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Jacob Armstrong is the founding pastor of Providence Church, an eight-year-old United Methodist church plant in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, reaching 1,700 people each week. Providence’s vision is to see those who are disconnected from God and the church find hope, healing, and wholeness in Jesus Christ. Jacob is the author of eight books including, The New Adapters, Renovate, and The Connected Life: Small Groups that Build Community. He is married to Rachel and they have three daughters.
Bishop Robert Farr: At the South Central Jurisdictional Conference in Wichita, Kansas July 13-16, Bishop Robert Farr was assigned to the Missouri Annual Conference beginning September 1. Bishop Farr had most recently served as the Director of the Center for Congregational Excellence for the Missouri Annual Conference for 8 years, guiding 35 church starts to life and providing oversight for over 150 Healthy Church consultations in the Missouri conference. He has led 128 individual church consults in 29 conferences across the connection and has extensive experience in new church planting, church transformation, language-based faith communities and leadership development. Part of his ministry experience includes planting Grace in Lee’s Summit which grew to over 500 under his leadership and relocating Church of the Shepherd in St. Charles to its current site which grew to 1,200 during his tenure. Bishop Farr’s experience has provided him with the opportunity to co-author four books on church growth, outreach and leadership. He is married to Susan, and they have together two adult children and two grandchildren.
Andrew Forrest is a husband, father, and pastor living in Dallas, TX. Raised in West Africa and Virginia, he has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in the City of New York and a graduate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. As a 3rd generation Methodist minister, Andrew has been the pastor of Munger Place Church since it was planted in 2010 by nearby Highland Park United Methodist Church. Munger is an eclectic congregation with an engaging “Come and See” spirit and a deep appreciation for its neighborhood. For decades the historic Munger Place building housed a struggling congregation, but the new congregation, as a second campus of Highland Park UMC, has experienced remarkable growth and blessing and has an average Sunday worship attendance of over 1,000 people per week. Interested in the intersection of faith and culture, Andrew blogs at www.andrewforrest.org about leadership, politics, productivity, and the Bible.
Matt Miofsky is the Lead Pastor of The Gathering in St. Louis, Missouri. Since he started the church ten years ago, it has grown into a multi-site ministry with four sites spread out across the city and over 1500 in weekly attendance. Matt is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Emory University in Atlanta. Matt is passionate about church planting, especially in the context of multi-site ministry. He is the author of “Happy? What It Is and How to Find It” (Abingdon Books, April 2017) and “Fail: What to Do When Things Go Wrong” (Abingdon Books, expected release date late 2017). When he's not writing, preaching, or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids.
Rev. Jasmine Rose Smothers is honored to serve the church and community as an ordained United Methodist elder, preacher, teacher, church consultant, leadership coach, author, and community advocate. In June 2016, Rev. Smothers was appointed as the Lead Pastor of the historic Atlanta First United Methodist Church in downtown Atlanta, GA. Through this historic appointment, she became the first female, the first African-American, and the youngest lead pastor of this historic congregation.