We originate from a God-given ache to know Him more deeply and to see our world come spiritually awake to His presence. We believe this starts with reformation in His church and renewal in the hearts of His people. In line with Jesus' prayer for his followers to become one with Him and each other in John 17, our ache emerges among us as a common prayer. It is a spiritual groaning (Rom 8), for God's children to rise up in Him and to come together as His living temple (1 Peter 2).
This prayer comes with a God-given, scripture-birthed belief that there is truly only one church (Eph 4). The LORD is one and cannot be divided. We lay hold to the truth that we are one in Him. We don’t fully know how that is possible today. But we wait and hope for the new growth of this oneness in our generation. “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him who He sent.” (John 6). We believe that Jesus is truly able to make us one in Him.
In light of this belief and with this common prayer we seek to gather, as one Church in Christ. Knowing that the individual parts of the body of Christ are only as helpful as the ligaments that bind them together, our first priorities are to worship Him together and to bless one another. Like band musicians listening to the other instruments more than their own in order to form beautiful harmony, we come together as church leaders across our regions listening to God together and caring for the well being of one another. We desire to be beautifully diverse congregations and a gloriously unified Church. In this way we believe that we offer the people we serve our most valuable contribution: honest, broken and prayerful modeling of the call of a member of Jesus' covenant and community. We believe that this is the practice of what we preach and the display of what we offer. This is church leaders being the church.
oversees Vision and Networking on the Netzer team. Tim is driven by a deep desire to see the church walk in the unity and power of the triune God. His heart is to see each local body find its unique niche in the kingdom, and to see the leaders of those bodies blessing one another in healthy, supportive, and prayerful relationships. Tim is also the Minister of Regional Leadership at Parker Ford Church in East Coventry Pennsylvania. He has been married to Jen for sixteen years. They have 2 boys: Evan and Kolton. Other Interests: Surfing, Ethnic food, Soccer, Movies, Good coffee.
oversees Direction and Leadership on the Netzer team. His work consists mainly of rooting Netzer in its identity and moving Netzer towards a deeper embrace of its vision and mission. His heart is to see the Body of Christ in all its spheres becoming more healthy and unified, working together for the sake of the Gospel. Jay is the executive Director of Teaching The Word Ministries in Leola Pennsylvania and Minister of Regional Leader Development at Cornerstone Christian Fellowship in Lebanon. He has been married to Sheri for eighteen years and has three kids: Trey, Christy, and Ben. A lover of books, sports and music, Jay is a soccer dad who most enjoys adventures and travel with his family.
serves behind the scenes as support staff composing space to explore what the Scriptures and Spirit and Bride are communicating. Justin also serves Cornerstone Christian Fellowship as Pastor of Teaching. He has been married to Naomi for ten years and has four daughters.
Netzer's board serves in a spiritual oversight and wisdom-bringing capacity. Strengthening the Netzer leadership team, engaging the overall scheme of Netzer’s work, and offering spiritual insight and discernment as to how that work is accomplished is the primary intent of the board. The Netzer board meets quarterly for a day of prayer, worship, community-building and spiritual discernment regarding the identity, vision and mission of Netzer.
Founder, Teaching the Word
Founder & Executive Director, Operation Backpack
Director, CBMC Mid-Atlantic
Pastor, Morning Star Fellowship
Author, thinker, and culture-maker Andy Crouch regularly engages Netzer offering wisdom and counsel from a theological, cultural, and philosophical perspective. Andy has been a deep well of ongoing blessing to us as we process life in Christ and Church in the 21st century together.
The Netzer Community connects and cares for leaders, churches, and ministries in South Eastern Pennsylvania. Our cohorts are where regional leaders intentionally come together to worship, intercede, and seek the Lord together.