Todd Wilson
Exponential Director, Author

Todd Wilson is co-founder and director of Exponential (, a community of activists devoted to church multiplication. The international organization’s core focus is distributing resources for church multiplication leaders.

Todd received his B.S. in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree equivalent from the Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory. For 15 years, he served in the Division of Naval Reactors on nuclear submarine design, operation, maintenance, and overhaul.

After a two-year wrestling match with God, Todd entered full-time vocational ministry as the executive pastor at New Life Christian Church where he played a visionary and strategic role for several years as New Life grew and implemented key initiatives such as multisite, externally focused outreach, and church planting. His passion for starting healthy new churches continues to grow. Todd now spends most of his energy engaged in a wide range of leading-edge and pioneering initiatives aimed at helping catalyze movements of healthy, multiplying churches.

Todd has written/co-written multiple books, including Stories of Sifted (with Eric Reiss), Spark: Igniting a Culture of Multiplication, Becoming a Level Five Multiplying Church (with Dave Ferguson), and More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure (Zondervan Publishing).

Todd is married to Anna, and they have two sons, Ben and Chris, and a beautiful daughter-in-law, Mariah (married to Chris).


Articles + Resources


Hero Maker Practice 4: Gift Activating

The Practice of Gift Activating The fourth practice of hero making is all about activating the gifts that others already…

Activists for Disciple Multiplying

“The beginning of adult life is when you ask the question, ‘What do I want to be remembered for?’” ~…


Hero Maker Practice 3: Disciple Multiplying

The Practice of Disciple Multiplying Hero makers don't just make disciples, they multiply them. This requires a shift in sharing.…


Discover the Power of Permission Giving

Overcoming Inertia Inertia is the tendency to do nothing and to remain unchanged. It shows no favoritism, acting with equal intensity…


Hero Maker Practice 2: Permission Giving

The Practice of Permission Giving Hero-makers take the focus off of themselves and emphasize the leadership potential in who God…

Exponential Adds New York City as Regional Event

New York City Regional Announced I’m excited to announce that we're bringing an Exponential Regional event to New York City…


Hero Maker Practice 1: Multiplication Thinking

This is the second of two posts on Multiplication Thinking. Click here to read the first post. The Practice of…

Multiplication Thinking

Healthy Rhythms Years ago, I asked a friend who was sight-seeing in Washington D.C. what his favorite thing was to…


An Introduction to Hero Making

5 Essential Practices for Multiplying Leaders The personal scorecards of hero makers are measured not by what they do and accumulate, but…


What’s Your Definition of a Hero?

In Search of Heroes... Heroes. We've all been influenced by them, and we all want to be one! On Memorial…


Measure What Matters

With the recent death of my friend and mentor Bob Buford (see tribute here), I’ve been especially reflective on issues…

Bob Buford

Bob Buford, A True Hero Maker "I'm the catapult, not the plane." ~ Bob Buford NOTE: Right now, it's very difficult…