Thank you for taking a minute to visit us! If we haven't met, we hope we will one day soon. We are sure you have landed on our site for a purpose, so here is just a little information about us to bring you up to speed.
We have spent a significant part of our lives committed to building the local church. We love the church and its mission. It presents the reality of Jesus to every generation and transforms lives through effective communication of the Word of God. Local churches all over the world are ministering hope to the broken and propelling people into their destiny with a kingdom-driven agenda. The church is God's idea and it is an awesome one! This love for the church has seen both of us serve in a wide variety of roles, serving or leading, over a long period of time. We want to see churches grow in size and influence, lead by healthy and strong teams. We believe church culture should be cultivated organically, shaped by design and not by default. Our heart is to champion the cause of the local church, no matter where it is on its journey. We love everything about the church: the people, the creativity, and the passion. Nothing is more exciting than feeling the hum of momentum and kingdom progress! Our dream is to work with you, to help your church be everything God has destined it to be.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US
I attended Rhema Bible College in Townsville, Australia (A/G), while serving as youth and children's leader at the local Christian Outreach Centre. After graduating, I moved to Sydney to be part of Hills Christian Life Center, (now known as Hillsong Church). In 1989, Pastor Brian Houston sent us to pioneer a church in Manukau City, New Zealand. That church plant, South City Christian Life Centre, grew to become an influential church. In the nine years that I lead South City, I had the privilege of being of being Senior Pastor to an amazing leadership team and we built a great church together. Many refer to it as "the era!" We planted several churches in New Zealand and lead Youth Alive, the nation's largest youth movement. We hosted the Invasion Youth Conference for nine years. Late in 1998, after many prophetic words and leadership input from mentors and friends, I resigned the church to focus on my passion for the emerging generation. For three years, I based in Aukland with my great friend, Paul De Jong, Lead Pastor at Life, while traveling and ministering around the world. In 2002, I made the move to the USA and came on staff at Champions Centre in Tacoma, Washington. I served on the executive leadership team with Pastor Kevin and Sheila Gerald.
I knew I wanted to do ministry when I was a little girl. I have been serving in church my entire life. After studying music in college, I moved to Chicago with my first husband, Rich Bourke, to lead the youth ministry at Family Christian Center under Pastor Steve Munsey. In the two years before his passing in 2001, the youth ministry grew to 700 teens and witnessed a major move of God in the Youth Ministry. After his death, Pastor Steve and Melodye Munsey invited me to come on staff as the Worship and Creative Arts Pastor. I have now been a part of the Family Christian Center leadership team for close to fourteen years. This has been an amazing season, watching the church grow from around 2,000 people to a church of over 12,000 attenders. As the church grew, so did my role, and I took on responsibilities as an Executive Pastor as well as my roles in Creative and Worship Arts.
John and Anna
In 2006, in one of God's best ideas yet, John and Anna got married! Aussie and American culture were combined, John's sense of humor and love for life weaves together with Anna's focus and calm to make great marriage. Their combined passion and love for Jesus and His church makes for a great team. John moved to Chicago with his three beautiful daughters to be with Anna and joined the Family Christian Center Executive Team. In addition to their roles at FCC, John and Anna were part of the church planting team and now serve on the leadership oversight team at City Church Chicago with their great friends Pastor's Kent and Alli Munsey. (seriously--Kent and Alli rock) They also serve as Pastoral oversight to Pastors Jonathan and Joanne Brozozog, lead pastors at Passion Church in Maple Grove, Minnesota. (oh yeah, another awesome couple, our life is blessed!)
We have entered into a new season of ministry, doing life and ministry together on the road. We work with local churches to clarify vision and culture, cultivate great church and team health, and strategize for future growth. We do best when we develop relationship with the lead pastor and the leadership team in a church so that our visits are not just productive working and learning times for the team but a whole lot of fun as well.
We love the church, and I am sure we will love your church too. And if you're not loving your church right now, we believe we can help you refresh that love!