Jerry Comfort consults with and mentors firms in all life-cycle stages. He helps organizations mature or “grow up,” bringing focus and clarity to their definitions of success and designing decision-making processes to help them get there in a way that value is created and traction is gained quickly toward achieving their goals. As an organization architect, he has drafted business plans in collaboration with the firm’s members; facilitated strategic planning sessions; created going concern through policies, processes and procedures; and developed financial business processes with forecasting tools and accountability. Through the use of teamwork, staff management, coaching, tools and story-based communications that bridge the gap between what’s happening on the ground and upper management, he leads rational project development efforts where teams translate raw data into actionable intelligence that drives the achievement of desired results even under challenging and difficult circumstances.
Jerry has worked with Efficient Capital Management, LLC; CCC Information Services, Inc.; and Price Waterhouse, now known as PWC; along with other enterprises and start-ups.
Continuing education has been central to Jerry staying current with trends and thinking. He pursued an MBA at the University of Chicago, known as Booth School of Business, completing the graduate coursework for concentrations in finance, statistics, operations, accounting, and quality management. His undergraduate work was completed at Mississippi College where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting. Upon graduation he was recognized as a Nelson Scholar for his class rank of one. Jerry passed the CPA exam in Texas and is affiliated with the American Institute of CPAs. He is in Beta Gamma Sigma, a national honor society for outstanding business achievement.
Jerry, his wife, Sally, and son, Cole, are members of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, where he has proven that even men can have meaningful and life-impacting discussions around God’s word. They host small group gatherings in their home, sing in the choir and serve as one of the faces for their church’s outreach efforts.
Jerry’s relationships are guided by a love for God, a desire to grow in knowledge of Him and in community with others, and a heart to pass the baton of the gospel along to the next generation. His life is centered at the connection of his soul with God and living life out in that context. He believes that his life is like that of a shepherd. Or, to put this in terms of the breathtaking outdoors that stirs his soul, Jerry is an arborist that is tending and caring for God’s grove, God’s people planted like an orchard that is bearing fruit.
Director of Ministry Initiatives
Tate Fritz has served as the Director of Ministry Initiatives at God Centered Life Ministries since 2016. In his role, Tate oversees and guides the staff of God Centered Life and leads the ministry’s visionary implementation efforts. Prior to his work at God Centered Life Ministries, Tate has worked both domestically and internationally with Samaritan’s Purse, coached boys basketball, worked in church youth groups, developed high school Bible curriculum, and has been heavily involved in discipleship. He attended Wheaton College for his undergraduate studies, receiving a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Biblical Studies. Currently, Tate is pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
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Bill Pollard is Chairman of Fairwyn Investment Company, a private investment firm, and for over a twenty-five year period, Bill participated in the leadership of The ServiceMaster Company serving not once but twice as its Chief Executive Officer. Bill has also served as a director of several public companies and a number of charitable, religious, and educational organizations, including Wheaton College and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. He is the author of several books including the best seller, The Soul of the Firm. A native of the Chicago area, Bill and his wife, Judy, have been married for over 55 years and have been blessed with four children and fifteen grandchildren.
Curtis Cook is the Pastor of Hope Fellowship Church in Cambridge, MA which he planted in 2003. He has been married to his wife, Brandy, since 1995. They have two teenage children Hannah and Brennan. Curtis is originally from Oklahoma and has a B.S. from Oklahoma State University and an M.Div from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Andreas Kӧstenberger is Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is the founder of Biblical Foundations™ (www.biblicalfoundations.org), a ministry devoted to helping restore the biblical foundations for marriage and the family in the home, church, and society. Dr. Kӧstenberger is the author or co-author of numerous books, including God, Marriage & Family, God’s Design for Man & Woman, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth, Invitation to Biblical Interpretation, Going Deeper with New Testament Greek, John (BECNT), and Excellence. He also serves as editor of theJournal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Dr. Kӧstenberger and his wife have 4 children and live in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
Duane Litfin served for seventeen years as the seventh president of Wheaton College. His writings have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals, and he is the author of several books, most recently Conceiving the Christian College (Eerdmans), Word vs. Deed: Resetting the Scales to a Biblical Balance (Crossway), and Paul’s Theology of Preaching: The Apostle’s Challenge to the Art of Persuasion in Ancient Corinth (IVP Academic)
Garrett Nates joined Oxford Bible Fellowship staff in July 2015 as the Lead Pastor. He previously served for 14 years at College Church in Wheaton, IL in various pastoral roles but most recently as the Pastor for Discipleship Ministries. His passion is to lead Oxford Bible Fellowship in connecting the transforming power of God’s grace to everyday life and in being part of a Holy Spirit-empowered global witness to Jesus Christ and the redemption that is found only in Him.
