• 30 Jun 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    New Leadership Coming for Evana Network

    John Troyer, Executive Director of Evana Network, has announced plans to transition out of his leadership role for Evana Network. This transition is scheduled to take place over the next 6 to 12 months. The announcement was made in Upland, Indiana at Evana's recent summer gathering, ReGen 2018.

    A new direction

    Despite his continued passion for growing the Anabaptist network of churches, three reasons factored into Troyer's decision. These reasons include his desire to spend more time at home with his family and less traveling, plus the knowledge that Evana would continue to strengthen with new leadership. First and foremost was simply a sense that this change was God's timing.

    Troyer states, "Evana has grown to become a true network, drawing strength and vitality from all involved. It has been a privilege to serve as Executive Director. Looking back, I am amazed at God's provision and guidance as He has led us. I am deeply grateful for this network of churches who will continue to be my church family."

    Evana's Growth

    Evana Network began in 2015 as an Anabaptist ministry network with a strong commitment to the centrality of Jesus Christ and the Great Commission. The organization has helped churches engage deeply in their local communities through church planting, community engagement and leadership development.

    In the three years since Evana's beginnings, the network has grown to include 40 congregational partners and nine strategic partners. Coming from two countries and thirteen states/provinces, these partners are part of six different denominations and conferences.

    Evana has also hosted three summer conventions and three pastor/spouse retreats, led by women and men from many backgrounds and ethnic groups. Under the leadership of Wes Furlong, Director of Church Development, Evana recently started a research and training center for Christian community development called City Flourish (cityflourish.com).

    “We are profoundly grateful for John’s leadership as Evana moved from concept to reality,” said Matt Hamsher, Chair of the Evana Network Board. “His entrepreneurial vision, sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading, and passion to invite others to join as members and partners have been vital components in the Network’s establishment and growth.”

    Next Steps

    Regarding his own next steps, Troyer shares that he does not have definitive plans in place, "There are several options for my future work, but none have developed to the point of sharing publicly. With a transition window of 6 to 12 months, my primary focus at first will be to help Evana move forward without losing momentum."

    Evana's Leadership Board

    Evana's six-person Executive Board will work with Troyer to keep Evana moving forward during the search and transition process. As part of a regular term rotation, Samuel Lopez and Tyler Hartford will be stepping off the board. Terry Diener of Goshen, IN, and Sonya Miller of Sarasota, FL have been nominated to join the board for a two-year term.

    Those continuing to serve in addition to Hamsher include Larissa Moore, Vice-Chair; Virginia Liechty, Treasurer; and Moises Angustia, Member at Large.

  • 26 Apr 2018 10:28 AM | Courtney Miller

    Last but not least in our speaker lineup for this summer is John Troyer. He has led Evana for the past three years, and is passionate about evangelism and seeing church leaders flourish.

    We’re excited for all of our regen.2018 speakers and we want to make sure you don’t miss out. Check out the event page here for more information and registration. We hope to see you there!

  • 24 Apr 2018 10:46 AM | Courtney Miller

    Dr. Joseph Jones is another speaker you’ll have the opportunity to hear at regen.2018. His professional journey has taken him from a Christian university in Pakistan to Fresno Pacific University in California. His journey has led him to become passionate about Christians making an impact on the world around them.

    Don’t forget to register for our summer gathering!

  • 19 Apr 2018 10:56 AM | Courtney Miller

    Martin Thomas will be sharing his powerful testimony with us at regen.2018. From being a pastor to being in prison, he knows how Jesus can change lives, including his own.

    Register for the opportunity to learn more about the miraculous way Jesus continues to lead Martin into new adventures.  

  • 17 Apr 2018 9:56 AM | Courtney Miller

    Noemi Chavez, pastor of the growing multicultural 7th Street Church in Los Angeles, is another amazing speaker in our regen.2018 lineup. She's committed to loving others and raising up the next generation to serve the future of the church and their communities. 

  • 13 Apr 2018 11:29 AM | Courtney Miller

    Take a break from your day and meet Bishop L.W. Francisco III, who will also be joining us at regen.2018! He is lead pastor at C3 church in Hampton, VA and believes that God calls us to be "legacy makers and curse breakers."

    Want to hear more from Bishop Francisco? Register for the summer gathering by clicking the button below.

  • 11 Apr 2018 11:52 AM | Courtney Miller

    We're excited to have Kim Meeder in our lineup of speakers for regen.2018! Kim's life was torn apart at just 9 years old by her parents' murder-suicide. Join us to hear how she has risen above the pain and gained a new start in life by the grace of God!

    You can get a glimpse of Kim sharing one of her moving stories in the video below.

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