong"
"If you're not failing, you're not risking enough"

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Trust the Lord, pray, obey and work hard and remember you serve Christ first then others. It's easy to get caught up in meeting people's needs; so much so that you put your own relationship with Christ on the back burner.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

Ummm, I don't think there is something that absolutely no one knows.  I would say most people are surprised when they find out I really like economics.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

The teaching, because it's based in scripture and we don't skirt around the difficult issues.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I love youth ministry. I have not had as much of an opportunity to be involved while in college though.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

That people would know their need for God and that there is more to life than accumulating wealth and living easy.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Pocahontas, William Wilberforce, My grandmother

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Martha, ( gosh I don't like this).  It wasn't that her service was bad it was that she allowed what the Lord had called her to, to get in the way of spending time with Him.  Also the prodigal son's brother. The one that had been faithful but wasn't happy that they threw the wayward son a party.  This is a good description of my testimony before I began to really love and know Jesus.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Man, I'm sorry for our entitlement.  We expect so much for everyone to change for us and to meet our needs that we have lost the drive to be hard, dependable, teachable workers.

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Jahmaol Clark


Rap Discipler & Mentor | Dallas, Texas | The Village Church-Dallas Northway

Jahmaol Clark


Rap Discipler & Mentor | Dallas, Texas | The Village Church-Dallas Northway

 

Jahmaol Clark

OCCUPATION | Rap Discipler & Mentor

CHURCH | The Village Church-Dallas Northway

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Billy Rose

DISCIPING | Chris Carter

ENGAGING | Arts & Entertainment

WEBSITE | www.jahmaolclark.com

EMAIL | jahmaolclark@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I feel called to do 2 Talented because I see the bigness of the Kingdom of God and the urgency of souls needing to know Him and be reconciled to Him. The need to share the Gospel and make disciples is way to plentiful for me to sit around on the dream God gave me. The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few.

Also, Frederick Buechner said, "Vocation is where your greatest passion meets the world's greatest need" which is where my calling plays itself out. My passion for Hip Hop and youth ministry collided with the nonprofit I started called 2 Talented which seeks to meet the need of young rappers desiring to grow in their craft by providing community, mentorship, education, and resources. The fact that there are so many young people seeking to learn how to be rappers but no one to give them trusted and directed guidance mixes with my passion for mentoring/discipling youth and for Hip Hop. My goal in that is to create a discipleship movement of young rappers who steward and multiply their gifts for the glory of God and the welfare of the city.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Follow God and He'll lead you where you're supposed to be.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Pray. Trust God and He'll be with you and provide along the way. There can be much fear from stepping out in faith to walk in your calling but work hard and know that He is faithful. Seek wisdom from others and build a strong team of people around you that's in your corner cheering you on, giving you advice, and help balance you where you are weak.

Also if God has given you the passion, pursue it and don't wait unnecessarily. There are times we need to wait and hear God but be proactive and take initiative toward seeking out your calling. Be patient and trust in God but there is also such a thing as actively waiting if direction is still needed. Pray. Pray some more. And pray again. He never leaves or forsakes you. "The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands." - Psalm 138:8.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

Something that many people don't realize about me is that though I am outgoing, I am also introverted. Since I am introverted, I don't get my energy from being around people and like to have much time to myself alone. However, because I know a lot of people and not shy at all, people assume that I'm extroverted and am hanging out with people all the time but often find myself doing things alone, specifically on the weekends. And despite needing a significant time to be alone, I think I often can spend too much time alone. I know a lot of people and have many friends but honestly could go deeper with fewer friends and have more consistency with spending more time with a few friends.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

What I love is how well they take care of me and how much of a family they've become to me. In financial, emotional, and spiritual struggle they have been a BIG support and have always given much to meet all of my needs. Also when I walk in my church I know my pastors, I know the elders, I know the deacons, I know the people, and I even know the little kids. I know many of our kids' names and its always fun to run around and play with them and talk with them. It's such a joy to be loved by people who aren't your blood but can still consider family.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

One thing I'm involved in that means a lot to me is being a part of the process of planting a church in South Dallas. God has recently given me a heart for understanding poverty and the inner-city which has also transformed into a strong passion for racial reconciliation and fighting systemic injustice. However, the only thing that can truly break broken systems is the power of the Gospel. And I'm excited to start making disciples in South Dallas and praying our church can be used to impact the culture, economy, family life, and education system in South Dallas.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for Dallas is for the Gospel to be preached and believed. I pray for racial reconciliation amongst the north and south divide, socioeconomic classes, contrasting neighborhoods, varying political convictions, churches, etc. That people would seek the welfare of our city, for the Kingdom of God to break in and for shalom to be ignited. I pray for poverty to be alleviated, materialism would fade, suburban homes would stop using money to cover up their emptiness, that destructive behaviors would be broken, broken homes to be restored, people to walk in their God-given callings, families/marriages to be strong and Christ-centered, systemic and racial systems to be broken, and for the church to be unified and that disciple-making disciples would be made.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Lecrae, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & John Piper.

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

David because he loves God fervently but sometimes doesn't prioritize where he needs to be. He also seems to have a bi-polar faith where he praises God one minute and questions God the next and I can relate to that. When he talks to himself in the Psalms and tells himself to hope in God I feel that happening often in my own soul and fighting to tell myself to believe the Gospel and delight in God as my supreme treasure.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I would apologize on behalf our generation for being non-commital. Many of us are are trying to find out what we're truly called to do and we have the constant disorder of FOMO (fear of missing out) that causes us to be non-commital and bounce around from thing to thing. Please forgive us but pray that we would also have discernment on what God has called us to do through prayer and seeking wise counsel in order for us to commit, even if we don't see the full picture.

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Bryant Collier


Writer | West Dallas | Mercy Street Church

Bryant Collier


Writer | West Dallas | Mercy Street Church

 
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Bryant Collier

OCCUPATION | 

CHURCH | Mercy Street Church

LOCATION | West Dallas

DISCIPLED BY | Linda Dixon

DISCIPING | MaryGrace Metheny

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Kristi Krock

ENGAGING | Arts & Entertainment

WEBSITE | chelsea725.wordpress.com

EMAIL | chelsea@initiativenetwork.org

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

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Sawyer Williams


Lawyer | Irving, Texas | The Village Church Dallas

Sawyer Williams


Lawyer | Irving, Texas | The Village Church Dallas

 
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Sawyer Williams

OCCUPATION | Lawyer

CHURCH | The Village Church Dallas

LOCATION | Irving, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Adam Griffin

DISCIPING | Dmitry Kosilov

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | TBA

ENGAGING | Family

WEBSITE | musingsofalumberjack.wordpress.com

EMAIL | sawyer.c.williams@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I have been given a skill set that lends itself well to legal work. I have an inquisitive mind and learn well. I also work with kids. I feel called to this because of a passion I have for seeing youth come to know Christ early. I want them to learn from my mistakes and not have to make them themselves.

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead.

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Don't find your identity in this work. It will never tell you that you're worth it. You need to know who you are and you need to have thick enough skin to take a beating.
Wake up early.

What is something that no one knows about you?

Supergirl is my favorite super hero.

What do you love most about your church, and why?

It can be blunt. We are not pandered to, we are given truth without pulling punches. We are treated like adults. We are not afraid of scripture being offensive. It will be offensive to those who are of the world, we don't need to apologize for it.

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

CrossFit, being an uncle, all things nerd, iLyfe (Non Profit)

What is your prayer for our city?

That the men of the city would grow up and start being men. That we would fight for one another and for the women of the city. That we would learn to be fathers and husbands, that we would be friends and brothers. That we would answer and take seriously the call put on us.

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

C. S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rich Froning

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

The Great Schizophrenic King David. I dont feel powerful, I'm certainly not rich, and I've never killed a giant with a stone. But I go from "why have you forsaken me" to "you are so near to me" and back in a matter of seconds. I write when I need to process my thoughts on God. And I have a dish-throwing prayer relationship with God.

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I wouldn't apologize for my generation, I would apologize TO my generation. We have untold potential but few peers who are leading the way and calling us forward. We are weak because we haven't been called to strength, lazy because we haven't been lead to action, and fearful because we haven't been called to courage.

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Mitchell West


Rapper | Grand Prairie, Texas | Restoration Community Church

Mitchell West


Rapper | Grand Prairie, Texas | Restoration Community Church

 

Mitchell West

OCCUPATION | Rapper

CHURCH | Restoration Community Church

LOCATION | Grand Prairie, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Von Minor

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Chris Griffin

ENGAGING | Arts & Entertainment

WEBSITE | streethymns.com

EMAIL | hymns4streets@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

At a young age I grew up seeing the art of Hip-Hop used to glorify God in a such a unique way and I fell in love with the art form. I've been rapping since I was a child and through the studying of and involvement in the culture I have grown to a level to where I have seen an impact.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

"Rappers always try to be "original" and "different" in the game so that they can do something that has never been done before. But they replicate in order to do so. The best way to be original... is to be you! There is only one you in this world and no one has your story. So be yourself and never change."
- Drunk Guy at my best friends funeral

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

You are an original individual. Paint the story of you and others like you will be drawn.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I fell out of a two story window as a child. I broke no bones and had no head injuries.... I think?

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love the placement of the church. It was strategically located to be an impact in a struggling area of West Dallas.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Pinkston High School

2 Talented

Battle Rap

Anime Connoisseur

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My mission is to get people to understand that they an original creation made in the image of God and that Jesus can meet them where they're at no matter where they are.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Ben Carson
Dr. Seuss
Lecrae

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Elijah.

He is a passionate and powerful speaker of/for God delivering a message in the face of wandering and opposition.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I apologize for the religion of Christianity because it has become the ugly face that represents the whole.

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Joanna Withers


Hiring & Mobilization | Plano, Texas | Mercy Presbyterian Church Dallas

Joanna Withers


Hiring & Mobilization | Plano, Texas | Mercy Presbyterian Church Dallas

 
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Joanna Withers

OCCUPATION | Hiring & Mobilization

CHURCH | Mercy Presbyterian Church Dallas

LOCATION | Plano, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Shauna Chaffin

DISCIPLING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Sydney Sumpter

ENGAGING | Religion

WEBSITE | eastwest.org

EMAIL | joeliza815@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

Because the Lord has softened my heart through scripture and called me to be obedient in all things, including making disciples of all peoples. I desire for my life, my gifts and even my work to be used to advanced the Kingdom among all peoples of the earth.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Don't hire out of desperation. Hire for strengths, not lack of weaknesses. Look for skills, not IQ. Value wisdom and not just experience, and cultural fit above all else!

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Listen. You cannot learn about someone when you're doing all the talking. Make sure to vision cast when the candidate when you are interviewing with them with the hope that they will catch your vision and track with you. Trust your gut! Your guy is often the Holy Spirit leading.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I grew up never believing in Santa Claus!

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love my church because I was able to see it from the start and watch it grow from a small group of 30+ people to 150+ over a two year period.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Launch Global creates discipleship teams with the desire to mobilize believers. We set weekly goals of 3-2-1.  We have to spend 3 hours of time with Jesus per week, 2 hours with the lost per week, and 1 hour of corporate prayer per week as a team. We hold each other accountable to modeling what it looks like to multiply disciples with the end goal of reaching the unreached and unengaged.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

I pray that our city would be ignited to share the gospel. When we walk into the room I pray that we will seek those who are on the path to eternal separation from God.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Jim Elliot, S. C. Lewis, and William Wilberforce

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

I resonate most with Joanna, not only because of her name, but because she was a faithful disciple that carried the message of the risen Jesus and was faithful to Jesus even when all hope seemed lost. Joanna knew in the depths of her heart that Jesus was the Savior her people were waiting for.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

We apologize for not committing in relationships and being connected, but not tethered because of our significant self-centeredness.

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Lauren Phillips


Nurse | Grapevine, Texas | Valley Creek

Lauren Phillips


Nurse | Grapevine, Texas | Valley Creek

 
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Lauren Phillips

OCCUPATION | Nurse and co-founder of Empty Bucket Ministries

CHURCH | Valley Creek

LOCATION | Grapevine, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPLING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Daniela Perez

ENGAGING | Religion

WEBSITE | lauren-ashlee.com

EMAIL | misslaurenashlee@gmail.com

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

Why do you feel called to the work you do?: My heart and soul is people, forming relationships, and seeing God radically change lives. I also love missions, so, for me, it just made sense for me to make it such a huge part of my life. In scripture, missions isn’t really a choice. It’s a command. If you’re a follower of Christ, your life should reflect that, and God doesn’t call us to something without giving us the power to accomplish it. Over the course of my life, I’ve spent time on the mission field developing a love for the poor, and the Lord began to place a passion in my heart for third world countries. I started meeting with other women around a kitchen table and began to dream, and through those meetings the Lord gave us the vision for Empty Buckets, a non-profit ministry aimed at taking groups to third world countries, building water wells, and providing life-changing opportunities for the Kingdom. For me, missions brings me to life, and I want to spend each moment loving the people the Lord places in front of me.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

They say for every dream, there are a thousand dream killers. So some of my greatest advice was to surround myself with people who encourage me, support me, challenge me, and empower me to take the steps necessary to live out that dream and calling on my life..

