Missouri & Southern Illinois

Steve MizelMissouri & Southern Illinois - Steve Mizel

Steve is the lead pastor of Trailhead Church in Edwardsville, IL.  He took the long way around to church planting, though.  He worked in the field of education for 17 years as a teacher and principal before taking a postion as the Family Pastor at The Journey, a large, multi-site church in St. Louis. Two years later, The Journey sent Steve out to start a video venue site in Edwardsville.  After two more years, it became clear that God was doing something unique in that site, and The Journey commissioned Steve to launch his site into an independent church in 2011.  Steve is married to his college sweetheart, Lauren, and they have three children.  Steve enjoys doing any physical activity where he gets to goof around with his kids, including skateboarding, skiing, and parkour.

Regional Vision:

Church planting is serious business, and we believe that no one should plant alone.  Converge offers an opportunity for likeminded churches and church planters to partner together to advance the gospel in our region.  We are looking to partner with:

* Potential church planters, to offer them assessment, coaching, and possible financial support

* Existing church plants that are in need of a network for coaching and brotherhood

* Established churches that are serious about equipping and sending out new church plants

* And anyone who would like to help fund church planting through practical financial support 

Missouri & Southern Illinois Hot Spots:

We are praying for church plants all over our region, including:

* Specific areas of St. Louis and its suburbs, including the Metro East

* Kansas City and its suburbs

* Cape Girardeau, MO

* Springfield, MO

* Carbondale, IL

* Mt. Vernon, IL

* Springfield, IL

* Mattoon, IL

Follow Steve on Twitter: @stevemizel

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