Before joining Vanderbloemen, David was a Pastor for over 23 years, most recently serving as Lead Pastor at Northridge Church in Rochester, NY for 15 years. Under David's leadership, the church grew from 200 to 2000, and David successfully led a significant amount of effective change while in leadership there.
He now helps Great Commission-focused churches find great staff members and consults with churches on organizational issues that are unique to them as they pursue their mission.
Founder & CEO of CourageToLead.com
Shawn has been a real estate developer, church planter, megachurch pastor, and successful entrepreneur and leadership coach. Shawn also speaks and trains leaders and their teams about all things leadership and organizational health all around the country.
Shawn developed the GearsofGrowth® Assessment for Leaders and the Gears of Personal Growth® for Leaders. Shawn now leads a team of coaches through CourageToLead who coach leaders through what keep them up at night! Shawn's newest book, Be Mean About the Vision: Preserving and Protecting What Matters, released with Thomas Nelson Publishers in 2016.
Former Executive Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church
It was a desire to empower people to build Christian community that prompted Hawkins to leave a successful and profitable career with the consulting firm McKinsey & Company for an unpaid role at Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago.
Hawkins became executive pastor at Willow Creek where he served alongside Bill Hybels for nearly 20 years. In this capacity, Hawkins spearheaded the Reveal research project to discover how to move involvement with church activities into greater spiritual growth. The results are captured in More: How to Move from Activity for God into Intimacy with God.
William has 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor, and for the past 8 years, he's combined that experience with the best practices of executive search to help churches build great teams.
Prior to executive search, William led growth and innovation in churches in North Carolina, Alabama, and Houston. During his time in Alabama, William had the chance to help rebuild and relocate an ailing congregation, and lead them to new levels of growth.
“My life and ministry were enriched by the relationships, shared experiences, and excellent books that were chosen. This is a real opportunity to increase your capacity to lead and form relationships that will be the greatest resource for your future ministry.”
"I have never been to any kind of conference that is going to have the lasting impact that this coaching network is going to have for me and my ministry. I truly wish that I could have had this kind of training years ago."