All of the instructors at the School of Church Planting have multiple years of church-planting or revitalizing experience, in North America and/or overseas. Thus, they have a multi-cultural perspective that enables them to teach church planters from around the world. The SCP is geared specifically for pastors and missionaries who want to plant God-honoring churches or strengthen and revitalize plateaued or struggling churches. Among other things, we will consider foundational issues, the need for intentional discipleship and the opportunities that many have for multicultural ministry.
Dr. Jason Ormiston: After participating for over eleven years in urban church planting, Jason and his wife, Heather, moved their four children to Greenville, SC, to train men and women at Bob Jones University for multi-ethnic ministry. They were blessed with two more children while in Greenville. While serving at BJU, Jason served as outreach and discipleship pastor at Cornerstone Baptist Church and in 2010 he accepted the call to start Palmetto Baptist Church. In July of 2021, Jason moved back to North Minneapolis, Minnesota to serve as the senior pastor of Family Baptist Church. Jason received his MA and MDiv from Central Baptist Theological Seminary and an DMin in Urban Missions from Westminster Theological Seminary.
Dr. Brian Brock: Bryan was used by God as a church planter and pastor in Southern California for ten years and now serves as a Professor of Bible and Church Ministries at Maranatha Baptist University. His wife, Rebecca, teaches women’s ministry courses at Maranatha, and together they serve their local church and invest in their four children, Brad, Kate, Grant, and Jane. Bryan is on staff at Heritage Baptist Church in Cedarburg, WI as the director of education and evangelism, and he enjoys preaching and teaching at camps, conferences, and on the mission field between semesters. Bryan earned his MDiv from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary and a DMin from The Master’s Seminary.
Michael Carlyle: The Lord called Michael and Julie to full-time ministry later in life while Michael was a sales and marketing manager for a large company in Detroit. After Michael graduated from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary (MBS and MDiv), they served in Cambodia with Baptist Mid-Missions for 13 years, both in theological education and in church planting and development. This year, the Lord redirected them to Bibles International, the Bible society of Baptist Mid-Missions, where Michael serves as manager of the Scripture Engagement Department. He is also a doctoral candidate in the DMin program at Bob Jones University. Michael and Julie have four daughters and eight grandchildren.
Larry Hobbes: Larry began his ministry as the pastor at First Baptist Church in Castle Creek, New York for over seventeen years. During that time the church was instrumental in the planting of Bethel Baptist Church near Albany, New York. For the last twenty years, Larry has been directly involved in planting two churches. The first was Berean Baptist Church in Lafayette, Indiana. The church was chartered in 2004 and called their first pastor in 2007. Since then, Larry has labored to plant Maple Hills Church in Chardon, Ohio. In August 2021, they merged with another small group of believers to continue their witness and outreach in the Chardon-Kirtland area. His burden for Arch Ministries is to encourage local churches across the United States and Canada to engage intentionally in the work of planting new churches in obedience to the Great Commission.
Jon Jenks: Jon’s passion as an administrator and leadership coach is to strengthen churches so that they are alive and productive for Christ. He served as pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, for over 20 years, focusing the ministry on discipling intentionally at every age. While at Calvary, God allowed them to plant one church and revitalize two others, as well as send 25 individuals into full-time ministry. Jon now serves as the fourth president of Baptist Church Planters, a mission which exists to assist local Baptist churches to revitalize and plant churches by facilitating the process for churches, the missionaries they send, and the people they disciple to fulfill the Great Commission. He is a graduate of Cedarville College and Baptist Bible Seminary in PA.
Scott Owen is a Church Facilitation Director with Baptist Church Planters. His church revitalization experience began in the early 2000’s when he was on the Intentional Discipleship Training team for the Iowa Association of Regular Baptist Churches. He is certified as a Biblical Counselor (ACBC), as a Christian Conciliator (ICC), and as a Relational Wisdom Instructor (RW360). His current duties with BCP include leadership and intentional disciplemaking training, providing conciliation and mediation services, and overseeing the Intentional Transitional Ministries for churches in transition. Scott brought over 30 years of pastoral experience with him when he joined BCP in 2019.
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