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Dave Bovenmyer

Dave Bovenmyer has been a pastor since 1974, serving in Ames, Iowa, East Lansing, Michigan, and Silver Spring, Maryland. He has served as editor of several of the association's publications and has helped to write many of the Great Commission Leadership Institute articles. In the late 1980s, Dave served as the initial executive director of Great Commission Ministries. He has been married to Dawn since 1975 and is the father of seven children. He currently pastors in Ames, Iowa with a ministry emphasis in counseling and theological training.


Doug Brown

Doug and his wife, Sharon have been married since 1978 and have six children and eleven grandchildren (currently). Doug is the Strategic Coordinator for e3 Leadership Group and for SALT (Strategic Asia Leadership Team for Great Commission Churches). Doug came to Christ in the fall of 1975 at the Ohio State University. He became a pastor in October of 1981. Doug has been involved in planting and pastoring churches. He began his Asia mission work in 1991. He is the founding pastor of Lee’s Summit Community Church (LSCC) and was the Lead Pastor for almost twenty-five years. He continues to be on the eldership of LSCC as a non-staff pastor and serves the church with men’s discipleship, leader development, apologetics and is a member of the preaching team. Doug also serves on the National Leader Council and the Doctrinal Ministry Team for Great Commission Churches. He now is focusing his efforts on mobilizing missions to Asia through e3 Leadership Group and SALT.


Mark Darling

Mark Darling

Mark has been married for 38 years and is the father of four, who are all married, and the proud grandfather to 11. He and Kathy, his wife, live in Eagan, Minnesota. After spending ten wonderful years in Ames, Iowa, learning and growing in the church there, Mark was ordained and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has been pastoring and church planting for the last 30 years. He currently pastors at the Rock, serves as a Great Commission Churches board member, serves in the Northlands region, provides leadership to the Faithwalkers conference, and works nationally and internationally to help serve and strengthen Great Commission Churches.


Matt Gordon

Matt put his trust in Christ as a freshman in college in 1979. The following year he joined Cypress Church, a GCC church at the University of Florida where he was challenged to spend the rest of his life wholeheartedly pursing the Great Commission with like-minded believers. Seven years later Matt was appointed as a pastor in the church. His current roles include leading in the National Campus Ministry and the Southeast Region. Matt and his wife Jan have 14 children (including 3 daughters-in-law) and one granddaughter.


John HoplerJohn Hopler

John and his wife, Sandy, have been married since 1977 and have eight children, five of whom are married. He is Director of the Great Commission Churches national office in the Columbus, Ohio area and Regional Director for GCC churches in the eastern part of the United States. John came to Christ in 1973 while at the Ohio State University. He became a pastor in 1979 and has been serving churches in the Great Commission Churches movement, regionally and nationally, for over 30 years. Today John oversees programs such as Great Commission Leadership Institute, Prayer Partners, and the Pastors Conference. In addition, he provides leadership to regional church planting and pastoring the pastors. In ministry, John's guiding verse is 2nd Corinthians 4:5, "For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake."


Brent Knox

Brent Knox

From an ordinary student at Iowa State University, Brent is now the co-founding pastor of Evergreen Church. Evergreen is a unique multi-site church of about 2200 people at five locations in the Minneapolis area. Its innovative practices have modeled a fresh approach to reach the unchurched and also pioneered the cutting-edge multi-site phenomena currently occurring across the country. Brent is also a regional director for the Great Commission Northlands. Brent has been married 26 year to Mary. They have three grown boys and four grandchildren.


John Meyer

John Meyer

John came to Christ in 1977 as a freshman at Iowa State University through the (now) Great Commission work there. He was recognized as a pastor in 1984 and moved to support a small church plant in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1989. Since then he has been involved with a team of elders building that church and helping support other churches and church plants. John also serves as the Mountains West regional director. He has been married to Carol Knox Meyer since 1985 and they have four adult sons.


Tom ShortTom Short

Tom serves as an itinerant campus evangelist and teacher for Great Commission churches. He takes the gospel to the people through outdoor evangelistic presentations in which he presents the reasonableness of the Christian faith and challenges people to whole-hearted devotion to Jesus Christ. Tom’s ministry takes him to dozens of campuses throughout the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia. Tom and his wife, Roz, have five grown children, five grandchildren and make their earthly home in Columbus, Ohio.


Rick Whitney

Rick Whitney

Rick and Neva have been married 42 years and are helping support a Vintage Faith Church plant, at Oklahoma State University. They have raised seven children and now have 19 grandchildren (and counting) – who are all involved in Great Commission churches in Salt Lake City, UT, Lincoln and Omaha, NE, Manhattan and Wichita, KS, and Stillwater, OK. Rick serves the GC Plains region and at the national level within GCC. He also writes a little bit. 


Dennis Clark

Dennis Clark - Board Member Emeritus

Dennis is one of the founders of the Great Commission church movement. He has served as a pastor of several Great Commission churches over the past 46 years, helping plant churches in the Midwest and on the East Coast. He and Thelma have been married for over 41 years, and they have 9 children and 18 grandchildren. Dennis currently serves as a fellow pastor at Firehouse Church in Denver, CO.


Herschel MartindaleHerschel Martindale - Board Member Emeritus

Herschel is one of the founders of the Great Commission Church movement He has been married to his wife, Mardean, for over 62 years. They have four children, 18 grand children, and 17 great grandchildren. He has been a pastor for over 57 years. Herschel served as Director of International Ministries and later pioneered church planting for Great Commission churches in Europe. He and Mardean are presently living in Maryland.