A Little About My Life and Ministry
My Auxano Bio
I want you and your ministry to experience the benefits of stunning, God-given clarity. As a pastor turned vision coach, I’ve worked with an unprecedented variety of churches from growing mega-churches and missional communities, to mainline revitalization and church plants. I have the privilege of being the founder of Auxano, the creator of VisionRoom.com and the author of Church Unique: How Missional Leaders Cast Vision and Create Movement and God Dreams: 12 Vision Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Churches Future.
My pastoral experience includes leadership development responsibilities at Clear Creek Community Church and FaithBridge UMC. Both churches have experienced dramatic impact in the same city but represent very different church cultures and unique ministry models. My style blends the best of three worlds: process thinking from the discipline of engineering, communications savvy from my experience as an ad agency executive, and practical theology as a pastoral leader. My eduction experiences includes a ThM in Pastoral Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Penn State. As you walk the vision pathway with Auxano, I invite you check out my blog and VisionRoom.com as an additional resource for church leaders.
If you have not yet checked out my book Church Unique, it contains a systematic overview on the process of visioning for the church today. Much of what I write here is connected to the primary message and principles outlined in the book. Here is Leadership Network’s video where I talk about the book.
I live in Houston, Texas with my wife Romina and my three children, Jacob (20), Joel (16) and Abigail (14). I love to get out of Houston as much as possible for mountain biking and snowboarding. Our favorite family pastimes include mountain biking, reading, playing Halo 3, studying the culture of Chile and eating mexican food (specifically beef fajitas!)
Before Starting Auxano
I encountered the gospel for the first time as a junior high student in Augusta, Georgia, under the ministry of John W. P. Oliver at First Presbyterian Church of Augusta. During my teen years, I was influenced by a godly mother and the ministry of Harvey Nowland at The Willowdale Chapel in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The most dramatic time of tranformation in my life occurred during my college years at Penn State, where God used Campus Crusade for Christ and the ministry of Jim Topmiller to envision a call to ministry.
Before and concurrent with my training season at Dallas Theological Seminary, I worked for seven years as a chemical engineer; first for Dowell Schlumberger in oilfields of the Permian Basin (Midland, TX) and then at Jones Blair Paint Company in Dallas. After seminary, I served as as the pastor of spiritual formation and leadership development at Clear Creek Community Church. While serving at Clear Creek, several members worked for a Houston marketing company with a national platform for churches. In 2001, John Manlove, recruited me to build a vision clarity process for their church clients to go through before providing typical marketing services. After three years and incredible response to the visioning process, I followed God’s lead to set up a ministry that would reach more churches than just those interested in marketing services. In February 2004, Auxano was born!