Garrett and his wife, Naomi, met during their high school years in Colorado Springs, CO. He attended Biola University in La Mirada, CA and Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, IL. They have four active children: Ezekiel, Landon, Moriah, and Breck. Their family enjoys being outdoors in God’s creation, snow skiing in Colorado, soccer anywhere there is open space and anything to do with Chicago sports.
Philip Ryken is the eighth president of Wheaton College, where he studied philosophy and English literature and met his wife Lisa during Orientation. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and a doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford.
Dr. Ryken returned from England to join the pastoral staff at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church, where he preached for 15 years before becoming Wheaton’s President in 2010. He has published more than 40 books, including The Message of Salvation, Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and expository commentaries on Exodus, Jeremiah, Luke, Galatians, and other books of the Bible.
Greg Hendrickson grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. He came to New Haven in 1999 to study at Yale. As a student, he began attending Trinity and got involved in the Night Runners homeless ministry. After graduation, he worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Yale, Wesleyan, and Albertus Magnus for eight years, while serving as a deacon and later an elder at Trinity. Greg has been married to Jane since 2008 and they have two children, Nathan and Grace. They are excited to be part of what God is doing at Trinity and in New Haven. Greg’s pastoral responsibilities include college ministry, urban outreach, welcoming newcomers, and coordinating the staff. Greg received his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2011.
Jay Ridenour is originally from Orlando, FL and spent his training years in the south. He holds a BA from Union University, Jackson, TN and MDiv from Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, AL. After falling for and meeting his wife Autumn, they moved to New Haven, MA where Jay served as the Associate Pastor for 3 years at Trinity Baptist Church. For the last 8 years, Jay has served in some capacity at First Baptist Church of Sudbury, MA with the last 5 coming as Pastor. He has 2 sons, John and Will, and loves to preach and walk alongside younger brothers in the faith. Jay desires to lead christians into the authentic community and ambitious mission of Jesus Christ.
Mark Meynell is Associate Director (Europe & Caribbean) for Langham Preaching (a branch of Langham Partnership). This takes him to many countries for the purposes of training others in biblical preaching. He was on the senior ministry team of All Souls, Langham Place in London for 9 years, after 4 years teaching in a small seminary in Kampala, Uganda. He is married to Rachel, and they have 2 children (Joshua, 17, and Zanna, 14). His first book was Cross-Examined, (IVP 2001), and most recently he has written A Wilderness of Mirrors – Trusting again in a Cynical World (Zondervan, 2015), What Makes Us Human (Good Book Co, 2015).
Michael Morgan lives with his wonderful wife, Kate, and three children in Aurora, Colorado. Ten years ago he planted Wellspring Community Church (wellspringdenver.org), where he continues to lead as Teaching Pastor. He also teaches History and Theology as an adjunct at Gateway Seminary.
Before planting Wellspring, he served on staff with a branch of Campus Crusade for Christ called Here’s Life Inner City in Denver, CO, and later with Cru’s prison ministry in Wisconsin. Michael loves camping in the Rockies with his family, lever-action rifles, books about dead preachers, and a hot cup of coffee.
Rob Wolgemuth, is a Managing Director at ZRG Partners, LLC, a global executive search firm based in the New York Metro area. Rob has an extensive background in the areas of human performance, change management, portfolio management and executive recruitment. Rob draws on depth of experiences across multiple industries including capital markets, diversified manufacturing, aerospace and defense, oil and gas, professional services and insurance.