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Build everything on prayer. If there is anything I have learned is that the moment I step out of the will of God and try to do something my own way without first seeking God in prayer, it never works. It all becomes a struggle. But when I seek Him first and ground my life in prayer, waiting for Him to tell me to move, absolutely NOTHING is impossible with God. When God calls you to do something, he gives you everything you need in Him to accomplish it - strength, tools, ability, willingness, desire, people. He gives you the will and He provides the way.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I want 7 kids of my own and live in Africa for a year to adopt some more. I have the biggest heart for children and adoption and I believe that we show the greatest love of all when we invite those into our families who are labeled as orphans and love them unconditionally. To love and fight for a life is the greatest gift you can give.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

Running. Healthy eating. I LOVE finding a new healthy, organic place to eat. Cooking. Coffee shops. Spending time with people and pouring into them. Dreaming. Setting goals. Writing. Blogging. Journaling.

One thing in my life that means a lot to me is relationships. I love spending my time with people. An afternoon at a coffee shop with those I love brings me the greatest joy.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I love the relationships that are built in a church and I love worship. Worship has changed my life in more ways than I can even write down. The moments in church when I sat for hours at the feet of Jesus changed me forever. It’s in those moments that an intimacy with Christ is formed and you come to know His heart like never before.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer is that our generation would pursue inconvenience over convenience. That we would fight for those things that make us uncomfortable and build our lives on prayer. Prayer is what will change our city.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Mother Theresa. The life she lived has forever impacted mine.
Elizabeth Elliot. She was a true warrior. I want to be a courageous missionary like her one day.
Priscilla Shirer. She inspires me and her books have influenced my life in so many ways. I would love to follow her around and learn how she is a wife, mother, friend, teacher, and speaker.

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

I feel like I’m a lot like Abraham. In Hebrews it says Abraham, against all hope, had hope, even in some of the most difficult and trying circumstances. I look back on my life and see that there were times things didn’t look awesome or the odds were stacked against me, and it was Abraham’s life and my hope in Christ that got me through those seasons. I feel like I struggled like he did to keep hoping in the promises of God.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?We're far too busy filling our schedules with things that have very little eternal significance.

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Feleceia Benton


Entrepreneur | Dallas, Texas | First Baptist Dallas

Feleceia Benton


Entrepreneur | Dallas, Texas | First Baptist Dallas

 

Feleceia Benton

OCCUPATION | Entrepreneur

CHURCH | First Baptist Dallas

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | Joy Williams

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Keya Tollossa

ENGAGING | Media

WEBSITE | zoesayshello.com

EMAIL | zoecreates@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

The above question -- loaded. And for me, so many facets of culture blend together; arts + entertainment + media + business + government. I'm called to them because I can't avoid where my passions burden me and where my mind is consumed.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

God is to you what you think He is.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Don't.

Unless you know that you know that you know that you know that you know you are called to it, avoid it like the plague. Go do something else.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

Ummm...Not really sure. I'm pretty much an open book. Everybody knows something...

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

The teaching since day one has been pretty fantastic. I'm a preacher's kid with a very smart father, so teaching me something that I don't know or haven't heard in a way that is fresh and interesting is a bit of a challenge.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Raising my kid.
My family
My very tiny circle of friends
Growing Zoe Communications.
Growing ElisiaMagazine.com
Growing LifeChatLive.com

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What is your prayer for our city?

That the people of God in our city would live their passions to their fullest and attract those that don't know Christ to him by being salt and light. It's a pretty basic prayer, but I fully believe that it's a practical foundation that begins with the church.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Ella Fitzgerald. Tony Robbins. Zig Zigglar.

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Noah -- I've been creating things that people don't understand for most of my life. I finally just decided to get over myself and to be OK with the anomaly that I am.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I'm sorry that we're misunderstood and act like we don't care. We do care, we just don't know what to do with our passions.

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Jesse Roberts


Pastor | Dallas, Texas | Antioch Community Church-Dallas

Jesse Roberts


Pastor | Dallas, Texas | Antioch Community Church-Dallas

 
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Jesse Roberts

OCCUPATION | Pastor

CHURCH | Antioch Community Church-Dallas

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Jon Pendergrass & Stephan Murray

DISCIPLING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Ryan Sears & Chase Harker

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | jesse@initiativenetwork.org

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I feel that the Lord has blessed me with the desire and ability to lead and shepherd the church and cannot see myself doing any other type of work.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

"The Lord didn't create you to be fearful."

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Have someone that is discipling you!! Having someone to keep you accountable, challenge, and encourage you is crucial to having a healthy ministry.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

Most people don't know that I showed livestock for more than 15 years. It was a huge part of my childhood and I still love spending time coaching students on showmanship. Out of all the animals I have raised, goats are my favorite. I really wish I could have one in my apartment.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I have never been so deeply rooted or invested in community that desires to see change come to our city and heart turned to Jesus.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I am involved with the children's ministry at Antioch Dallas and is the highlight of weekend every week. Spending time with ten to fifteen one year olds isn't what most people would think as a relaxing Sunday morning but I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the families of Antioch and to be able to pray over them and their children. I also, love traveling and doing international missions. To date I have been to Kenya twice and to Romania. I love New York and its people. Next to Dallas it is my favorite place on the planet. If I could go there every weekend I would.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

That Jesus would soften the hearts of the people in this city and that there would be a revival that shifts the culture toward Christ.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Alexander Hamilton
Martin Luther King jr.
Abraham Lincoln

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

David. He was small and thought he was insignificant but he managed to defeat a giant.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I would apologize for our generations overall sense of entitlement.

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Chase Harker


Engineer | Prosper, Texas | Cathedral Guadalupe

Chase Harker


Engineer | Prosper, Texas | Cathedral Guadalupe

Chase Harker

OCCUPATION | Engineer

CHURCH | Cathedral Guadalupe

LOCATION | Prosper, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPLING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Connor Crumpton

ENGAGING | Business

EMAIL | charker@smu.edu

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I feel that God has been working in me to cultivate a unique set of giftings coupled with a diverse network of connections to make an impact in the Dallas corporate environment.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Be kind for everyone is fighting a hard battle. You never know what's going on in someone else's life, and chances are the way they are treating you isn't a result of anything you've done, but rather a consequence of what's going on in their life behind the scenes.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Be honest, humble, and open to new ways of thinking. Learn from your mistakes and ask for advice. Do not limit yourself with narrow-mindedness and always be open to making more friends.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I'm an open book, and will answer almost any question with the exception of disclosing private information such as my SSN.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

The overwhelming visibility of unity and diversity of the body of Christ across the globe and within my own parish. Additionally, I love that the Catholic Church has thought of just about every question I have about faith before.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Church, school, small group, family, brotherhood and unity (Psalm 133:1).

 

What is your prayer for our city?

I pray for Church Unity throughout both good and bad times.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, G.K. Chesterton, Thomas Jefferson

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

St. Paul. As a passionate convert I have really connected to Paul and his story. Paul's encounter with Christ through the Church revealed to me how close God is and why his Church is so important throughout history and especially today.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I'd apologize for viewing our nation/world as generations contrasted to each other. I no longer characterize all baby boomers or Gen X or millennials by a set of stereotypes but rather seek to know how each individual views God and his role in their life. God didn't classify us into these generations and I doubt he see's us as them.

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Hannah Barnett


Sports Broadcaster | Arlington, Texas | Lake Arlington Baptist Church

Hannah Barnett


Sports Broadcaster | Arlington, Texas | Lake Arlington Baptist Church

 
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Hannah Barnett

OCCUPATION | Sports Broadcaster

CHURCH | Lake Arlington Baptist Church

LOCATION | Arlington, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Kristi Krock

DISCIPLING | Sandra Mendoza

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Hannah Bewley

ENGAGING | Media

EMAIL | hannah.barnett@verizon.net

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

Media shapes our culture. I believe God has given me the talent and desire to be a sports broadcaster; however, he has given me a greater passion to be a light in a dark industry. From a young age, I have always had a heart for those in the spotlight of fame. They are a people group whom the outside community does not have access to and yet those inside are generally not followers of Jesus. My prayer is God would use sports broadcasting as an avenue to these people and our culture would start making the name above all names famous.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Love Does.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Because I am not a super experienced sports broadcaster... yet... my advice may seem limited; however, here are a few pieces of advice that I think are important.

1. Study your stuff. Study pronunciations of names, study stats, study your craft.
2. Watch videos of your favorite sports broadcasters
3. Learn how to shoot and edit video content
4. Shadow those in the field you are trying to go into
5. Learn how to accept criticism and learn from it
6. Be persistent
7. Shoot random videos, get used to being in front of a camera
8. Be yourself
9. HAVE FUN!

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

From the time I was three up until the age of twelve, I was the only girl that played baseball in the league with all the boys. When I was eight, we were playing a tournament and one of the assistant producers for "The Bad News Bears" approached my Dad asking if I wanted to play the girl's role in the movie. Too bad I was shy back then.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

Although this response might seem strange coming from a 22-year-old, the thing I love most about my church are the older women (senior citizens) who make up my congregation. I am one of the few young people in the choir so I have been able to form relationships with some of the older community of my church. These women have taught me what it truly looks like to be intentional. When I ask for prayer, they check in frequently and remind me consistently that they are fighting with and for me. If there is ever a need, they are the first to volunteer and offer their help. These women are rooted in scripture. They love in action and not just words.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I currently serve on the leadership team for Fellowship of Christian Athletes at the University of Texas at Arlington. Every Monday night, I have the privilege of leading a small group of young women through a passage of scripture or topic we might be studying. I love these women and people so much.

Two things I also love are kids and diversity. Because of my network through FCA and UTA, I often get the opportunity of speaking to students across different schools in my community. I get to share on topics ranging from college, life lessons, morals, faith, etc. A majority of the schools I speak at are diverse, low-income schools and I love that I get the pleasure of getting to pour into children from a variety of backgrounds.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for our city is that we would start living with a kingdom mindset. I know I am guilty of not living every day with the possibility that it could be my last. I pray that Christians in our city would be out of breath from chasing Jesus and his people so hard. I pray that we would start resting in the truth that our God is infinitely able to accomplish more than we might ever ask or think. My prayer is the church body would unite and be the seeds that God is ready to water.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

1. Julie Andrews
2. My dad
3. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Being upfront and real... This question had me stumped. With the insight of a good friend, I would say a Bible character I resonate most with is Abigail. Abigail was a peacemaker. Despite the foolish acts of others, she stepped out in faith and her actions kept a king from killing her family. She took action when it was necessary and her actions settled the hearts of men at war. I like to provide resolutions and often create shifts to bring light in darkness. A characteristic that I see in Abigail and myself is boldness. I have experienced the infinite power and love of Christ and have learned to have confidence in it. He hasn't given us a spirit of timidity. I have learned to walk boldly in his calling for me and enter boldly into his throne room in prayer. Since there is no limit to his power and no limit to his love, how could I be afraid or timid?

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

On behalf of our generation, I would apologize for the fact that we have lost the concept of intentional honesty. We have created a society filled with filters, milky waters, and fake facades.

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Shy Amos


Artist | Richardson, Texas | Covenant Church

Shy Amos


Artist | Richardson, Texas | Covenant Church

 
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Shy Amos

OCCUPATION | Artist

CHURCH | Covenant Church

LOCATION | Richardson, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Sonia Dickerson

DISCIPLING | Heaven Butler & VerShawn Taylor

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Brandie Burkhalter

ENGAGING | Arts & Entertainment

WEBSITE | www.shyspeaks.com

EMAIL | shyamos10@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

The work that I do directly coincide with my gift mix, passion/burden. That is, to reinforce positivity and spirituality into urban culture through musical art and the power of my voice.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

"Say what you mean, and mean what you say."

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Diversify your portfolio of art and speaking topics.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I don't think there's anything about me that not at least one person knows.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

Diversity, Sound Teaching, and Consistency

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

India Arie, C.S. Lewis, (Varies :-))

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Deborah

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

For our forsaking of old landmarks.

