About "To The Churches"

The Need

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.

History

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, assisted, and partnered in various Protestant Christian venues and denominations – including, but not limited to:

  • Baptist
  • Lutheran
  • Methodist
  • Pentecostal
  • Presbyterian
  • Non-Denominational
  • Weslyan

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 needs, contact us.
 

Gary Avánt, M.Ed. – President, Lead Coach

To the churches - Gary AvantGary has been a key advisor and leader in multiple churches. He has fellowshipped, worshipped, ministered, and coached / advised in multiple denominational and non-denominational churches and with Christians of various doctrinal perspectives – consequently, he is knowledgeable about and sensitive to the differences and unifying principles with the overall Church.

Experience

Ministry

Gary has been a Church Coach / Advisor / Guide for 13+ years, including being with Navigators Church Coaching organization for 3 years.

He 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 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.

In ministry, Gary has a strong academic and practitioner background in leadership, church development and dynamics, apologetics, discipleship, church history, theology, and dynamic prayer.

Business

In business he has been President / CEO of Wisdom Matrix (business consulting agency) for 18+ years, specializing in marketing solutions, leadership strategy advising, project management, organizational systems development, best practices for organizations, and training solutions including online training and e-learning.

Gary has been on Christian Executive Officers (CEO) Board for over 10 years, and served as President of the organization for 2 years.

Gary has served on a local Economic Development Council’s committee.

Author and Speaker

Gary has spoken in multiple venues including Churches, professional groups, and small to medium parachurch and business groups. He has several articles and online presentations published.

Education

  • Three years with Navigator’s Church Coaching Ministry (Navigators)
  • Masters degree in Education (San Diego State University)
  • Bachelors degree in Counseling, with a minor in Sociology (Geneva College)
  • Certification in International Business (University of Phoenix)
  • Certifications in several organizational disciplines (Leadership Dynamics, Organizational Solutions, Technology Solutions, Process Solutions)

Personal

He is a dedicated studier of the Bible and Biblical theology, prayer warrior, apologist, and a voracious reader and learner. He is constantly seeking to walk close with Christ, and deepen and widen his understanding of God’s will and kingdom.

His hobbies include writing, history, art design, photography, guitar, 3-dimensional chess, sailing, various sports, travel, and hiking.

Gary and his wife attend Shadow Mountain Church in San Diego, CA - led by Pastor Dr. David Jeremiah.

Dana Avánt – Vice President, Associate Coach

To the churches - Dana AvantDana 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.

Experience

Ministry

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.

Dana has a strong track record in wisdom teaching, discipleship, women’s leadership coaching, women's ministry, music ministry, and prayer.

In churches, Christian organizations, and in business she also has specialized in organizational systems development, best practices for organizations, and administration support guidance.

Business

In business she has been Vice-President / Lead Technology Consultant of Wisdom Matrix (business consulting agency) for 18+ years, specializing in marketing solutions, leadership strategy advising, project management, organizational systems development, best practices for organizations, and training solutions including online training and e-learning.

Dana has been involved with a Christian business women’s organization, Professional Women’s Fellowship (PWF) and served on the Board for 5 years, on the Marketing and Technology committee.

Dana has served on a local Economic Development Council’s committee.

Education

  • Associate degree in Computer Science (National College)
  • Certifications in several disciplines (Organizational Solutions, Technology Solutions)

Personal

She is a dedicated pray-er, and a voracious reader and learner, constantly seeking to deepen and widen her understanding and wisdom. She is constantly seeking to walk close with Christ, and deepen and widen his understanding of God’s will and kingdom.

Her hobbies include art history, personal clothing and jewelry design, various sports, travel, and hiking.

Dana and her husband attend Shadow Mountain Church in San Diego, CA - led by Pastor Dr. David Jeremiah.

Coaching / Consulting Team

Information about other To The Churches team members is coming soon. We have several ministry leaders, church leaders, and educational leaders on our advising team.

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