I experience a deep joy when I see people deepened and empowered to live more fully into who God has made them to be and what God has called them to do. I play that out at VP3 by helping to ensure that collectively we as a team and as an organization are providing resources and processes to help people discover who God is, who they are, and what God desires to do through their lives. Susan is my wife, soul mate and friend…Liam is our son in whom we are simply amazed. I am originally from Canada where my vocational work was that of a journeyman electrician. When I married Susan, I began another educational journey in preparation for the ministries I am a part of today…undergraduate at University of Sioux Falls (BA), masters at Sioux Falls Seminary (MDiv), and then doctoral work at Fuller Seminary (DMiss). I co-authored with Keith Anderson the book, Spiritual Mentoring: A Guide for Seeking and Giving Direction (IVP, 1999) and Deep Mentoring: Guiding Others on Their Leadership Journey (IVP, 2012) with Rob Loane.
Activator, Context, Strategic, Learner, Achiever
I have been married to Dave J. Decker, Jr. since December of 1994 and we have three children named Kenna, Davy, and Reese. When not at work I can be found taking care of my family and home, having lunch with friends or high school girls who allow me to speak into their lives. We love being with family and find it even a great treat when that time together is spent in God’s creation. You might even find me working on my homework for one of the three VP3 processes that I have the privilege to be a part of at my church, Trinity Baptist here in Sioux Falls. I can also be found helping my husband in the non-profit ministry we started called LightsOut. LightsOut finds the whole Decker family traveling to several Christian music festivals throughout the summer as we minister to bands and artists. Throughout the year, we pray for and send Dave out to continue that ministry.
I came to work for VantagePoint3 in March of 2009 while the youngest of my three children was finishing her last year of preschool. In August of that same year, as all three kids went back to school, I increased my part time hours as the Office Assistant at VP3. I find it a privilege to work for a company whose processes has meant so much to me in my own spiritual life and pray for those who are currently going through the same journey and those who themselves are praying about starting the journey. Take the first step; it’s a walk you won’t soon forget.
Empathy, Developer, Input, Adaptability, Belief
I support the ministry of VP3 by thinking about best practices for Adult Learning and Growth, with a particular eye on those who facilitate our processes in the local church. I believe in the capacity of adults to find answers, uncover mysteries, and work together for the greater good in all things near and dear to their heart, mind, and soul. I have lived exclusively in the nation’s heartland…Iowa. My BA and Masters degrees are from The University of Northern Iowa in a mixture of Communication, Marketing and Journalism. My doctoral work was completed at Iowa State University in Adult Education (Ph.d). I have been inside many different organizations as a consultant. The most recent decade I have been on staff in the local church leading Adult Spiritual Formation and implementing the VP3 processes. My husband Terry and I have three adult children and four grandchildren. In the ministry of VP3 we focus a lot on Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” It took me more than a fair share of time to be able to clearly identify the good work God made me to do. But He has been faithful to prepare me, and reveal it simply…. listen, encourage, teach. Listen, encourage, teach.
Relator, Learner, Intellection, Achiever, Maximizer
I serve in the area of operations for VantagePoint3. Some of my responsibilities include communication, coordination of the day-to-day activities of the organization, financials and other duties as assigned. Before joining VantagePoint3 in April of 2005, I served on the Ministry Staff of Central Baptist Church, Sioux Falls, for nine years in administration. At Central, I was instrumental in administering a leadership program very similar to the The Journey. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the people in each class and leading the adventure camps. I have two grown children Caitlin and Seth and currently reside in St. Louis, MO.
Harmony, Empathy, Responsibility, Achiever, Consistency
I find myself drawn to the work of finding simple and creative ways to deepen people’s spiritual conversations with one another. Some of my current joys and responsibilities at Vantagepoint3 include guiding spiritual formation retreats putting my mind and heart to the ongoing development of VP3’s discipleship & leadership development processes. I graduated from Albright College (Reading, PA) and Talbot School of Theology at Biola University (La Mirada, CA). Before joining the VP3 team in 2004 I worked at Biola University in a number of capacities including resident director and faculty instructor. Having grown up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and then working the bulk of my adult life in Southern California, I now live with my wife, Sarah, and son Elliott in Sioux Falls, SD. I co-authored with Randy Reese the book Deep Mentoring: Guiding Others on Their Leadership Journey (IVP, 2012).
Reading List: Spiritual Formation Reading List
Strategic, Context, Includer, Ideation, Learner
I’ve been involved in various ministries my entire adult life, both within the parachurch and the local church.
One of my newest loves is being a spiritual director and listening deeply to people’s stories, helping them discern where God is at work. I’m also a congregational consultant with a local non-profit and speak around the country at conferences and retreats on topics related to spiritual formation and Christian leadership. I’m a pretty disarming communicator because of my own healing journey and profound encounter with Christ. When I speak, I love to use creative elements, exercises, and interactions. The books I’ve written include Awaken Your Senses: Exercises for Exploring the Wonder of God (InterVarsity Press, February 2012), The Wide Open Spaces of God (Abingdon Press, 2007) and Picturing the Face of Jesus (Abingdon Press, 2009). More than thirty years ago, I married my best friend—seriously! His name is David and together we have four adults kids, one daughter-in-law and two charming grandsons. We live near Indianapolis, Indiana.
