Bishop Claude Alexander is Senior Pastor of The Park Church in Charlotte, NC. Under his leadership, The Park has grown from one local congregation of 600 members to a global ministry of thousands with three locations and weekly international reach. A leader among both Christian and civic organizations, Bishop Alexander has worked with government and community officials to address the community’s most critical issues. Over the years, he has served as a board member of the Urban League of Central Carolinas, United Way, the Arts and Science Council, the N.A.A.C.P. Educational Committee, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, and The Community Building Initiative. In addition, Bishop Alexander is the immediate past president of the Hampton University Ministers Conference. He currently serves on the board of the Charlotte Center City Partners, Christianity Today, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Mission America Coalition Facilitation Committee, the For Charlotte Mission Network and as Vice-Chair of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Co-Chair of Gordon-Conwell Charlotte Board of Advisors, and Vice-Presiding Bishop of the Kingdom Association of Covenant Pastors.
Bishop Alexander has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Morehouse College (1985), a Master of Divinity Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (1988), and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2004). In 2013, Bishop Alexander extended his many roles to include that of author. He published his first book, Necessary Christianity, through which he examines the ‘must’ statements of and about Jesus Christ within the Gospels.
Bishop Alexander is committed to his family above all else. He is married to Dr. Kimberly Nash Alexander and is the proud father of two daughters, Camryn Rene and Carsyn Richelle.
Casey Crawford, a former NFL Super Bowl champion, co-founded Movement Mortgage amid the 2008 financial crisis. Taking note of the glaring inadequacies in mortgage lending, Casey aimed to build a company that glorified God and emphasized His command to love our neighbors. Under Casey’s leadership as CEO, the company is one of the nation’s 10 largest retail mortgage lenders. Movement is also a 5-time member of the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies, has been certified as a national Great Place to Work and one of the Charlotte Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers. Chief among Casey’s priorities is the work of the Movement Foundation, which uses the mortgage company’s profits to bring life, light and hope to the underserved. Since its founding in 2012, Movement Foundation has invested more than $25 million in causes that include opening the Movement Center, a coworking space for ministries and nonprofits, and the Movement School, a tuition-free public charter school serving students in kindergarten through second grade. Casey worships at Transformation Church and lives in Charlotte with his wife Michelle and their two daughters.
Dr. Leighton Ford is President of Leighton Ford Ministries which focuses on raising up younger leaders to spread the message of Christ worldwide. He has spoken face to face to millions of people in 37 countries on every continent of the world and served from 1955 until 1985 as Associate Evangelist and later Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
Leighton was recipient of the 1990 Two Hungers Award, which recognized his contributions to addressing the physical and spiritual hungers of people around the world. In 1985 he was selected as Clergyman of the Year by Religious Heritage of America and as Presbyterian Preacher of the Year by the National Presbyterian Center. TIME Magazine singled him out as being “among the most influential preachers of an active gospel.”
Leighton is also Honorary Life Chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, having served from 1976 to 1992 as chairman of this international body of Christian leaders. He has served as a board member for World Vision U. S., the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Dr. Ford is also author and co-author of numerous books. His lastest book, The Attentive Life, Discerning God’s Presence in All Things, was published in May 2008. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Jean. Their children are a married daughter, Deborah, a son in business, Kevin, and their older son, Sandy, who died after heart surgery in November 1981.
After spending years working in business acquisitions, Brett McDonough joined Movement Mortgage as its chief investment officer in 2015. In this role, he’s responsible for the financial oversight of Movement’s nonprofit foundation, which uses profits from the mortgage business to bring life, light and hope to the underserved. He’s passionate about the intersection of faith and business, and aims to use his job to glorify God and break the barriers between the secular and divine in the marketplace. He worships at the Warehouse 242 ministry in west Charlotte and volunteers with a host of other ministries and organizations, including Love Life Charlotte, Project 658, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and For Charlotte. He serves on the boards of the Movement Foundation, Movement School and Hiinga, which lends microloans to farmers as a means of eliminating poverty in East Africa. He’s also served on the foreign mission field, traveling to El Salvador, Uganda and Kenya to share the gospel. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Anna and their three children.
