Church Planting Residency


Our residency program is designed to prepare faithful and able men for the work of planting and re-planting churches. We believe this calling requires more than just giftedness, it requires equipping.

Church planters that come from our residency program are part of the Confessional Collective, a group of church planters that hold to the historic reformed confessions. Find more information about the Collective here.

God’s primary instrument in the expansion and care of His Kingdom is the church. Church planting and revitalization are vital avenues for seeing this work fulfilled. Therefore, we offer residencies for perspective church planters and re-planters. Our church planting goal is to MAKE investments, MATURE planters, and MULTIPLY churches.

We are accepting applications for our 2020-21 residency.

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Church Planting Residency

There is always a need for healthy churches to reach into various locations and situations with the hope of the gospel. Because we believe this is so important, First Pres has a residency program for those who wish to plant or re-plant a church.

This residency (typically two years long) is designed to raise up and prepare gospel planters/re-planters for Michigan. We have a 1 year and 2 year residency program to PREPARE & PROVIDE: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & EXPOSURE. Answering the call requires more than just giftedness, it requires equipping. Hands on learning is essential for the planter to be ready for the hard work of church planting. Residents will be involved in the life of our church while preparing for the future plant/re-plant. The program includes:

  • Discipleship in shepherding including visitation and counseling
  • Administrative & leadership training
  • Preaching and teaching development and opportunities
  • Assistance in building and refining the planters prospects for planting or re-planting
  • Assistance in raising support for the plant/re-plant

Mela Siona

2019-2020

Mela is serving with Drew Ansley in Southwest Detroit, MI.

Chris Caldwell

2019-2020

Chris is serving with Jason Aaron in Monroe, MI.

Josh Speyers

2018-2019

Josh is planting Abundant Mercy Church in Detroit, MI.

Abundant Mercy Website

Jason Aaron

2017-2018

Church: Outpost Community Church – Monroe, MI

Outpost Monroe Website

Brian Evans

2015-2016

Church: 5point7 Community Church – Detroit, MI

5point7 Website

Jim Mong

2015

Church: Redeemer Ann Arbor – Ann Arbor, MI

Redeemer A2 Website

Jeremy Roth

2013-2014

Church: Redeemer Community Church – Dearborn, MI

Redeemer CC Website