Snapshots of Innovation with Cory McElvain and Olivia Williamson

Snapshots of Innovation

Exponential NEXT Podcast Episode 2
Series: Snapshots of Innovation

Welcome to the Exponential NEXT Podcast, where we interview ministry leaders across North America who are shaping what’s next for the future of the church. In this episode, we learn principles for mobilizing Gen Z. Olivia Williamson is sparking a nationwide Gen Z prayer movement through Claim Your Campus, and Cory McElvain, leads Zero Hour, a ministry equipping Gen Z to launch disciple-making movements in local schools across Kansas City.

Host: Jon Wiest, Director of NEXT Ventures

Guests: Cory McElvain, http://zerohourministries.org/
and Olivia Williamson, http://claimyourcampus.com/

Cory McElvain

Cory McElvain

Cory McElvain is a Kansas City and started planting microchurches in high school, driven by his passion for the global Church. He continued this work with REACH from 2007 to 2012. Later, in Lawrence, Kansas, he focused on planting collegiate microchurches alongside his CrossFit gym. Despite feeling a calling to reach students, he began working at a gym in Overland Park in 2019. Cory and Celicia prayed for their next calling. Cory and his wife Celicia launched Zero Hour Ministries under Kansas City Underground in summer 2020. Their vision: mobilize students to make disciples, forming student-led teams in schools within a 30-mile radius of Kansas City. Goal: enable every student to encounter, hear, and respond to the Gospel!
Olivia Williamson

Olivia Williamson

Olivia Williamson is an engaging speaker, musician, director of Claim Your Campus, and founder of Enlightened Students. She has been actively serving in national youth ministry for 9 years since founding Enlightened Students, a national movement of students organizing and leading worship events in high schools. Claim Your Campus (CYC) was founded in 2009 and has already reached 30,000+ students with a call to pray weekly for their middle and high schools. Williamson became the director of CYC in 2021 after graduating from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2020 with a Master's Degree in Practical Theology. Based out of Kansas City with her amazing husband, Kyle, she has a heart for prayer and to reach this generation of students for Christ!
Jon Wiest

Jon Wiest

Jon Wiest (“West”) is the Co-Founder of Mobilize the Church, a global ministry mobilizing a growing wave of disciple makers, pioneer leaders, and church planters. He previously planted churches in Dallas, TX and Des Moines, IA and is the author of Banding Together and Pioneers. Jon has degrees from Wheaton College, Wesley Seminary, and a D.Min. in Church Planting from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a rabid San Francisco 49ers fan, loves traveling, sports, and history, and currently lives in the Indianapolis, IN area with his wife and four daughters.

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