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Our staff

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Dr. Warren Bird

Director of Research and Intellectual Capital

Warren Bird, Ph.D., who has a great heart for working with outreach-minded, innovative pastors and church leaders, is the Director of Research and Intellectual…

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Dick Blanc

Director and Organizational Performance Specialist

Dick has a passion for the church and comes from a long line of pastors in his family tree. In his role with Leadership…


Bob Buford

Until the sale of his company in July 1999, Bob Buford served as Chairman of the Board and CEO of Buford Television, Inc., a family-owned…

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Julia Burk

Program Coordinator

Julia is a program coordinator and has been with Leadership Network since February 2000. She has three sons and one daughter-in-law. She is a member…

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Gayle Carpenter

Chief Administrative Officer

Gayle was employed at Buford Television in Tyler, Texas, on December 10, 1980. When Leadership Network was started in 1984, she made the transition…

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Kadi Cole

Director, HUB: Multisite

Kadi has been involved in local church ministry for almost 30 years including 15 years in full-time ministry at Christ Fellowship Church (South Florida)…

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Linda Cox

Accounting Coordinator

Linda has been a part of Leadership Network since 2000 as Accounting Coordinator assisting the CFO in a variety of accounting duties. Although she is ready…

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Brent Dolfo


Director Brent Dolfo has more than 30 years of experience in senior ministry leadership and has consulted worldwide with movements such as Alpha as…


BJ Engle

Personal Assistant to Bob Buford

BJ Engle has been a valuable member of the team since 1992. BJ brings a level of quality and excellence to the office of Bob…

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Cindi Haworth

Program Coordinator

Cindi Haworth brings an infectious enthusiasm to all she does as a Leadership Community Program Coordinator. She has worked for Leadership Network for over…

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Stephanie Jackson

Publications Manager

Stephanie Jackson serves as the Publications Manager, working with Leadership Network’s authors and publishing partners, as well overseeing the production of research reports and…

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Lance Knutson

Partnership Director

Lance Knutson has been involved with Leadership Network since 2013 serving as the Partnership Director. In this role, he works to help connect and…

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Jeff Kossack

Director of the Next Generation Pastors Leader Group

  Jeff is the lead pastor of Trilogy Community Church that he and his wife, Melissa, planted in Dallas, TX in 2016. He has…

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Kelly Kulesza

Leadership Community Coordinator

Kelly Kulesza, Leadership Community Coordinator, joined Leadership Network in March 2010. In addition to her role as a LC Coordinator, Kelly also works with…


Gifty Leftridge

Accounting Manager

Gifty is a wife and mother of two children. Gifty has been with Leadership Network several years, beginning her career as a Meeting Coordinator…

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Greg Ligon

Vice President

Greg has been with Leadership Network since 1997. He currently serves as Vice President and Publisher. In this role, he serves a team of…

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Shawn Lovejoy

Executive Director - 400 Gathering

Shawn is the Directional Leader of CourageToLead.com, a Coaching Ministry for Pastors and Leaders. He previously served as Founding and Sr. Pastor of Mountain…


Chris Mattix


Chris serves as a Director for our Senior Pastor Next Steps Leader Group and our Mentor Pastors Network. She has been with Leadership Network since…

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John McGee

Director, HUB: Marriage and Healthy Relationships

Over the last 14 years, John has directed the Marriage Ministry at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, TX.  There, he and his team have…

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Reggie McNeal

Missional Leadership Specialist

Reggie McNeal enjoys helping people, leaders, and Christian organizations pursue more intentional lives. He currently serves as the Missional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network. Reggie’s past…

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Tim Nations

Director of Communication and Design

Tim Nations serves as the Director of Communication and Design at Leadership Network. He has been a Lead Facilitator for various Leadership Community meetings and Innovation…

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Scott Papador

Champion, Pastor Mentors Network

Before joining Leadership Network, Scott has served as Chief Information Office with MyHealthDirect, a cloud based healthcare scheduling company. Before that he worked with USWeb…

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John Poitevent

Director, HUB:Missional Engagement

John has a passion to see the local church fulfilling all that it is called and created to be. For 25 years he has…

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Lee Powell

Here to Serve

Lee Powell started CedarCreekChurch.tv in 1995 (in Perrysburg Ohio a suburb of Toledo) with group of about fifteen adults. CedarCreek was listed as one Americas…


Diane Reynolds

Vice President of Finance

Diane Reynolds is the Vice President of Finance for The Bob Buford Institute. In this role she oversees all accounting, finance, human resources and…

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Todd Rhoades

Director of New Media and Technology Initiatives

Todd Rhoades is the Director of New Media and Technology Initiatives for 100X. Before joining 100X, Todd was the founder and developer of ChurchStaffing.com. In this capacity,…

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Linda Stanley

Team Leader

Linda serves as Vice-President and Team Leader at Leadership Network, a nonprofit organization based in Dallas, Texas. She has been employed with Leadership Network…


Eric Swanson

Missional Leadership Specialist

Eric has a passion for engaging churches worldwide in the needs and dreams of their communities toward the end of spiritual and societal transformation.…

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Dave Travis

Chief Encouragement and Chief Executive Officer

I was an engineer, then a pastor, then a denominational worker. Through bad luck and bad timing I was adopted by Leadership Network. Fortunately…

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Chris Willard

Director of Generosity Initiatives

Chris Willard has more than 25 years of experience in ministry leadership. He served with Campus Crusade for Christ as northeast regional director and as…

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Josh Whitehead


Dr. Josh Whitehead serves as part of the team at Leadership Network, leading labs and leadership communities on the topic of multisite. Josh also…

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Darren Young

Executive Pastor Leader Group Director

Darren Young has more than 20 years experience in church and para church leadership. Darren served with Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) Canada on…