Dr. Tom Cheyney serves the Greater Orlando Baptist Association as their Executive Director of Missions. Tom is a nationally recognized conference leader in Church Revitalization, Church Planting, and Church Health.
Additionally, Dr. Cheyney is the Founder & Directional Leader of the RENOVATE National Church Revitalization Conferences and leader of the RENOVATE Church Revitalization Coaching Network where he mentors pastors, churches, and Directors of Missions in Church Revitalization and Renewal.
His most recent books include: Church Revitalization in Rural America, Life After Death: A Strategy to Bring New Life to a Dead Church (co-written with Dr. Steve Sells), Your First 120 Days In Church Revitalization and Renewal.
Dr. Cheyney serves as an adjunct professor of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City and Anderson University in South Carolina where he teaches at the doctoral level for Church Revitalization seminars.
Dr. Jim Grant is currently the Executive Director for the Galveston Baptist Association. He is a 25-year veteran from the Air Force, retiring in 1997. He has pastored four churches in Texas and Illinois. Dr. Grant is a Southwestern Seminary alumnus, graduating with his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages in 2002. He has also earned his Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2013, with a concentration on Church Revitalization.
He is a prolific writer on the topic of Church Revitalization, with specific application to spiritual dynamics and strategic planning processes. Dr. Grant has been involved in Church Revitalization for most of his twenty-two years as a pastor. He has authored two books The Pilgrimage Begins and The Pilgrimage Continues. He also co-authored the book Church Revitalization in Rural America. Dr. Grant is a conference speaker, adjunct professor, and consultant with the Global Center for Church Revitalization at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Grant also serves as a doctoral supervisor for candidates in the field of Church Revitalization. He has been married to his wife Kathy for 46 years. They have two daughters and six grandchildren. Dr. Grant began his current position in December 2018.
Dr. David Lema is currently the Senior Pastor of the Peters Road Baptist Church, a renovating, vibrant, urban, multicultural Christian community serving the Fort Lauderdale metro area for fifty years.
He has taught and mentored thousands of students as full-time Professor of Missions and Theology for Leavell College and the NOBTS as Director of its Center for the Americas in Miami, Florida.
He served with the Florida Baptist Convention in the area of Church Development and Theological Education. He also served as a NAMB appointed missionary in Miami as a Church Planting Strategist for over 300 churches.
Dr. Lema has been a part of the Renovate team since its inception as the expert in Hispanic and multicultural renovation strategies. He is a well known and respected leader in Hispanic churches and has done numerous church renovation conferences, consulting, mentoring, and certified coaching in the US and internationally.
He has been married to his childhood sweetheart Milvian for 33 years and they have three adult children who are committed Christ followers.
Dr. Gary Moritz is the lead pastor of City United Church, located in Lunenburg, MA. With a church planter mindset, the Lord called him and his family to New England in 2013 to take over a church in need of revitalization through a pastoral succession. He also works for Liberty University as a subject matter expert on church revitalization and as a assistant professor in the School of Divinity, and he serves as the Director of Church Revitalization for the Baptist Convention of New England. He is the author of Carry On: Tactical Strategies for Church Revitalization and Renewal with his wife Jana and is the co-host of the podcast RevitalizationToday.com with Dr. Tom Cheyney.
Dr. Terry Rials is active in leading church revitalization efforts in Oklahoma and nationally. He is a frequent conference speaker and teacher, teaching Church Revitalization at both Midwestern and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminaries at the Masters and Doctoral level. He co-wrote The Nuts and Bolts of Church Revitalization with Dr. Tom Cheyney, available at Renovate or Amazon. His next book, The Spiritual Mechanics of Church Revitalization, is expected out soon. His wife Kay is active in ministry and their son Hunter works in Physical Therapy.
Dr. Ron Smith has served as an ordained pastor since 1993, and has pastored WaterStone Church since 2011. As the lead pastor over campuses at Lake Mary and Longwood, he has developed WaterStone into a community centered church with a heart for families.
With his Bachelors in Religious Education, a Masters in Christian Education & Administration, and his Doctorate in Ministry Leadership, Ron has a passion for counseling pastors and developing leaders. He is active on the boards of several pastoral support teams and GOBA. In addition to serving as a local pastor, Ron trains and consults churches in growth and revitalization.
Ron and his wife Rana have three children and live in Sorrento, Florida. He speaks at conferences nationwide and is the author of Churches Gone Wild!
Dr. Steve Smith is founder of ChurchEquippers Ministries, a nonprofit organization training pastors, leaders, and churches in spiritual transformation, revitalization and increasing church capacity. He has been involved in strategic church planting movements for 30 years. He is a strategic thinker, a relational networker, a mentor and coach to pastors and young leaders. Steve is the author of nine books including The Key to Deep Change and The Increasing Church Capacity Guidebook. Born in Virginia, Steve is has been married for over 40 years to his wife, Shirley, they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Their home base is in central Florida.
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J. Pete Tackett is the Lead Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee, and leads a loosely organized network (with no name) whose primary goal is to lead broken churches and broken servants to a place where God can restore and redeploy them into useful service in His Kingdom.
Pete attended East Tennessee State where he studied communication and met his wife. He is also a diplomate from the Holston Baptist Bible Institute, an outpost of what was then called seminary extension by the Baptist Sunday School Board.
His ministry resume includes stints as youth pastor, denominational consultant, co-pastor, and lead pastor. In 2016, he authored re.Vital.ize: Lessons Learned in a Recovering Church. He has served on the advisory board for Youth Evangelism Explosion International and as president of the local chapter of Family Promise, a ministry to homeless families with children. Currently, he is a Pastor-Connector for Northeast Tennessee for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board and a team member of the Holston Baptist Association’s Church Replant and Revitalization Team. In recent years, he has written for Renovate magazine and his most current book is re.CLAIM.ing: A Handbook for Developing a Restorative Culture in Your Church.
Karl Vaters has been in pastoral ministry for 40 years. He is the teaching pastor of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship, a healthy small church in Orange County, California, where he has ministered for over 28 years with his wife, Shelley. They have three kids and two grandkids.
Karl produces resources for Helping Small Churches Thrive at KarlVaters.com. His heart is to help pastors of small churches (up to 90 percent of us) find the resources to lead well, and to capitalize on the unique advantages that come with pastoring a small church – something virtually every pastor will spend at least some of their ministry years doing.
He also believes that big and small churches can and should work together more often – to the benefit and blessing of everyone.