Mission Igniter Initiatives
Mission Igniter is a church planting incubator that provides the support and financial and technical assistance to birth and develop churches to maturity. The environment and structure of an incubator provides space for new ideas to be tried and provides for mutual collaboration and support from both seasoned leaders and others currently launching new churches. Here are some of the initiatives that are currently in our incubator.
Ann Arbor | Derik Heumann | Lindsey Runyan | Lucas Rahill
Evergreen Church is a new church launching in Ann Arbor Michigan led by Derik Heumann. Derik is an Ann Arbor native who grew up in Chelsea. He has been married to Kimberly since 2013 and they just celebrated the birth of their first child Hannah Jean in December 2017. Derik and Kim have spent the last five years living in Wilmore, KY where Derik has been studying at Asbury Theological Seminary. He just graduated with a Master of Divinity with a specialization in pastoral counseling and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. Derik is an ordained Elder in the Free Methodist Church.
Dearborn, MI | Megan Weber | Adam and Emily Holverson
Jiran Collective seeks to make Jesus’ love tangible to Arab Refugees by showing courageous compassion and facilitating transformational community. Our vision is to replace racism and prejudice with love and reconciliation. Ultimately, we desire to see households upon households of Arab families in metro Detroit living in love and worshipping Jesus for being all who He says He is.
Michiana Area (Elkhart, In) | Dwight and Julie Weber
Dwight Weber is the Director of Mission Igniter Michiana. This initiative envisions a network of Microchurches that meet across the Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan with their hub in Elkhart, IN. Microchurches are intentional smaller bodies of Christ that focus on incarnationally reaching those who are far from God and not interested in traditional church. These groups meet anywhere people naturally gather, (i.e. factory breakrooms, schools, restaurants, homes) and will be led by pioneers who long to see their friends, neighbors, relatives and acquaintances come to Christ and discipled to walk like Jesus.
Lincoln Schools (Ypsilanti, MI) | Sheryl Colter
Journey of Faith Community
Sheryl Colter is a founding partner and the lead pastor of Journey of Faith Community. Journey of Faith Community is a new church formed around the Missional Community model. Groups gather in various venues that engage in study, prayer, care, and service. Regional Celebration services are held for multiple groups to gather in worship. Outreach events engage with the community they serve. Sheryl has recently retired from being a trauma nurse at a local ER and is the founder of Lazareth Mentoring—a ministry to human trafficking survivors. Sheryl has been the senior pastor of several SMC churches and is excited to be responding to God’s call to start this new apostolic endeavor.
Jackson, MI | Myisha (Uni) Cunningham
Raven-Brook Church is Jackson, Michigan’s first recovery church. Recovery is not just for substance or alcohol use, it is for every hurt, habit, and hang up. Recovery Church is designed to be a place of healing for anyone. We all have had hurts, habits, or hang ups in our lives; and recovery church gives us a way to find healing for ourselves but to also help others find healing through Jesus.
Our mission is to partner with God’s redemptive work in the city of Detroit and the surrounding region to multiply disciples of Jesus Christ through the multiplication of leaders and churches.
Mark VanValin serves as the Director of the Detroit Initiative for Mission Igniter. “Our vision in the coming decade is to establish disciple-making communities (churches) in every neighborhood and among every people group in the city of Detroit.”
Bill Walters serves as a Dinner Church site pastor in the Brightmoor neighborhood. Bill has served on staff at Dearborn FMC, the church he has grown up in, and from which he has recruited a team to launch the Brightmoor site. Bill first sensed a call to urban ministry during his college years involved in campus ministry at Wayne State University and he has worked in the marketplace for 31 years before entering vocational ministry. Bill is working to bring together a network of holistic ministries to enable the people of Brightmoor “to both become better and do better, all because of the full life that is only available in Jesus.”
Mark and Mary Cryderman launched the Harbor Church in 2012 with the vision of launching a new church in the Metro area. In 2016 they moved into Detroit and launched the first Dinner church (meets in the Cody Rouge neighborhood). Since then, they’ve been a catalyst for three more dinner churches . The Crydermans envision the day when at least one dinner church meets in each of the 45 Detroit Neighborhoods.
Forge Motown is a regional Hub of Forge America. Forge equips and trains people for mission where they live, work and play. We do this through a six month residency that includes a practical and biblical training with a cohort of peers plus monthly coaching. An increasing number of pastoral and lay leaders choose to bring Forge training to their local churches as a part of their overall discipleship program.