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Leadership Team

  • Kevin Graham Ford

    Chief Catalyst

  • Kevin Graham Ford

    Chief Catalyst

    Kevin Graham Ford is Chief Catalyst for Leighton Ford Ministries, author of Transforming Church (David C. Cook, 2008) and chief architect of the unprecedented Transforming Church Insight congregational survey that includes over 11 million records in its database.

    An expert in visioning, strategy, organizational change, and leadership development, Kevin was the senior consultant for the redesign of the U.S. Army Staff and an organizational consultant for large federal agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and major non-profits.  His leadership books include The Secret Sauce: Creating a Winning Culture (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2015) and The Leadership Triangle (Morgan James Publishing, 2013).

    While Kevin enjoyed a successful business career as co-founder of TAG Consulting, his passion was always for the local church.  Increasingly, God opened doors for Kevin to utilize his visioning and organizational abilities to support local churches, provide leadership development for ministry leaders, and help ministry organizations manage necessary change and transition.

    In 2019, Kevin Ford, along with his partners, sold the for-profit assets of TAG Consulting so that he could focus on supporting healthy leaders who sustain thriving ministries through Leighton Ford Ministries.  As a result of this transition, Kevin is even more in demand as churches from coast-to-coast and diverse denominations look to navigate a post-Christian, post-pandemic world.

    Kevin’s experience supporting churches with visioning, governance, transformation, and leadership development issues led to Lilly Endowment Inc. awarding Leighton Ford Ministries a Thriving Congregations Initiative grant in 2020.  In partnership with LFM donors, the seed money from this grant funds LFM’s work with smaller churches seeking to navigate cultural change and other transitions.

    As a result of Kevin’s leadership, Leighton Ford Ministries also received a Thriving in Ministry grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., providing seed money for a new program increasing mentoring opportunities for pastors of small churches, congregations of color, and church plants.

    A popular keynote speaker and facilitator, Kevin has spoken at conferences along with Jim Collins, Margaret Wheatley, Herb Kellerher, and Peter Senge.  He has been interviewed and quoted by the Washington Post, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Entrepreneur, Business Week, and Wall Street Journal, among many others.

     Kevin is a proud Tar Heel, earning a BA from the University of North Carolina, before switching coasts to earn his Master of Divinity from Regent College at the University of British Columbia.  He and his wife, Caroline, live in Charlotte with one daughter still at home and their other daughter at Wake Forest University.

  • Rich Hurst

    Executive Director of Operations

  • Rich Hurst

    Executive Director of Operations

    Rich Hurst is Executive Director of Operations for Leighton Ford Ministries, bringing years of experience as a pastor, church leadership consultant, and editor of church ministry resources for a major Christian publisher.  He joined LFM in 2019 to help develop a Master’s in Ministry Leadership program in partnership with Belhaven University.

    Rich served for 15 years as Pastor of Leadership and Staff Development for McLean Bible Church outside Washington, D.C., which grew from several hundred to twenty thousand on weekends while being listed as one of the fastest-growing churches in America.  He has also served on pastoral staff in Seattle and southern California.  In 2015, a longtime friend asked Rich to take on the unique role of “company pastor” for Tempered Networks in Seattle.

    His first book, Giving the Ministry Away: Empowering Single Adults for Effective Leadership (David C. Cook, 1994), won Leadership Book of the Year in its field.  Rich worked with David C. Cook Publishing as an editor and director of Strategic Adult Ministry, which hosted two of the most extensive training conferences for single adult and young adult ministry in America.

    Rich has coached and consulted with the Air Force Chaplains, Adventist Singles, Southern Baptist Sunday School Board, Federal Aviation Administration, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and local churches from a broad range of denominations.  He and his wife, Kim, have two daughters and live on a horse farm in Virginia.

  • Dr. Jim Singleton

    Executive Director of Missional Leadership

  • Dr. Jim Singleton

    Executive Director of Missional Leadership

    Dr. Jim Singleton is Executive Director of Missional Leadership for Leighton Ford Ministries, leveraging years of experience as a senior pastor, seminary professor, mentor, and mentee to help raise up the next generation of missional leadership.

    In addition to his part-time role with LFM, Jim serves full-time as Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he directs Thriving in Ministry, a Lilly Endowment-funded program to help pastors in New England “thrive” in the very difficult practice of ministry in this season.  He has a passion for equipping pastors and congregations to revitalize their approach to ministry.

    The son of a Presbyterian minister, Jim brings 30 years of church leadership experience, including serving as senior pastor of churches in Texas, Washington, and most recently, First Presbyterian Church of Colorado Springs, a downtown congregation of 4,000 members.  He has served at Gordon-Conwell since 2012.

    Jim first met Leighton Ford in 1989 while working on his doctorate in Boston.  As a senior pastor, he later utilized Kevin Ford’s Transforming Church: A Visioning Roadmap (LINK) process.  He considers Leighton to be “the chiropractor of my soul.”

    Dr. Singleton is an avid fan of baseball history, church history, hiking, and cross-country skiing.  He is married to Sara, who is pastor of Old South Presbyterian in Newburyport, MA.  The have a son, James, and a daughter, Rachel, and three grandchildren.

     

  • Anne Grizzle

    Mentoring Catalyst and Coach

  • Anne Grizzle

    Mentoring Catalyst and Coach

    Anne Grizzle is an author, spiritual director, family therapist, and retreat leader who serves as Chaplain of the Boys Home of Virginia.  These experiences enrich her work with Leighton Ford Ministries, where she serves on the Board of Directors, oversees mentoring communities for global ministry leaders, and provides coaching for pastors.

    She regularly hosts spiritual retreats at the Bellfry near Lexington, Virginia, which she envisioned and created as a place of welcome, rest, renewal, and solace.  Anne is associate faculty for Shalem Institute for Spirituality, where she offers workshops on group spiritual direction and young adult leadership.  She also serves on the board of Bittersweet Creative and is co-chair of World Vision’s Every Last One campaign to end extreme poverty.

    Anne received her B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) from Harvard College with a concentration in Psychology and Social Relations, her M.S. from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and her Post Masters Certificate in Advanced Clinical Social Work and Family Therapy from Hunter College of New York.  She is a member of the American Family Therapy Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and National Association of Social Workers.

    She has authored two books, contributed to two more, and been a featured speaker on national television, including Oprah and Donahue.  Anne and her husband, David, have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren.  They live in Lexington, Virginia.

  • Mark Slaughter

    Director of Evangelistic Partnerships, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

  • Mark Slaughter

    Director of Evangelistic Partnerships, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

    Mark Slaughter is an Evangelist and Director of Evangelistic Partnerships for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  His twin passions are to communicate the Gospel and to mentor younger evangelists.  Mark has served for over 30 years with InterVarsity, including his unique “Question Mark” open forums on college campuses.  He also spearheads various initiatives for mentoring a new generation of evangelistic leaders through Leighton Ford Ministries, Lausanne Movement, National Day of Prayer Task Force, Arrow Leadership, and the Luis Palau Association.  Prior to joining InterVarsity, Mark served as an Evangelical Free Church pastor in the Indianapolis area.

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