Over the past 13 years, the NCFIC has ended up with a fairly large network of churches and families around the nation. We feel that now is the time to take steps toward decentralization for the purpose of facilitating local relationships, equipping church leaders and offering regional gatherings led by local pastors in order to continue to proliferate gospel centered, Biblically ordered family integrated churches that embrace the sufficiency of scripture. One of the central objectives of the NCFIC has been to connect families and churches.
One of the increasing challenges I am facing at the NCFIC is counseling with men who call or write to us with important questions. In addition, it seems to me that God would have many of these churches be connected with one another for mutual help. This is the pattern of the churches in the New Testament. For example, as Jonathan Leeman points out, “They shared love and greetings; They shared preachers and missionaries; They supported one another financially with joy and thanksgiving; They imitated one another in how to live the Christian life; They were instructed to love one another by caring for one another financially; They were cautioned about whom to receive as teachers; They were exhorted to pray for other churches and Christians.”
In addition, two of the great historic confessions of faith (Westminster and Baptist Confession of 1689) also address this issue of churches working together. This is not the same as forming a denomination, but rather, the organic way that brothers and sisters in churches are designed to love one another.
Stephen Hopkins is a pastor/elder at Burnet Bible Church in Burnet, Texas. He is a board member with the newly formed Texas home-school group, FORGE Ministries (Families Obediently Restoring Godly Education). His passions are family worship, open air preaching, and defense of pre-born children. Steve and his wife, Sandra, have been married for 30 years and have sixteen children and four grandchildren.
Tom Ford is an elder at Grace Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama and is additionally the owner of a family owned and operated business - Ford Physical Therapy. Tom has been married to his wife Leigh for twenty-two years and they have eight children ages two to nineteen.
Mike Cheney and his wife, Roxie, have been blessed with two children, Annie and Corey, whom they have home educated since birth. They are entrepreneurs and believe in developing multiple streams of income to keep family economies strong, vibrant and able to weather economic difficulties for present needs as well as those of future generations.
As the director of the national AME Program and of Family Economics for Generations with Vision, Mike has a passion to share a vision for discipleship in all kinds of businesses. The Cheneys served CHEC as Conference Coordinators for 11 years and Mike served as CHEC's Operations Director for 10 years. He is a founder and teaching elder at Covenant Love Fellowship Church in Parker, Colorado.
Jason Dohm is a full time pastor at Sovereign Redeemer Community Church in Youngsville, NC (www.sovereignredeemerchurch.com). He graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992 with a B.A. in education and proceeded to a lengthy career in electronics manufacturing. Jason has been married to Janet for twenty-three years and has six children
Kirk Smith is the Executive Director for the Illinois Christian Home Educators (ICHE). As such, his consistent message is the emphasis on home discipleship (particularly father-led) and the fear of the Lord as the source of wisdom and knowledge. Prior to his present position, he founded and pastored a church in Albion, Illinois for twenty-five years. He and his wife, Joely, live on a small farm outside Bone Gap with their eleven children.
Ross Macdonald felt the Lord beginning to call and prepare him for ministry a decade ago, a calling later confirmed by the elders of the church in which he was raised and baptized. He met his wife, Alicia, shortly after and has enjoyed growing and serving with her through five years of marriage. He left a career in manufacturing logistics to complete a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies at Fitchburg State University (2014), and is undertaking M.Div. studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Ross began to preach at various churches through the New England Reformed Fellowship (NERF), a ministerial meeting where he frequently gives presentations. He now serves at Grace Reformation Bible Church in Princeton, MA, where he seeks to understand and expound the Word of God.
Joseph Dooley is a Pastor/Teaching Elder at Grace Fellowship Baptist Church. He has served as a pastor in West Virginia and Georgia for the last 30 years. The last ten years were focused on planting a family (age)-integrated church and mentoring other pastors and families that desire to plant churches in Georgia. Joe is a graduate of Liberty University with a B.S. in Education. He, his wife of 25 years, and six children ranging from 19 to 5 live in Northeast, Ga. He, along with his elders at Grace, desire to present a changeless Christ in a very rapidly changing culture.
Paul Thompson is the pastor of Eastside Baptist Church in Twin Falls, Idaho (since 2001). Paul and his wife Renee have two adult sons. He is founder of Wilderness Adventure Ministries, founder of New Horizon Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, enjoys gardening, and is an avid reader. He served as president of the Utah/Idaho Southern Baptist Convention from 2008-2009 and was president of the Saudi Advocacy Network from 2006-2012. Following the 2010 Port-au-Prince, Haiti earthquake Paul and his church were among the 10 Americans arrested in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. You can read his journal from those God-ordained days at www.paulthompsonblog.com
Kris Baines lives with his wife Becky, and their 7 children “down under” in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is one of the pastor-elders in the church he planted in 2002 as a Calvary Chapel. Since then, the Holy Spirit has brought about some challenging, yet exciting reformation in the church. This has included the transition to age integration, a deeper commitment to Biblically qualified leadership, and the preaching of a gospel that emphasizes the sovereignty of God. In 2014, the church opted out of affiliation with the CC movement and became Redemption Church. In addition to pastoral ministry, and part-time work as a paramedic and composer, Kris leads The Psalm 12:1 Project - a ministry dedicated to the restoration of Biblical manhood. One of the greatest passions Kris has, is to see believers embrace the sufficiency of Scripture and discover the blessings of God through Spirit-empowered obedience.
Mala Chindongo is pastoring Antioch Baptist Church in Blantyre, Malawi, where he has been laboring since 2008. ABC began as a Bible study with the help of an American missionary and has since developed into the only reformed Baptist church in Blantyre. Mala was married on June 15, 2013 and is now joined with his wife Rachel in Blantyre.
Scott LaPierre is the senior pastor/teaching elder of Woodland Christian Church, in southwest Washington, and the author of Marriage God’s Way. He and his wife, Katie, grew up together in northern California, and they have been blessed with six children (and hopefully more) that they homeschool. Scott invests most of his energy in his home and church families. He enjoys teaching God’s Word and speaking at events, and his free time is usually committed to writing. You can learn more at ScottLaPierre.org.