All of our coaches have lived the ministry lifestyle. They understand the joys and the sorrows. They have been there, done that and received the T-shirt. They are practitioners who are willing share their experience, strength and hope so you can be a success to where you have been sent.
Robert ‘Bob’ Butler
Missional Expressions, Coaching, and Leadership Mentoring
Bob considers himself a missionary striving to create relationships with the “none, done and undone” in the neighborhood, community and the nation. He moved to Itasca from Oswego in 2017. Bob is a former entrepreneur, national sales manager, lead pastor, author, outreach pastor, recovery speaker and church planter. Bob is passionate about re-imagining how the church (Big “C”) engages the culture with the message of Jesus. Bob is currently the lead pastor at The Community Center in Itasca, the director for RENEW and a board member for Impact For Jesus.
Personally, Bob has been married for 32 years. He has been on a number of short term international mission trips. He holds a Masters in Divinity from Northern Seminary and is an ordained minister of The United Methodist Church. He enjoys coffee, music, movies, reading, soccer, conversation, dogs and binge watching TV shows with his wife.
Practical Evangelism Mentoring
Larry is an entrepreneur and business owner. He has been married to Candy for over eight years. They 7 children and 4 grandchildren. Larry and Candy have led over 18 ALPHA classes. They have completed the Forge Domestic Missionary training. They are also currently leaders in RENEW, Larry is a natural evangelist. Over the course of the last three years, Larry has led over 153 people to make professions of faith. He infamous for creating relationships with most unlikely of characters and bringing them to a commitment. Larry and his wife are music lovers and explorers of the local community. From the lobby of a church, to the booth at Steak and Shake, Larry’s passion for seeking and saving is the lost and it’s infectious. Larry’s sessions are always practical lessons of how to begin, engage and tap the power of the Holy Spirit when looking to help people come to a life saving faith.
Larry Swets is a coracle leader and member of the APEST leadership team at The Center in Itasca. He has a passion for God’s Kingdom, his family, and helping others reach their potential.
Locally, he serves regularly with the Itasca Homeless Shelter PADS program. He is also a part of the Alexian Brothers Foundation.
Professionally, Larry is the Managing Member of Itasca Financial LLC, an advisory and investment firm, President of Itasca Golf Managers, Inc., and serves on several public company boards. He was most recently Chief Executive Officer of a publicly-traded company for eight years. Larry began his career in insurance as an intern in the Kemper Scholar program. He earned a master’s degree in Finance from DePaul University in 1999, and a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in 1997. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Larry is a graduate of The Master’s Program and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He and his wife, Jennifer, reside with their four children in Itasca.
Forge America Movement Vision and Direction as well as Missional Leadership Training
“Forge is about slowly changing a posture & a paradigm, not adding new models and programs. We are about stirring imaginations, not simply dispensing theological information.”
Brad is currently the Director of Bivocational Church Planting for the North American Mission Board. He holds a doctorate in the area of missional ecclesiology; his doctoral thesis was on assisting existing congregations in transitioning in a missional direction. He is the co-author of Missional Essentials, a twelve-week small group study guide, The Missional Quest: Becoming a Church of the Long Run, Next Door As It Is In Heaven, and Covocational Church Planting. He and his wife have three children and have been foster parents to more than fifty other kids. He blogs regularly at missionalchurchnetwork.com
ReThink: Key Paradigm Shifts for Activating the Church
Every organization, including the church, is built upon underlying paradigms or assumptions. This is not the same thing as the church’s beliefs or theological systems. Rather the paradigm determines how an organization thinks and, therefore, acts. Paradigms explain and then guide behavior. If we try to restructure an organization but leave the original paradigms in place, nothing will change within the organization. Therefore, for real change to take place, we need to experience a paradigm shift or, in most cases, multiple paradigm shifts. In this training, Brad will present key paradigms shifts the church needs to experience when desiring to equip and activate all the people of God to engage in His mission.
Practical Financial Mentoring
Living generously in the Roselle Area through:
Volunteer Trinity Roselle Clinic
Roselle Park District Youth Soccer Coach
C.S. Lewis Institute Fellow
Member, Barnabas Chicago
Past President Chicago Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees)
Life Spring Network Regional Board Member
Member, Trinity Roselle
Church Council Member Trinity Roselle
International Missions, South Asian Leadership, Coaching and Leadership Mentoring
Peter began his career as an Engineer. Obeying the Lord’s call, Peter left his promising engineering career to pastor in the Chicagoland area. Short-term mission led them back to India where they saw extreme physical and spiritual poverty. Burdened to share the Gospel with those who had never heard His name, in 1997, Peter and Esther took their three children, packed their bags and returned to their hometown of Hyderabad, India. They began ministering to those living on the streets and in the slums, people of all faiths and socioeconomic status. Out of this call to go TO the lost and the least, care for their needs and bring the HOPE of Christ was birthed the ministry of HFT.
Today, Hope For Today (HFT) Ministries reaching the people of South Asia with a holistic, three prong strategy of compassion ministries, church planting, and leadership development conferences. HFT’s tools and programs meet the needs of the whole person and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in culturally appropriate and effective ways.
Through compassion ministries, men, women, and children improve their circumstances and see life beyond the struggle to survive. They discover that their lives have great value as they receive practical care and hear about the love of Jesus for them.
Our church planting discipleship movement prepares Christians of South Asia with a curriculum of core biblical truths to be faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ and form Christ-centered house churches.
Leadership development conferences provide training to equip and mobilize indigenous people with biblical principles of leadership. These leaders discover their personal vision, how to pursue God’s calling on their lives, and how to maximize the impact of their leadership abilities in their families, marketplace or ministry.
Peter and Esther Pereira, are committed to playing their part in the great commission. Alongside his role as Director of HFT, Peter also serves on the ILI Global Leadership Team, travels to preach and evangelize and encourages like-minded mission churches and leaders.
Peter holds Master of Urban Studies, Master of Divinity in Missions and Evangelism, and a Doctorate in Missiology. He is a member of the Northern Illinois Conference, currently serving under special appointment, under the Bishop of Northern Illinois Conference. The Pereira’s are based in Hyderabad, South India, though they call Chicago home when they are on this side of the world.