40 Young Influencers to Watch in the Church of God

North America

Lance Arguello
Role: Lead Pastor of Abundant Life Church (Farmington, Arkansas)
Buzz: Leading the way in using innovative technology to train and equip church planters at minimal expense
On the web: http://alifecog.org

Daniela C. Augustine
Role: Assistant Professor at Lee University (Cleveland, Tennessee)
Buzz: Co-founded the Bulgarian Theological College; planted several churches in Europe; renowned as a scholar and professor
On the web: http://www.leeuniversity.edu

Patrick Ballington
Role: Lead Pastor of The Bridge (Cleveland, Georgia)
Buzz: Dedicated to training future leaders in missional practices; certified church and ministry consultant
On the web: http://www.thebridgeonline.cc/

Oral Beason
Role: Pastor of Fellowship New Testament Church of God (Davie, Florida)
Buzz: Highly regarded thinker and church planter
On the web: http://fellowshipnewtestamentchurchofgod.org/

Jason Bolin
Role: Senior Pastor of Trinity Chapel (Powder Springs, Georgia)
Buzz: Has infused fresh excitement and vision at one of the largest churches in the denomination
On the web: http://trinitychapel.org

Captain Matthew Boyd
Role: Chaplain with the Air Force
Buzz: Awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal; recognized for his ministry outreaches within the military
On the web: http://www.cogchaplains.com

Anthony Braswell
Role: Lead Pastor of Northpark Church (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Buzz: Followed God’s calling to the city of Raleigh and has seen tremendous growth
On the web: http://www.discovernorthpark.com

Ken Hitte
Role: Lead Pastor of Discover Life Church (Melbourne, Florida)
Buzz: Finding innovative ways to communicate the gospel to a quickly growing congregation
On the web: http://www.discoverlifechurch.tv

Brian Hunter
Role: Lead Pastor of GenesisChurch.tv (Tallahassee, Florida)
Buzz: Built a core of eight people into a multi-campus church reaching over a thousand each week
On the web: http://genesischurch.tv/

Jason Isaacs
Role: Teaching Pastor of River City Worship Center (Louisville, Kentucky)
Buzz: Continues to envision effective and creative ways to engage the un-churched
On the web: http://www.rivercitywc.com/

Travis Johnson
Role: Lead Pastor of Life Pointe Church (Homestead and Plantation Key, Florida)
Buzz: Successfully relaunched the now-multisite Life Pointe after Hurricane Andrew; training leaders and future church planters
On the web: http://www.life-pointe.com/

Jerry Lawson
Role: Lead Pastor of Daystar Church (Cullman, Alabaman)
Buzz: Successfully relaunched a fast-growing church; noted for innovated approaches to ministry
On the web: http://www.daystarchurch.tv

Ben Liles
Role: Lead Pastor of Baypointe Church (Panama City Beach, Florida)
Buzz: Founded a dynamic student ministry; revitalized a declining church; planted the fast-growing Baypointe
On the web: http://www.baypointechurch.tv

Kevin Lloyd
Role: Executive Pastor of Stevens Creek Church (Augusta, Georgia)
Buzz: Helped organize the Engage Conference 2011 and spearheaded cleanup efforts from recent storms
On the web: http://www.stevenscreekchurch.com/

Chris Lockemy
Role: Lead Pastor of Epic Church (Baltimore, Maryland)
Buzz: Reaching young adults in the Baltimore area with the gospel through incarnational ministry
On the web: http://www.theepicmovement.com

Buck Marshall
Role: Senior Pastor of New Hope Church (Ennis, Texas)
Buzz: Recognized for successful community outreach programs and missional mindset
On the web: http://newhopeforever.com

Jonathan Martin
Role: Senior Pastor of Renovatus Church (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Buzz: Built a growing community at Renovatus; prolific writer; theological expositor; editor of Youth and Christian Education Leadership
On the web: http://renovatuscommunity.com/

Rocky McKinley
Role: Lead Pastor of Destiny Community Church (Newberry, Florida)
Buzz: Successfully replanted a church of 15 people and led an incredible turnaround
On the web: http://www.destinycommunitychurch.org

Rob Miskowski
Role: Pastor of Agape Fellowship (Tickfaw, Louisiana)
Buzz: Key in revitalizing churches in both New York and now Louisiana
On the web: http://www.ALovingChurch.org

Chris Moody
Role: Senior Pastor of South Cleveland Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)
Buzz: Led South Cleveland through a multi-year building campaign and stellar growth
On the web: http://www.southcleveland.org/

