John and Beth were married in 1994 and are the proud parents of Brooke, Beck, Bo, Boss and Blair. John has a doctorate in Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he is the author of College Ready and travels the country consulting and investing in churches, leaders and great ideas.
John was born and raised in Harlan, Kentucky, and played baseball at Asbury College In 1992, John came on staff at Denton Bible Church as College Pastor and started his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of North Texas. John helped build and direct College Life, the college ministry of Denton Bible Church. John finished his MBA in 1995 and finished Dallas Seminary in 1998.
In 2003 John moved to Memphis to co-found Fellowship Memphis, a multi-cultural church ministering in the evolving urban core of Memphis, TN. Along with being a Teaching Pastor and Elder at Fellowship Memphis, John serves on the board of Acts29 and as a church planting coach with Fellowship Associates.
Bryan Carter taught the original Men’s Fraternity curriculum to a group of more than 800 men over a three-year period at Concord Church. Additionally, he has been a frequent speaker at local and international churches, conferences, and events. Bryan is the Senior Pastor of Concord Church in Dallas, Texas. He is author of a 28-day devotional book entitled, Great Expectations. Bryan also contributed to the book What Two White Men of God Learned From Black Men of God, co-authored by Dr. Joel Gregory and Dr. Bill Crouch. Bryan and his wife Stephanie are the parents of two daughters, Kaitlyn and Kennedy and one son, Carson.
Tierce and Dana were married in 1987 and have one daughter. Tierce spoke widely as a speaker and consultant for 25 years and wrote curriculum for organizations like LifeWay and Student Life. He taught the principles of Authentic Manhood over a seven-year period in a seasonal gathering called The Quest to over a thousand men each week. He has recently become Pastor of House Churches at Church Project in The Woodlands, TX.
Justin Buzzard is founder and lead pastor of Garden City Church in Silicon Valley. Buzzard has been dating his wife for nine years and is the father of three young sons. He speaks widely, writes at JustinBuzzard.net, and is the author of Date Your Wife, Why Cities Matter, and Consider Jesus.
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Dhati is the Lead Pastor at Blueprint Church in Atlanta, GA. Dhati, born and raised in California, moved to Texas for his undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas and his graduate studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (Master of Arts in Cross Cultural Ministries). He has been a part of planting several churches in cities across the country and continues to train scores of leaders to this end. Dhati is married to Angie Lewis and they have six beautiful children.
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Ricky has been serving as a pastor Fellowship Memphis since 2009, leading the Downtown Outpost. He attended Mississippi College earning a degree in Political Science and a place in the Hall of Fame. Passionate for the poor and marginalized, Ricky enjoys the thriving partnership his church has with the Memphis Union Mission and other worthy ministries.
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Jay Watson is the pastor of Life Community Church, in Nolensville, TN. His heart is for people, and in many ways, he’s a pastor’s pastor. Jay loves to tell stories. Information about his church and online sermons can be found at knowgrowdo.com.
Drew Holcomb is a popular singer/songwriter out of Nashville, TN. He tours year round with his band, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors. Their songs have been featured on over 15 different TV shows, and in the Emmy Award winning NBA Forever commercial. He and his wife Ellie (who is also in the band) are expecting their first child this November, a girl! His tour dates are at www.drewholcomb.com.
Kennon Vaughan is founder and director of Downline Ministries, a ministry that seeks to encourage a restoration of biblical discipleship in and through the local church. Kennon is a dynamic communicator with a gift of speaking right to the heart of his audiences. While his first love is to preach the Gospel to all peoples, he is also passionate about training Christ-followers on both the principles and practicals of making disciples in the contexts of home, church, and marketplace.
John Carroll is the Executive Director of City Leadership and the Co-Pastor of Neighborhood Church in Memphis. Carroll is a personal and organizational leadership coach who is passionate about maximizing excellence and efficiency. He and his wife Ashleigh have been married for a decade and raise four children.
Eric Geiger serves as the Vice President of the Church Resource Division at LifeWay Christian Resources. Eric received his doctorate in leadership and church ministry from Southern Seminary. He is also a teaching pastor and a frequent speaker and consultant on church mission and strategy. Eric authored or co-authored several books including the best selling church leadership book, Simple Church.
Matt Patrick is the lead pastor of The Well Church in Boulder, CO. Before planting The Well Church, Matt helped replant a mountain town church. He has been married for 5 years and has a daughter and a son on the way. He has lived in Colorado most of his adult life and has a passion to raise up and train church planters all throughout the Rocky Mountains.
Seth Jones serves as the Director of Contemporary Worship at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX. He completed his Masters in Divinity from Redeemer Seminary in the Spring of 2012 and his passion is to see men in the Church lead and shepherd their small groups, their families. He and his wife Michelle were married in 2006 and raise a beautiful little girl.
Keith Montgomery is a web designer for City Leadership in Memphis, TN. He is also a freelance photographer. He manages the social media for Authentic Manhood.
Jake Collins was born and raised in Denton, TX . He studied Biology and Genetics at Texas A&M University before a short tenure in medicine. He now serves at Pine Cove Woods as the Guest Services Coordinator in Tyler, TX and is continuing his graduate studies in Psychology. Jake enjoys the outdoors, football and is passionate about seeing men realize and actualize their masculine identity as God’s men.
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