Meet the 2016 Class of Fellowship Associates Residents

In his 2002 article, “Why Plant Churches?“, Tim Keller writes, “Virtually all the great evangelistic challenges of the New Testament are basically calls to plant churches.” Keller observes, “Nothing else–not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes–will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting.

It was this commitment to the mission of God that brought Kevin, Kris, and Wes to Kansas City to plant Redeemer in 2008. And in that effort, Redeemer had no stronger partner than an organization called Fellowship Associates.


The Fellowship Associates residency was born in 1999 in Little Rock, AR, out of a commitment to develop and release church planters all over the world. Since then, dozens of leaders and dozens of churches have been planted, and Redeemer Fellowship is one of them.

In 2007, Kevin spent a year in Little Rock learning, visiting other churches, praying, and raising money. This time was instrumental in the planting of Redeemer, and since then, we’ve enjoyed a dynamic and growing partnership with this leadership initiative.


This week, the 2016 class of residents spent three days in Kansas City to conclude their program for the year. And this Sunday, you will see profiles of this year’s class of residents at each congregation. Take a moment to get to know these guys, pray for them, and consider ways you can support them.

Here are their names and where they are heading.

  • Curtis Allen – Washington, D.C.
  • Kason Branch – Fort Worth, TX
  • Kris Brossett – Los Angeles, CA
  • Mike Dsane – Torrence, CA
  • Rudy Garza – Denver, CO
  • Juan Maclean – Boston, MA
  • Samuel Orrico – Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Josh Tovey – Grand Rapids, MI
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