Our Staff

ELLIOT GRUDEM

ELLIOT GRUDEM

Founder & President

Elliot is the founder and president of Leaders Collective. He has served as pastor of church planting at Vintage Church (Raleigh), director of the Acts29 Network and a pastor at Mars Hill Church (Seattle) and senior minister at Christ the King Presbyterian Church (Raleigh), a church he replanted. He also worked for an urban ministry in New Orleans. He worked for a Fortune 100 company prior to seminary. He is the editor of Christian Beliefs, a book he completed with his father, Wayne. Elliot holds degrees from Miami University (BA, History and English) and Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He and his wife Kacey have been married for 20 years and have one daughter. They live in Raleigh.

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JEFF TOOMER

JEFF TOOMER

Director of Church Planting

Our church planter cohort is facilitated by a team of Leaders Collective alumni pastors. Jeff leads that team as our Director of Church Planting. He is the former pastor of Transit Church in Alexandria, VA a church he planted in 2012. Prior to that he served as director of operations and campus pastor for Manna Church in Fayetteville, NC. Jeff is a 20 year Army veteran, retiring as a lieutenant colonel to enter pastoral ministry. He is a 1988 graduate of West Point, and holds Masters Degrees in Counseling and Leader Development (1998, Long Island University) and Military Arts and Sciences (2002, Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies). Jeff has been married to Laryssa for 25 years. They have three children.

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JOHN ELLIOTT

JOHN ELLIOTT

Partnership Director

John Elliott is the Partnership Director at Leaders Collective, facilitating the relationship between pastors, church planters, and churches and Leaders Collective. Himself a former pastor and alumni of a Leaders Collective pastor cohort, John now spends much of his time leading Uptapt Consulting, an organizational health firm he founded in 2017. He holds degrees from University of Illinois (BA) and Urbana Theological Seminary (MA). He and his wife Janelle have been married for 12 years and have four children. They live in Champaign, IL.

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Our Board

GEOFF BRADFORD

Geoff Bradford is a native of East Tennessee.  He went to Davidson College, where he got a BA in English Lit (less important) and met his wife Susan (extremely important).  He attended Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia, PA in the glory days of WTS before it got weird.  Geoff and Susan have 6 sons.  They also co-planted the liberti church movement in Center City Philadelphia before coming to Raleigh in 2011, where Geoff serves as Senior Pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian.  Geoff is passionate about Jesus and his kingdom, church planting, cycling, poetry, bluegrass, and raising up the next generation of gospel warriors.  He is not as angry as he looks.

GREG GIBSON

Gib is the Pastor of Preaching and Vision at Living Hope Church in Memphis, TN. Originally from Oklahoma, Gib has served at Living Hope since 2006. Gib also serves on the National Leadership Team for the Southeast Network of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and is the Regional Director for Acts 29 Mid-South. He is a huge fan of the Oklahoma Sooners and Memphis Grizzlies. He and his wife Jill have 3 children.

JUSTIN HOLCOMB

Justin is an Episcopal priest (serving as the Canon for Vocations in the Diocese of Central Florida) and teaches theology, philosophy, and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. He previously taught at the University of Virginia and Emory University. Justin holds two masters degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Emory University. Justin authored or edited numerous books, including: Know the Heretics, Know the Creeds and Councils, On the Grace of God, and Christian Theologies of Scripture. He and his wife, Lindsey, are authors of Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault and God Made All of Me. Justin serves on the boards of REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade) and GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments).

BILL WELLONS

Bill Wellons is a church planter, consultant and principal of Fellowship Associates. In 1977, Bill and his wife, Carolyn, helped found Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, where he served as a Teaching Pastor and Chairman of the Elder Board for thirty-two years. Bill transitioned to Fellowship Associates in 2005 to oversee the Leadership Residency for church planters, consult with church leaders, and train new Residency Directors. Bill has served as a Gallup Fellow and on the National Speaker Team for FamilyLife™ Marriage Conferences. He and Carolyn are authors of Getting Away To Get It Together (published by FamilyLife™) and Bill coauthored Unlimited Partnerships with Lloyd Reeb (a Broadman & Holman Publication). Joining with Dr. Robert Lewis, he helped develop The Great Adventure DVD series for Men’s Fraternity. Married in 1970, Bill and Carolyn have raised three children, all of whom have families of their own. The Wellons currently have nine grandchildren.