I grew up on a small island in Britain. God lifted me from there and through an international mission organization, has taken me to over 50 countries in the past 20 years. During those years He formed in me a passion for Himself, His Kingdom, and those He created. These passions fuel my life. My other passion, for Nigel, my wonderful husband and our 5 growing children, frame my life. We now live near Atlanta, GA, working to encourage the church in America as they actively participate in global missions. I believe deeply in the Church. It is continually being purposefully crafted to reflect the presence of a beautiful God to a lost and broken world.
At my first introduction to Vantagepoint3 I was drawn to the power and presence of God in this ministry. Now, having witnessed it’s life changing potential both personally and in the lives of those I have ‘Journeyed’ with, I am even more aware that this is a much needed tool to strengthen and encourage the body of Christ.
It is an immense privilege to be able to serve as a VP3 Agent (not to mention a dream come true).
Adaptability, Belief, Connectedness, Developer, Restorative
I have a deep passion for adult discipleship, guiding others to discover their ultimate identity and purpose in Jesus Christ. It is truly a privilege to walk alongside people and help them to see how their lives are weaved into the overarching story of God’s redemptive grace. Since 2008, I have co-facilitated several incredible VP3 groups in my local church with my wife, Sharon, and now am excited to have the opportunity to serve as a resource in sharing VantagePoint3 within a broader Canadian context. I am currently completing a Master of Divinity degree at McMaster Divinity College and have taught elementary school for 23 years. Sharon and I have two adult children, Josiah and Sadie, who are currently pursuing university studies, and we are thoroughly enjoying life in Grimsby, Ontario.
Achiever, Learner, Focus, Analytical, Discipline
Since my youth, God has been nurturing within me a love for people and desire to minister to their spiritual needs, which has included service as a youth director, teacher, deacon, elder, Director with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, pastoral counselor, conference speaker and now as a spiritual director. I currently head up Image Bearers Ministries, a counseling ministry in south metro Atlanta, and I spend part of my time as a spiritual friend to pastors, forming and leading small groups for their participation. My vision is to see Christian leaders leading with Christ-like humility, creating counter-cultural environments characteristic of Jesus’ life and leadership. I’m grateful for my partnership with Vantage Point 3 because I strongly believe that their discipleship/leadership processes provide the kind of environment and direction adult believers need to learn to live as partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).
My greatest joy comes when I am able to help someone move forward from where they are in their life to where they sense God wanting them to be. As an Executive Pastor, I have the privilege to do exactly that, serving the staff and leaders within our local church. My work with VantagePoint3 allows me the even broader opportunity of encouraging other churches, helping them to discover and engage in processes that can unleash and develop the spiritual leadership potential of people in their congregations. It permits me to cross paths with the most incredible people, each one proactively embracing their own unique God-inspired journey of spiritual formation and lifelong learning. My education includes an A.S. in Audio Engineering, B.M. in Music Performance, Masters in Ministry, and Doctorate in Christian Administration. My wife Donna and I have been married since 1982 and currently live in Azusa, California. We have two amazing young adult daughters, Sarah & Krista who are themselves accomplished vocalists (like their mom) and lead worship at church nearly every single week.
Relator, Positivity, Achiever, Connectedness, Responsibility
John and Dianne have been married 44 years and moved from Kentucky to live in Northern California 26 years ago. Our son, David, his wonderful wife, Laura and our two grandchildren live in Southern California. In 1991 we planted a non-denomination church that 8 years later merged with Horizon Community Church in Galt, CA. We recently retired from Horizon after having spent 15 years on staff. We continue to walk in the purposes and callings the Lord has for us, continuing to be active in ministry and facilitating The Journey. We have both facilitated multiple VP3 processes for the past 11 years and have seen many lives (including our own) touched and changed by His transforming power, by being in community and by deep desire and hunger to follow Christ for the long haul.
Dianne: In addition to facilitating VP3 processes, I feel my role involves listening, praying and caring; offering hope and encouragement to people in their journey with Jesus; to encounter, to worship and enter into the presence of God who brings healing, inspires souls and lives to deeper discipleship.
John: My primary interest in encouraging and stimulating spiritual formation in Christians that leads to the building up of the body of Christ. I worked in secular employment for more than 20 years and have been a pastor for more than 25 years. I love to learn and went back to school to complete my D.Min. in Spiritual Formation in 2013.
