Sovereign Grace’s leadership consists of a Leadership Team and an Executive Committee. Each of the men who serves on one of these teams is based in a Sovereign Grace church.
The men on our Leadership Team come alongside Regional Leaders, pastors, and churches to provide counsel and pastoral support.
Our Executive Committee is an extension of the Council of Elders and consists of nine members, all of whom are pastors in Sovereign Grace churches.
For more details about Sovereign Grace's leadership and governance structures, see our Book of Church Order.
Mark Prater is our Executive Director, ensuring the successful operation of the Leadership Team through leadership, strategic planning, support, evaluation, and communication and leading us in our mission to plant and build churches with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Continue reading
Craig Cabaniss is our Director of Church Development, coordinating care for our regions and helping develop local elderships. Continue reading
Ian McConnell, Director of Church Planting and Mission, works with our Regional Leaders and Regional Church Planting Committees as they assess, equip, and deploy church planters and assess church adoptions. Continue reading
As Director of Theology and Training, Jeff Purswell is the Dean of our Pastors College, leads our theological training, and helps develop theology resources. Continue reading
Bob Kauflin is Director of Music and Worship, working with our Regional Leaders and leading Sovereign Grace Music. Continue reading
As Director of Church Governance, Phil Sasser is responsible for the development and implementation of our newly ratified polity. Continue reading
Tommy Hill oversees the administration of Sovereign Grace, including coordinating the function of the Leadership Team. Continue reading
Paul Buckley has a PhD in material science and an M.S. in material engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He has served in pastoral ministry for eleven years. For the last ten years he has served as the founding pastor of King of Grace Church in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Being in the Boston area Paul has had opportunity to teach at Gordon Conwell Seminary and serve as a pastoral mentor for M.Div. students.
Ron Boomsma moved from the Midwest to California in 1990 to work at The U.S. Center of World Missions, which reflected Ron’s heart to see people reached with the gospel. He became a member of Sovereign Grace Church of Pasadena in 1991 and joined the leadership team in 1997, eventually becoming senior pastor in 1999. In keeping with Ron's heart to reach people with the gospel, Sovereign Grace Church of Pasadena has planted churches in San Diego, Kansas City, and Orange County.
Mickey Connolly has served in pastoral ministry for 26 years and has a B.S. from the University of Maryland. He served as senior pastor at Solid Rock Church in Riverdale, Maryland, from 1989-96 and then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, to serve CrossWay Community Church. Since 2002 he has served as senior pastor. Mickey serves SGM as their regional representative in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. In addition he has taught various courses at the Pastors College since its inception in 1999.
Ian McConnell has an M.A. in pastoral theology from Bob Jones Seminary and has twelve years of pastoral ministry experience. Ian replanted Grace Bible Church in northeast Philadelphia in 2005 where he continues to serve as lead pastor.
Ken Mellinger has been a part of SGM since its inception and has 20 years of pastoral ministry experience. He has served as senior pastor of Living Hope Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania since 1993.
Al Pino has an M.A. in theology from Reformed Theological Seminary and has served in pastoral ministry for the past 27 years. For the last 15 years he has served as the founding pastor of Palm Vista Church in Miami Lakes, Florida. He had been approved for a PCA church plant in Miami but was then introduced to SGM through Larry Malament in 1994. Al also serves SGM in the Caribbean, currently working in Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Phil Sasser has more than 30 years experience in pastoral ministry. He also has a B.S. from Ohio State University and has completed graduate work at Ashland Theological Seminary. Before joining SGM, Phil served as an elder in an independent charismatic church in Ohio from 1976-89. Since 1994 he has served on the pastoral team of Sovereign Grace Church in Apex, North Carolina, where he became senior pastor 2001. Phil has taught apologetics at the Pastors College since 1999 and will teach a course on Christian ethics this coming year.
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