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Sydney Sumpter


Student | Dallas, Texas | Green Acres

Sydney Sumpter


Student | Dallas, Texas | Green Acres

 

 

Sydney Sumpter

OCCUPATION | Student

CHURCH | Green Acres

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPLING | Zion Stanton

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Joanna Withers

ENGAGING | Business

EMAIL | sydneysumpter@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

The Father has undoubtedly placed a love and passion for building relationships in my heart. When I entered college, I felt a call to make an impact in business by offering a “light in the darkness” that is often missing in the world of business. Each of the gifts the Lord has graciously given me point toward a career in business communications; however, the overwhelming desire I have to pour into students and provide them with opportunities for mentorship often redirects my future plans to a career in higher education. While at DBU, my professors have served as mentors and teachers through transforming my knowledge of the Bible, leadership, and calling. Because they have impacted my faith, my worldview, and my approach to how I live out the gospel daily in such profound ways, my heart yearns to offer the same experience for students in the future.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

“Always stand for what is right, even if you are standing alone.” Cliché, I know. Though this simple phrase is overused, its prevalence in my decision making over the course of my life continues to refresh how I think and act when placed in difficult circumstances. This advice reminds me of who I am and what I believe to be true when faced with a difficult decision, especially in the face of opposition and pressure from others around me. It makes me question the consequence of choosing my flesh over my spirit, and allows me to refocus on making a choice that honors the Lord over a need for acceptance or affirmation from others.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Be patient with yourself throughout the learning process. Often, I find myself comparing my abilities and achievements to those around me, robbing myself of any satisfaction in the job---“comparison is the thief of joy,” right? Therefore, be eager to learn and grow through a gradual process, knowing that “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6). Also, I would encourage people to take risks and be bold. When looking at history, the most successful people are the ones who chose to take a leap of faith to communicate an idea or make a difference in their field. Be confident in your actions and accept failure as a learning opportunity.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I love to run, and am hoping to begin full marathon training after running a half this spring!

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

One of the many reasons I love my church is the emphasis it places on missions, both at-home and across the world. This year, our church raised over $1 million to support our missionaries in the world, giving the glory to the Father who never ceases to provide for His workers. My pastor encourages us in our daily walk with Christ in emphasizing the responsibility to live out the gospel every day---speaking, acting, and living a life that resembles a follower and disciple of Jesus. The community of believers that make up my church remind me more each week of how to lay down my cross and follow the Lord wherever He is calling me next.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I am finishing my last semester at Dallas Baptist University, where I plan to graduate with an undergraduate degree in Business Management and minor in Biblical Studies. After graduation, I am SO excited to have the incredible opportunity to begin my Masters in Leadership at DBU while working full time for the university. Other than attending school and working for the Cook School of Leadership on campus, I am involved in a discipleship program where I have the opportunity to mentor freshman girls at DBU. I also enjoy spending time outside---running, hiking, camping, and traveling to new places in the world. Family also means the world to me, so I look forward to spending weekends with them in East Texas.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for our city is twofold: I pray that the Lord would soften the hearts of unbelievers and would draw them into fellowship with Christians who are devoted to Christ. I also pray that the Lord would ignite a fire within the hearts of believers that would encourage them to actively live out the gospel in their day-to-day lives. The passivity and luke-warm faith that resides in the hearts of people in the church today demonstrates the dire need we have for believers who not only understand the gospel, but also embrace our responsibility as warriors of the faith. God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. Paul says in Acts 20:24, “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace.” Having this mindset, I pray that all believers would be united under the same mission to make disciples and labor wholeheartedly for the Kingdom.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

C.S. Lewis
Ronald Reagan
William Wilberforce

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Though there are different qualities, struggles, and events that are similar to many people in the Bible, the one I feel most connected with is Moses. Countless times in my life, the Lord has placed me in leadership positions that require persuasive and motivational speaking skills, most of which I feel unequipped to execute well. Like Moses, the Lord has used his Spirit to work through my words and actions within leadership positions to bring about his will in situations, despite my hesitation and self doubt. Amidst my tendencies to grow impatient and angry in the midst of adversity, as did Moses in various situations, the Lord’s faithful hand continues to guide me in both times of wandering and clear direction, reminding me, as He did with Moses, that He is the great I Am.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

In my generation, we claim to be individualistic and portray a desire to be “set apart” or “different” from the crowd. However, a conflict arises with our desire for individuality when you also take into account the deep, hidden desire of millennials to be accepted by others. In my own life and those around me, I see a hunger for acceptance and affirmation from the world, causing people to underplay their devotion for the Lord and, in worse cases, ignore His call altogether. We become so encompassed by what the world tells us is acceptable and normal that my generation loses sight of what is Truth and what the world claims as truth. In our social lives, our reliance on technology and lack of face-to-face communication are rooted in our passivity and selfishness, brought on by years of allowing ourselves to lose sight of what it means to build deeper relationships that are centered on a relationship with Christ. Paul notes that we are to be “blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom [we] shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life” (Philippians 2:15-16). I often question if my life reveals a race that is being run in vain, a deep heartache I also feel for our generation. However, I have a strong hope that the Lord will allow godly leaders to rise up and change the direction of the world, bringing all glory back to the Creator through the Holy Spirit’s work in those who love and labor for Christ in the world today.

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Julie Hamilton


Bible teacher | Dallas, Texas | Gateway Church

Julie Hamilton


Bible teacher | Dallas, Texas | Gateway Church

Julie Hamilton

OCCUPATION | Bible teacher

CHURCH | Gateway Church

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPLING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Tiffany Burlingame

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | juliehamiltontx@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

When I was a sophomore in college serving in my sorority as chaplain, a woman named Jessica from Campus Crusade for Christ took the time to teach me the foundational truths of Christianity.  But she didn’t stop there.  She introduced me to discipleship and showed me that the reason why she was teaching me these things was so that I could teach others, who would in turn teach others also.  (2 Timothy 2:2)  I have a passion to help believers dig deeper into their faith and to truly make a stand for Christ, not just as savior but as Lord.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

When I first began teaching Bible studies, my grandmother challenged me to teach the whole truth.  Not to water down a lesson because it might be offensive to those in the audience.    If anyone knows me, they know how painful it is for me to tell someone something I think they might not want to hear.  Through the years God has shown me that it is my job to teach and that the result is up to him.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Make sure you are called to be a teacher.  At one point I realized I had been unknowingly and unintentionally watering down a particular lesson in the Bible.  Once I learned the truth I had to reach out to my group one by one to ask them to forgive me and tell them what that particular lesson really meant.  It was gut wrenching to see how things I taught them could potentially cause such a misstep.  I had to take a hard look at myself and spend years in prayer asking God if this was something I simply wanted to do or if he really wanted me to be a teacher.  I am so thankful that he has made it clear that he does want me to teach, but I have to realize that we as teachers will be judged more strictly.  (James 3:1)  It is a huge responsibility! 

Another equally important word of advice is to be wiling to wait on God’s timing.  I wanted, and still want, more than anything to be in full-time ministry teaching, discipling, organizing events, etc…  But God has made it clear that now is not the time.  I don’t know why, but I know he is trustworthy.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

At the University of North Texas, I was a cheerleader (and still am one at heart).  I love dancing.  I have an English bulldog named Bruin who is my baby.  I am incredibly close with my family, which includes two younger sisters and 10 female cousins.   Last but not least, I married my best friend, Blake, last August and he is a firefighter for Mesquite.  I’m also one of the youngest female certified financial planning practitioners.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love the heart behind my church.  When I moved to the area Gateway Church was one of the last places I visited because of how huge it is.  I had a lot of misconceptions about it.  A dear co-worker invited me to an early morning prayer session and I was hooked.  I got to spend time with a smaller group of believers involved in the church and got to see that prayer and a love for sound doctrine is what drives this group of people.  Their passion is to see people saved, healed, set free, discipled, equipped, empowered, and serving.  I can’t wait until we move into our new Dallas campus March of 2016!

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I work as a financial advisor where I have a passion to help people willing to learn.  The majority of my job is helping people choose investments and put together retirement and income plans. However, the thing I love most are my meetings with 20-somethings where I get to show them what it looks like to have a solid financial foundation including setting up a budget, coming up with a plan to pay-down debt, and start saving early.  These aren’t the most profitable meetings for me, but they feed my soul!  One of my favorite resources to point people to is www.daveramsey.com/fpu.  Sign-up!

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for myself and the DFW metroplex is that revival would break out.  That Christians would repent and turn back to the Lord.  That we would want Jesus to not only be our savior but the Lord of our lives.  That people would become passionate about helping and not feel paralyzed by fear.  That churches would unite in tangible ways to live radical lives for the Lord, forsaking their comfort.   That the revival that starts in the DFW metroplex would be so profound that it would overflow into surrounding cities, states, and around the world.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Confession: It's hard for me to not pick Bible characters.  If I cannot I would have to pick Billy Graham to see what the revival crusades were like.  Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.  And also Beth Moore to see what her model of ministry is like on a day-to-day basis.

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

I’d have to pick Peter because of a particular verse that I’ve felt God made come alive to me at one point years ago.  Luke 22:31-32 says “Simon, Simon, behold Satan demanded to have all of you that he might sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail.  And when you have turned back to me, strengthen your brothers. “  Beth Moore points out in her Bible study on Daniel that God only sifts us when there is something that needs to be sifted.  It’s incredibly hard and painful.  But for some reason I know God has called me to strengthen my sisters after it is over.  I’m so thankful for the transparency we get to see through the Bible into Peter’s life and how we get to see Jesus love him in the midst of that.  When I feel like the worst sinner in the world and feel like God could never use me again, I’m reminded of how God chooses us in the midst of our brokenness.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

This one is hard and I can't apologize on behalf of our generation without apologizing on behalf of myself.  We've put our comfort above the needs of others and the calling of Christ.  We've tried to make our name known instead of his name.  We've wanted Jesus as a Savior but have rejected him as Lord.

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Jonathan Jones


Counselor & Inspirational Speaker | Garland, Texas | Concord Church

Jonathan Jones


Counselor & Inspirational Speaker | Garland, Texas | Concord Church

 
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Jonathan Jones

OCCUPATION | Counselor & Inspirational Speaker

CHURCH | Concord Church

LOCATION | Garland, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Kevin Ruff

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Jorge Munoz

ENGAGING | Media

WEBSITE | facebook.com/nocomplaincampaign

EMAIL | jonesjonathan44@gmail.com

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I have always had a passion for youth and the importance of the family dynamic. And I love seeing the family being reunited and it really tears me up seeing people being complacent in life. I feel that everyone can be successful in their own God-given purpose. Although some people will never be willing to take that step if they don't have someone in their corner helping motivate them and supporting them.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Your faith will follow you where ever you go. - Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

You have to realize that you can't always help everybody. Although you still should treat each individual with love and respect. Remember that people that the same people you pass on your way up you may very well may cross paths again in the future never burn those bridges.Along with being able to provide your wisdom and insight, but understanding that at the end of the day people are going to make their own decisions. We can only help pour into them and try to lead them with the wisdom we have and just hope that they make the best decision possible.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I am a best-selling author on Amazon of the book entitled “PROCESS: 14 Surprisingly Simple Behaviors to Skyrocket Millennials to Success”

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

The focus that we have for our youth and that we refuse to welcome a spirit of complacency. Our pastor is very intentional and passionate about the church pursuing growth as a whole. Our mission statement is “People growing people by connecting them to their next step in Christ.” This sums up how are called to not just sit on the word of God but use it; to further our knowledge as well as understanding for ourselves and for the betterment of others.    

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

My Church
The #NoComplainCampaign
Camp Jubilee

 

What is your prayer for our city?

That we could be unified as a city and that God will cleanse our hearts. Praying that God will forgive us and that we can move forward past racism, poverty and broken homes. That there can be reconciliation in homes and that our children will see a future beyond what they have seen their parents do. Understanding that they would be able to strive towards achieving their wildest dreams which may seem uncommon to man, but possible with God.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Kevin Durant, Dr. Tony Evans, Jonathan Pokluda

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Jonathan, the loyalty I embody through the way I value each and everyone of my friendships. And just as Jonathan attempted to reconcile Saul and David I feel that's where my inner council steams from. I strongly dislike having ill feelings toward anyone and I always want to make sure that there is no bad blood between myself and other, or even anyone for that matter.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

For allowing what people think about us taking those thoughts and accepting them as reality. To the lazy individuals of our generation who are not taking advantage of opportunities and squandering away their God given talents and gifts. As opposed to taking their specific talents and gifting’s to be used to motivate and inspire others to pursue greatness as well.

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Angela McGill


Minister | Richardson, Texas | TBA

Angela McGill


Minister | Richardson, Texas | TBA

 
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Angela McGill

OCCUPATION | Minister

CHURCH | TBA

LOCATION | Richardson, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPLING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Destiny Sosa

ENGAGING | Religion

WEBSITE | www.facebook.com/WildFireBlazing

EMAIL | angeladmcgill@yahoo.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I ABSOLUTELY love young adults. The age of 18-30. I have always enjoyed working with this age group from when I was in college until graduating and working in higher education. When God called me to preach the Gospel and he opened doors for me to do it in various cities I have always felt compelled to that age group.  I believe that age is so critical, I did not have a good strong bunch of Christians around me at that age. I wish I had more Christian friends that would have helped me with just going to college, where to get a job and etc. I feel the FIRE inside of me is for that age group. So now that I get to be around them full time and get paid for it, it is AMAZING!

