It’s sometimes mindboggling to think that I’m the Executive Director of Passion for Planting and the founder of Exponential (exponential.org) since I began my career as a nuclear engineer. After a decade of service with our nation’s nuclear Navy, God called me into ministry to help church leaders think and act strategically in disciple making and church planting. That calling led to Passion for Planting and Exponential – organizations focused on equipping leaders to start multiplying churches. Along with championing the cause of church multiplication, I’m also passionate about helping mobilize believers on their unique, God-given, personal calling. That’s why I wrote More: Find Your Personal Calling and Live Life to the Fullest Measure.
I’m a systems guy who loves getting things done. My life mission is to design and deliver systems, tools, processes and training to equip church planters to plant healthy multiplying churches. As the Director of Passion for Planting, I’m given the opportunity to fulfill this mission on a daily basis leading our team to provide planter Assessment, Training, Project Management services, and Coaching. Having served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years retiring as a Lieutenant Commander and then working as a software quality engineer for the Boeing Company, I now see how God has prepared me to support, equip and mobilize church planters. I’m a proud graduate of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and Auburn University. War Eagle!!
I first felt called to church planting while in college. That’s when God placed a burden on my heart for my hometown of Buffalo, NY. The local newspaper overflowed with articles about churches closing, but none about churches opening. That was until God answered my prayers and the prayers of many other Christians in Western New York and ignited a church planting movement that’s saturated the region with new churches. I had the privilege of playing a small role in that movement, which I’m glad to say continues to impact lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ today. Now I’m pleased to work with church planters all over the United States training and resourcing them to start healthy multiplying churches. I’m a graduate of Ozark Christian College and Cincinnati Bible Seminary and yes, I still root for the Bills.
Patrick Bradley, ACC
Project Management Lead
I’ve been working with church planters full-time since 2007. As a project manager, I get to help them with everything from filing formation paperwork to plotting strategies and creating healthy systems for the new church. I love to help planters put wheels on their ideas and see their vision become reality. I’ve done that now for over 80 church planters during their prelaunch phase, and I have about 100 approved 501c3 applications. I’d love to be your project manager! I work remotely from the West Coast. I’m a graduate of Pacific Christian College (Hope International University), and no, I don’t root for the Bills.