2017 — 2018 Church Planter Cohort

Members of our Church Planter Cohort spend a year developing the skills necessary to sustain health, fruitful ministry as they plant or replant a church. Church planter cohorts start each Fall. The current cohort members are below.

You can find more information on our Church Planter Cohort here. And, you can begin the process to apply for our next cohort by completing an interest form here.

NICK BRAUNSCHNEIDER

NICK BRAUNSCHNEIDER

Bethseda Episcopal Church | Lake Nona, FL
Nick was born just outside of Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in Central Florida. Prior to being ordained an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Central Florida, he was a Southern Baptist pastor for over ten years. Since being called into vocational ministry in 2001, Nick has served both large and small congregations in a variety of roles, at churches in Florida, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He has also worked alongside para-church organizations such as Young Life and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Nick is a graduate of Barry University (Bachelor of Science in Psychology) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling; Master of Divinity in North American Church Planting). He has been married to Kimberly for 15 years, and they have 5 children. In his spare time, Nick enjoys books, music, drinking coffee, being with his wife and kids, going to the gym, and cheering on his beloved Michigan State Spartans.

RAPHAEL MNKANDHLA

RAPHAEL MNKANDHLA

City Church | Williamsport, PA
Raphael re-planted City Church January of 2015, after spending almost 5 years serving as both a student and associate pastor. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor in charge of preaching and vision. He received a B.A. in Church Ministries from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and a Masters in Theological and Biblical Studies from Criswell College. His passion is to inspire and motivate gospel change that affects every sphere of life. Raphael enjoys Jesus, family, a good book, outdoors, and rugby. He is married to Heidi, and they have two sons, Judah and Cooper, and two daughters Ellie and Aliyah.

STEPHEN ROBERTS

STEPHEN ROBERTS

Living Hope Church | Piperton, TN
Stephen is married to Shana and together are raising their four sons Jude, Micah, Amos, and Ezra. The Roberts family resides in Olive Branch, MS where they will plant Reconcile Church. Currently Stephen is a church planting resident at Living Hope Church in Piperton, TN and serves as the Hub Church Administrator for Acts29 US Southeast Mid South Region. Stephen has served churches in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Florida. Along with pastoral ministry, Stephen worked for FedEx Express. Shana is a Registered Nurse and is currently the Patient Care Coordinator for the Emergency Department at Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital in Germantown.

RAYSHAWN GRAVES

RAYSHAWN GRAVES

Redemption Hill Church | Richmond, VA
Rayshawn Graves is husband to an awesome wife, father to an amazing son and pastoral assistant at a growing church in Richmond, VA. He trusted in Jesus at the age of seven and was baptized at the age of ten. Rayshawn has a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. For some time now, he has felt that his purpose in life is to preach the gospel and sever God’s church through encouraging the lost, equipping His followers, and exalting the Savior.

Rayshawn enjoys basketball, writing, the beauty of athletic sneakers, and when he has a few extra dollars in his account, he’s a low-budget foodie.

TIM MOROZ

TIM MOROZ

Gospel Community Church | Providence, RI
Timothy Moroz was born in the Ukraine and moved to the U.S. when he was 6 years old. He surrendered his life to Jesus at an early age and realized he was headed for a life of ministry. Growing up in the Northeast he experienced a culture that was becoming more and more secular with churches closing their doors each year.

After finishing an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and a Masters of Divinity, He and his wife began praying about where the Lord would send them. With a passion for making disciples and a burden for the Northeast, it became clear that church planting was what the Lord had been preparing them for. He and his wife, Brit, have been married for four years now.