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Forgiveness is a necessity, no matter what happens. All we have to do is think about how God continually forgives us, he doesn't put stipulations on it.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Get a degree in higher education, student affairs and then get connected to someone already in the field. The more connections you have the easier it becomes.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

My ultimate goal is to buy a beach house in the Caribbean's and live there working from home.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

The church I am currently visiting, because I am a preacher/teacher, I enjoy how the pastor breaks down the word of God with such passion and accuracy. It is amazing to see him dive into the word and take things a that may seem complicated and break them down into simple terms for everyone to understand.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I started a non profit group called WildFire Blazing. Its a group that I started in Killeen, Texas where we gather and I dive into the word of God with them. They can ask whatever question they want and we dialogue. We go into the community and do a variety of events for the community. I went through a severe brain issue back in 2012 and when God healed me, he told me to start a young adults group called WildFire Blazing. My goal is to get it started in DFW in 2016.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

That we would unite beyond church denominations, age groups, races to truly pray for the lost, to see them walk from the darkness intothe light. That we as believers would BE the Light they are looking for.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

TD Jakes
John Maxwell
Oprah

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Joshua- I love his ability to hear what God was saying and quickly obey. He was a Brilliant leader that led the people beyond their feelings into the Promises of God.  I believe that to be true about my life, I love leading people. I love how I can stay focused on what God says no matter what it may look like, feel like, I remind myself of the promise.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Our laziness and lack of zeal for God and the things of God!

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Bianca Guzman


Mentor | Dallas, Texas | Ministerios Bethania USA

Bianca Guzman


Mentor | Dallas, Texas | Ministerios Bethania USA

Bianca Guzman

OCCUPATION | Mentor

CHURCH | Ministerios Bethania USA

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Dr. Victor H. Higueros

DISCIPING | Alyssa Elizondo

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Daniela Perez

ENGAGING | Business

EMAIL | guzmanbianca14@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

Ever since I was a little girl, I've never fit the mold. The society mold of the american girl- For a while I was convinced it was my culture and the community i was raised in, as i began to get older I realized that no matter where i was I would always stand out- and not in a Miss Popular type of way, instead in a "there's something about you, i just can't put my finger on it" type of way. My heart is the Lord's my drive is His bride. The church. Whether it be me making a coffee for someone at the coffee shop I work at part time or the women I mentor at church I have a mission that is hand in hand with my calling- to inspire, encourage, and love.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Greatest advice? It's like asking what my favorite cheese is!! But the best Cheddar would have to be "Embrace the undoing" I won't figure it out, I will never come to fully understand the work and investment the Lord is putting in me but I will learn to embrace and accept the honor that comes from the Farther for His children.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Love. Love in a form that is foreign to our community. A selfless love that sees no age, color, language. Love in a way that will keep people thinking not of you but of the impact your love can make.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I'm writing a book!!

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

The wisdom in which my Pastor has founded our community- the vision to what in our Great Commission. Our discipleship program is fire!

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

My family! We have been through a lot and my house will be healed and right before the Lord before I try to fix the world. Ancestors ties and bondage we are breaking and overcoming.
I worship! I don't know much about singing, but Lord can i worship!

 

What is your prayer for our city?

To love one another with with a geniune and infectious love. More than an emotion but a choice to selflessly give ourselves to the Lord.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Christine D'Clario.
Christine Cain.
TD Jakes!! (low key brotha messes me up every single freaking time)

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Deborah! prophetess judge stood boldly and confidently in what she was sent to do or say and killed it! (pun intended)

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Our indifference.

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Eric Chen


Teacher & Counselor | Plano, Texas | The Village Dallas

Eric Chen


Teacher & Counselor | Plano, Texas | The Village Dallas

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Eric Chen

OCCUPATION | Teacher & Counselor

CHURCH | The Village Dallas

LOCATION | Plano, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPLING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Ryan Christian

ENGAGING | Education

EMAIL | nehc-cire@hotmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

One of my only friends in middle who stood up for me committed suicide. I don't want anyone else to go through that. It break my heartto see anyone who can't love themselves, especially to the point of suicide.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Your worth does not depend on anything or anybody on earth.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Be willing to understand someone. Always listen no matter what they have to say. Don't try to fix someone's problem to show that you're right and they're wrong. Put yourself in their shoes. Sometimes all you can do is listen, sympathize, and/or empathize which is all they need.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

*Some may know
Around a select few I am much more outgoing and silly.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

It's easy to be counseled with pastors being there to talk and having recovery groups. Christians who do not care about people and just want to be right is one of my pet peeves within the Church.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Skateboarding, cars, and aquariums

 

What is your prayer for our city?

That people will see that if they think someone else will take action, no one will end up taking action.
People will know anybody can make an impact.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Brian Sumner
Lecrae
Shay Carl

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Daniel
He, out of everyone else who seemed better qualified, killed Goliath.
As someone who generally has a hard time with people, I am still able to be in front of a group of people to teach or counsel someone.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Being entitled.

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Raphael McIntyre


Healthcare Quality Improvement | Dallas, Texas

Richardson Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Raphael McIntyre


Healthcare Quality Improvement | Dallas, Texas

Richardson Seventh-Day Adventist Church

 
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Raphael McIntyre

OCCUPATION | Healthcare Quality Improvement

CHURCH | Richardson Seventh-Day Adventist Church

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Will Klinke

DISCIPLING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Cody May

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | rmac05@hotmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

The ability to think strategically with a continuous improvement bent and my desire to see the needs of those in the community and address them in creative ways.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

If you see something not happening, that needs to be happening, make it happen.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Go to church. But just don't GO to church, get involved IN your church. But don't just get involved IN your church, get involved WITH your church, IN the community.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

My name: Raphael (God has healed) Tobias (God is good) Antonio ( worthy to be praised) McIntyre ( son of the Carpenter)

This son (Raphael) of the Carpenter (Jesus)  just wants you to know that God is in the healing business, He is good and worthy to be praised!

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

Seventh Day Adventist are the most racially and ethnically diverse religious group in the United States according to a recent report released by the Pew Research Center. Diversity rocks!

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Mentoring when and where mentoring is needed especially kids from single parent homes.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

That "BIG" things for Christ continue to happen here!

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Enoch. Genesis 5:22 say he walked faithfully with God. Enoch was a loyal follower of God, he told the truth despite opposition and ridicule and he went to Heaven without dying!

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

For "playing" church and Christianity and not really "being" the church and like Christ.

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Cody May


Foreign & Domestic Missions | Fort Worth, Texas | Templo Bautista Emmanuel

Cody May


Foreign & Domestic Missions | Fort Worth, Texas | Templo Bautista Emmanuel

 
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Cody May

OCCUPATION | Foreign & Domestic Missions

CHURCH | Templo Bautista Emmanuel

LOCATION | Fort Worth, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Grant Skeldon

DISCIPLING | Jonathan Martinez

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Raphael McIntyre

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | codymay105@yahoo.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

Because I love people and seeing Jesus taking domain in their life, and having the opportunity to love people on a day-to-day basis is a blessing.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

To pray before I move.  Only God knows the perfect path for my life.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

To pray, to love, to be free in the spirit of God and to trust His answers rather than our own desires

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I secretly love to dance.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love that it forces me to stop outside of my comfort zone and learn a different language.

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I'm getting my Bachelors of Science in Biblical Studies, I'm getting married

 

What is your prayer for our city?

To have racial reconciliation and for love to rapidly spread through the hearts of the people.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Charles Spurgeon, Ronald Reagan, Mother Teresa

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

David, even though he went through hardships in his life and he allowed God and trusted him to either pull him out of the fire or walk with him through it.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

For the laziness and selfish people this generation has become.

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Parker Metcalf


Photographer | Denton, Texas | Denton Bible Church

Parker Metcalf


Photographer | Denton, Texas | Denton Bible Church

 
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Parker Metcalf

OCCUPATION | Photographer

CHURCH | Denton Bible Church

LOCATION | Denton, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Derrick Lewis

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | metcalfpark@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

As a follower of Christ my calling is just that. To follow him. Of course this entails a lot and this above all else is my calling to aim toward in all that I do. When it comes to my occupation or specifically how I live out my ultimate calling to follow and honor Jesus it is an array of interests and passions that seem to be constantly changing.  Amongst all those passions I know that I will be shepherding and leading.  I am not sure about speaking from the pulpit yet. Somehow mixed in is this crazy desire to make beautiful films and websites and media that makes people cry and pee their pants and laugh and think. Boldly putting thisbefore the Lord! Trusting that he WILL accomplish his purpose through my life, thankful and amazed that I get to be apart of the equation!  Why do I FEEL called to do this?  It really is quite simple.  Because I have the desire too.  Now this is not a mere toss up of anything I want to do I do. Within the boundaries of scripture, others experience, the church, and history, I will let my freak flag fly! I believe these diereses where put in my heart to honor God, and like hunger, there exists something that will quench them, my ultimate food being heaven, but until then fighting for that here.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

After I went through some really dark moments in my life that had seemed from relying on validation and confirmation from other people my dad told me... "Parker, you need to hold everything with an open had, don't squeeze on to it too hard, so things can come, but they can also go just as easily" Now that I think about it i picture this is a handwritten font on a white girls tumbler somehow imposed on an overhead picture of a a cappuccino, however I think it is very powerful.  "Putting my hand on the plow and not looking back"  I think this takes great maturity and patience develop an attitude that is somehow obsessed with loving the world and sharing Jesus with it but not being controlled or validated by it.  I strive for this and will never forget when my dad explained this to me in middle school.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Someone who is a creative, leader, or maybe even tennis player? I would say to enjoy the ride of sucking at what you do for a little bit.  Its humbling and fun and crazy.  Pray your heart out for this overwhelming ability to live in the moment and take the future lightly.  Everyones life/occupation no matter how successful it looks is so much more messy than you think, so don't put your leaders on pedestals that are too high.  If your anything like me and talk a lot and don't finish projects I would say ,

Don't talk so much

Listen more.

Give yourself deadlines.

Create create create!

Hmmmmm I think i am gonna write this down and pray that I will do this things.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I wet my bed til I was 13.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love that they put money and resources into their youth, I also think our church does a great job at putting things before the Lord.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I work at a camp called Frontier campover the summers and oh my goodness do I love it. I miss it so much when I am not there.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for Denton Texas, DFW area is to have unified church, and have a reputation of christians young and old who are diverse in age and race and represent thinkers and truth chasers.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Jesus duh

C.S. Lewis
Dawson Trotman
Winston Churchill

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Abraham.  He wanted instantaneous change and tried to take matters into his own hands several times.  Maybe that is a lot of characters in the bible but Abrahams story is, oh so good. Learned a lot about rest through that.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I would apologize for being entitled, causal, talkers with no truth or execution or follow up. I would apologize for our cliche lingo that is sometimes empty and is laced with over spiritualized jargon. I would apologize for not respecting and spending time with older men and women.  I would apologize for having no regard for history of the church, especially the catholic church. I would apologize for our cosmic humanist view that argues relativity and self worship. I would apologize for gingham style, I would apologize for being overly serious, especially with spiritual matters. I would then apologize for the challenging paradox my apologies present, that I could apologize for a lot of things, but at the end of the to somehow live out the opposite through love, gentleness, and kindness.

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Kelly Quarando


Children's Minister | Allen, Texas | Allen Bible Church

Kelly Quarando


Children's Minister | Allen, Texas | Allen Bible Church

Kelly Quarando

OCCUPATION | Children's Minister

CHURCH | Allen Bible Church

LOCATION | Allen, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Trish Allen

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Kelsey Thurman

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | kellyq574@yahoo.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

My entire life I wanted to be a doctor. Studied pre-med in college, volunteered in an emergency room for years, and took my MCAT twice. My senior year of college the Lord convicted me and I was prompted to ask myself the question "why am I trying to save peoples lives, when ultimately they could go to hell?". However, I knew that if their soul was saved, then they were set for eternity. I wanted to be in the business of connecting people to the One who could save their souls.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

"The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
but a wise man listens to advice."-Proverbs 12:15

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Focus on knowing God. Intimately, deeply. Everything else will follow.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I read a lot. I'm really outgoing so I think most people would find it interesting that I love spending Saturdays curled up for hours reading a great book.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love the children. They are so free and smart. They teach me more and more about what it looks like to follow Christ with no limits.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Almost everything I do is surrounded with my calling. However, I do enjoy playing almost every sport recreationally.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for DFW is that people would give up nominal Christianity to radically follow Jesus. They would seek to intimately know Christ above all else, and truly love the people around them.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Martin Luther King Jr.
George W. Bush
Mother Teresa

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

If I have to choose, I guess I choose Paul. Paul was one of the few people who understood that everything was because of God's grace. He called himself the chief of sinners, and knew that God was his only hope. I can relate to Paul, because I often have to remind myself that His grace has set me free and there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

If I could apologize for anything it would be our apathetic nature. I see a lot of people my age blaming others, and having an opinion about everything without being willing to actually do something about it. It's easy for us to use the isolation of social media to put up a front like we actually care without having to tangibly get involved.