Rob served as an executive in the Change Management practice group at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), a management consulting firm, for six years. He then co-founded and co-led a hedge fund management firm for nine years named Insight Investments, LLC. He is now entering his sixth year in the retained search business with ZRG. Based in the suburbs of Chicago, Rob focuses on leading executive level searches for his clients, primarily mid-sized to large industrial companies.
With his wife, Rebecca, Rob is very involved in the community and their church. He and Rebecca serve on the board of the Missionary Furlough Homes Foundation, an organization which provides dedicated housing to missionaries on home assignment. Rob and Rebecca have five school aged children and are active at College Church in Wheaton. Rob was appointed by Mayor Michael Gresk and serves on the Liquor Control Commission for the City of Wheaton. Rob also enjoys athletics and working out and has coached various youth sports teams through the years. Rob considers himself the second best adult athlete in his family, but he did play lacrosse in college and has participated in a half marathon, 10 miler and a triathlon in recent years.
Rob attended Wheaton College and graduated with a BA in Political Science. He enjoys reading biographies; recently he’s focused on the Puritans and the Great Awakening.
Robert Krumrey is husband to Melanie and father to Kory, Cooper, and Kayla. He is also founding pastor of MERCYhouse in Amherst, MA that serves the community as well as students from five area colleges including the flagship campus of The University of Massachusetts. He finds great joy in preaching the gospel with clarity in a context where most people have never heard the good news.
Prior to his leadership of Send a Cow, Simon Barnes served as Executive Vice President at American Bible Society.
Preceding this Barnes was Senior Vice President and Director of Advisory Services for Geneva Global Limited, an organisation supporting individuals making life-changing philanthropic investments.
Prior to that he served as Executive Director of FOCUS (The Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools) a ministry to the US Independent (Prep) Schools. Having moved from a similar role in the UK.
Barnes, an ordained Anglican priest, was born in Essex, UK and is a graduate of both London and Warwick Universities. His wife was born in Bristol, UK and the family have recently return to live in the South West of England after 25 years in the US.
Steven Lee (@5tevenLee) serves as the pastor of small groups and community outreach at College Church in Wheaton, IL. He was previously on staff at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN and had the privilege of being a part of a church-planting team in San Diego, CA. He earned his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts and his M.Div. from Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, MN. Prior to pastoral ministry, Steven worked as a graphic designer. He and his wife Stephanie have four children, and enjoy trying various ethnic foods.
Todd Augustine is the Grow Pastor at Covenant Church of Naples, Florida. Todd leads Covenant in the creation and execution of a discipleship plan that effectively develops and deploys disciples of all ages at Covenant to make disciples in their family, community, and world.
Todd earned his B.A. in philosophy and his M.A. in theology from Wheaton College. He received his M.Div. from Southern Seminary and is currently pursuing his D.Min from Westminster Theological Seminary. Todd was previously on staff at College Church in Wheaton for 14 years. Prior to becoming a pastor, Todd spent 20 years in the hospitality industry and two years in Christian publishing. He and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters and a son. Todd enjoys running, reading, skiing and time with friends.
David Dockery currently serves as the president of Trinity International University, following over 18 years of leadership at Union University in Jackson, TN. Prior to coming to TIU and Union, Dr. Dockery served as the Chief Academic Officer at the Southern Baptist Seminary, as well as a Professor of Theology and the New Testament. Dr. Dockery holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas System, master’s degrees from Texas Christian University, Southwestern Seminary, and Grace Seminary, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
A prominent Christian leader, Dockery has served on numerous boards and committees, both local and global (including Christianity Today International, the Board of Directors for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and the Board for Prison Fellowship Ministries, where he continues to serve as the chair of the theology committee). Dockery is also a noteworthy and prolific lecturer, having delivered speeches at the Wheaton Theology Conference, the McCall Lectures at Southern Seminary, conferences at Baylor and Samford, and dozens of other institutions.
