Exponential Associates are like-minded, Kingdom-focused leaders who serve on the front lines of multiplication and desire a connection with Exponential. Exponential Associates share our values and passion for multiplication, have a heart for the local church, have a special competency or contribution to offer, and come from diverse backgrounds of experience, heritage, age, gender, and ethnicity.
Exponential Associates are ambassadors who carry the multiplication message where they already work and have influence, using their vocational gifts. These associates benefit from a special win-win relationship with Exponential and the other Associates. Exponential invests in this initiative first and most importantly for the benefit of the Associate. We seek to “pour gas” on what God is already doing through the lives and ministries of the participating Associates. In doing so, we also seek to have a front row seat to what the Associates are doing and learning.
In this special relationship, Exponential Associates are part of a peer-to-peer cohort community of other associates who simultaneously serve as “scouts” and front-line ambassadors for Exponential’s multiplication message while continuing their normal vocational activities and learning from one another. Todd Wilson, Exponential’s CEO serves as team leader and will provide coaching, strategic input and counsel, and other personalized services to each Associate upon request. Associates help one another in a similar way, just as family members would serve one another.
Dave is the lead church planter and pastor of Ethos Church located in the heart of Nashville. Ethos is a disciple-making church reaching Millenialls. Dave’s deep passion for making disciples and planting churches led him to start Onward Church Planting, a global family of leaders making disciples and planting churches. Dave is also the visionary for Awaken Nashville, an initiative that mobilized 400 churches to mobilize 40,000 leaders to pray by name, for every resident of Nashville.
LEAD CHURCH PLANTER AND PASTOR. FOUNDER AND VISIONARY FOR ONWARD CHURCH PLANTING
Léonce is an author, international speaker, and the founder and lead pastor of Renovation Church in Atlanta. In 2006, Crump answered God’s call to relocate from Tennessee to Atlanta and begin the process of planting Renovation Church. His unique background includes contacts from the world of professional sports and the music industry. He is currently a Master of Divinity student at Reformed Theological Seminary and a member of the Acts 29 church planting network.
PASTOR, FOUNDER, SPEAKER, AUTHOR, NETWORK LEADER
Drew Hyun is the Founder and Pastor of Hope Church Midtown, as well as the Founding Pastor of Hope Church NYC, a family of diverse churches in and around NYC. Drew has also co-founded the New City Network, a network of urban churches that value multi-ethnicity, Spirit-filled ministry, emotional health, and mission. He has gone on to preach in many different contexts, both in the United States and abroad. His particular passion is for community and for the transformative power that community brings.
PASTOR, FOUNDER, NETWORK LEADER
Danny is a Senior Consultant at Centauric working with individuals and organizations of all sizes creating compelling experiences to help individuals and teams maximize their potential. He is an on-call faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership as well as an experienced Gallup-Certified Clifton Strengths coach. He has conducted over 500 individual coaching sessions, facilitated hundreds of workshops and presented in front of thousands.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER, CONSULTANT, MARKETPLACE MISSIONARY. CATALYZES INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS TO PERFORM AT THEIR BEST.
Keri Ladouceur currently serves alongside her husband as Pastor at Vineyard Christian Church and serves pastors and elders all over as a leadership coach. She put her marketplace leadership experience into practice with businesses, non-profits and churches across the globe in Vision Clarity, Leadership Development and Strategic Planning partnerships.
PASTOR, COACH, VISIONARY, STRATEGIST, NETWORK LEADER
Jason Lantz is passionate about helping leaders launch new initiatives that make disciples of Jesus. He and his wife Suzi have been practitioners of discipleship systems within a large church at RiverTree Christian Church, through planting LoveCanton using missional communities in 2008, and now Jason is back at RiverTree as Vision Leader, leading 7 campuses all focused on discipling movements in their unique contexts.
PASTOR, FOUNDER, NETWORK LEADER
Beginning with just 12 people, under Ralph’s leadership, the Hope Chapel Movement has multiplied to more than 2,300 churches worldwide. It involves an estimated 220,000 people. Most of these churches were planted by pastors who were discipled into ministry by someone in their home church. Through Mission Hope International, Ralph’s goal is to bring Christ to the nations by helping small networks church planters morph into church multiplication movements.