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Ruhama Tollossa


Community Advocate | Dallas, Texas | Ethiopian Evangelical Baptist Church

Ruhama Tollossa


Community Advocate | Dallas, Texas | Ethiopian Evangelical Baptist Church

 
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Ruhama Tollossa

OCCUPATION | Community Advocate

CHURCH | Ethiopian Evangelical Baptist Church

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPLING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Hannah Priest

ENGAGING | Family

EMAIL | ruhama.tollossa.harmony@gmail.com

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

Every part of me wants to be alone: covered in my big comfortable blanket of insecurities and secrets because it’s easier that way. However, - thanks to God-  this is not my story! It truly is Christ who fills my heart and opens my eyes to love, embrace, and be patient with the youth, even when it hurts sometimes. And the wonderful thing is, love is not something that is forced out of me either! It something that flows freely and naturally, simply because of the new identity I have in Christ. Yes, Christ continues to mold and shape me, and out of the abundance of the love I have received I am able to pour out on others.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

As someone who battles a fixed mindset, one of the greatest advice I have been given is to never find my identity in my success and to never place my insecurity in my failures.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Check your heart! It’s easy to lose sight, focus, purpose, and even develop new, unbiblical, and selfish motives for your calling. The things you harden your heart to shuts God out from working in areas that really need reconstruction. This is why I can sometimes be a gossiping Christian, glutinous Christian, lying and cheating Christian. It takes regular maintenance of the heart and genuine prayer- like the one found in Psalm 51:10 and Psalm 139:23-24- to do anything pleasing for the lord.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I have been to 4 out of the 7 continents.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love the fact that we’re family. I know sometimes we say that casually but I love the moments where we genuinely live like that. When we show up for each other, uplift one another and even fight with each other, it magnifies the fact that we are truly brothers and sisters. And like every family, we have broken parts but even that is something that we are able to share. My family is sometimes the most confusing, messed up and most broken unit of all time, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything!

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I am currently working on a project called Boldly Awkward which essentially aims to do two things. Its first aim is to distinguish and detach the difference between a social construct of awkward and ungodly awkward characteristics. Its second aim is to empower, uplift, and motivate those that identify themselves as an awkward person to freely and unapologetically be the person that God has created them to be.

This project has a lot of personal significance to me. As someone who struggled with limiting God because of my own awkwardness, I have seen firsthand how unfulfilling my life felt because of all the walls I had built inside. My go-to excuse for not doing what God wanted me to do was “Lord you know me, I’m awkward everywhere, not just when it comes to doing your work”. Oh, the “Christian” excuses we give to the lord! But I was so off! I had blatantly ignored the new identity I received in Christ and tried so hard to live where I was comfortable. God is so faithful to change and transform me on a day to day bases. As someone who is Boldly Awkward, I have found the courage to freely and unapologetically be myself, even if it is socially awkward.

As a reflection of Boldly Awkward, I have a YouTube channel called Buzzkill. Buzzkill came forth from wanting to talk about the unexplainable joy that comes from living the word of God in a world that sees it as Buzzkill. I’m sure the last time you told your secular friends that you were waiting until marriage to have sex, they were not exactly cheering for you and encouraging you for living out the word of God. These two things are something that I am so passionate about and honestly I could go on but I’ll stop here.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for the city is that we are able to break the barriers of insecurity, cultural differences, pride and have a genuine conversation. My prayer is that we can begin to speak life into others. Conversation doesn’t save people, Christ does, but where there is transparency and vulnerability, there is an open door for God to pick people out of their brokenness.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Pastor Felix, Martin Luther King, and Francis Chan

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

According to the 6 quizzes I took this morning, I resonate more with Noah. *Disclaimer* Although, I'm quite unsure of the accuracy of these quizzes, since one of them asked me to "pick one of the following colors".

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I would apologize for miscommunication. Because of misunderstanding, we create war zones where there are none to defend a territory that might not be threatened. As a consequence of this, we miss so much insight and wisdom that we could get. There is so much to learn from the previous generation and we’re missing out because our ears are closed off to hear them out.

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Ryan Christian


Servant | Fort Worth, Texas | Christ Chapel Bible Church

Ryan Christian


Servant | Fort Worth, Texas | Christ Chapel Bible Church

 
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Ryan Christian

OCCUPATION | Servant

CHURCH | Christ Chapel Bible Church

LOCATION | Fort Worth, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Eric Chen

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | rchrish18@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

Jesus did not come to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). God has me here to give my life away to the service of others that they may know Him.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

To seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and in doing so, He will provide the things that I need for the body...even if my clothes don't match.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Keep fighting.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I played professional football in Canada, and have a record for the longest kickoff return in Toronto Argonauts history. (110 yards)

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

How much we value the Word of God. When you are not grounded in truth, it is easy to wander off into myths and false teaching.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

A couple of friends and I have a clothing company called Common Grace Threads that was started in order to provide a resource for others to share their faith.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

That we as Gods people, with one voice, would shout at the walls dividing the city and allow God to tear them down.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Hudson Taylor, Charles Spurgeon, Francis Chan

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Paul. Because of his passion for the Church.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Our Lukewarmness.

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Chad Evans


Worship Pastor | Mesquite, Texas | Fellowship Dallas Bible Church

Chad Evans


Worship Pastor | Mesquite, Texas | Fellowship Dallas Bible Church

 
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Chad Evans

OCCUPATION | Worship Pastor

CHURCH | Fellowship Dallas Bible Church

LOCATION | Mesquite, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Rawd Jones

DISCIPING | Aloise Maguhara

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Mathew Rojas

ENGAGING | Arts & Entertainment

WEBSITE | www.chadevansmusic.org

EMAIL | chade@fellowshipdallas.org

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

To help teenagers have a deeper understanding of life. Also, to let them know that Jesus isn't boring!

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Brotha Moe would always tell me to "Keep on Keep'N on"

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

I would tell them your pursuit speaks louder than your talk. Be willing to network, step out of your comfort zone and pursue after someone that is great at what they do. Which you will be able to tell that by the fruit they bear. Your pursuit will make you better!

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I lead worship and Rap in my sleep!!

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love the diversity we have in student ministry.  It reminds me of what heaven will look like.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Teaching Kids how to sing, play guitar,play drums etc...

 

What is your prayer for our city?

That unity will be made amongst our churches, racial barriers will be broken and Christ will be known in our city.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Michael Jordan, Stevie Wonder and Leo Fender

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

David.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Sorry for being lazy! Sorry for becoming numb to relationships because our attention is more on our phones than on the person or persons surrounding us.

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Rachel Sennott


Student | Lewisville, Texas | The Village Church

Rachel Sennott


Student | Lewisville, Texas | The Village Church

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Rachel Sennott

OCCUPATION | Student

CHURCH | The Village Church

LOCATION | Lewisville, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPLING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Brie James & Jessi Tyler Holman

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | rsennott@thevillagechurch.net

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I feel called to the work I do because God has put in me an unrelenting desire to see other people reconciled to Him.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

The greatest advice I've ever been given is, don't store up treasures here on earth, rather live for the One who is Himself the treasure we seek, knowing there is a day coming when we will receive the inheritance we long for.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

My advice to someone who is trying to pursue the work I do is, seek to know the Lord through His Word. Also, be persistent in asking Him for a greater love for Him and desire to make Him known. From that, faithfulness and obedience to His mission will naturally flow.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

Most people don't know that I have a pretty eccentric list of hobbies. I enjoy longboarding, playing guitar, building furniture, reading, making coffee, and cooking/baking.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love that my church seeks to rightly understand who God is through His word and boldly proclaims the Gospel. I'm thankful that from the overflow of our our love and knowledge of Him, we are challenged to make disciples. Also, I've been able to form a lot of really deep and meaningful relationships within the body.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

When my schedule isn't full with school and work, I really enjoy getting to spend time with kids who have been through the foster care system. Kids are fun in general, but I love getting to enter into the messiness of broken, hard, and painful pasts with the hope of the Gospel.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for my city is that the Spirit of God would come and cause us to be radically changed by the Gospel of Jesus. I pray that having been transformed and brought into life and freedom, we would be a people that goes out beyond ourselves to share the Treasure we've found.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

If I could, I would've followed Martin Luther, Martin Luther King Jr, and George Mueller during their prime.

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

I think that I most resonate with David, in the sense that as I look back on the past few years of walking with the Lord, I see such ups and downs. There's been times that I'm crying out, "How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?" and then times that I'm overwhelmed by His goodness and praise Him, declaring, "Your steadfast love is better than life."

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

If I could apologize on behalf of our generation, I would apologize for being entitled and prideful. We expect things that we haven't worked for and don't deserve. Also, we're unwilling to humble ourselves enough to seek the wisdom of men and women who have gone before us.

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Tiffany Burlingame


Communicator & Encourager | The Colony, Texas | Heartland Church

Tiffany Burlingame


Communicator & Encourager | The Colony, Texas | Heartland Church

 
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Tiffany Burlingame

OCCUPATION | Communicator & Encourager

CHURCH | Heartland Church

LOCATION | The Colony, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Julie Hamilton

ENGAGING | Media

WEBSITE | onetowonderful.weebly.com

EMAIL | tiffanyburlingame@my.unt.edu

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I would run away from it if I could. I have never sought a stage or pursued a platform. In fact, I was supposed to graduate first in my high school class, but graduated third to avoid making a speech. God is calling me back to a destiny I attempted to deny.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

"Tiffany, be careful who you give your microphone to." - Bob Goff

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Think more about helping others succeed instead of helping yourself. It's not about climbing the corporate ladder, but riding the corporate elevator. It won't be as lonely at the top and you'll have your closest friends along with you for the ride in case you get stuck.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

When I was a kid I wanted to change my name to Thumbelina.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I feel like Heartland is the best kept secret in the city. It's a place where authenticity is embraced. Vulnerability is allowed. Challenging questions are welcome. Leadership is encouraged. Compassion is visible. Jesus is the center. Prayer is prominent.

WHAT OTHER THINGS ARE YOU INVOLVED IN THAT MEANS A LOT TO YOU?

I partner with an organization that fights human trafficking and volunteer on their behalf in the juvenile detention centers. I want nothing more then women to realize their value and identity in Christ. On a lighter note, I dabble in writing corny jokes. I like to hear people laugh as I believe laughter brings people together and heals hearts. Here's a taste of what I'm cooking, but you'll have to connect with me for the answer. Why did the kid quit his art class?

 

WHAT IS YOUR PRAYER FOR OUR CITY?

Unity.

 

IF YOU COULD FOLLOW ANY THREE PEOPLE AROUND DURING THEIR PRIME, WHO WOULD THEY BE?

Martin Luther King Jr., Bob Goff and Billy Graham

 

WHICH BIBLE CHARACTER DO YOU RESONATE WITH MOST AND WHY?

People say I'm like Barnabas because I am constantly seeing the best in every person and every situation. However, I resonate most with the woman who met Jesus at the well and had been married multiple times and was currently living with a man who was not her husband. Jesus revealed the truth in her life to redeem her life. She could have left discouraged, defeated with her tail between her legs, but she ran back to her city and became an evangelist! #JesusFreesUs

 

IF YOU COULD APOLOGIZE ON BEHALF OF OUR GENERATION, WHAT WOULD YOU APOLOGIZE FOR?

Apologies are useless unless you pair them with proof. I would just be the change.

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Rachel Fisher


Architect | Dallas, Texas | Watermark Church

Rachel Fisher


Architect | Dallas, Texas | Watermark Church

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Rachel Fisher

OCCUPATION | Architect

CHURCH | Watermark Church

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | Tymanii Sixx & Lily Vi

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Sharon Mathai

ENGAGING | Business

EMAIL | rdfisher2010@yahoo.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I love it, I'm good at it, I've attained success in it, and I'm witnessing to people in my profession.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

The most important person in the world you could be talking to is the one you're currently having a conversation with. None of your work is as important as being intentional with someone.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Pursue a different career... In all seriousness, it's not for the faint of heart. If you want to be an architect, be sure and be excellent. It takes a lot of time and sacrifices, but if you are passionate it is one of the most rewarding professions you can be a part of.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I'd love to go to culinary school and have my own restaurant and cooking show.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

They care about people outside their walls. They want to see the city of Dallas come to know Jesus. I care about my friends who aren't believers and it matters to me that my church cares about those people too. Oh and it's beautiful... I'm biased because I work for the firm that designed it.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I started a mentorship program at my college called CAMP- the CAPPA Architecture Mentorship Program. We provide extracurricular educational opportunities for students. We also pair upper and lower classmen in mentor/mentee relationships to make the transition to college a little easier. In return we pair seniors and graduate students with working professionals.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

That we would be known around the world for our unity- on all fronts, religious and secular.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Nothing. Each generation has its own ills and we are no different.

