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Casey Graves
Chapter 4 Fellow

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Jessica Taylor
Chapter 4 Fellow

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Mitchell Shaw
Chapter 4 Fellow

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Everywhere Jesus went, He offered good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners, recovery of sight for the blind, and He changed the story for all of them.

Rooted in the significance of Luke 4:16-21, the Chapter 4 Institute is an immersive, cohort-based leadership experience that creates passion for spiritual and social renewal. It challenges leaders to reimagine how the church might earn its place as an essential ally – alongside local government, community-based organizations, businesses, and others – to change the story in their communities.

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What a Chapter 4 Fellow looks like:

    • Believes the Body of Christ is the key to greater community health and vitality
    • Loves their community and desires to partner with others to improve the lives of those in their neighborhood
    • Wants to be bold in taking risks that lead to transformational change
    • Thinks strategically and pursues innovation

How (and Why) It All Began

Once upon a time, a coalition of Church of God leaders came together and made a decision to be essential to their communities. This is the Chapter 4 origin story.

STORIES OF CHANGE

from across the movement

Ben Sand

Convinced that now is a time for pioneers, Ben serves as the CEO of a venture operating foundation—The Contingent—focused on bringing big ideas to life to serve children and families. Ben is a collaborator, connector, and convener.

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Email: ben.sand@portlandleadership.org

Website: www.portlandleadership.org

Geremy Dixon

Pastor Geremy has served as an associate and now Lead Pastor for over 18 years at Center of Hope LA in Inglewood, CA. Known for his approachable demeanor, and common sense approach to Kingdom living he has the unique ability to connect with

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individuals from all walks of life. Pastor Geremy’s particular blend of humor, inspiration and sound biblical grounding has opened doors for him to be a guest facilitator and a sought after speaker for churches, conferences, and conventions both nationally and internationally. Articulate, passionate, and driven; Geremy is one of the emerging voices proclaiming God’s desire to establish His Kingdom in the market place.
Married to Adrienne Dixon, they have the joy of parenting four wonderful children, Kennedy, Micah, Roman and Jordyn.

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Email: GDixon@firstchurchofgod.com

Website: www.go2hope.com

Jim Lyon

Jim Lyon grew up in Seattle, where he served as an Associate and then Senior Pastor of the Fairview Church (1977-1991). In 1991, he moved to Anderson, Indiana to become Senior Pastor of the Madison Park Church of God. After 22 years at Madison

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Park, he accepted the invitation to become General Director of Church of God Ministries, providing leadership for the Church of God in the United States and Canada (and networking with the church in 84 other countries).

Lyon studied at Seattle Pacific University and the University of Washington Law School. Always fascinated by politics and the public interest, he has worked in many civic and church-related fields, including representing northwest Seattle as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives. The conviction that Jesus is at work in the world, redeeming and transforming us, has molded his life and vocation more than any other. Articulate pastor, teacher, and motivational speaker,he became the host of CBH ViewPoint, the English language broadcast of Christians Broadcasting Hope, in 1996; the program is heard worldwide on air and online each week.

In 2011, Lyon released his first book, Go Ahead, Ask Anything. Based on a sermon series delivered at the Madison Park Church, the book addresses the top ten questions posed in a community survey asking, “If you could ask anything at church, what would it be?” A second book, Jesus B, was released by Warner Press in 2015.

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Email: JLyon@chog.org
Website: www.jesusisthesubject.org

Ava Steaffens

Ava Steaffens is the new Strategic Partnership Director for California at World Relief. Ava started her professional career as an attorney. She practiced Immigration Law in Orange County, CA for 18 years. Prior to joining the team of World Relief,

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Ava served as the CEO and President of Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). Before joining the CCDA team, she led KidWorks Community Development Corporation in Santa Ana, CA for 15 years, earning numerous awards for community leadership, education, and civic engagement and advocacy.

A Cuban-American, native of Miami, FL, Ava earned her Bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University and later earned her Juris Doctor from Western State University School of Law in Fullerton, CA. She lives in Santa Ana, CA and is the proud mother of two married daughters, Jessica (and Anthony) and Katelyn (and Joshua), and three granddaughters, Selah, Shiloh and Pilar.

