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The Bonhoeffer Project is a year-long discipleship program with 10 monthly sessions. This community starts in September 2017 and will be led by Sam Barber. 

Please print and sign the covenant and bring it to your first meeting

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    Matt Kearns


    Dr. Matt Kearns is the Making Disciples Catalyst for the Missouri Baptist Convention. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategies that lead Missouri Baptists to make followers of Jesus, model their lives after Him, and obey His command to help others become disciples of Christ. He oversees the group providing strategic leadership, training, and resources to assist present and future MBC churches in making disciples.

    A native of Festus, Mo., Kearns received a B.S. degree in mass communications / public relations from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    He served in local church youth ministry for 14 years and also worked at the North American Mission Board on the Student Evangelism team. He has served on the MBC missionary staff since 2005.

    Besides his passion for making disciples, Kearns is an avid sports enthusiast, loves to read, and is a huge Cardinals fan! He and his wife, Julie, reside in Jefferson City, Mo.

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    Sam Barber


    Pastor Sam serves as the Lead Pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene after being called in July of 2014. Originally from Columbiana, OH, Sam earned a BA in Psychology at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, an MA Christian Ministry at Malone University, and a Master of Theological Studies at Duke University. Prior to serving at Central Church, he has served in Youth/Associate Pastorates in Ohio and North Carolina and Sr. Pastorates in Troy Ohio, Columbus Ohio, and now Lenexa, Kansas.

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