After decades of experience in various roles in the insurance industry, Mr. Hinrichs established HFCB to fill an unmet need in the marketplace, corporate disability coverage. After having worked on an individual basis with highly compensated employees and executives of large corporations, he knew there had to be a better way to serve this population. His vision of creating a company to specialize in serving this unique business segment became reality in 1994 when HFCB landed its first household name account. From the beginning, Mr. Hinrichs has set the tone for the company’s unwavering values, ethics and culture. Mr. Hinrichs loves to golf and travel. He is married with a daughter, a son and seven grandchildren. Among many of his philanthropic endeavors, Mr. Hinrichs frequently travels with his wife to foreign countries building houses for the world’s poor.
John has served as Outreach Director for Forest Hill Church in Charlotte since 2004. In his role, he directs all local and global outreach, including partner development, city engagement, and global missions. He oversees the stewardship of the church’s Outreach budget, which involves the administration of 18% of the church’s annual operating budget. John also engages in shaping the church’s important strategic initiatives as part of the Vision Team.
Prior to joining staff at Forest Hill, John served as Director of Leadership Development with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte from 2002-2004, where he initiated the Servant Leadership Academy. Previously, he operated an organizational development consultancy focused on small-to-mid sized businesses and non-profits. He spent the first 15 years of his career in the financial services industry. From 1988-2001, he held various leadership positions with First Union Corporation, specializing in key strategic business units and corporate initiatives during a period of rapid expansion through merger and acquisitions.
Over the past 13 years, John has served on numerous Boards, including Urban Promise Charlotte, YMCA of Greater Charlotte, African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, and South America Mission.
John and his wife, Babbs live in the Charlotte area and have three grown children: Davis (23), Raleigh (21), and McKenzie (19). He enjoys golf, snow skiing, reading, and volunteering.
Reverend Doctor Nicole Martin was born and educated in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a triple major in Human and Organizational Development, Educational Studies, and French.
Dr. Martin received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary where she was the recipient of the Jones Prize in Music and the Swink Prize in Preaching. During her time in seminary, she served as the Director of Evangelism at St. James AME Church in Newark, New Jersey and spent a summer in ministry at Mandalay Baptist Church in Cape Town, South Africa. She earned a Doctor of Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with an emphasis on African American Redemptive Leadership.
Dr. Martin is currently the Assistant Professor of Ministry and Leadership Development at Gordon-Conwell in Charlotte. She is also a consultant with American Bible Society where she serves churches in the city to equip them for greater engagement in God’s Word. She is a minister at The Park Church in Charlotte, North Carolina under the direction of Bishop Claude Richard Alexander, Jr, where she formerly served as the Executive Minister.
She has been inducted into the prestigious Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Board of Preachers at Morehouse College. Dr. Martin is a gifted writer and author of the book, Made to Lead: Empowering Women for Ministry. She is a regular columnist for the Faith and Values section of The Charlotte Observer, is a contributor for Christianity Today, and was also named one of the “Top Seven to Watch in 2011” by The Charlotte Observer. Most recently, she was named one of the “Top 40 Under 40 for 2017” by the Charlotte Business Journal.
Dr. Martin has been selected to participate in ministries locally and globally, including the Lausanne Younger Leaders Conference in Indonesia, the Evangelical thought leaders gathering in Israel and being appointed by the Mayor to serve as the faith-based representative on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Advisory Board. Dr. Martin is also the founder of The Clergywomen of Charlotte and Executive Director of SoulFire International Ministries, which focuses on empowering others to reach their fullest potential in Christ.
Dr. Martin is married to her best friend, Minister Mark Martin, and they have two beautiful daughters, Addison and Josephine. Above all, she has a passion for God, a contagious excitement for the Gospel, and an insatiable desire that God be glorified in her life and in the world.
Raised in Seattle, WA, Rob moved to Charlotte 17 years ago after college to work in non-profit. After two years in Charlotte, Rob was called into pastoral ministry, spending 13 years serving churches, the last 10 at Carmel Baptist Church in south Charlotte where Rob was Missions Pastor. Throughout his career, Rob has actively pursued city-wide mission collaboration, helping found CHARLOTTE/ONE, and serving with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the local steering team of The Lausanne Movement, just to name a few. It was through these experiences and serving as a pastor that Rob’s burden for gosepl-centered, church-united city transformation grew. This burden led Rob to pray and build relationships with other like-minded pastors and leaders in Charlotte, ultimately leading to what is now the For Charlotte Mission Network, where Rob serves as the founding President & CEO. In this role, Rob also serves as the founding director of Movement Day Charlotte. Rob is a graduate of the University of Washington, and he completed his seminary studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte. Rob is married to Ani, and they are the proud parents of Addison and RJ.