Louis Morgan
Role: Assistant Professor and the Assistant Director of Squires Library at Lee University (Cleveland, Tennessee)
Buzz: Winner of the Charles W. Conn Historical Writing Award (2008–2010); respected scholar and prolific writer
On the web: http://www.louismorgan.info/

Bryan Ogle
Role: Lead Pastor of Enon Church of God (Chester, Virginia)
Buzz: Revitalized a declining church by dynamically engaging the changing culture
On the web: http://enoncog.com/

Matt Roberts
Role: Lead Pastor of The Genesis Project (Ogden, Utah)
Buzz: Followed a dream to launch The Genesis Project that now reaches hundreds each week in a difficult area
On the web: http://www.genesisutah.com/

Daniel Rushing
Role: Lead Pastor of New Harvest Church (Asheville, North Carolina)
Buzz: Reaching a unique community of artists through missional living and outreach
On the web: http://nhclive.com/

Brock Stamps
Role: Student Pastor of Harvest Church (Anniston, Alabama)
Buzz: Oversees a dynamic and innovative student ministry; thought-leader for reaching the ‘Net Generation
On the web: http://harvestchurchofgod.com/

Brent Stephens
Role: Founding Pastor of Four Points Church (Acworth, Georgia)
Buzz: Went against the grain by leaving a leadership position to plant a mission-minded, rapidly growing church
On the web: http://fourpointschurch.tv

Tony Stewart
Role: Senior Pastor of City Life Church (Tampa, Florida)
Buzz: Providing dynamic leadership for a growing multicultural and multigenerational church
On the web: http://www.citylifechurch.cc

Daniel Vassell, Sr.
Role: Administrative Bishop of Western Canada
Buzz: Elected to the Council of Eighteen; respected speaker on family relationships and marriage counseling
On the web: http://cogcanada.org

Kevin Wallace
Role: Lead Pastor of Redemption Point Church (Ooltewah, Tennessee)
Buzz: Has overseen tremendous growth at Redemption Point and the launch of campus in Chattanooga
On the web: http://www.redemptionpoint.net/

Clayton Watson
Role: Lead Pastor of The Sanctuary (DeLand, Florida)
Buzz: Developing fresh approaches to ministry and leadership training
On the web: http://www.sanctuaryonline.cc

Rick Whitter
Role: Lead Pastor of Cross Community Church (Palm Beach Gardens and Palm Beach Shores, Florida)
Buzz: Leads International Orphan Support to help children worldwide; leading an intentionally missional church
On the web: http://www.crosscommunity.cc and http://iorphan.cc


Jamison Creel
Role: Pastor of Mount of Olives Ministry Center and Director of the Jerusalem Urban Discipleship Center (Israel)
Buzz: Discipling young leaders to have a global impact in a post-Christian context
On the web: http://judc.org

Bayarjargal Gombosuren
Role: National Coordinator of Missions (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
Buzz: Trained in America and returned to Mongolia to reach a poverty-stricken nation
On the web: http://www.cogwm.org

Ariunbold Oyuntsetseg
Role: Bible School Director (Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
Buzz: Trains upcoming leaders to impact their community and country
On the web: http://www.cogwm.org

Fred Toke
Role: Director of Lee Community College (Singapore)
Buzz: Oversees an award-winning Christian college that reaches out to people of other faiths
On the web: http://www.lee.edu.sg

Anthony Velasco
Role: Senior Pastor of Church of God Dasmariñas (Philippines) and Metro Manila Overseer
Buzz: Has led his church through explosive growth; oversees the We Exalt You Jesus Foundation to provide needed medical aid and community assistance
On the web: http://cogdasma.com

Eriya Yatsuzuka
Role: Senior Pastor of Tokyo Lighthouse Church and Overseer of Japan
Buzz: Organized relief efforts and gospel outreaches after the recent earthquake and tsunami
On the web: http://www.cog.jp


Hervin Fushekati
Role: General Overseer and Pastor (Albania)
Buzz: Building a national church movement from the ground up; working to develop leaders

Jivko Jeliazkov
Role: Pastor of Crossroads International Church (Freudenstadt, Germany)
Buzz: Growing a multinational and multilingual church in a post-Christian nation
On the web: http://www.cicfds.de/

South America

Silvina Gonzalez
Role: Director of the Dunamis Medical Missions Ministry (Uruguay)
Buzz: Selflessly and tirelessly provides both physical and spiritual healing to the most needy
On the web: http://www.cogwm.com


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