HCPN Beliefs & Values
We have adopted the Lausanne Covenant as a unifying statement of faith. The Lausanne Covenant is a movement that mobilizes evangelical leaders to collaborate for world evangelization.
We value the saturation of gospel-centered churches because in order to impact the city we must intentionally plant the gospel in every neighborhood and with every people group.
We value formation in the lives of church planters because healthy and equipped church planters lead to healthy and effective churches.
We value collaboration because partnerships and a unified effort of churches working together will be needed to reach the city.
We value multiplication because in order to reach the growing and diverse population of Houston it will take the exponential expansion of church planters, churches, and networks.
Board & Staff
Chad Clarkson is the co-founder and now serves as the Executive Director of the Houston Church Planting Network. After being involved in planting churches in Iowa and South Carolina he moved to Houston where he served for ten years as the Pastor of Church Planting and Missions at Clear Creek Community Church. He has been involved in global and local church planting for over 20 years and has a passion to see the church unify around the mission of demonstrating and communicating the gospel to every man, woman and child. He holds a Master’s in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. Chad and his wife, Mindy, have six kids: Colton, Chase, Aiden, Annslee, Elsie & Jalen.
Micah Squires has been on staff with the Houston Church Planting Network since June of 2016. She handles the day-to-day operations for the network including the gatherings, residency trainings, and vision events. She attended Texas A&M, class of 2012 where she earned a degree in Community Development. Micah and her husband Reid have a daughter and son. Reid serves as a Pastor at Sojourn Montrose. Micah enjoys traveling, indoor cycling, Texas A&M football, and baking.
Steve Bezner has been the Senior Pastor of Houston Northwest Church since January 2013. Steve is married to Joy, and they have two teenage sons—Ben and Andrew. Steve has multiple passions he brings to HNW in his desire to make Houston more like Heaven. Steve works with HCPN and Glocalnet to plant churches, partners with his friend Blake Wilson on the front of racial reconciliation, and is working to build bridges to redemption throughout the city. He partners with World Hope Ministries International to help theologically train pastors in remote global locations, coaches planters and pastors here in Houston (and elsewhere), and occasionally teaches seminary courses. Steve is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University (B.A., Bible; M.A., Religion) and Baylor University (Ph.D., Religion) where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Jeff Wells is the founding Pastor of WoodsEdge Community Church in Spring, Texas. He grew up in Madisonville, Texas. He became a believer in the summer of 1972 shortly before beginning studies at Rice University where he majored in History. He was a four-time All-America recipient in track and cross country. While at Rice, he received the Bob Quin Award as the Outstanding Student Athlete. Jeff is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned the Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Jeff and his wife Gayle met in Eugene, Oregon, where Jeff was serving in a church and running with Nike and Gayle was working as a nurse. Jeff and Gayle have three children Sarah, Callie, and John Paul. Sarah is married to Michael Grenz and they have three children – Ryanne Elizabeth, Barrett Michael and Evelyn May. Callie is married to Paul Thomas, they have one daughter, Wren Felicity. John Paul is married to Michelle. Jeff’s hobbies include reading, running and anything outdoors with his family.
Blake Wilson has served in Youth Ministry since 1994. He was formerly the co-director of The Center for Youth Ministry at the College of Biblical Studies where he taught for seven years. Currently he is the pastor of Crossover Bible Fellowship in Houston, Texas. Additionally, he has been heavily involved in curriculum development for youth and family life ministries, and Blake is well known for his class entitled The Biblical View of Sex – which he has taught to NBA players of the New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs. Blake shares his gifts and talents at student camps and retreats with Allan Houston and Charlie Ward, former NBA players.
Ken Werlein is founding pastor of Faithbridge Church in Northwest Houston, TX, and a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Asbury Theological Seminary. In 1998, the Lord called Ken to plant a church in Northwest Houston with the mission to make more and stronger disciples of Jesus Christ. Faithbridge began with a core group of seven people, which has grown to thousands of adults, students, and children gathering to worship each weekend. In addition to preaching God’s Word, mentoring young leaders, and working to strengthen other Kingdom-minded ministries, Ken prioritizes family time with his wife, Suzanne, and their two sons, Wesley and William.
Bruce Wesley is the founding and Senior Pastor of Clear Creek Community Church. He holds a B.A. in Practical Theology from Howard Payne University (1983), an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1995). Bruce is the founder and President of the Houston Church Planting Network. He and Susan invest in three key areas for community transformation: planting churches, strengthening marriages and raising up leaders for the church of tomorrow. They have three married daughters and a growing number of incredible grandchildren. Bruce loves the mountains, fly-fishing and hiking trails.
Jeremiah Morris is the founding and Lead Pastor at Seven Mile Road Houston. He is a husband, dad, disciple-maker and church planter. He loves preaching the gospel, the city of Houston, and anything wrapped in a tortilla. He is passionate about his wife, Ashley and his boys, Finn, Caleb and Judah. His connection with HCPN was forged years ago when he helped to develop and launch the original finishing residency. He then was a participant in the program and now is delighted to sit on the board of the organization. Jeremiah graduated from Texas Christian University (B.A. Philosophy) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv).