Advisory Team


Daren and Laura Carstens

Enjoy Church

Alton, IL

Daren Carstens is the senior pastor of Enjoy Church, a multi-campus church in the greater St. Louis area. With a passion for life and a desire to help people reach their full potential, Daren mixes humor, encouragement, and a practical life-changing message of hope.  Through his weekly television program and books The Blended Family Makeover and Overcoming: Overwhelmed, Daren reaches multiplied thousands through his love of people.

Tim and Donna Chambers

Fresh Start Church

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Tim has a simple approach to teaching and life that has served him well for 30 plus years of ministry. He has developed a passion for taking the cookies off the top shelf and putting them on the bottom shelf where everyone can get their hands on them.  He has led the charge to grow the church and change the culture of church in one of the most unreached regions of the United States, the North East. With his wife Donna and his 3 sons, Justin, Jordan, & Jon (the tre' J's) by his side, he has led Fresh Start Church for 17 yrs in their mission to, Connect the love of Jesus to the heart of their community.

Eric and Kelly Dykstra

Free Grace United

Elk River, MN

Eric & Kelly Dykstra are the Founding and Senior Pastors of Free Grace United, a family of 12 churches with the goal of launching 100 churches by 2040. They oversee Free Grace Bible College, which offers Bible and ministry training. Eric is the author of Grace on Tap and Unhooked & Untangled. Kelly's books include The People Mover and How to Twirl: A Lovely Way To Live. They've been married for 25 years and are almost empty-nesters, with three kids, a daughter-in law, and a grandpuppy named Zeppelin.

Dr. Chris and Michele Stephens

Faith Promise Church

Knoxville, TN

Dr. Chris Stephens is the Senior Pastor at Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Evangelistic Church Growth from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has a fervent dedication to reaching the lost. Dr. Stephens has a genuine passion to encourage, inspire and equip others to discover and use their God-given gifts, finding and fulfilling their life purpose in the process. He is the author of two books: The Climb of Your Life-Reaching the Peak of Your Potential and The Plan of Your Life-Managing What Matters Most.

Called into the ministry over 30 years ago, Dr. Stephens’ journey has taken him from a life in the projects to leading one of the fastest growing churches in America. Using his life experiences and unique, relevant communication style, he easily connects with others and has had the opportunity to speak all over the world impacting thousands of lives. Since joining Faith Promise Church as its first and only Senior Pastor in July 1996, Dr. Stephens has been instrumental in facilitating the church’s growth from 250 to 5,500 in attendance and a staff that has grown from 5 to 60. During this time the church has expanded to include six campuses located across East Tennessee, plus a global Internet Campus.

Dr. Stephens and Michele, his wife of thirty years, have three grown children and welcomed their first grandchild in December 2013. They reside in Knoxville.

Shannon and Cindy O'Dell

Brand New Church

Bergman, Arkansas

Shannon O’Dell is a devoted husband and father of four. People know him as innovative, inspiring and committed to reaching out to struggling rural churches and churches with a rural state of mind. He has served Brand New Church as senior pastor for over seven years in Bergman, Arkansas, a small community of just over 400 people.

Brand New Church has grown from 31 to 2000 members with 7 campuses, network churches, and an online campus under Shannon’s leadership. He is the author of “Transforming Church in Rural America" and “At The Table”.