Bart Garrett

Lead Pastor, Christ Church East Bay

Bart co-founded Christ Church in 2006. He received his masters of divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. Bart has a passion for reaching everyone in the community, whether they were raised in the church, have left the church or have never been to a church. 

Bart lives in Oakland with his wife, Katie and their three daughters, Caroline, Clair and Cameron. When he is not serving the community and the church, he keeps physically fit by running, mentally fit by reading.


Justin BUzzard

Lead Pastor, Garden City Church

Justin’s passion is encouraging people towards an adventure of deeper trust in God and wider impact for God. Justin founded Garden City in 2011 from a love for the gospel and the Bay Area. Buzzard also serves as City Director for Made to Flourish Silicon Valley, Founder of Three Sons Club, and author of books such as Why Cities Matter, The Big Story, and Date Your Wife. 

A 5th generation Californian, you can find Justin running on Bay Area trails, visiting Silicon Valley workplaces, surfing, dating his wife, wrestling his three sons, and hanging out with old friends and new friends. Connect with Justin here


Nancy Ortberg

CEO, Transforming the BAy With CHrist

Nancy is passionate about improving personal and organizational effectiveness and believes that teams are the most dynamic way to produce those results. She believes in helping people bring the best of who they are to what they do best. Nancy is an author, leadership consultant, and speaker, who has been a featured presenter at the Catalyst and Orange conferences.

She and her husband, John, live in the Bay Area and have three children: Laura, Mallory, and Johnny.


Joey Chen

Lead Pastor, Sunset Church

Joey feels a call to cities as they are a strategic place for Gospel ministry since it is where “all peoples of the earth” can be found. He is blessed to be married to Jeannette and they have two amazing daughters, Melia and Selah. 

Joey is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry at Talbot School of Theology and hopes his research will further church multiplication in San Francisco.

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Edward Paz

Lead PASTOR, theMOvement Church

In addition serving at theMOVEMENT Church in Oakland and being the husband to his wife Rebekah, Edward enjoys blogging and is passionate about encouraging, mentoring, and training church planters.

Edward also is the proud parent of a chocolate labradoodle, Merritt and is an avid collector of vintage Air Jordans



Toby Kurth

LEAD PASTOR, Christ Church San Francisco

Toby's family has been in California for four generations. He and his wife Rebekah were married in 1999 and have three active and fun boys.

Toby earned his BS from UC Davis and after spending a number of years in the marketplace, he went back to school to pursue a masters at Westminster Seminary in California and a PhD at Stony Brook University in New York. 


Nick Parsons

Recruitment Director, ORCHARD GROUP

Nick lives with his wife Rachel and their five children in San Francisco. In addition to his work with Orchard Group--an organization that funds new churches, Nick is a lay elder at Redemption Church.

Nick has served as a consultant and coach for numerous church planters and previously helped establish churches in Japan and Thailand before moving to San Francisco and helping launch Redemption Church.




LEAD PASTOR, Abundant Life Christian fellowship

In addition to his role at ALCF, Bryan is the author of numerous books and has been a featured speaker at the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit, Catalyst and a host of other events. Bryan also serves on the board of trustees for Biola University, and is the husband of Korie Loritts, and father of Quentin, Myles and Jaden.

You can follow Bryan and his ministry here.


Ryan Kwon

Founding Pastor, Resonate Church 

Ryan is passionate about gospel centered preaching and has a vision to see churches in the Bay Area partner with cities to be a tangible benefit to them. Ryan is actively involved with Exponential and The Gospel Coalition. He also serves on the board of directors for Acts 29.

Ryan is married to his wife Jenni and they have two sons and one daughter.