PASTOR, AUTHOR, SPEAKER, MOVEMENT LEADER, MULTIPLIER
In response to millennials being labeled noncommittal, lazy, entitled, slacktivists, Grant started Initiative Network with the goal to unite and train millennials to be Christ-loving, city-changing, church-investing, disciple-making local missionaries. Initiative has impacted thousands of diverse young leaders from hundreds of churches across Dallas. Grant also serves as an associate for Leadership Network and on the Board for Catalyst.
SPEAKER, AUTHOR, LOCAL MISSIONARY
Efrem Smith was the founding pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, MN. He also co-founded and was President of The Sanctuary Community Development Corporation. Efrem also served as the President and CEO of World Impact, an urban missions organization committed to empowering urban leaders and planting churches in under-resourced communities. Currently, he is the Co-lead Pastor of Bayside Church Midtown, a thriving and multi-ethnic community in Sacramento, California.
PASTOR, CONSULTANT, MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER, AND AUTHOR.
Paul Sohn is the founder and CEO of QARA, an organization committed to empower twenty-somethings to discover their God-given identity and calling. Paul is the best-selling author of Quarter-Life Calling: Pursuing Your God-Given Purpose in Your Twenties. He earned his master’s degree in Organization Development at Pepperdine University. Recently, Christianity Today magazine named Paul one of the Top 33 Under 33 Christian Millennials to Watch.
LEADERSHIP COACH, SPEAKER, AUTHOR, FOUNDER
Larry (with his wife, Deb) leads Light & Life Christian Fellowship, a large, urban, multiethnic church in Long Beach, CA that has planted many churches nationally and internationally. As an author and speaker Larry works to advance the multiplication mission of the church. Currently he serves on the Board of Trustees for Azusa Pacific University. Larry holds a Doctorate from APU and is the recipient of the Centennial Award recognizing him as one of the most influential students in 100 years of Azusa’s history.
FOUNDING PASTOR, AUTHOR, SPEAKER. EXPONENTIAL DIRECTOR OF EQUIPPING & SPIRITUAL ENGAGEMENT
Chris Willard is a connector, consultant and communicator and is the co-author of Contagious Generosity, Creating a Culture of Giving in Church. He served as the executive pastor of Discovery Church in Orlando. Currently, Chris is the director of generosity initiatives for Leadership Network and is a senior generosity strategist for Generis. He has consulted with the leaders of many of the largest and most effective churches and faith-based organizations in America and Europe.
CONNECTOR, CONSULTANT, COMMUNICATOR
Carrie is the visionary behind The Truth Republic and is passionate about women discovering, developing and deploying into their unique God given calling. Carrie has over 20 years of full-time ministry experience. She has held leadership positions in global missions organizations, non-profits and churches, including being part of the core leadership team that launched The Church of Eleven22. She feels most alive when she is preaching, writing, spending quality time with the people she loves and being a crazy creative person.
FOUNDER, SPEAKER, VISIONARY
Myron is the founder and lead pastor of Mission Church in Omaha. At the age 18, he faced a life sentence in prison for his life of gang banging, drugs, and crime. Myron surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus and while leaving the courtroom he heard God whisper, “I’m going to get you out of prison to plant churches.” Through a series of miracles, the prison doors opened for him after 8 years. The call of Mission Church is to unleash unprecedented hope in every inner city around the world. He and his wife, Kristin, live in the heart of North Omaha with their three sons and daughter.
FOUNDER, PASTOR, ENTREPRENEUR
Seeing the paradigm for success shift from addition to multiplication, and the percentage of U.S. churches that ever reproduce increase to greater than 10% will require increasing diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, experience, approaches, models and contexts. It will also require equipping a next generation of leaders to shape the future of the church and to lead well amidst an increasingly diverse, cynically-divided, culture that is increasingly hostile toward Jesus and to his followers.
With an historically aging, white, male, suburban bias, we are committed to expanding our narrative and our effectiveness in reaching into all corners of society. The intended diverse makeup of the Exponential Associates is not simply a statement of desire, it’s a commitment to reflect and value the leaders we seek to serve in the coming years.