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 Prolifik, 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.

Mark MacDonald is a Bible teacher, speaker, writer, and communication strategist for He empowers churches to become known for something relevant (a communication thread) throughout their ministries, websites, and social media. Since the 1980’s Mark has served as designer and creative director at one of Eastern Canada’s largest agencies and now at his branding agency in North Carolina. Mark and his wife, Tammy, have two sons ministering at churches in Calgary and Chicago. He’s overseeing the development of the national Intensive Lab and Church Communicator’s Certification. Follow him: @markmac1023 and his blog.

Cleve Persinger believes the local church is God’s “Plan A,” the primary body through which God does his work in the world. Cleve mobilizes people and resources to serve churches through multiple hats. He is the director of strategic partnerships at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., a freelance communications/marketing consultant, and founder of Creative Missions, mission trips for media professionals. Cleve and his wife, Katie, reside in Chapel Hill, N.C. with their children, Cy, Charlotte and Warner. Follow him on Twitter.

Chuck Scoggins is the creative director at New River Church just outside of Charlotte, N.C. and leader of the 374 Media Group. He also serves as the executive director for the Center for Church Communication. You can follow Chuck on his blog.

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.