the inspire commitment:


Encourage + Equip


We believe leadership matters


For almost 125 years a professional organization has existed for pastors in our movement of churches. The name has changed a few times throughout those years, but our commitment to encourage and equip pastors for ministry has remained at the heart of why we exist.  Inspire exists to catalyze growth in our Fellowship and the local churches that belong to it by connecting, empowering and energizing their most important leaders: local pastors. 

From Moses to John, God's mission of redemption has always been entrusted to humble human leaders. We know pastors aren't perfect; that's why we exist. Leaders need each other, and it's our job to make sure that every pastor in our family of churches has built sustaining, fruitful, inspiring relationships with those who are facing similar challenges. 


"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up"

Galatians 6:9


Why "Inspire"?

At its core, the word Inspire means “to instill in someone the motivation, enthusiasm, and courage to do better things and achieve more.” Using the word Inspire is intended to help remind our members to not only receive encouragement from our leadership and regional shepherds,but to inspire and encourage one another as we serve together to honor God. The word Inspire is also a commitment to provide the very best tools possible to help quip pastors as they lead and train others for ministry.


"We remember ... your endurance inspired by hope"

1 Thessalonians 2:4


Board Members

The board steers our organization and ensures that we keep inspiring pastors as the focus of all we do.


Mark Lingenfelter



Jonathan Carey



Doug Black



Terry Daniels


Adam Johnson


Tim Hodge


Mark Penfold


Greg Howell


Paul Poyner


Regional Shepherds

These men are entrusted with the task of caring for our members. They serve as encouragers, counselors, and are a lifeline for struggling pastors. 


Bob Combs

North Central Ohio, North East Ohio, North West Ohio, Eastern Canada

Doug Courter

Allegheny, Blue Ridge, Mid-Atlantic


Larry Edwards

West Penn

Dennis Faye



Roy Halberg

Mountain Plains, SoCal-Arizona

Greg Howell

Northern Atlantic


Larry Humberd

Northern Atlantic


Joel Richards

Hawaii, NorCal



Matthew Wheelock

Director of Regional Shepherds

Florida, Southern, Heartland, Iowa Midlands, Tri-State