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Austin Geter


Comedian | Arlington, Texas | Faith Christian Center

Austin Geter


Comedian | Arlington, Texas | Faith Christian Center

 
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Austin Geter

OCCUPATION | Comedian

CHURCH | Faith Christian Center

LOCATION | Arlington, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Ryan Forson

ENGAGING | Arts & Entertainment

EMAIL | austingeter@yahoo.com

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I love making people laugh. I love seeing other peoples joy. I have a heart for people and I love making new friends. Whether it's through a video, one on one conversation, or on a stage; I really enjoy making people smile.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens one another."

You become a product of the people you surround yourself with.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

If you have a passion for it and put enough work into it, you can do it.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I love chick flicks, pedicures, and cooking.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

My pastor has always boldly preached the Word of God. He has never taught a watered down or politically correct version of the Bible and he never will. There is always power in the services.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

The youth ministry and Children's ministry at my church.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

That Everyone's eyes will see and everyone's war will hear the true Word of God and a revival will sweep through and there will be a contagious love for God that will spread from city to city.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Smith Wigglesworth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Andrew Carnegie

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

I would have to say Peter. Because although I'm a follower of Jesus, there were times I was not as bold as I should have been but at the same time I would cut someone's ear off for Jesus and in the end I would give up everything for Jesus.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I would apologize for this generations attitude of entitlement. So many people in this generation are looking for handouts instead of working hard for what they want.

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Kelsey Thurman


Paralegal | Dallas, Texas | City Church International

Kelsey Thurman


Paralegal | Dallas, Texas | City Church International

 
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Kelsey Thurman

OCCUPATION | Paralegal

CHURCH | City Church International

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Betty George

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Kelly Querando

ENGAGING | Government

EMAIL | kelsey.thurman@gmail.com

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I feel that the world needs leaders that know the Lord to be in positions to impact decisions in diplomacy, cross-cultural relations, and responses to crises. My heart is specifically geared toward immigrants and refugees, the promotion of international cooperation over migration issues, and the provision of humanitarian assistance for marginalized people groups.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

"Leave a place, a situation, and the world better than the way you found it." - 7th grade teacher

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Ask a lot of questions, develop a sense of ownership over the work and people you are investing in, and have integrity.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

Liam Neeson once winked and waved at me when my friend and I stumbled across a Narnia premier in London.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love the sense of community that the church strives to foster across the body. The leadership is deeply rooted in Christ and is passionate about the community and neighborhood they serve - working diligently to meet tangible needs and the deeper spiritual need for Christ.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

My church and community group, spending time with my family and 2 year old nieces, and being involved in a yoga community at Uptown Yoga.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for Dallas is that Christ followers would be freed and empowered to live out a passionate love for Jesus that would stimulate a Spirit-filled revival within our families, neighborhoods, and wider communities.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Winston Churchill
Madeline Albright
Anna Kendrick (I feel like we would be friends)

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

David - he's faulty, emotional, and likes to dance because he knows how much grace and love have been extended to him by the God of the universe.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I would apologize for our disengagement from connections and issues because of a fear of being truly vulnerable.

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Ryan Forson


Pastor | Denton, Texas | Lake Sharon Community Church

Ryan Forson


Pastor | Denton, Texas | Lake Sharon Community Church

 
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Ryan Forson

OCCUPATION | Pastor

CHURCH | Lake Sharon Community Church

LOCATION | Denton, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Donny Forson

DISCIPING | Hunter Mason, Hunter Varnell, & Clayton King

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Austin Geter

ENGAGING | Religion

WEBSITE | thewellstudents.org

EMAIL | ryanf@lakesharon.org

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I feel called to the work of ministry because I know no greater response to the grace that has been given to me. I feel called because, over the course of time, the Lord continues to stir my heart for the lives of students and their families. I would say I even feel called because of all the times I know I am called despite my feelings. As I have spent time with the Lord in His Word, in prayer and community I am confident that there is no greater longing in my heart than to see the Gospel transform lives and in turn begin transforming homes, workplaces, schools and the local church. "But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word." -Acts 6:4

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

The greatest advice I have ever been given is probably from my Dad. For many years I struggled with what will I do, where will I go, who will I be. I remember a very simple note that he left for me one day as I struggled to see the Lord's will for my life. He said remember, its not about the destination but about the journey. So often we long to be here or there. We want to understand the will of God as it relates to a destination when we quickly forget the daily journey of dependence as we walk with the Lord. This has shaped my walk with the Lord. While I long for eternity, I now long for the intimate journey with the Father day by day, moment by moment.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

The best advice I would give to someone who is pursuing a life of devotion to prayer and the ministry of the Word... Press on. I would say first and foremost, seek to know the Lord more and more. Be satisfied in knowing and loving Jesus. For me, I daily seek to give my heart completely to God, a devotion that surpasses all other areas of my life. Be in community with believers who love and pursue the Lord even more than you do. Be committed to a local church body and to making disciple makers. 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 is always encouraging and challenging as I look to the work of ministry.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

That is a tough one. I would say most people don't know that I was my high school's mascot my freshman year, although I did get a letter jacket out of the whole deal. Most people don't know and probably can't imagine that I also served as a Dallas Police Officer for a short time. Oh, and I have a glass of chocolate milk every night.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

What I love most about Lake Sharon is its uniqueness. Our property is old and in fact, its probably one of the safest places to be in a storm in Corinth because its solid concrete. The church is by no means typical and the drive way is bumpy and leaves your car a nice clay color when it rains. The air conditioning is loud and exposed at times. And I love it. It is so symbolic to me of those who fill its space. Broken, unpolished and genuine (even when they try not to be). Its a retreat surrounded by homes filled with families who drive by each day. While we are a quaint little place, we long to see unity in our city. That The Church would be elevated. That Jesus would be made much of. That prayer would be our constant position and that disciple makers would be sent out to do the very work they have been called to do. I love my church because its not about my church.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Spending time with my family is something I treasure deeply. I would say my ministry through my workplace is also something that means a lot to me.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for my city is that the Church would again be known for the presence and power of God. That the local church would be strengthened and unified, with the same mind. I pray that believers would fall deeply in love with Jesus and that their lives would reflect the radical life change that takes place as one experiences salvation in Jesus. I pray that their would be a revival that would lead to a spiritual awakening. That many would be added to our number daily as we begin to look more like the church in Acts. Lastly I pray that the places in the church that have looked like a desolation or a dry land would be rebuilt and revived and that such would start in our hearts. Ezekiel 36

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

I would want to follow Billy Graham, Danny Forson (my dad's dad) and Charles Roberts (my mom's dad).

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

I would say that I most resonate with Paul. Which I'm sure could be a typical church answer. I say this though because I know the Lord has called me to a life surrendered to Him. Paul's example of what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, to train others up in the Lord, to love sacrificially, to pray constantly and to surrender all for the sake of knowing Him and making Him known just seems to strike a deep cord within my heart.

I also seem to resonate with Ezekiel. As I recently studied the book of Ezekiel, I was challenged by the countless moments where Ezekiel's life was made an example to those whom he was tasked with ministering to. How there would be times that the people he spoke to would applaud him and speak highly about him yet all the while miss it all. His life resonates with me simply because I know the work of ministry and serving the Lord requires my all yet also realizing that its not me who can change a heart of stone.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I would apologize for our self-contentedness. I feel like many times even our well intended plans were laced with a pursuit of ourselves. And lastly I would apologize for our tolerance and fickleness.

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Brie James


Singer & Musician | Dallas, Texas | Upper Room

Brie James


Singer & Musician | Dallas, Texas | Upper Room

Brie James

OCCUPATION | Student

CHURCH | Upper Room

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Jessi Holman

ENGAGING | Arts & Entertainment

WEBSITE | daisyandthesun.wordpress.com

EMAIL | briannajamess@yahoo.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I feel called to the work I do because I have a passion for proclaiming the freedom that can be found in the worst of circumstances amongst depression, anxiety, fear, insecurity, and hopelessness. Growing up, all of those things always tried to keep the house He built in the dark but now that I have felt the freedom from the Father my house cannot stay dark, so my mission is welcoming everyone from all walks of life into my house to reside in those brightly lit rooms - to find solace + clarity in the places I used to hide and the Father there, smiling His great, big smile calling them back to the house He built for them.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

To follow Jesus. But, seriously though, the most humbling advice I've ever been given is being a leader doesn't mean pouring out everything you know but being bold enough to speak out about what you don't know.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

With every trial comes an even greater testimony. Since leaving the music industry at the age of 14, I've come to realize that, no matter how much darkness the night may bring, His timing is always perfect and there's a purpose for every single mistake or success.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

Deep down, I'm actually a cat. (JK) I'm actually incredibly passionate about nutrition and cooking!

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love the sense of authenticity that the pastor leads the church to and having freedom and joy in the Father no matter the circumstance. What I also love is how well leadership allows the Holy Spirit to freely reign and I'm comfortable enough to walk into the church, take off my shoes, and feel united with my brothers and sisters.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I'm involved in this student-led ministry on my campus at Dallas Baptist where I have the honor of leading worship for a group of awe-inspiring men and women.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer is that boldness and character will stand up above competence and fear. For our city to strive for meekness in the face of circumstances which will create a virtue of humility and passion for the realities of Heaven. Also, I pray this city finds rest at the well where He resides, find peace by the river, and joy in the areas of our lives that He is refining to shine. Lastly, I pray for those who are passionate to, finally, take a stand and pursue the dreams that have been engraved on their hearts from the Father and not let silly ole fear hide what is covered in gold.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Darlene Zschech, my mom in her 20s, and Yolanda Adams

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Deborah, because her boldness and passion for seeing the people attain freedom through her obedience in listening to the Father. In addition, because she broke a gender barrier by being the only prophetess in the Old Testament which, not only inspires me incredibly but, would've made for cool stories to tell the grandkids. Cool stories are priority.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I apologize for the lack of Christian leadership inside and outside of the church. Also, for lack of boldness, knowledge of the truth, and security in our identity as sons and daughters. Furthermore, for desiring the things of our heart, what we think our dreams look like and leaving out the One with all the answers. Thus, not having the right answers when younger generations come seeking to know the truth of a Father not even known by the ones they go to.

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Shelby Bland


Writer | Red Oak, Texas | Hillcrest Baptist Church Cedar Hill

Shelby Bland


Writer | Red Oak, Texas | Hillcrest Baptist Church Cedar Hill

Shelby Bland

OCCUPATION | Writer

CHURCH | Hillcrest Baptist Church Cedar Hill

LOCATION | Red Oak, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | Abi Mann & Ashley Theobald

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | shelbynbland@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

My passion and skill set is for instilling a passion for God in youth. Mentoring (in various facets) is life-giving and though it gets frustrating and heartbreaking sometimes, the "aha" moments, the moments when they are able to look past what's right in front of them and get a glimpse of eternity, are so worth it.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

When you disciple people, remember it's the HOLY SPIRIT that disciples. Someone else's spiritual well-being is not your responsibility.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

No one will care how much you know if they don't know how much you care.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I used to be notorious in my family for being the worst at telling stories. (Oh, the irony.)

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

My church is my family away from family. They check on me, feed me, and keep up with my life. Every church has imperfections, but the love that has been shown to me is priceless.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I am beginning to be involved with the public education system, and I am stoked about it. It's exciting to get to build relationships with and show love to kids that may never wander into a church.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer is that nominal Christianity will stop being enough for some people, and that differences in culture, ethnicity, economics, etc. will be community-building and not community-dividing.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

C.S. Lewis, Elisabeth Elliot, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Jeremiah. He was called to boldly proclaim God's word at a young age, and he feared that he wasn't enough due to his youth and inexperience. But the Lord reminded him that He would put the words in Jeremiah's mouth, and He would go before him.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I would apologize for so often lacking grace for the older generations. We became experts on what we didn't have, what didn't go right, and what we wish we would've been taught. In this way, we often fail to extend grace to people who are just as imperfect as we are.

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Connor Crumpton


Pastor | Dallas, Texas | First Baptist Church of Henrietta

Connor Crumpton


Pastor | Dallas, Texas | First Baptist Church of Henrietta

Connor Crumpton

OCCUPATION | Pastor

CHURCH | First Baptist Church of Henrietta

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Chris Holloway & Jerry Wagner

DISCIPING | Joseph Costa & Chandler Johnson

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Chase Harker

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | crump2k@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I grew up in Henrietta Texas, a small town near the red river and the inside bottom corner of the Texas Panhandle. I moved to Dallas 3 years ago and entered into a different world. The world was fast pace, radical, innovative, and inspiring. I found the Church to be the same way in Dallas. I realized the two were connected. A city and its supremacy to other cultures comes from its connections and innovation. Suburbs feed off of the city but the small town is cut off from the source. The culture of a small town is rich in community and tradition but is deprived of a connection to any source of innovation and inspiration. God is calling me to be the cord connecting the followers and future followers of Jesus to the innovations and inspirations of Christ that I found in Dallas Christian leaders, so that the Christians of Henrietta shape and lead others to live like and love Jesus.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Don't make a point make a difference.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Play your vision in your head every day until your able to leave anything to go for it. And don't try to do it yourself its impossible. Dependency of the Spirit, teams, and critiques is a must. Without prayer it wont work and without faith it won't please God. Stop going for sexy ministry and go to the small towns!

