Ty VanHorn and his wife Lisa moved to Spring Texas seven years ago from Los Angeles California. They have eight children, Jordan (married to Josiah), Seth (21), Sydney (21), Alayna (18), Payton (15), Kai (12), Dawson (4) and Emerson (2). They celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary this year.
They spent their first date arguing about the Gospel. Lisa was sure Ty needed it and Ty was confident he could do without it. Over time, Lisa’s faithful witness in word and action, proved to be too much for Ty’s skepticism and after a year and a half of friendship, Ty left behind a life contrary to the Gospel and became a follower of Jesus Christ. God has used their unique story to reach people who grew up familiar with church and those who did not. Together they planted Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Manhattan Beach, California (2000-2011). Most recently Ty served as Lead Pastor at Northwest Bible Church.
Ty is pursing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pneumatology and together they look forward to planting Big House Church in North Houston with a team of people committed to bringing and being the Gospel to the city of Houston. They are very pleased to partner with HCPN.
Peter Ndikumana was born and grew up in a Catholic family in Rwanda. He had no personal relationship with God until at the age of fourteen when he vowed to serve God the rest of his lifetime if God rescued him from being killed during 1994 Rwanda Tutsi genocide. Miraculously , God rescued him and he gave his life to Jesus. He met his beautiful wife, Ruth while serving as a youth pastor at Trinity Church in Kampala Uganda. Peter and Ruth have been married for eleven years and have three amazing children; Dear (10), Ken (8), and Levi (5).
Peter has served in different ministry capacities such as General Secretary and Pastor in Foursquare Gospel Church, Director of discipleship in Tent Makers of Rwanda, power of attorney for families adopting from Rwanda, and Rwanda Reconciliation Ministries as executive director.
Peter and his family moved to the USA since six years ago; he has been attending Faith Christian University and will be graduating with Doctor of Theology at the end of 2018.
Peter has a strong passion to preach the Gospel to both unsaved and unchurched from any background. He feels called to plant a church that plants churches in Northeast Houston and is honored to be equipped through Houston Church Planting Network Finishing Residency.
Paul Ramsay and his wife Lindsey live with their two daughters, Tallulah Grace (2 1⁄2) and Harper Joy (7 months), in Braeswood Place, which is in the Southwest corner of the inner 610 loop in Houston. They met in Houston 7 years ago at their church, Sojourn Heights, right around the time Paul began to experience the call to church planting ministry, and they have been married for 5 years. Paul and Lindsey felt called as a family to the Braeswood Place neighborhood of Houston a few years ago, and having undergone one of the initiation rites of the area in August of last year (they flooded during Hurricane Harvey), the Lord eventually opened the door for them to move back into the neighborhood, and Paul is planning to plant Sojourn Braeswood Church.
Paul was born in Montreal, Canada, but was raised in Atlanta, GA for most of his childhood. After graduating from Emory University (BA, Physics & Philosophy) in Atlanta—where, by God’s grace, he was saved during his freshman year—Paul was brought through a teaching program (TFA) to Spring Woods High School here in Houston, where he taught high school math and science. After three years of teaching, as he was working through God’s call on his life towards church planting, Paul was invited into full-time vocational ministry as an interim worship leader at Sojourn Heights in 2014, which transitioned after one year into a full-time church planting residency, still at Sojourn, in 2015, which he has been working his way through ever since.
As he prepares to plant, Lord-willing, in late 2019, Paul is currently serving as a church planting resident in an executive/worship pastoral role at Sojourn Galleria Church, and he is also enrolled at RTS Houston as a part-time MDiv student. Lindsey is a Speech- Language Pathologist and currently works part-time at Memorial Hermann Hospital (TMC). Paul loves rock climbing and soccer (he currently referees high school soccer here in Houston), tacos and sushi, and any-and-all conversations related to bringing the gospel to bear with loving grace in a post-(post-)modern, pluralistic melting pot like Houston.
Terrence accepted the call of God to preach the gospel in June 2001. He received a B.A. from Fisk University in Nashville, TN, in May 1999. He has been pastoring since March 2013 but is currently preparing to lead a relaunch church plant in September 2019.
Terrence strives to share the love of Jesus with those he meets through intentional relationship building. His life’s mantra is, “Growth solves a lot of problems.” He loves to read; his favorite author is John Maxwell. Some of his extracurricular activities include painting, photography, videography, working out and playing basketball. He is a proud native Houstonian that loves how diverse the city is. He married his high school sweetheart, Cindi in October 2000. They currently do not have any children but have started the foster to adopt process.
Nathan and Heather Law have been married for fifteen years and have two boys: Nathaniel and Aiden and five girls: Blake (adopted at 17), Isabella, Olivia, Paisley and Scarlett. Nathan was raised around Houston while Heather is from Colorado. Nathan received a Business Administration degree from John Brown University, a MABS from Dallas Theological seminary and a D. Min in Expository preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
In college, God revealed His love to both Nathan and Heather and challenged them both with the reality that any plan they pursued in life would be utterly meaningless compared to the grand journey God had for them. God changed the trajectory of both of their lives and they began to pursue full time ministry opportunities Instead of pursuing the American dream they decided to embrace the grand adventure of raising up disciples.
Right after college they spent ten years working with Student Mobilization at the University of Central Arkansas ministering to college students. There they worked with diverse groups on campus including: freshman, fraternities, sororities, athletic teams, international students and more with the hope of seeing students place their faith in Christ. Their passion was to disciple students who would become passionate disciple makers regardless of their occupation or role in life.
While making disciples among college students, God showed the Laws that there was a huge need among many churches to focus on the Great Commission. As a result, they have worked with multiple churches in Arkansas and Texas. Currently, they desire to plant a missional church that through God’s grace will multiply and cumulatively plant over 100 churches in the next 25 years. Nathan and Heather are excited for their whole family to be able to be involved in this church plant and even more excited to see God draw the people of Houston to Himself.
Derrick grew up in Jacksonville Florida, but moved to Spring Texas in 2007 where he met his wife Lindsey while both interning at a local Church. They have been married for 9 years and have four kids. Daelen (7), Ella (5), Kara (3), Davis (5 months, not pictured but we love him).
Derrick has been in student ministry for 9 years. Near the end of those 9 years they began to feel a calling to a different level of leadership but wasn’t sure what that meant. Eventually, that call became very clear to plant a Church.
Through the guidance of mentors and friends, they directed them toward HCPN. For the last year Derrick has had the opportunity to be a part of the functional residency with HCPN. They currently live in Magnolia Texas where they are planting their Church.
Nathan and his wife Alisa have been married for 8 years. They have three children Laine (5) Lucie (3) Levi (1). Both Alisa and Nathan grew up in Katy, TX. Nathan attended the College of Biblical Studies and earned a BS in Christian leadership and Biblical Studies. Nathan also attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS and earned an MDIV concentrating in the Biblical languages.
Nathan has been in vocational ministry for 13 years. In 2015 he became an ordained minister through EPC Gulf South Presbytery. After his ordination Nathan served at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Katy, TX till January 2018. On March 25, 2018 Nathan launched Haven, a new EPC church in the heart of Old Katy.
Nathan and Alisa are passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and taking it to unchurched people. God has been incredibly faithful to them, in building a team around them with the same passion. Nathan’s desire is to plant churches that plant churches. Creating new local worshipping communities growing by conversion, through the preaching of the Gospel.
Calvin and his wife Crystal met during their time at East Texas Baptist University, where they both served in numerous ministry roles. After getting married in August of 2014, Calvin was sought after to replant a church in Katy, Texas. With much prayer and consideration, they accepted and moved to Katy six days after Calvin’s graduation that December.
Since then, Calvin and Crystal have witnessed God change numerous lives (including their own) through Christ’s Mercy Church. Calvin serves as the Lead Pastor while Crystal oversees worship and women's’ discipleship. Together they enjoy traveling, discovering great local restaurants, and training for marathons/triathlons.
Calvin and his wife desire to stay committed to ministry throughout their lives, actively seeking training and mentorship to help them grow as leaders and ministers of the gospel. Most recently that has meant Calvin graduating with his Masters in Theological Studies from Houston Baptist University and beginning the residency with HCPN in September of 2018.