Who We Are


“Today, of the approximately 350,000 churches in America, four out of five are either plateaued or declining. Many churches begin a plateau or slow decline about their fifteenth to eighteenth year. 80-85 percent are on the down-side of this cycle.” - DR. WIN ARN

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Our Network

New City Network was established in 2016 as the church planting ministry of McLean Bible Church in an effort to carry out the vision of “multiplying churches among all nations beginning in greater Washington, DC.” We do this by providing training, resources, coaching and care for church planters sent out by McLean Bible Church, as well as church planters sent by other likeminded congregations, primarily in the Washington, DC metro area.

New City Network is committed to building a network of evangelical, missionary leaders who support, encourage and pray for one another in the difficult and dangerous work of church planting. Additionally, our aim is to provide resources that equip the local church to plant healthy churches.

What Do We Believe?

New City Network has adopted the “2000 Baptist Faith & Message” as our doctrinal statement.

FAQ

How are New City and McLean Bible Church related?

New City was created by and is led by a team at McLean Bible Church, in conjunction with the North American Mission Board’s Send Network. New City Network is the church planting ministry of McLean Bible Church. NCN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is an integrated auxiliary of McLean Bible Church.

How will church planters be identified and selected?

Church planters who are interested in partnering with New City Network will be selected through an application process, which includes a thorough assessment of qualifications, skills, and character. New City Network provides varying levels of support, including funding and resources, which are stewarded accordingly. 

Will New City Network help launch new church plants of all denominations?

New City Network partners primarily with churches who are members of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Churches in partnership with New City Network must affirm the Baptist Faith & Message.

Does New City Network only partner with church in Washington, DC?

New City currently prioritizes partnerships with churches in the area defined as the Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Team

Clint Clifton

City Missionary

Clint leads New City Network in conjunction with his role as City Missionary for Washington, DC with the North American Mission Board. After being affirmed by his church for gospel ministry, he served in several pastoral roles in Florida, Alabama, and Virginia before planting Pillar Church in Dumfries, VA in 2005. Pillar immediately began developing church planting leaders through their residency program that ultimately led the planting of more than a dozen churches and two church planting networks; The Praetorian Project and the Iceland Project. Clint earned an undergraduate degree from The Florida Baptist Theological College (2001) and a graduate degree from The Liberty School of Divinity (2004). He has written several helpful books and articles on church planting including Church Planting Thresholds: A Gospel Centered Church Planting Guide,  Church Planting Primer and is the host of The Church Planting Podcast. Clint and his wife Jennifer live with their children in the suburbs of Washington DC.

Holly Huffman

Operations Manager

Holly coordinates all things operations for New City Network. Growing up in Oklahoma City, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma and worked as a recovery room and critical care nurse before joining the staff of McLean Bible Church’s young adult ministry, Frontline, in 2010. In 2016, she began working with Clint to help start, build, and develop this church planting ministry. Her favorite part of her role with NCN is serving a diverse group of pastors and witnessing the grace of God in their ministries. She loves all things organization and detail, which makes working with pastors an interesting challenge!

Jessica Thompson

Development

Jess joined the NCN team in 2018 and focuses on social media, development, and events, including our annual gala. She grew up in Northern Virginia and graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Social Work. Through the ministry of Frontline, she joined the staff at McLean Bible Church in 2003, serving over 13 years with young adults, newcomer ministry and volunteer teams. She is married to Lee and has two boys, Stratton and Sullivan. She has a heart to celebrate the faithful efforts of church planters and engage our community in supporting this important gospel work. Most often you can find her cheering on her boys on some sort of athletic field!

Mark Campbell

Church Planting Catalyst

Mark is a Church Planting Catalyst for the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and works closely with New City Network. He is dedicated to recruiting, training, coaching, and supporting church planting efforts in the Washington, DC area. Mark previously served as a church planter in Northern Virginia and Charlottesville for over ten years. Additionally, Mark serves as the Executive Director of The Vox Project, a pro-life advocacy organization dedicated to inspiring and equipping pastors to be voices for life, and he has his own video production company, JMark Films. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Mark has been married to his high school sweetheart, Jaime, for 16 years and has three children, Grace, John, and Walker. 

Raul Santamaria

Hispanic Church Planting Catalyst

Raul spends his time recruiting and developing Hispanic planters to start new churches. He graduated from the Theological College of El Salvador and has obtained certifications in coaching, planting and multiplication. He was previously the Director of Missions for the International Baptist Mission of El Salvador and was an evangelism professor from 1998 to 2001. In North America, he has helped to plant churches in Virginia and continues to advise and train planters both nationally and globally. Raul serves on the Outreach ministry team at Mclean Bible Church and is a state church planting strategist for the SBC of Virginia. SBCV. He lives in Sterling, VA with his wife Marisol and their three daughters.

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