Jim has been a pastor for 45 years and has served as a denominational executive and pastor to pastors since 1989. He has worked with hundreds of congregations from a variety of traditions around the challenges of personal and congregational transformation. In 1998 he became the founding Executive Director of Mission Houston, a ministry that works to build unity in the body of Christ across lines that would normally divide. In 2007 he co-founded Faithwalking, a spiritual formation ministry that equips people and congregations to live missionally. Today Faithwalking is an active ministry in the U.S., Canada, and Central America. Jim speaks regularly in conferences on the topics of spiritual formation, adaptive leadership, family systems, and missional theology. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently doing doctoral work at Houston Graduate School of Theology in the area of spiritual formation and spiritual direction. He is the co-author of three books – Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide to the Transformational Journey, The Leader’s Journey: Accepting the Call to Personal and Congregational Transformation, and on May 27, 2017 Kregel Publications will release his latest work, Learning Change: Congregational Transformation Fueled by Personal Renewal. Jim lives in Houston and has been married to his best friend, Betty, for 44 years. They have five children and four grandchildren.
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Marcos joined the Mission Houston / Faithwalking staff in January 2007 after serving as the Latino Church Relations Coordinator for CityFest Houston with Luis Palau in 2006. Born in Quito, Ecuador, he serves as a Team Leader for the Faithwalking community, with a special emphasis on implementing and facilitating Faithwalking in Spanish. Marcos’ vocational background is in the hospitality industry as a hotel Administrator for more than 10 years. He married Julie Taylor in 2011 and has two daughters, Alexa and Hannah, and a son, Lucas.
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Angela has been on staff with Faithwalking since August 2016 and has been involved with Faithwalking with regard to her own transformation since 2012. Prior to her role with Faithwalking, Angela was a mental health therapist. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Angela grew up in large part overseas as a missionary kid. She is a bibliophile, cinephile, and crime drama aficionado. Besides reading, watching movies, and watching crime TV (eek!) in her free time, she loves spending time with her niece Sophie and her nephews Micah and Sage. Angela is passionate about tearing down walls in the Church between people who are different from each other, racially, socioeconomically, and otherwise. To that end, she has been a member of City of Refuge Church for 10 years.
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Ken is one of Faithwalking’s team leaders and has been on the team since 2013; he was also on the team that started Mission Houston in 1999. Ken is an adjunct professor at the Houston Graduate School of Theology. He is a pastor, life coach, and missional practitioner, an ordained minister, and holds two masters degrees and a Doctor of Ministry degree. Ken is married to Becky, and they have two daughters who are both teachers in the greater Houston area. Ken enjoys movies, reading, travel, college football, college basketball and Texas Hold’em poker.