Church as a Movement | About the Authors
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About the Authors


JR Woodward has been passionately planting churches that value tight-knit community, life-forming discipleship, locally-rooted presence and boundary-crossing mission for over twenty five years. He has helped start and multiply dozens of missional-incarnational communities from Blacksburg, Virginia, to Los Angeles. He has experienced both failure and fruitfulness, suffering and good times.


JR co-founded and currently serves on the board of the Missio Alliance, a movement of hopeful, centrist evangelicals envisioning a church reimagined for a world recreated. He is an active board member of Reliant Mission (formerly called GCM), which serves over five hundred missionaries in North America and around the world.


He currently serves as the national director for the V3 Church Planting Movement, helping to train church planters across North America in movemental ways of being the church. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Praxis Gathering, an annual gathering for planters who want to grow in grounded missional practices.


JR is the author of Creating a Missional Culture (IVP 2012) and a regular contributor to,, and He contributes to both academic and popular journals and blogs, including Religious Studies Review, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, Leadership Journal, Gospel Centered Discipleship and the Verge Network. He speaks at conferences and gatherings across the country, including Inhabit, Fresh Expressions, Missio Alliance and the Praxis Gathering.


He graduated with a master of arts in global leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and is pursuing a PhD at the University of Manchester (UK) on the topic of how a theology of the powers shapes a leadership’s approach to power and structure for mission.


JR loves to surf, travel, read, skateboard and meet new people. He enjoys photography and film and attends the Sundance Film Festival whenever he can.


Website and Blog:
Twitter: @dreamawakener
Instagram: dreamawakener


Dan White Jr. co-leads a developing network of communities in the urban neighborhoods of Syracuse, New York. After being a full-time pastor for fifteen years, his family, along with four other families, moved into the city to plant a discipleship-centered, mission-oriented, community-shaped, neighborhood-rooted approach to being the church.


Dan works as a consultant and missional coach with the V3 Movement. V3 trains, plants and seeds missional expressions throughout the country. He also co-founded the Praxis Gathering. Praxis is an annual gathering of more than three hundred on-the-ground missional practitioners who are living innovative and incarnational ways of being the church.


Dan is the author of Subterranean: Why the Future of the Church is Rootedness (Cascade Books, 2015), voted Leadership Journal’s “Top Ten Ministry Books of the Year” for 2015.


Dan has been featured as a speaker and presenter at the Sentralized Conference, the Inhabit Conference, the Missio Alliance Gathering, the Praxis Gathering and various other conferences.


Dan loves Salt City Coffee in Syracuse, a good conversation and a slow walk in his neighborhood.


Website and Blog:
Twitter: @danwhitejr