For 8 years out of college, Ron worked as a successful Chemical Engineer in the computer industry. In 1988 he, his wife Twany, and their family moved into the inner city community of north Omaha and founded ABIDE, a 501(c)3 non-profit inner city mission. Ron is Pastor, Author, Entrepreneur, Founder and Chairman of ABIDE and the Founding Pastor of Bridge Church. God has used Ron to reach, raise and release over 150 emerging leaders, facilitate in the start-up of 27 non-profit ministries and 8 churches.

As a biracial couple, Ron and Twany have 14 children. Their favorite scripture verse is, "be fruitful and multiply"! God has used Ron and Twany to build a powerful inner city mission, plant several churches and thrive in their marriage and family. Their passion is to see "a beautiful church transforming a broken world"!

To stay up-to-date on Ron's books, Out of the Seats and into the Streets and Beautiful Church, or to request Ron (Twany) as a speaker(s), please email


PRE-CONFERENCE: Embracing Disruption - Repurpose Your Church to Redeem Your Community – Hosted by Mosaix
An increasingly diverse and cynical society will no longer find credible the mere explanation of theological truth apart from effective community engagement. Advancing the common good, then, and thus the very Gospel, itself, must involve more than mere words, and the building of large congregations filled with people of a similar race, class, or cultural background. In this present future, our common confession must be validated by concrete action and accompanying measurable results along spiritual, social and economic fronts. Indeed this is the expectation of Christ in Matthew 5:16 and of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:10. Whether you're the pastor of an existing church or soon-to-be church planter, don't miss this first ever presentation designed to help you advance disruption innovation, effective community engagement, and maximize your church's influence in the community. More detail here.
Day / Time: Monday 1:00pm – 5:00pm and Tuesday 8:00am – 11:30am
Location: Faith Hall - Room 350

Workshop Session 4: Beautiful Church: How Churches Build Bridges to the Unchurched in a Post-Christian Society
Discover powerful ways to reach and assimilate the unchurched into the life of your church. Learn how to cultivate a culture where lost people consistently encounter love, experience hope and embrace faith. This workshop will focus on the three primary themes of (a) Understanding the Unchurched Culture, (b) Rethinking Our Church Model with the Unchurched in Mind and (c) Releasing the Church to Reach the Lost. Discover how an emerging movement of churches are infiltrating culture in fresh ways and inviting unchurched people to experience Jesus.
Time: Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Education Building (E1) - Room 315

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