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I have expert memory of my childhood and trained for it accidentally when I was young. I would pick random\ordinary days when I was young to be extra observant to see if I could remember it later on in life and it worked!

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

In my church in Henrietta I love the character of our senior pastor Randy Osborn. He marks a Shepherd you see in the Bible, caring for the elderly, the sick, the widows, the mentally ill. His gift is carrying other peoples burdens genuinely without obligation. I watch him closely, he serves in areas no one wants to serve more than anyone I know. He literally thinks of himself last primarily and consistently.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Stone House Discipleship Program

Dallas Baptist University Student

Mercy Street Church in West Dallas

 

What is your prayer for our city?

That unity of the churches of Dallas happens in the grassroots and Christians of Dallas consistently work together in our generation.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

St. Augustine

D. L. Moody

Winston Churchill

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Nehemiah. He was connected to a great city and used that to his advantage when he was called to restore his home. He was dependent on God and was a great organizer and activator. God restored Jerusalem through Nehemiah and brought revival. This is very similar to the calling I feel God has tailored for me. I hope to use my connection and wisdom I gained in Dallas to be a vessel of reform and change in Henrietta, my home.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I am sorry that the mainstream of our generation does not care for humble hearts and integrity. We will will reap what we sowed when we raise leaders without this fruit.

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Matt Engelking


Photographer & Videographer | Richardson, Texas | TBA

Matt Engelking


Photographer & Videographer | Richardson, Texas | TBA

Matt Engelking

OCCUPATION | Photographer & Videographer

CHURCH | TBA

LOCATION | Richardson, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Darrion Lewis & Seth Gebhart

ENGAGING | Arts & Entertainment

WEBSITE | mattengelking.com

EMAIL | matt@mattengelking.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I used to overcomplicate the idea of “calling” and truly believe if you follow what you love and what you’re passionate about (as you daily check your desires and ambitions before the Lord), you’ll find your calling pretty quickly. Mine happens to intersect my love for people, creative arts, and storytelling. I believe we're image-bearers of a creative God and it’s our role as artists to steward that well. Our work tells a story, and I believe God has called me to share the story of his grace, beauty, and redemption found in Christ.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Seek first the kingdom.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

It’s easy to get lured into craving recognition or status, or simply wanting the world to appreciate the work you create, but I’m learning how important it is to stay true to yourself and continually keep your motives in check. Popularity among strangers is futile. Be faithful to God and let him control the reach.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

When I was five or six years old, I used to climb on my best friend’s roof with him, smoke cigarettes, and throw horse-apples at the neighbor’s cows. Since then, I’ve met Christ and he’s radically changed my life. And I’ve thankfully made a few new friends.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love when a pastor is unapologetic in teaching deep truth and aims to build a congregation that isn’t just miles wide and inches deep. I’m a meat and potatoes kinda guy, and I honestly enjoy sitting under teaching that makes me feel like I just got beat up a little, but in a good way.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I remember. I started playing drums, piano, and guitar in high school and began writing in college. I really enjoy live music and sitting at home on Friday nights, drinking coffee, and playing music. And spending time with those I love.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

That we would eagerly pray for and experience “peace and prosperity” (Jer. 29:7) not in the things of this world, but in Christ alone.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

They’d probably all be filmmakers. Maybe Salomon Ligthelm, Janssen Powers, and Ryan Booth. I’d start there.

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Peter. He’s just real. And impulsive. And passionate. And a little crazy at times. But I love in Acts 4:13 when it says the crowds were astonished at his courage and boldness. Something changed when he saw the risen Christ, and it gives me hope that God can radically transform even the most uneducated, unprepared, under-qualified men and use them to literally impact all of eternity.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

If I could narrow it down to one thing, I’d say on a whole we’re far too focused on ourselves.

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Brandie Burkhalter


Jewelry Maker | Dallas, Texas | Restoration Community Church

Brandie Burkhalter


Jewelry Maker | Dallas, Texas | Restoration Community Church

NAME | Brandie Burkhalter

OCCUPATION | Jewelry Maker

CHURCH | Restoration Community Church

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Brandi Sewell

DISCIPING | Deborah Henderson

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Shy Amos

ENGAGING | Arts & Entertainment

WEBSITE | brandieb.com

EMAIL | brandie.burkhalter@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I feel called to the work that I do, as a creative person, because it is a reflection of the Creator.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

No one can do it all, but everyone can do something. And even though you can't do it all, know that you don't have to be confined to one "something."

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Pray about everything, even what you would consider to be minor. God is in the details.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I love to bake!

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

My favorite thing about Restoration is the unity within diversity. I love that people of varying demographics are able to come together there in the name of the Lord.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Cornerstone Crossroads Academy - I'm the Volunteer Coordinator at CCA, and this place means the world to me! I love our students, our staff, and our volunteers. I also love working for a Christ-centered organization that advocates one of my passions, education.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for this city is that it might be unified and restored. When I think of Dallas, I think of the story of Nehemiah. While there are several areas that need to be addressed, my prayer is that the various disparities and inequalities that exist might be dissolved. I pray that the people of this city will come together to rebuild Dallas.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Condeleezza Rice, Dominique Dawes, and Jay Haley

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

The Bible character who resonates most with me is Hannah. For one, I can relate to sometimes placing my personal desires before my desire for God. Secondly, I can relate to her desire to give her baby - in her case, Samuel; in my case, creative expression - back to God.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

If I could apologize on behalf of our generation, it would be our general lack of respect for others, especially those in authority.

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Hannah Priest


Counseling | Arlington, Texas | The Village Church

Hannah Priest


Counseling | Arlington, Texas | The Village Church

Hannah Priest

OCCUPATION | Counseling

CHURCH | The Village Church

LOCATION | Arlington, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | Madelyn Allovio

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Ruhama Tollossa

ENGAGING | Family

EMAIL | hannahpriest92@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

Currently, the work I do is not what I feel called to do. I do, however, know that the Lord has place me there for a specific purpose, even though I do not alway like it. I have the opportunity to work with twenty college students, eighteen of which are non-believers. About half come from a culture where they most likely have never heard the Gospel, and a significant amount of the others have left the church due to somehow being hurt. I get to be a light to these people, build relationships with them, and hopefully share the Gospel with them.
My ultimate calling is to be a counselor, to bridge the gaps between hurting children, broken families, and mental illness. My own experience with the diagnoses of several mental illnesses, my childhood, and seeing the impact broken families have on children and societies first hand have made me extremely passionate about this issue. I feel called to share truth with people who desperately need healing and freedom.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Do not assume everyone's mind and emotions work the same as yours. Not everyone understands, feels, thinks, and processes the same way, so I shouldn't treat them as though they do.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

I currently am not doing work that I feel called to, so it is hard to give advice about it. I would say that compassion, understanding, and love are important in any job, regardless of what you do, if you want to be doing it, and who you work with.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I was called to work with children when I was saved at just seven years old.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love the level of honesty, vulnerability, and love I have experienced. The people I know ask hard questions, give hard answers, and love even when it is inconvenient and messy.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I was just accepted to be a part of the first women's ministry leadership team at The Village Church Fort Worth, and we are about to start a three month training process. We will be leading small groups and providing spiritual and emotional support and encouragement to the women in our church. I am part of a home group as well which is extremely important to me.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for Dallas is to see people set free from their bondage because of the truth of the Gospel.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

C.S. Lewis, Walt Disney, and Bob Goff

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

I have always resonated with Peter the most. Though I know my salvation was secured when I was seven years old, my life has been marked with distinct periods of doubt, lack of faith, and a need for control. Just as Peter sank when he became afraid, I am also quick to fear and take control when my strength is never going to be enough. Peter is also a beautiful picture of the Lord's grace. After denying Jesus three times, he was forgiven and entrusted to lead the early church. Though I struggle with fear and needing control, the Lord is gracious to forgive time and time again, and has placed a calling on my life to share His Truth.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I would apologize for our lack of commitment and failure to take time and responsibilities seriously.

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Seth Gebhart


Architect & Pastor | Dallas, Texas | Life Church Keller

Seth Gebhart


Architect & Pastor | Dallas, Texas | Life Church Keller

 

SETH GEBHART

OCCUPATION | Architect & Pastor

CHURCH | Life.Church Keller

LOCATION | Dallas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | Jacob Anderson

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Matt Engelking

ENGAGING | Business

WEBSITE | N/A

EMAIL | sethgebhart@earthlink.net

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I love people & I love sharing the love of Jesus with people. No matter where I am or what I am doing - those two things I can always do. There is a lack of love in the world today - and people need to be understand that this love and satisfaction in life is easily available & accessible through Jesus.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Do not give up. Keep going taking one step at a time. Always love people, be kind to people, care for people, be personable with people, and live in the moment with the moment with people. And rest, Jesus will take care of the rest.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I am a hooper. And I will dunk on you, lol. The whole white boys can't jump thing is a rumor as far as I am concerned.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love that they preach the gospel every single weekend. I love that they do things that no one else is doing to reach people no one else is reaching. And I love that they are leading people to become FULLY devoted followers of Jesus. That is powerful. Life.Church has forever changed my life.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

My wife. I love my wife. She is a nurse at Parkland Hospital in Labor & Delivery. She means a ton to me. We also have 2 pups- both boxers, Sammy G and GG aka Samson Abraham Gebhart & Gracie Lou Freebush Gebhart. Also, a part of a couple ministries I helped start up in Oklahoma City that aim to reach young adults. I am very passionate about young people, especially my generation finding Jesus. That means a lot to me. Architecture is very important to me as well. I love designing, that will always be something that I love doing. I work at one of the greatest firms, Corgan, in downtown Dallas.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

I pray that people who are far from Jesus will know Jesus intimately. I pray that young people will see the grace, love and satisfaction that can be found in Jesus. I pray that Dallas will be unified as one as God intended it to be. I pray that Christians in Dallas will live fully devoted and use every gift that God has given them to unify as one CHURCH in Dallas to impact other cities around the world. I pray that people in Dallas will love all people.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

"Pistol" Pete Maravich, Billy Graham, & Carl Lentz

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Joseph. The guy went from the pit to the prison to the palace. He patiently waited for God to work in his life. Even though he did not understand why things were happening, he was faithFULL and obedient through whatever. I resonate with Joseph because I too have moved from place to place, & through whatever I want to obediently and faithfully work the work that God has called me to.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Our impatience & lack of commitment to the process.

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Darrion Lewis


Writer | Dallas, Texas | Greater Ideal Missionary Baptist Church

Darrion Lewis


Writer | Dallas, Texas | Greater Ideal Missionary Baptist Church

Darrion Lewis

OCCUPATION | Writer

CHURCH | Greater ideal Missionary Baptist Church

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Matt Engelking

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | darrionlewis@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

There is an epidemic in our generation dealing with Fatherlessness. It's hurting us and causes an effect on how we identify relationship. This has been one cause to why we lack relationship with God, because we identify intimate relationship with love love instead of love gained through Jesus Christ. I feel called to war against this epidemic and introduce people to Christ who has never met him. What ever capacity it's is... Whether it's speaking, preaching, writing, putting on events, etc. my calling to introduce the unbeliever to relationship in its fullest form to show that you do not have to be perfect to serve a perfect God.

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

"Don't fall in love with God's hand more than you do his heart."

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Be patient! There will be growing pains; however do not let the growing pains discourage you, instead let perseverance complete its work and let growth take place.

What is something that no one knows about you?

I love HGTV!

What do you love most about your church, and why?

My pastor! Under his leadership, I have been able to experience God ona complete different level and it challenges me to greater.

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I'm a Sunday school teacher for the teens, and the journey has been amazing.

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for the city is that we embrace one another, and not take each other for granted.

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

NWA - for their Hunger and Resilience
Bishop Noel Jones - for his wisdom
Steve Harvey - for his journey

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

At this point of my life Gomer. Why? Sometimes we do not recognize we are connected to, and our focus is on the guilt of what we used to be, and it causes us to stumble into old ways. We fail to realize that what we are connected to accepts us for who we are. In understanding that I am being set free more daily!

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

For blaming the generation before us for our short comings.

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Sharon Mathai


Nurse | Coppell, Texas | Edmonds Lane Bible Chapel

Sharon Mathai


Nurse | Coppell, Texas | Edmonds Lane Bible Chapel

Sharon Mathai

OCCUPATION | Nurse

CHURCH | Edmonds Lane Bible Church

LOCATION | Coppell, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Mercy George & Julie Kurian

DISCIPING | Tishaunie

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Rachel Fisher

ENGAGING | Family

EMAIL | sharonmathai@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I have a passion for people, kids especially, and love to engage with and meet needs on a relational level. 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

My moms daily advice growing up: think before you speak. 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Make sure all the things you're doing for the Lord are motivated by and rooted in a love for the Lord Himself. 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I secretly have always wanted to be an awesome soccer player...

