New City Cultural Collaborative

New City Network aims to multiply and equip gospel-centered churches in Metro DC. Here’s the thing: how can one man know what trainings and resources all of the churches and church planters in Metro DC need? To press that further, how can one ethnicity possibly know what trainings and resources of all the churches and church planters need in Metro DC? These questions have driven New City Network to surround itself with a mosaic of ethnic diversity to better develop resources and trainings for the sake of multiplying and equipping gospel-centered churches in Metro DC.

Eric Saunders and Jordan care about this issue greatly, and are leading the collaborative. Eric will be especially guiding this initiative by leading the conversation when the team gathers. The guys that we have gathered represent a diverse variety of ethnic backgrounds, have a heart to see church planting resources developed, and have committed to gathering for round-table discussions regarding ethnicity, church planting, pastoral ministry, and life in the local church.

The above speaks to our internal goals, but the Cultural Collaborative will work to achieve the following two external goals:

  • Produce resources that engage the intersection of church planting and culture.
  • Provide advice to church planters on fruitfully ministering in an ever-changing culture.

 

 

Eric Saunders

Eric Saunders

Eric is originally from Chesapeake, VA. After graduating from Liberty University, he served with an organization called WorldHelp, raising awareness to the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. After also serving as a youth and college pastor in Portsmouth VA, God led him to Raleigh, North Carolina to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he graduated with an MDIV in 2013. While there, Eric served as a lay Pastor at Christ Our King Community Church in Raleigh and worked in Community Development. It was also there that he met and married his wife, Jenique Saunders. He is passionate to see the Church take seriously the call of Jesus Christ to follow him unreservedly.


Jordan Thigpen

Jordan Thigpen

Jordan has been the Director of Training and Resources at New City since July of 2016. He is married to Macey, and they have one daughter, Mclendon Hope. Jordan and Macey are both from Vidalia, Georgia. Before coming to New City, Jordan and Macey lived in Wake Forest, North Carolina where Jordan attended SEBTS. Jordan is continuing his education there as a distance student.
Jordan and Macey enjoy sports, good coffee, working out, and spending time together as a family. Jordan is preparing for pastoral ministry, and is dedicated to the multiplication of healthy churches and pastors in Metro DC.


Mike Kelsey

Mike Kelsey

Mike Kelsey is from the D.C. Metropolitan Area and is pastor of McLean Bible Church’s Montgomery County Campus in Rockville, MD. Born into a strong lineage of Washington, D.C. pastors that includes both his father and grandfather, Mike grew up with a strong foundation in the Gospel and by God’s grace, he fully surrendered himself to Christ as a student at the University of Maryland, College Park. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Political Culture in 2004, Mike went into full-time ministry with the Luis Palau Association, helping organize evangelistic festivals in major U.S. cities and eventually accepted the call to join the pastoral staff at McLean Bible Church in 2007. He has a passion to advance the Gospel in multiethnic contexts and longs to see the emerging generation invest their lives for the glory of God. He is married to his college sweetheart, Ashley, and they have three young children, Ava, Michael, and Jackson.