About "To The Churches"
We see the desperate need of the beloved “church” and our brother and sister Christians in today’s complex and challenging world that is increasingly hostile to Jesus, the gospel, and the Church. The team has a special passion for building up God's Church to be unified, healthy, mature, and impactful.
The Christian congregation in the United States is large, and the need is dire. We could easily extrapolate that there are 70 to 100 million Christians in the U.S, which is about one quarter to one third of the entire U.S. population. This illustrates that one of the largest single groups of people in the U.S. are those who attend Christian Churches and similar environments.
Yet, our culture and society do not reflect this in Christ-like lifestyles, values, and morals. Churches are shrinkng, dying, and Christians are becoming more "hidden" and closet-like, instead of being salt and light as they are instructed by Jesus.
So, we are called to build up the Church to instead be the bride of Christ that loves him deeply, the Body of Christ that is the visible manifestation of Him, the flock that follows Christ knowing his voice, the building of Christ that stands strong, vibrant, and beaming amidst a dark and dreary world.
To The Churches ministry started in 2007 with a prompt from the Lord and continued with a large step forward in 2013 with God's guidance and blessing. Before moving forward with each step in this ministry we carefully and humbly seek God’s will to ensure with various checks and balances, that we are hearing Him correctly, and obeying Him fully.
To The Churches team has ministered, coached, consulted, supported, and partnered in various Christian venues. We have been involved with churches, para-church organizations, Christian small groups, individuals, secular non-profits, corporations, and medium to small businesses. For speaking, teaming, and/or coaching/consulting, contact us.
Gary Avánt, M.Ed. – President, Lead Coach
Gary has been a key advisor and leader in several churches including denominational and non-denominational churches. He has roots in Lutheran, Presbyterian, Wesleyan, Methodist, and non-denominational churches. In addition to being a Church Coach for 10+ years, Gary has been a Senior Pastor Advisor, Pastoral Staff Advisor, Christian Business Group Leader, Discipleship Ministry Leader, Evangelism Team Leader, and Youth Group Leader.
Gary has worked in various capacities with many churches and ministries including but not limited to The Navigators, Campus Crusade for Christ / Momentum Europe, Christian Executive Officers (CEO), Business Leaders Action Strategy Team, and city-wide strategic ministry involving several large and small cities.
He has a Masters degree in Education, a Bachelors degree in Counseling, a minor in Sociology, and Certifications in several organizational disciplines. He is a dedicated studier of the Bible, prayer warrior, and a voracious reader and learner, constantly seeking to walk close with Christ, and deepen and widen his understanding of God’s will.
In the Christian milieu, Gary has a strong academic and practitioner background in leadership, church development and dynamics, apologetics, discipleship, church history, and dynamic prayer. He also has specialized in leadership strategy advising, project management, organizational systems development, best practices for organizations, and training solutions including online training and e-learning.
Gary and his wife attend Shadow Mountain Church in San Diego, CA - led by Pastor Dr. David Jeremiah.
Dana Avánt – Vice President, Associate Coach
Dana has been a key advisor and support laborer in several churches including denominational and non-denominational churches. She has worked in various capacities with many churches and ministries including but not limited to Professional Women’s Fellowship (PWF), Campus Crusade for Christ / Momentum Europe, and Rancho Agua Viva. She worked for INJOY ministry with John Maxwell, the well known Christian teacher, traveling around the United States with him and his team to many churches and Christian events with their focus being leadership dynamics.
She has an Associate degree and Certifications in several key disciplines. She is a dedicated pray-er, and a voracious reader and learner, constantly seeking to deepen and widen her understanding and wisdom.
In the Christian milieu, Dana has a strong track record in wisdom teaching, discipleship, women’s leadership coaching, women's ministry, music ministry, and prayer. She also has specialized in organizational systems development, best practices for organizations, and administration support guidance.
Dana and her husband attend Shadow Mountain Church in San Diego, CA - led by Pastor Dr. David Jeremiah.
Coaching / Consulting Team
Information about other team members is coming soon. We have several ministry leaders, church leaders, and educational leaders on our advising team.
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