Rural Church Ministry After COVID-19 Webinar Announcement

New Webinar for Tuesday May 19th.  

Ministry in rural America differs from urban and suburban America. This Roundtable will focus on how the rural church can thrive and minister during and after the COVID-19. Much like our previous webinar this discussion will focus on:  

Our Presenters:


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 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.

 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.

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. 
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.
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