7 Questions with Church leaders
Read insights and thoughts on leadership from Church Leaders around the world.
Thank you to the amazing church leaders who have answered our 7 questions so far, we hope you find their answers helpful for you in your leadership journey!
7 Questions with JT Raclowski
Name: J.T. Raclowski
Current title: Digital Minister
Current organisation: First United Methodist Church of Wind Gap PA
When I was a child my parents never forced Religion on me. My Father was Catholic and my Mother Protestant. So growing up I had friends that went to all different churches and I started going with them on Sundays. After a while I decided where I felt most comfortable. and started going to a Methodist church in town. When I reached High school I pleaded with my Parents to send me to Catholic school. There I gained a deep understanding of my faith. After High school I was void of religion. I knew what I believed but got too busy with Work and School. I took a Job in PA which was a big move from rural NJ. There I met my Beautiful Wife Lisa and we got Married and had 2 kids of our own. Work was taking me all over PA and every few years we would have to move to where the work was. Finally we moved back to New Jersey. I got a job at Nickelodeon in NYC, and we were able to save up to buy a house. With some help from our families we finally bought a house in Wind Gap PA. We were out for a walk one night and the church in our community was giving out free hotdogs. so we stopped and started chatting with some of them. That Sunday we went to church with them and the rest is history. Now I am the Digital Minister, Head of Missions, on the board of Trustees and My Wife and I are Founding Members of Because You Matter Ministries. We do a Free Community Meal every Thursday with Live Worship Music, Have a Limited Pantry and give out Tons of Free food Monthly.
7 Questions with OLU MIKE OMOASEGUN
Name: OLU MIKE OMOASEGUN
Current title: Pastor (Professor)
Current organisation: CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH GASHUA, NIGERIA, and BIBLE UNIVERSITY
OLU MIKE OMOASEGUN is a motivational keynote speaker, a leadership expert and a certified ordained pastor who valued dedication and service to the people. He is the President Bible University Canada, holds 3 PhDs, Professor of Master’s programs at Bible University,
Pastor, Christ Apostolic Church, Gashua, Yobe State, Nigeria, Founder/Coordinator, the Author of Life Prayer Ministry, CEO, Omoasegun Global Links, and
CEO, Fountain Reporters,
A motivational speaker, writer, counsellor, and author of 60 published books, several papers, and numerous articles,
Co-authors “Christ Throughout Africa” with Dr Tonny Hyman from South Africa
Chairman, Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria & Pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria [CPFN/PFN] Bade Local Government Chapter,
Vice-Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria, Bade Chapter,
Chairman, CACCOPS, Kano Conference Centre (12 States), Nigeria
Over 20 years’ experience in pastoring,
10 years’ experience in e-lecturing/coaching],
Members of United Christian Faith Ministries, USA,
Member of Association of Christian Educators (ACE), USA,
Member of Special Marshals, the volunteer arm of the Federal Road Safety Corps
And a member of Bold Christian University Alumni, Africa Chapter.
7 Questions with Matthew Addae-Mensah
Name: Matthew Addae-Mensah
Current title: Reverend
Current organisation: Gospel Light International Church
A young minister interested in the propulsion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all especially the youth.
7 Questions with Paul Murray
Name: Rev. Dr. Paul Murray
Current title: Senior Pastor
Current organisation: The Lighthouse Church
An ordained minister serving in ministry for more than twenty-five years, Murray is the Senior Pastor of the Lighthouse Church. In addition, he has established six church works under his own ministry in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Georgia, and internationally in Nairobi, Kenya and Oslo, Norway. He was consecrated and elevated to the office of Bishop in July 2017, where he holds his ministerial credentials with One Way Churches International (OWCI).
In his passion to help others through their dark days of failure, Dr. Murray is the author of the award-winning book, Broken: Picking Up the Pieces After the Fall and soon to be released, ‘First To Serve: A Call To Servant Leadership’. A former Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Tunisia, Murray holds a Doctorate in Pastoral Leadership from Howard University's School of Divinity, a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling and a Master of Art in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Phoenix where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Services.
His ministry would not be complete without his wife of 30 years, Rachel. She serves as the Minister of Music and is a sought-after speaker as she empowers women and families through Christ. And they are the proud parents of 3 adult children; two married and all serving in ministry and raising our 6 grandchildren.
