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We Are Adding 155 Years of Experience to Our Team

By July 7, 2016 No Comments

Las Vegas, NV — Intentional Churches is excited to be adding 155 years of church leader experience to our team.

This past week, seven experienced church leaders from across the United States joined founders Bart Rendel and Doug Parks in a week long training session.  We now have over 1200 years of combined experience from nearly every tribe, denomination, network, and region of the country.

We believe that one day thousands of churches will be using a similar leadership system focused on the Great Commission and doubling Kingdom Impact.  We are building the most experienced church leadership team to support ministries

Meet the new team members:

(From Left to Right: Doug Slaybaugh, Mike Hickerson, Ed Kelley, Jeff Kirkpatrick, Robbie O’Brien, Micheal Beaumont.  Not pictured: Melissa Sandel & Michael Beresford)


Robbie O’Brien, Salty Church in Ormond Beach, FL //

1993-1999 // Tomoka Christian  Youth Ministry
1999-2001 // Starratt Road Christian   Youth Ministry
2001-2005 // First United Methodist   Youth Ministry
2005 – present // Salty Church Church Planter, Lead Pastor

Jeff Kirkpatrick, The Church on Rush Creek in Arlington, TX //

1996 – 2011 // Celanese – $7B Global Chemical Manufacturing Company, Six Sigma Black Belt & Supply Chain Director
2011 – Present // The Church on Rush Creek, Executive Pastor

Melissa Sandel, Westside Christian Church in Springfield, IL //

2002-2003 // Christian Campus Fellowship, University of Illinois
2004-present // West Side Christian Church, Director of Ministries

Michael Beaumont, Live Oak Christian Church in Bluffton, SC //

1997-2000 // First Christian Church of Owasso, OK, Worship Pastor
1997-2000 // First Church of Christ of Burlington, KY, Worship Pastor
2001 – 2008 // Kingsway Christian Church, Worship Pastor
2008 – present // Like Oak Christian Church, Lead Pastor

Michael Beresford, High Point Church in Madison, WI //

// New Hope Church, Senior Pastor
// Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
// Smokey Point Vineyard Church
// Eastside Foursquare Church
// High Point Church

Ed Kelley, Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis, MD //

1986-1991; 1996-2012 // Christ’s Church of Federal Way, Executive Pastor
1991-1996 // River Lakes Community Church,  Associate Pastor-Students
2012 – present // Bay Area Community Church, Executive Pastor

Mike Hickerson, Mission Church in Ventura, CA  //

2000- 2005 // Southland Christian Church, High School Minister
2005 – 2008 // Willow Creek Community Church — Crystal Lake, Student Pastor
2008 – 2011 // Heartland Community Church, Lead College, High School, and Junior High teams
2011- present // Mission Church, Lead Planter/Pastor

Our team is made up of fifty-four coaches serving the local church with Intentional Growth Planning & Coaching. We are pastors and church leaders that serve and support other pastors and church leaders. Each of our team members is vastly experienced and remains in ministry while serving with us. Here are the benchmarks our team:

  • Experienced, senior-level leaders from growing local churches
  • Trained and Certified by Intentional Churches
  • Practitioners of Intentional Growth Planning & Paterson StratOp
  • Exclusively committed to serving the greater church through the ministry of Intentional Churches
Doug Parks

About Doug Parks

Doug served for seventeen years as the Executive Pastor at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in Las Vegas, NV. Over the last several years, Doug has been helping churches throughout the country develop a plan to grow and a prioritized way to execute the plan.

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