What do you love most about your church, and why?

Their love! There are generational gaps, cultural differences, and different perspectives, but I am loved so well by my church. 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I am one of the leaders for our kids worship ministry! Those kids mean a lot to me. I also have a heart for marginalized peoples and for refugees. Our church is currently involved in ministering among a neighboring Burmese refugee population. 

What is your prayer for our city?

That cultural Christianity would no longer be enough for us; that nominal Christianity will decrease, and that people who truly and genuinely love and live for the Lord would rise.

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Jim Elliot, Florence Nightingale, Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Gideon- he was afraid, and weak in his own strength, yet God chose him, called him, and used him for something mighty. 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I would apologize for our narcissism and obsession with social media.

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Jessi Tyler Holman


Student | Dallas, Texas | TBA

Jessi Tyler Holman


Student | Dallas, Texas | TBA

 
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Jessi Tyler Holman

OCCUPATION | Student

CHURCH | TBA

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Rachel Sennott & Brie James

ENGAGING | Religion

EMAIL | jesstholman@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

I feel like the biggest influence I have had in impacting the lives of others is through my work within ministries such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Through the work that I have done, I have come to the realization that there is nothing that brings me more joy than sharing the gospel to those who might not have heard it otherwise. I also see the desperate need for Jesus Christ in this world, and I feel like I can be a tool in the grand plan of redemption.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

My parent's advice to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

This work can't be for personal gain.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I have an immense fear of people or objects touching my belly button for the fear of it coming "untied."

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

Application of the word of God- my pastor has a way of taking the word of God and applying it to present day circumstances. Everything he shares with us every Sunday is God-breathed. He avoids all present day movements (ex. prosperity movement and faith movement) that seem to be taking over a lot of churches in this day and age.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I love music. I may not be the greatest musician or singer, but I find solace in using what talent I do have in that arena. The same goes for running and competing in various sports.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

I would pray to eliminate pockets of segregation through the combining of cultures.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

C.S. Lewis
Elisabeth Elliot
Kayla Itsines

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Peter- he wanted to be the best disciple there ever was only to be humbled. He was a fishermen turned fisher of men. He was such a loyal follower but always fell short. I feel like all of these qualities identify with aspects of my own life.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Desire for instant gratification- everything is at the click of a button. There is no effort or patience required for gaining knowledge.

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Daniela Perez


Dancer | DeSoto, Texas | The Potters House

Daniela Perez


Dancer | DeSoto, Texas | The Potters House

 
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Daniela Perez

OCCUPATION | Dancer

CHURCH | The Potters House

LOCATION | DeSoto, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Mickye Castillo

DISCIPING | Estela Ritter

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Lauren Phillips

ENGAGING | Arts & Entertainment

EMAIL | dmichperez@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

The Lord has always provided for me to pursue my calling when in reality it was impossible. Due to me being an immigrant, as a youth my parents could not afford for me to pursue the dance team. He provided ajob for me to gain the skill set I needed to share it for his glory one day.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

The gospel will not be spoken into existence unless there is action to impact the people.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

If God called you to pursue the calling in your life no one, not even hell can get in the way of that. You are anointed, covered, and equipped to complete your own assignment!

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I am a bigger dreamer during the day than I am at night.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

I love my church because our Bishop believes, in allowing his congregation to fully operate in their anointing by creating platforms that go beyond the four walls of the church.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I am deeply invested in friends and family by expressing love and forming unity. Also driven to support a large non profit organization that impacts nations.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer for our city is LOVE. Love needs to be restored in our hearts, we have gotten comfortable with allowing hate, anger and frustration to be stronger than love for one another. We no longer following the first commandment the Lord gave us. Loving one another would heal hearts and point people to Jesus.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Lecrae, Christine Caine and Michael Jackson.

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

What bible character do I believe I resonate the most with? Oh yes King David (the worshiper and man after God's own heart). I am creative and expressive not afraid of ecstasy to worship my creator. I find myself always praying for my heart to reflect his.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I would apologize for allowing our technology to consume us the way it does. Instead of engaging one another personally to form relationships.

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Chris Griffin


Youth Sports Camp | Restoration Community Church of Dallas

Chris Griffin


Youth Sports Camp | Restoration Community Church of Dallas

Chris Griffin

OCCUPATION | Student

CHURCH | Restoration Community Church of Dallas 

LOCATION | Grand Prairie, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Mitchell West

ENGAGING | Arts & Entertainment

WEBSITE | kielcoloncancer.org

EMAIL | chriscole320@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

Because God has given me such a strong bridge with all youth and being able to effectively communicate with them the Gospel and how Jesus can transform their lives!

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Everyone you meet in life is for a reason, either they are a lesson or a blessing.

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Know that things won't be perfect!

What is something that no one knows about you?

Not many people (unless your really close to me) know that I had surgery on my head 3 times as a child and had 5 metal plates put in my head.

What do you love most about your church, and why?

The diversity! I love walking into a church of ethnically diverse people and is all being there for the same purpose, being able to praise and worship or great God!

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

FCA that is done thru my church, a late night basketball ministry, and Nike!

What is your prayer for our city?

Unity and community

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Jesus, William Wilberforce, Mother Teresa

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

David. Heart after God.

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Ignorance.

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Chris Baik


Student | Dallas, Texas | Mercy Street Church

Chris Baik


Student | Dallas, Texas | Mercy Street Church

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Chris Baik

OCCUPATION | Student

CHURCH | Mercy Street Church

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | TBA

DISCIPING | TBA

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Michael McGee

ENGAGING | Business

EMAIL | chrisinchulbaik@hotmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

Currently, I feel called to go into allied health department - Physical therapy or Chiropractics. Through the practice in health department, I can see many ways that I can impact people's lives. Also, the practice can be used to go to different countries to provide education and develop relationships that can lead to sharing the Gospel.
I am wrestling with the idea of going into full-time ministry, as well. God has gifted me and affirmed through others of the gifts that can be used within the church to encourage and develop the Body of Christ.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

Proverbs 3:5-6.

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Proverbs 3:5-6. "Men who rarely take risks rarely do anything" - take risks. Go shadow the person in the field of your interest.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

Community. Biblically sound ministries.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

Unity and discernment.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Jim Elliot. William Wilberforce. Dr. Albert Mohler.

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Paul and Luke - so far in my life, I have felt like the Lord has called me to use a profession/career to do international missions. Paul and Luke both had careers that supported them into the fields of missions in other countries.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Laziness and lack of discipline. Narcissistic and attention-driven opinions; lack of interest in what is going on around the world.

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Ryan Sears


 Director of Operations | Dallas, Texas | Mercy Street Church

Ryan Sears


 Director of Operations | Dallas, Texas | Mercy Street Church

Ryan Sears

OCCUPATION | Director of Operations

CHURCH | Mercy Street Church

LOCATION | Dallas, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Chad Bailey, Jerry Wagner & Trey Hill

DISCIPING | Jackson Morris & Chad Watkins

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Jesse Roberts & Chase Harker

ENGAGING | Religion

WEBSITE | mercystreetchurch.org

EMAIL | ryanleesears@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

Three weeks after God saved me at 16, I sensed a call to missions. There was only one problem: it wasn't married to a sense of going somewhere internationally. As I've matured over the years, this passion has only grown within me. I long to see followers of Jesus loving their actual neighbors: at home, work, school, family gatherings, etc. I believe God's fashioned me to do three things well: preach the bible, lead the people of God, & empower Christians to live as local missionaries.

I'm currently on staff part-time at a church plant in West Dallas, wanting to move into a house in the area in order to love the community well, preaching itinerantly, and raising support to make ends meet & this mission possible.

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

"Don't let your gifting take you where your character can't keep you."

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

If I'd already passed on the above statement:

Don't preach / live to change people; preach / live to exalt Jesus.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

I often go by The Mayor. It's my rap name.

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

My pastor's commitment: to Jesus, the mission, his family, & his people. He's living out what He believes the bible teaches, and it overflows into those who follow him.

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

I so enjoy people. I almost always don’t care what I’m doing as long as I’m with people I love. And sometimes I play basketball or soccer.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

I want the local church to thrive, the lost to be found, and the love of God to motivate His people to bring freedom to those who are in captivity.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

Charles Spurgeon, Eric Mason, and Jimmy Fallon

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

Peter. We're just too alike, man. He was so emotional, such a feeler, but that dude loved Jesus with his whole, busted self

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

Even those of us who claim humility & honor don't actually have it. We're wise in our own eyes.

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Hannah Bewley


Student | Mesquite, Texas | Watermark Community Church

Hannah Bewley


Student | Mesquite, Texas | Watermark Community Church

Hannah BEWLEY

OCCUPATION | Connector & Story Teller / Social Media Guru and Student

CHURCH | Watermark Community Church

LOCATION | Mequite, Texas

DISCIPLED BY | Carrie Headington

DISCIPING | TBD

TWO-BY-TWO PARTNER | Hannah Barnett

ENGAGING | Arts & Entertainment

EMAIL | hannah.v.bewley@gmail.com

 

Why do you feel called to the work you do?

God has used me as a "connector" my whole life. It's almost like tying shoe laces- the purpose of why the two ends exist is to come together as one to hold the shoe in place. I believe that with the passion for purpose and people God has given me, I'm meant to bring people together to create an eternal bond that shines light on the Kingdom of Heaven and holds the gospel in place. The beautiful thing is is that He doesn't need me to do any of it. Instead He chooses me and uses me to tell redemption stories that will reach even the furthest person and bring glory to the name of Jesus Christ.
 

 

What is the greatest advice you've ever been given?

"Your feelings are real, they just aren't reliable."

 

What advice would you give to someone who is trying to pursue the work you do?

Love people. Learn their stories and introduce them to people who have similar testimonies. It's easy to feel alone in this world and it's a scary place to be. It's our job as believers to welcome and pursue the lost, reminding them that we were once lost too. Write until your fingers bleed and your brain is in pieces- then keep writing. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. Always look for the Lord in the things you experience. He alone will give you inspiration. Once you get the hang of it, start posting it online. IT'S OKAY TO BE VULNERABLE. Don't hold back on telling your story. Even if it reaches one, the one alone is enough.

 

What is something that no one knows about you?

In third grade I tied a shoelace into a bow using only my toes!

 

What do you love most about your church, and why?

What I love about Watermark is all of the different ministries we host and how welcoming they are to anyone who wants to join. Throughout the week, most of the people that are on campus coming to utilize these ministries are nonbelievers. For the Porch, majority of attendance is "first time" or "not plugged in to a local body." With Re:generation, people are using our 12-step gospel centered program to find healing and are able to see that even Christians are broken-but-healing people. Couples from all around the metroplex are learning what a Christ-centered seriously-dating relationship or marriage looks like through Merge and re|engage. I love that churches all across the country have started using these ministry tools to reach the people in their city!

 

What other things are you involved in that means a lot to you?

We are currently running a "Shop to Send" program through my work at High Point Supply Co. where we partner with missionaries (short- or long-term) to help them raise support. This is a chance for me to tell about the heart behind our store & products and be able share the gospel while getting the missionaries story out about where they are going and why.

 

What is your prayer for our city?

My prayer is for all of my friends who are searching for life in the Dallas hype- understanding that by living with one foot in the world and one foot in the church, they are actually missing out completely on both. I pray that more Christian millennials would step up, unafraid, and become the leaders that we aren't seeing, but are longing for.

 

If you could follow any three people around during their prime, who would they be?

C.S. Lewis
Elisabeth Elliot
Christine Caine

 

Which Bible character do you resonate with most and why?

David. Most definitely. Being underestimated because of my age has been a reoccurring theme in my life. I had been characterized as "mature" my entire life, but have always still been identified as a "kid." To my own surprise, God has placed me as a leader in every area of my life- sometimes involuntarily on my end. You can bet that I'm still wondering why. It hasn't been an easy ride, especially because some people still count me out. But I have a resonating peace with full belief in the promises the Lord has made. "Let no one despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." - “'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" I can rest assured that he has specific plans and he is making me into the woman he needs me to be.

 

If you could apologize on behalf of our generation, what would you apologize for?

I would want to apologize, on behalf of our generation and to our generation, for not being intentional. As someone who, two years ago, would have said that I felt alone and that no one genuinely wanted to be intentional about friendships, I know I have personally done that to other people as well. We are a generation of instant gratification- if someone doesn't appeal to our idea of what a "friend" is we rule them out, never allowing what could be an amazing friendship to develop. I know there are so many people out there that feel alone and I am here to apologize and tell you that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. There are people out there that would love to have a friendship with you and I continue to pray for each and every one of you, that God would bring those people into your life!