Begins with faith in Christ – Romans 10:9-10
Results in a new beginning – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Continues with intimacy – Exodus 33:15 Genesis 32:24-26
Results in Change – Romans 12:1-2
Establishes Purpose – Joshua 1:1-9 & Philippians 2:4-11
Builds up the Church – 1 Peter 2:4-5
Dianne: Empathy, Developer, Belief, Connectedness, Command
John: Ideation, Strategic, Learner, Input, Connectedness
I have an awesome wife who has walked with me since 1977, three grown children and 7 grandchildren, love hiking, kayaking, and renovating my house. My personal vision statement is that I am called to walk with God and with those He brings me to cross paths with to: clarify reality, to learn to live accordingly, focused on Jesus. It has been my privilege to lean into my call by being a Clinical Counsellor for over 20 years and adding some Life Purpose Coach training to my repertoire. For the past 8 years the VP3 processes have also significantly helped me personally and with my walk with others to live out this purpose. I eat and sleep the VP3 world, and Lord willing, will live this kind of discipling/mentoring life the rest of my days.
Rejoice – the Lord is my shepherd, saviour, provider, purpose give (Psalm 23, 1 Thess. 5:16-198
Repent (ongoing) – acknowledging, confessing, turning away from all that is not directed towards God and His ways (Jer. 17:9-10, Rom. 12:1-2)
Re-form – allowing Christ’s character through His Spirit to be formed in us so that we might be His hands and feet in this world (Rom. 12:1-21, 1 Cor. 13, Isa 61:1-3 – freedom for the captives …)
Connectedness, Learner, Input, Woo, Developer
After spending 38 years in medical administration, I retired from my CEO position at CNOS in early 2006. I continue to stay connected to orthopaedics by serving as the Executive Director for both the Iowa and South Dakota Orthopaedic Societies.
I am a member of Sunnybrook Community Church, Sioux City and am currently serving on the Board of Elders/Consistory. I am going on my third year as the Onsite Event Manager for the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit at Sunnybrook. I am active in the West Sioux Classis and serve as the Leadership Development Chair. I also serve on the Board of Western Theological Seminary and Hope Ministries – a local mission organization.
I have been involved with VP3 for the past three years. I have been a student and facilitator of The [Emerging] Journey and then functioned as both facilitator and “student” of The Equipping Experience. The “journey” has had a phenomenal impact on my life and the transformation I have seen in so many other lives has been nothing short of miraculous. I count it a privilege to serve on the Board – and certainly wonder what God may have in store for my “next steps!” My husband Joe and I spent 51+ happy years together until God called him home in October, 2012. We have no children but I have a close knit extended family and a multitude of friends that continue to reach out to me. Although I miss Joe, I am not lonely. God is extremely good to me – every day!!!
MY RESPONSE TO HIM:
Maximizer, Strategic, Responsibility, Input, Relator
Achiever, Learner, Strategic, Includer, Maximize
Since 2006 I have served as executive pastor at Grace Community Church on Detroit’s east side. I am also the founding director and a board member of Eagle Children’s Charities, a thriving non-profit organization that serves over 2000 children a year. Eagle Children’s Charities embodies my passion for justice. Eagle Children’s Charities mission is to build life-changing relationships with children from the city of Detroit and their families through sports, camps and after-school tutoring.
Prior to becoming involved in ministry, I was employed by the global chain in my senior year at Western Michigan University, Kinko’s Copies as a customer service representative and eventually was invited to come on board as one of the company’s founding partners, opening multiple stores in Detroit. I have been married to my wife, Meg for 26 years. We have four children: Chad, Robert, Catherine and Jacob.
Belief, Connectedness, Developer, Empathy, Strategic
God gave the gift of Brenda to me for my spouse, and me to her as a lifetime project. Brenda and I have 4 children and 9 grandchildren as of May 2015.
Since 1981 I have been in the financial industry which has given me the ability to use my strength of strategy with all those I walk with. As a financial strategy specialist it gives me a chance to bring Biblical money principles along with strategies to those I walk with. Sharing with all who listen, there is no amount of money that God won’t give to the man who isn’t selfish or doesn’t allow it to stay in his account.
And maybe unfortunately, I may be known for my lack of mercy that plays itself out with firmness, firm voice, harsh tone, directness, almost blasting like, although I am just more than likely really passionate or wanting to be clear about something needing to happen to move closer to a kingdom experience here on earth.
Maximizer, Relator, Strategic, Activator, Self-Assurance
In 2009, I was introduced to Vantage Point 3. Since then in have participated, facilitated and become a VP3 Board member. I believe the processes can enable people to become better disciples and leaders in the missional church.
I was born and raised north of the USA/Canada border and live in Calgary, Alberta where I am semi-retired from the Oil and Gas Industry. I am married to my wife, of 34 years. We have 3 sons, 2 daughters (in-law), and 2 grandchildren. My hobbies include participating in triathlons, golf and various volunteer roles.
Maximizer, Futuristic, Ideation, Relator, Self-assurance
I spent 32 years with Wells Fargo in management of technology, operations, and electronic banking. Always involved in church leadership. After ‘retiring,’ the next 20 years has been spent in a second career working in the Synod of the Heartland, Reformed Church in America (10 midwest states) in church multiplication, church revitalization, leadership development, and as synod executive. I am married, father of 4 and grandfather of 11, and great-grandfather of 1. I function as an equipper and vision caster. Golf and watching grandchildren participate in activities are my passion.
Focus, Activator, Strategic, Maximizer, Developer, Futuristic