7 Questions with Robert Martin
Name: Robert Martin
Current title: Engaging Executive
Current organisation: City Bible Forum
I work with City Bible Forum helping workers of Australia engage life's biggest questions. I host a radio show and podcast called "Bigger Questions'. I have been with City Bible Forum for over 11 years and previously I worked in the business world
7 Questions with Kate Thoelke
Name: Kate Thoelke
Current title: Principal/Teacher
Current organisation: St. Paul Lutheran Church
Serving as principal and serving as K-2 core subjects teacher for the last four years, I continue in service to the church. I have served as a teacher and music director for Lutheran churches and schools since 1996.
7 Questions with Jackelyn Viera Iloff
Name: Jackelyn Viera Iloff
Current title: Senior Advisor, Special Projects
Current organisation: Lakewood Church / Joel Osteen Ministries
Jackelyn Viera Iloff is an ordained minister/senior advisor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, where she leads church community outreach and develops and implements special projects. She is also a recognized author, producer, and consultant. Her credits include award-winning History Channel series Jesus: His Life, the film Walking with Herb, NFL Super Bowl Gospel Concert, Clay Walker and Friends Relief Concert, and Paramount Pictures’ Ben Hur Premiere. In the past, she has served as a marketing and communications executive at the United States Department of Transportation, the Virginia Governor’s office of Economic Development, and at KPMG Global Audit, Tax, and Advisory services firm working on tort reform and crisis communications, among other branding communications for the firm.
7 Questions with Lori Adams-Brown
Name: Lori Adams-Brown
Current title: International Speaker | Coach | Consultant | Podcast Host
Current organisation: Shadowmatch
Lori Adams-Brown is an International Speaker, Coach, Consultant and Podcast Host. Lori has been an Associate Campus Pastor at Echo.Church and Development Director of Echo Compassion in the Bay Area. She served as a career missionary with the International Mission Board for 20 years in Indonesia and Singapore, serving as a Team Leader in both locations. She grew up as an MK (Missionary Kid) in Venezuela, and she met her husband Jason in college, also an MK from Thailand. Lori enjoys discovering and developing leaders, speaking several languages while sharing about God’s love in all of them, and seeing how God is changing lives all around the globe.
She holds an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and has B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from Samford University. She grew up in Valencia, Venezuela where she learned to love city life, island life and merengue and salsa music. Her happy place is sipping a flat white coffee while having a deep conversation or enjoying either a beach or mountain vacation with the love of her life, Jason, and their urbanite TCK kids Nico, Alex and Bella. You can find her podcasting from the Silicon Valley on the A World of Difference podcast.
7 Questions with Jordan Dawson
Name: Jordan Dawson
Current title: Lead Pastor
Current organisation: Church Alive
Lead Pastor of Church Alive in Edmond, OK, Business Broker helping people buy and sell businesses, and Co-Owner of Lemonade House Grille Restaurant. Married my hometown sweetheart for now over 20 years. We have four kids. Originally from Port Charlotte, Florida my wife and I started in ministry in 2006 after I completed my six year commitment to the U.S. Navy where I was a Naval Aircrewman. While in ministry I maintained a fulltime job in Oil & Gas as a management executive. Here I built the largest geological service company in North America and the sixth largest globally with over 500 employees.
7 Questions with Wes Oren
Name: Wes Oren
Current title: Executive Pastor
Current organisation: Rockpoint Church
Married to Paula with three adult children. Studied Chemical Engineering and Business working as Operations Executive. Executive pastor for the past five years and licensed through the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA).
7 Questions with Corey Grant
Name: Corey Grant
Current title: Pastor
Current organisation: Emmaus Church
Husband, father, and pastor. Undergraduate from Biola University and graduate degree from Concordia University. Mission minded and community focused.
7 Questions with Jeff Baxter
Name: Jeff Baxter
Current title: Next Gen Pastor
Current organisation: Mission Hills Church
Jeff and his beautiful wife Laurie have been married 26 years. They have three wonderful children, Lillian (21), Levi (18) and Lara (13) and an adorable chocolate lab, Lindor.
Their family loves to explore Colorado, especially with a coffee in hand. Jeff can usually be found rooting for the Colorado Rapids Fut'bol Club or other European soccer leagues, if not vicariously playing them on the XBOX.
He has been in full-time ministry inside and outside the local church for over 20 years, primarily in the greater Denver Colorado area. Jeff received degrees in education, theology and leadership, culminating with his D.Min. degree in Family Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. He’s had the pleasure of leading youth and adult teams to over 14 countries, speaking at camps and conferences and authoring books central to the next generation. In the past years, Jeff and Laurie developed a passion for leading teams to Israel and helping people see the Bible come to color. Jeff loves to dream, cast vision and implement strategy in a team environment to reach and keep the next generation for God’s glory.