Confluence Blog is a collective of pastors, leaders and writers from Confluence. We also have guest bloggers from the wider Newfrontiers family and friends from other church movements. Below are some of the main Confluence leaders who oversee and contribute to Confluence Blog.
Terry Virgo is the founder of Newfrontiers, a worldwide family of churches together on a mission to establish the kingdom of God by restoring the church, making disciples, training leaders and planting churches. A well-known Bible teacher, Terry speaks at conferences and churches internationally. Terry has written several books, including The Spirit Filled Church, God's Lavish Grace, and No Well-Worn Paths which is his biography. Terry is married to Wendy and they have five grown children.
John is the founding elder of Jubilee Church in St. Louis, USA that serves as a base for his trans-local church work. He helped found Confluence and also serves on the Newfrontiers International team. John has a passion for developing and reproducing leaders and churches. He and his wife Linda have three daughters and are now great grandparents!
Bryan is the lead pastor of Jubilee Church, a multi-site church in St. Louis, MO. He also leads the Confluence team that serves a number of related churches working on mission together. His passion is to see the gospel impact cities and devotes much of his time teaching and training leaders. He and his wife, Rachel, have three children.
Ian is the lead pastor of New Frontiers Church in Portsmouth, NH, USA. Originally from London, UK, he and his wife, Emma, moved to the USA with their four children in 2002. Ian leads a team that serves a number of Confluence churches in the Northeast and has a particular focus on advancing God’s Kingdom in the Middle East.
Tim Chambers is the lead pastor at Christ’s Church in Joplin, Missouri. A gifted Bible teacher, Tim has been involved for many years in helping train and coach leaders in Confluence. Tim is married to Mary and they have seven grown children.
Seth leads a church plant in Brooklyn NY called Christ Central. Seth became a Christian in drug rehab at age 19. His passion is to see disciples made in local churches that plant new churches. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Rhianon and their four sons.
Sam is an elder at New Frontiers Church in Portsmouth, NH that serves as a base for his trans-local and international ministry. in 1987 Sam and his wife Marlene started a church in Mexico that is still growing today. He has also helped start churches in the USA and worked with Newfrontiers churches in UK, Russia, Ukraine, Zimbabwe, and the Middle East. Sam is best known for developing prophetic ministry and for pioneering a cross-cultural, disciple-making strategy called Share The Story. Sam and Marlene have three grown children.
John is the lead pastor of Christ Church in Corvallis, OR. He is passionate about worship, songwriting, and seeing more reproducing churches planted in the region and beyond. He and his wife, Hannah, have four children.
Jordan is the Worship Director at Jubilee Church in St. Louis City. A songwriter and worship leader, Jordan has led worship at conferences across the United States as well as overseas. In the UK he has helped to lead worship at the Newday Festival that gathers thousands of young people every year. Jordan is married to Felicity and they have three children.
Shannon Hein is a full-time follower of Jesus. She is married to Seth, who leads the Lake location of Jubilee Church. They have four children, whom they are homeschooling, a bearded dragon lizard they hope to keep alive, and two dead house plants. The Heins love their neighbors, are crazy about their church family, and delight in what God is doing at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Carl and Virginia moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 2004 to start Jubilee Church. Jubilee was publicly launched in August of 2005. Carl and Virginia married in 1979 and they have three adult children; Heather, David, and Jono. Carl also serves on the Confluence team that oversees churches in the USA.
Andy is an elder at Destination Church in Chicago. A videographer by trade, he’s currently serving as a grad instructor and pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia College, Chicago, as well as taking classes at Moody Theological Seminary. He’s engaged to Enobong, who shares his passion for Jesus, his Word, his Spirit, and the arts.
Mike is an elder at Jubilee Church in St Louis where he and his wife Theresa have been members since it was founded in 1997. He oversees mercy ministries and has played a large role in developing theological training for Confluence.
Greg Nelson is a physician and marketplace elder at Jubilee Church in St. Louis, MO. As a member of the elder team, he has a passion to see Jesus’ covenant community flourish in areas of practical theology, including race and diversity, leadership development, and vocational mission. He is married to Sylvia, and they have three phenomenal children.
Mike and his wife Katie live in Sacramento, California where they are planting a church with Confluence. They were sent out from Radiant Church in Visalia where Mike served as an elder. Mike and Katie have three sons.
Carla is the Assistant to the President of TURBOCAM Inc.and has been working with Marian Noronha and former slaves in Far West Nepal for over ten years. She is married to David and together they serve on several ministry teams at New Frontiers Church in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Nic is on the team at New Frontiers Church in New Hampshire, with a specific focus on Christ Central, a church plant in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. He is married to Amy and they have two children. Nic and his family are originally from England and moved to the States in 2017 from a church just outside London, where Nic and Amy were both on staff.
Grace Henry is a pseudonym. After church planting for 7 years in New England, Grace, her husband, and their two kids moved in 2010 to church plant in the Middle East. Leaders in what is now an established church, Grace and her husband are accumulating a long list of stories about breakthrough among Muslims, where God is the hero.
Bo is the Lead Pastor of New Community Church in Tacoma, Washington, USA. He and his wife Alexis moved from Boston to start the church in 2006. He works with a number of Confluence churches in the Northwest and is most passionate about seeing people's lives supernaturally changed by God. Bo and Alexis have three sons.
Ben is the lead pastor of Living Hope Church in Kernersville, NC. His passion is to see every Christian engaged in making disciples and growing as a deeply rooted worshiper of Christ. Ben is married to Heather and has three above average children, who obey him most of the time.
Lynn Fleshman lives in Joplin, MO, where she serves Christ’s Church as the office administrator. She enjoys running, gardening, reading, and watching British detective shows on Netflix. But most of all, Lynn loves Jesus and wants to strengthen and encourage his church.
David is based at Woodside Church, Bedford, UK and is developing relationships with many churches in Russia and Ukraine, and encouraging church planting in unreached parts of the world. He has written several books including Demolishing Strongholds and What on Earth is the Church for? David is married to Scilla and they have grown-up children.
PJ Smyth has been part of the wider Newfrontiers family for twenty years and helps plant and strengthen churches on the Eastern seaboard of the USA and in other nations.
Matthew is the Lead Pastor of Gateway Church in Poole, on the South Coast of England. A regular blogger at Thinktheology.co.uk, Matthew is married to Grace and they have four daughters.
Jon Tyson is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Originally from Adelaide Australia, Jon moved to the United States with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority and The Burden is Light. Jon lives in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City, New York.
Josh is the Lead Pastor of Frontline Church that now has four congregations around central Oklahoma. His heart is to equip and train leaders to be effective and faithful in their calling both to Christ as well as for Christ. Josh is married to Nancy and they have two children.
Natalie is a former journalist who currently works for King’s Church in Hastings UK, and for Jubilee+, an organization that helps equip churches to engage more effectively in their communities and increase their capacity to serve the poor. Natalie is co-author of The Myth of the Undeserving Poor (2014) and A Church for the Poor (2017).
Phil leads Everyday Church in London and also serves as a Bible teacher and evangelist within the Newfrontiers family of churches. He is the author of the “Straight to the Heart” series of devotional commentaries. Phil is married to Ruth and they have three children.
Andrew is Teaching Pastor at King’s Church London, and has theology degrees from Cambridge (MA), London School of Theology (MTh), and King’s College London (PhD). He is a columnist for Christianity Today, and has written several books, most recently The Life We Never Expected and Unbreakable. Andrew is married to Rachel and they have three children: Zeke, Anna and Samuel.