About Our Trainers
Reading 7 Practices for the Church on Mission can be a wonderful tool. But there are more ways for engagement, learning and development. Our 7 Practices Equipping Team is available to train and equip leaders in the practices first-hand and in person for deeper engagement. Want to learn more about bringing one of the trainers to your event or church? Fill out the contact information and we’ll be in touch with you soon.
David Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He’s married to Rae Ann and they have one son, Max. He is currently a pastor at Peace of Christ Church, Westmont IL of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He’s a church planting coach having participated in seven church plants in his life. Other than his blog at Missio Alliance, his writing has appeared in places like Christianity Today, OutReach Magazine, The Other Journal, Missiology Evangelical Missions Quarterly, as well as many academic journals. He is the author of many books, the most recent being Faithful Presence: How God Shapes the Church for the Sake of the World (IVP Books) and the forthcoming Beyond Enemies: The Church as Reconciling Presence (Baker Books).
J.R. Briggs’ passion is two-fold: to grow fruit on other people’s trees and to collaborate with others to create good kingdom mischief. He started Kairos Partnerships in 2011 to see these two passions meet the needs of hungry kingdom leaders.
In addition to starting Kairos Partnerships, he planted The Renew Community, a Jesus-centered congregation for the hungry and the hurting in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Over the past 15 years, he’s served in mega-churches, church plants and house church networks.
He received his Masters of Missional Theology degree at Biblical Theological Seminary and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree at Biblical, writing his doctoral thesis on how question-asking in leadership can advance God’s mission. He is an adjunct professor at Biblical Seminary and guest instructor at Friends University, specifically with the Apprentice Institute.
He also serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network and National Trainer & Equipper for Fresh Expressions U.S. He is an author, co-author and contributor of nine books that seek to equip and care for kingdom leaders.
J.R. and his wife Megan have been married for over 16 years and have two sons, Carter and Bennett. They live in the heart of Lansdale, PA.