Rural Church Ministry After COVID-19

Our Speakers

Sam Farina
Sam draws from years of church leadership and is well known for his dynamic and creative speaking ability. Believing in the possibilities and value coaching holds for emerging leaders motivated him to create "The Farina Group." After pioneering to create the Assemblies of God Coaching Network, he continues to train coaches for the network and serves on their coaching board and task force. He hosts a monthly Coaching Skills Webinar. Sam is married and lives in the Dallas metroplex with his wife Vicki.
Sam Farina
Sam Farina
The Farina Group
Gerard Strong
Gerad Strong is the former Lead Pastor of Bethel Church. Bethel Church is a rural multi-site church based out of Rapid City, SD. Recently, Gerad lead the church from one location to seven in two years. Gerad has a Master's Degree from Trinity Bible College and Graduate School and is a regional representative for the Church Multiplication Network. He also served his local community as Head Chaplain and Deputy with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office. Gerad has recently accepted a new assignment at Northplace Church in Texas, leading and developing campuses, church planting, and the Northplace Water Tower Network for rural pastors.
Gerard Strong
Gerard Strong
Church Planter ~ Northplace Church ~ Sachse, Texas
Zach Burris
Zach planted The Mill Church in Stratford, WI (population: 1,600) in 2009 & launched Edgar (population: 1,400) location in 2015. Graduating from Lee (Cleveland, TN) & Belmont Universities (Nashville, TN), Zach loves ministry in agrarian spaces. He also fancies racquetball, "March Madness," bowhunting, church softball, smooth coffee, and laughing with Shannon, Levi, Miles, Eleanor, & Caroline.
Zach Burris
Zach Burris
Lead Pastor ~ The Mill Church ~ Stratford, WI
Cody Cochran
Cody Cochran is a fun-loving, passionate, and free-spirited husband, dad, friend and follower of Jesus. He is a rural guy with a heart for rural America, which he expresses in his down-to-earth and practical approach to life and ministry. Cody has pastored Bethel Assembly of Anson for more than 18 years. Through his leadership, Bethel Assembly has pursued a vision of multiplication, planting two new churches in nearby rural towns.
Cody Cochran
Cody Cochran
Lead Pastor ~ Bethel Assembly ~ Anson, Texas
Dereck Owen
Dereck Owen and his wife Gail live in Tucumcari, NM and have been the pastors of Tucumcari First Assembly for 20 years. Dereck's focus and desire is that the church would serve people in a way that draws them closer to the heart of Jesus. When Dereck is away from the church, you can almost always find him outdoors. He loves to take his 3 children hiking, fishing, and hunting year round.
Dereck Owen
Dereck Owen
Lead Pastor ~ Tucumcari First A/G ~ Tucumcari, NM