ALPHARETTA, Georgia (BP) —Vance Pitman, who founded Hope Church in Las Vegas in 2000 and served as pastor there for 21 years, will lead the North American Church Mission Board’s efforts as the new president of its Send network.
“I have been a part of the Send Network since its inception, but I have been a part of it in the field – as a church planter, pastor and Church that sends. Now I can be a part of it from another point of view, ”Pitman said.
Under Pitman’s leadership, Hope Church played a role in founding more than 70 new churches. Throughout its history, more than 300 members of the Pitman Congregation have been sent to help establish new churches.
“I want to take what God has allowed us to do at Hope Church and help be part of the upbringing of the next generation of church planters and pastors across North America,” Pittman said.
Pitman will resign from Hope Church and begin his new role at NAMB on March 1, 2022.
“I am excited about the days ahead for NAMB and Send Network,” said NAMB President Kevin Ezell. “Vance is a church founder at heart and has already had a big impact on Send Network. We look forward to seeing what God has prepared for us as we continue to meet needs, share the hope of the gospel, and establish churches throughout North America. ”
Pitman has been closely involved with Send Network for several years. He has made a significant contribution to the development of the process of assessing church planters online, which helps to establish that church planters are well qualified for their role. He also regularly appears as a speaker at NAMB training events for church founders.
Pitman follows Dhati Lewis, who ran Send Network for three years. In mid-November, Lewis shared his plans to leave NAMB later this year to focus more fully on developing and mentoring young leaders who will establish churches in an urban context.
“Vance is a close friend, fellow pastor and founder of churches,” Lewis said. “I’ve learned a lot from him and I’m looking forward to ways to help Send Network continue to build churches everywhere for everyone.”
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Pitman and his wife Kristie moved to Las Vegas in 2000 to found Hope Church. Their church that sent was the First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Georgia. What began as a small group meeting in their living room eventually grew into a church of more than 4,000 members with 54 languages spoken among them.
“It simply came to our notice then [of God] is expanding, ”Pitman said. “I want us to trust God for an even greater future than we’ve already seen in the Send Network.”