Board of Directors

Board Compensation and Terms
All board members are volunteer and are not compensated for any of their time or service with the Center for Church Communication (CFCC). Board terms range from 2-4 years and are staggered to allow for new and old voices to always be at the table.

Brad Abare is the founder of the Center for Church Communication. He consults with companies and organizations, helping them figure out why in the world they exist, why anyone should care and what to do about it. He and his wife Jamaica live in Los Angeles with their daughter, Miró.

Nick Jones is a journalist, cinematographer and creative strategist with over 20 years of experience in supporting Christian ministries and nonprofit organizations. As the owner of Lampstand, a documentary film studio based in Oklahoma City, Nick has provided the creative horsepower behind many notable conferences and campaigns including the Willow Creek Summit, People of the Second Chance, Foursquare Church, Compassion International, The Mentoring Project and more. Nick specializes in international journalism, and has filed stories for organizations in more than 20 countries around the world. As one of the first creative professionals hired by Life.Church, Nick’s insight into creative team building, curriculum development and multi-site strategy make him a highly sought-after creative consultant. Nick currently lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Rachel.

Nate Lu is an award-winning creative strategist, thought leader, and art director with over 15 years experience in the design industry. He’s steered teams and strategies at multiple creative agencies and startups including AXS, Capsa, Wipit, Ideation, Gelcomm, Artime Group, the Foursquare Church, and Azusa Pacific University. He is super passionate about investing in up-and-coming creatives through helping them grow and reach their potential with the sincere belief that the best designs combined with the strongest passions can have a positive impact in the world on multiple levels. Nate is an alumni of the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., and serves as the executive director for Spire. He sits on the Founders Board for the Office of Innovation at Azusa Pacific University where he also teaches senior branding and UI/UX design courses as an adjunct professor.

Mark MacDonald is a best-selling author, speaker, and strategic communication catalyst with the Florida Baptist Convention. He empowers churches to become known for something relevant (a thread) throughout their ministries. Since the 1980s Mark’s served as creative director at one of Eastern Canada’s largest agencies and for his church branding agency in North Carolina. Mark and his wife, Tammy, have two sons ministering at growing churches in Calgary and Chicago. His best-selling church growth and leadership book, Be Known For Something: Reconnect With Community by Revitalizing Your Church’s Reputation, is available at Follow him on social media: @markmac1023 and his blog.

Cleve Persinger is the founder of Creative Missions—mission trips for media professionals—and director of partnerships and communications for the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists. He is passionate about strengthening and planting churches in small town contexts, specifically throughout West Virginia and Appalachia. Cleve and his wife, Katie, reside in Charleston, W.Va., with their children Cy, Charlotte, and Warner.

Andy Swart is the lead and founding pastor of Metro Church in Rogers, Ark. He planted “The Metro” in 2007 when he heard the call of God to reach his generation for Christ. The least-churched demographic is 18- to 30-year-old males, and that statistic goes hand in hand with Andy’s desire is to turn “boys who can shave” into “men that matter.” He is a gifted preacher and teacher of the Bible, and he would be happy doing nothing else for the rest of his life. Andy and his wife, Carman, live in Northwest Arkansas (the home of Walmart!) with their two daughters, Laine and Ellie, and their faithful yellow Labrador, Hondo.