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Lead Pastor of Rise City Church in Lakeside, CA
Brandon Grant is the lead pastor of Rise City Church in Lakeside, CA (east county San Diego). He and his wife, Jamie, moved out west from IL to plant the church through Stadia in 2013. Since it’s launch, Rise City has been used by God to see over 300 people baptized, the planting of 6 new churches (4 in SD, 1 in Bolivia, 1 in Peru), an average weekly attendance of just under 1,000, and they’ve been able to give away over $1 million to local and global initiatives. Brandon and Jamie have four children -Elyse (9), Shepherd (6), Hope (4) and Connor (2).
Planter and Lead Pastor of Connect Church in Washington, IL
In 1994, Dave Jane moved to central Illinois from England to pioneer a missions program. His plans to return to England after a few years changed when he met Kasey, who grew up in Washington. They were married, and for over 20 years they have been working in churches together across Illinois. They have three children, Benn, Will and Emma. In 2013 they felt like God was leading them to plant a church in their hometown of Washington. Their love for the community, and their desire to see their unchurched neighbors and friends discover Jesus was the inspiration behind this big step.
Lead Pastor at Real Life Church in Southern California
Rusty George is the Lead Pastor at Real Life Church in Southern California; a multi-site church with campuses in Canyon Country, Simi Valley, Valencia and a large online community. Under Rusty’s lead, Real Life has become one of the fastest growing churches in America–growing by 111% in 2011 alone.
Beyond leading his church of 6,000+ members every weekend, Rusty is a global speaker, leader and teacher focusing his message on helping people find and follow Jesus. Rusty has also written several books and writes regularly here at pastorrustygeorge.com.
Aside from being a loyal Chiefs, Royals and Lakers fan, Rusty is first and foremost committed to his family. Rusty has been married to his wife, Lorrie, for over twenty years and they have two daughters, Lindsey and Sidney. As a family they enjoy walking the dogs, watching the Food Network and playing board games together.
Trevor went to college at Lincoln Christian University and completed his degree in Preaching with a minor in Youth Ministry. He followed this up with a teaching degree from Wheaton University. During the next three years, he pursued his love of music playing as a drummer in a band. However, the Lord led him back to ministry—first youth ministry, then preaching, where he spent ten years serving in Dallas, Texas. Trevor joined Christ’s Church as Lead Pastor in 2013. His passion is for people who haven’t quite found what they’re looking for in life, and playing a part in leading them to redemption and transformation. When he’s not doing ministry work, he’s spending time with his wife, Laura, and their two daughters, Ella and Natalie. They love enjoying the outdoors and this means lots of golf, basketball, and walks in the park. Having meals together and going on vacations as a family are also very important to them. Trevor’s other passions are music, photography, the arts, and the Florida Gators. If you ever have dinner with Trevor, you’ll find that he is quick-witted, loves applesauce (on everything), and never drinks out of a straw (it creeps him out). His ultimate goal in life is “that it’s been evident that I’ve spent time with Jesus.”