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Email: Asteaffens@wr.org
Website: www.worldrelief.org

Reggie McNeal

Dr. Reggie McNeal enjoys helping people, leaders, and Christian organizations determine and experience epic wins with Kingdom impact. He currently serves as City Coach for GoodCities of Minneapolis MN. As City Coach Reggie works with community

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leaders around the country to build cross-domain collaborative efforts that can move the needle on big societal issues.  He provides coaching and consultation for individuals and teams in becoming more missionally-focused and Kingdom-biased in their ministry approaches. Reggie has helped to shape the church leadership conversation through his extensive speaking schedule and work as an author. His books include Revolution in Leadership: Creating Apostles for Tomorrow’s Church (Abingdon Press, 1998), A Work of Heart: Understanding How God Shapes Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2000), The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church (Jossey-Bass, 2003), Practicing Greatness: Seven Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2006), Get A Life! (Broadman & Holman, 2007), Missional Renaissance: Changing the Scorecard for the Church (Jossey-Bass, 2009), Missional Communities: The Rise of the Post-Congregational Church (Jossey-Bass, 2011), Get Off Your Donkey! Help Somebody and Help Yourself (Baker, 2013). Reggie’s Kingdom Come: Why We Must Quit Our Obsession Over Fixing the Church and What We Should Do Instead (Tyndale, 2015) challenges the church to shift its narrative from a church-centric to a kingdom-centric ministry agenda. His latest book, Kingdom Collaborators: 8 Signature Themes of Leaders Who Turn the World Upside Down (IVP, 2018), details the character and competencies of effective kingdom leaders.

Reggie served in local church leadership for over twenty years, including being the founding pastor of a congregation. His experience also includes being a denominational executive and leadership development coach. Reggie has lectured or taught as adjunct faculty for multiple seminaries, including Fuller Theological (Pasadena, CA), Southwestern Baptist (Ft. Worth, TX), Golden Gate Baptist (San Francisco, CA), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL), Columbia International (Columbia, SC), and Seminary of the Southwest (Austin TX). He has also resourced the United States Army Chief of Chaplains Office (the Pentagon), The Chaplains’ Training School (Ft. Jackson), Air Force chaplains, and the Air Force Education and Training Command. Reggie’s work also extends to the business sector, including The Gallup Organization, in addition to his role as an advisory board member for several ministry organizations. Most recently he served for ten years as the Missional Leadership Specialist with Leadership Network, remaining connected with the organization as Senior Fellow.

Reggie’s education includes a B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina and the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Reggie and his wife Cathy make their home in Columbia, South Carolina.

Contact Information

Email: Reggie.Mcneal@leadnet.org
Website: www.leadnet.org

Ken Weigel

Ken Weigel serves within the Pacific Northwest as a strategist and trusted advisor for businesses, nonprofits, foundations and churches. With a background in strategic problem solving, Ken has had the privilege of

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working on emerging projects with organizations including: M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Imago Dei Community, Gates Foundation, Living Water International, Younglife, and more. His longest client is the crowdfunded online Bible resource platform, The Bible Project. From its inception, Ken has served as a strategist in key roles related to recurring giving, resource optimization and key partnerships. Ken and his wife Linsea happily live just outside of Portland, Oregon, and on occasion can be found trying to attempt to parent their four children, ages 8, 10, 11 and 12.

Kimberly Majeski

Dr. Kimberly Majeski has been in full-time preaching ministry for more than twenty years. She is an ordained pastor in the Church of God, Anderson, Indiana and serves as the Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries

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at Anderson University. Kimberly’s scholarship is featured on the History Channel, A&E, and in many books, articles and publications. She lives at the heart of the justice movement as an activist and the leader of Stripped Love, a non-profit serving victims of sex trafficking. A widely sought after preacher herself, Kimberly brings her years of academic preparation and front lines experience to the Preacher Girl School, a dynamic online community and digital course founded in 2019. Kimberly is married to Kevin and mama to Max, they live in Anderson, IN.

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Email: ksmajeski@anderson.edu
Website: www.kimberlymajeski.com

Natalie Farmer

Energized by solving complex problems with an innovative and collaborative approach, Natalie has led organizations to places of new health and vitality over the course of her career. From building program and systems solutions for the

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Department of Defense, to leveraging emerging marketing and communications tools to strategically turnaround businesses in the music business industry, Natalie has demonstrated an ability to innovate, create solutions, and build new momentum in places that have experienced stagnant or diminishing impact.  Looking for a new idea and ways to implement it?  Natalie is your teammate.

Chapter 4 Fellows are learning to Change the Story in their communities, and you can change the story too.

Your gift of as little as $25 empowers local churches to touch their own communities they way Jesus did.

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