I am thankful to be a part of this adventure
In the beginning...
Greg grew up in Northern California in the Suburbs of Sacramento. His family was instrumental in the planting and development of Sunset Christian Center [now Destiny Christian Church]. After graduating high school he served for 2 years in the youth ministry as an intern, where the his calling to ministry started to develop. During this internship is also when we fell for the women of his dreams and future wife Kelsey Barber…
A little while later...
After finishing up his internship and receiving his associates degree from Sierra College, Greg continued to feel the call of ministry on his life. He moved to Washington and started taking classes at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA right outside of Seattle. While in the Northwest Greg started attending church at a small church plant called Icon. Sadly, after a year of service Icon was not able sustain itself and the doors were closed. However, if you asked Greg he would never say that Icon was a failure. In fact, he would probably say that in that year at the that church plant, he saw more people develop authentic connections with Christ and experience life change, than any other year of his life. That year, a passion was born in Greg’s heart to see the lives of others changed through the efforts of church planting. In the next 2 years Greg was a part of 4 other church plants, all of which are still alive and kicking to this day.
After years of living life in the rain and drinking more than his fill of coffee, Greg was ready to graduate from Northwest with his BA in General Ministry, but had no idea what was next. He felt called to continue to plant churches in any way possible, but wasn’t sure how. Amazingly he made a connection with John Jay Wilson over Facebook, which started a 6 month conversation and journey that lead to Greg leaving the beloved west coast to venture to the mid-west to join the team of the Church Multiplication Network (CMN). As a part of CMN Greg worked directly with the national Assessment, Coaching, & Training teams, that help to prepare new church planters. He also worked to develop the social media, marketing, and event logistic systems for CMN. In 2012 CMN had the amazing privilege to help in the planting of 391 churches!
Greg has a huge passion for the large cities and the people that live in them. At the end of 2014 Greg and Kelsey joined the Corner Coffee/Church team to replant a location in uptown Minneapolis. The coffee shop and church work together for the betterment of the community with a mission to redefine church for the people in the cities.
Things I am proud to have been a part of
Off the Streets 5k
Not a run with a cause, but a cause with a run
A movement to combat human trafficking in our cities. In Feb. 2017 we hosted our very first run in the concourse of Target Field with over 500 participants.
All funds raised are donated to organization in hosting cities that directly fight human trafficking.
Learn More: offthestreets5k.com
Valued in community Coffeehouses in Minneapolis, MN
Not just another coffee shop, but rather a community hub where people can connect, engage and learn with one another. The guiding principle of Corner Coffee is to be a place that is valued by it's community.
Corner Coffee also roasts all of it's coffee at the Uptown location with a focus on small batch, freshly roasted, flavorful coffee.
Learn More: corner.coffee
Church Multiplication Network
Effectively equip, strategically fund and innovatively network new faith communities.
As the official church planting arm of the U.S. Assemblies of God, the
Church Multiplication Network is dedicated to planting healthy, Spirit-empowered churches in every community in the United States.
To do this, CMN works to strategically equip, fund, and network new faith communities.
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