Dockery is the author or editor of 35 books (including Renewing Minds and Biblical Interpretation Then and Now), the contributor to over 50 other works, and the author of more than 100 articles and reviews, which have been published in various publications. Dr. Dockery holds numerous awards for his involvement and service, including the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the West Tennessee Red Cross and the Holman Christian Standard Award from Lifeway Christian Resources among many others. Dr. Dockery and his wife Lanese have been married for 38 years and have three married sons and six grandchildren.
Doug Moo is Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, where he teaches in the masters’ and doctoral programs. He has been at Wheaton since 2000, after serving for 23 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written several books on New Testament issues, including commentaries on Romans, Galatians, Colossians, James, and 2 Peter-Jude. He has also taught and preached frequently in the local church. He and his wife Jenny enjoy grandchildren, traveling, and photography.
Gregory Thornbury, Ph.D., serves as the sixth President of The King’s College in New York City – an institution dedicated to faith, free enterprise, and The American Dream. Called “America’s first hipster college president” by The American Spectator, Dr. Thornbury is also a Visiting Professor at the Values and Capitalism initiative of the American Enterprise Institute; a Senior Fellow for The Kairos Journal; a columnist for Townhall.com; and a member of the editorial board of the Salem Media Group. His forthcoming work, Only Visiting This Planet (Penguin/Random House, 2016), is a biography of the 1970s Jesus Movement icon and rock pioneer, Larry Norman, whom Thornbury calls, “the forerunner of the millennial generation’s attitude toward religion.”
Justin Wainscott serves as the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee. He has degrees from Union University, Beeson Divinity School, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Anna, have three children.
Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. Ed also serves as the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton, and as chair of the Evangelism and Leadership Program in the Graduate School. Ed is a prolific author and well-known conference speaker. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written a dozen books and hundreds of articles.
Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN. He is also the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, which is used by over 1 million individuals each week.
As of fall 2015, Stetzer co-hosts BreakPoint This Week, a radio broadcast that airs on over 400 media outlets.
Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is a pastor, author, president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries.
He serves as senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton. His books include How Church Can Change Your Life (Christian Focus 2015), Burning Hearts (Christian Focus 2014), Journey to Joy (Crossway 2013), Jonathan Edwards and Justification (Crossway 2012), No Other Gospel (Crossway 2011), The God-Centered Life (Regent 2007; IVP UK 2006), and Authentic Spirituality (Regent 2009; Kingsway 2000). He was an associate fellow of Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University (2007-2011), and his doctorate is published as Jonathan Edwards and the Enlightenment (UPA 2005).
Josh grew up south of London in England, became a follower of Jesus in the Church of England, was an undergraduate at Cambridge University where he was president of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union. He served as the college pastor at Eden Baptist Church in Cambridge, England, did pioneer mission work in the former Soviet Union countries of Georgia and Azerbaijan, and was senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in New Haven. He is married to Rochelle and they have four children.
Wilfred Rugumba’s father lost his job when Wilfred was 10 years old and the family of 10 was forced to a one bedroom house in the slums of Kampala. While in the slum school Wilfred met a new friend Phillip who shared the gospel with him and their two other friends; Wilson and Ben.
These young men were touched by God and together began leading fellowship in their high school Christian Fellowship.
When they were 17, Wilfred and his friends felt a strong leading of God to start a church and care for orphans. From that beginning under a mango tree near Kampala, with 9 high school students started “Light the World Church” and Mercy Childcare began. The church now has over 5000 people attending each week.
Wilfred is the founder and director of Mercy Childcare Ministry which currently cares for 191 abandoned children, orphans and unwanted babies in Kampala, Uganda. While providing care for the children, the goal is (if possible) to reunite the child with their family. In addition to his role at mercy, Wilfred is the associate pastor at Light the World Church in Kampala. Wilfred has a bachelor’s degree in Community Leadership and Development. He and wife Vena have three children, Graham, Joshua and daughter Zoe born in May 2015.