ELI Leaders

Dr. Eric Laverentz ELI National Coordinator

Eldership: From Superintendents of an Institution to Shepherds of People

Eric Laverentz has been preaching since he was 13 years old. He is passionate about seeing the Holy Spirit work through people to bend the world to the shape of the Kingdom of God. Eric has a Doctorate of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.  Eric’s Doctorate work is on the role of elders and transforming their work to capture the Biblical and historical role of shepherd.  He is the author of the 2011 Father’s Press publication entitled Is Caesar Our Savior? He serves a commissioner on the Kansas Human Rights Commission.  The great joy of his life is wife Jen, their three sons and newborn daughter. 21st Century Shepherds


Rev. Lisa Johnson, ELI Consultant, grew up in Orange County, California and received her BA in Communication Studies at Westmont College. She received her Masters of Divinity at Princeton Seminary and was ordained in the PC(USA) in 1999. She has ministered at five different Presbyterian churches in New Jersey, Santa Barbara, Orange County and San Diego as an Associate Pastor. She has a passion for teaching spiritual formation and discipleship and feels that ELI is a great fit for her.  Lisa currently lives in Coronado, California with her husband and two children (ages 9 and 11)


Sara Singleton Sara is the founding director and currently a consultant for ELI.  She was formerly an associate pastor in spiritual formation and marriage ministries in in Colorado Springs. She now serves as a stated pastor in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  Following her delegation to the 2010 Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, Singleton developed The Cape Town Commitment: A Call to Action, a study guide for churches with DVD. She authored the two audio-devotional series published by Oasis Audio, Hearts On Pilgrimage and Continuing the Journey. Upcoming works include A Simple Walk: Following God Beyond Fear, to be published in 2014 by InterVarsity Press

Patricia Terech, ELI Administrator

Phase Two Presenters

Dr. Chris Wright 

The Mission of the Church and God's People

Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright is a scholar of Old Testament ethics (Ph. D., Cambridge).  For five years, he taught at Union Biblical Seminary (1983-1988) and served as Principal of All Nations Christian College from 1993-2001.  Presently, he is the director of international Ministries Director for Langham Partnership. Wright has also authored dozens of books.


Dr. Kenneth Bailey

The Authority of Scripture 

Dr. Kenneth Bailey (ThD, Concordia Theological Seminary) is an author and lecturer in Middle Eastern New Testament studies. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he also serves as Canon Theologian of the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh. The author of more than 150 articles in English and in Arabic, his writings include Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes, Open Hearts in Bethlehem (A Christmas Musical), The Cross and the Prodigal and Finding the Lost: Cultural Keys to Luke 15.


Leighton Ford

The Place of Spiritual Practices 

Dr. Leighton Ford "is President of Leighton Ford Ministries which focuses on raising up younger leaders to spread the message of Christ worldwide.  He was an evangelist with the Billy Graham Crusade, and was former Chair of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.

Becky Pippert

Personal Evangelism in Today's World 

Becky Pippert is recognized nationally and internationally as a prominent speaker and author, Rebecca Pippert is founder of Salt Shaker Ministries: a teaching/training ministry in evangelism.


Rev. Dr. Laura Smit

What in the World is Going On?: 

The Sovereignty of God

Laura A. Smit is Professor of Theology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, where she has been teaching since 1999.

Dr. Todd Bolsinger

Effectively Leading the Culture of the Church 

Todd Bolsinger joined Fuller Seminary as vice president for vocation and formation in March 2014 and as assistant professor of practical theology in July. Todd has a PhD in theology and Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary, He has extensive experience in church and nonprofit consulting and executive coaching. 


Erik Fish

Commitment to Discipleship--various ways/means to make disciples

Erik is the author of Disciple and Pocket Disciple and founder of the Student Church Movement. As an evangelist and mission strategist, he has empowered next generation leaders around the world to multiply disciples and simple church planting movements.


He recently created the DiscipleX initiative, a call to equip and send disciple-making multipliers to the ends of the earth.

His messages on the simplicity of Jesus’ call to make disciples have been featured on platforms such as iDisciple by Family Christian Bookstores. He is a frequent consultant and trainer for churches, college ministries and international mission organizations.

Erik and his wife have four children. Their love for friends, travel, and Jesus take them on frequent adventures together as a family. 


 Wendy Everts

Wendy has been an apprentice of Prayer Ministry now for 20 years. First with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and most recently at her church, Bonhomme Presbyterian. She received training in Spiritual Direction from North Park Theological Seminary in 2013 and has had the privilege of working with several individuals and groups on the subject of prayer.