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We are Spence Network

What We Do
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Core Networks: What We Do

Pioneers

We invest in the top 3-5% Kingdom impact leaders, especially “apostles, prophets, evangelists”, who are both future congregational leaders and also culture-makers.

Innovative Congregations

We invest in eager, energetic congregations who have the opportunity, will, and ability to bring Kingdom innovation to their communities.

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We believe in Transformation through Sharing.

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Our Team

John Chandler

John Chandler

Leader

Spence Network is led by the Reverend Dr. John P. Chandler who has served as Leader since 2007. John brings more than thirty years of ministry experience as a practitioner and consultant, and is the author of five books on spiritual leadership used widely by leaders seeking to replicate our process of leadership development. John is married to the fabulous Mary Chandler and together they have 2 awesome sons and a daughter-in-law, Preston and Maria, and Roland. John and Mary reside in Palmyra. Life is good when they are enjoying the ‘Caroline Blue sky’ in their condo at Chapel Hill, NC (God’s country).

Laura McDaniel

Laura McDaniel

Network Catalyst

Reverend Laura McDaniel came on board to Spence Network as Network Catalyst in 2013. With her history as a corporate attorney since 1987 and Executive Director for WMUV from 2008-2013, Laura has extensive experience with non-profit governance and leadership, and brings expertise of faith-based leadership into the corporate setting. Laura lives in Lynchburg and travels to Haiti twice a year to visit her ‘son’ and ‘daughter’ at Source of Light Centre in Port Au Prince. In her spare time Laura enjoys running 5Ks, learning to play banjo, and exploring new places across the US and around the world.

John Chandler

John Chandler

Leader

Spence Network is led by the Reverend Dr. John P. Chandler who has served as Leader since 2007. John brings more than thirty years of ministry experience as a practitioner and consultant, and is the author of five books on spiritual leadership used widely by leaders seeking to replicate our process of leadership development. John is married to the fabulous Mary Chandler and together they have 2 awesome sons and a daughter-in-law, Preston and Maria, and Roland. John and Mary reside in Palmyra. Life is good when they are enjoying the ‘Caroline Blue sky’ in their condo at Chapel Hill, NC (God’s country).

Laura McDaniel

Laura McDaniel

Network Catalyst

Reverend Laura McDaniel came on board to Spence Network as Network Catalyst in 2013. With her history as a corporate attorney since 1987 and Executive Director for WMUV from 2008-2013, Laura has extensive experience with non-profit governance and leadership, and brings expertise of faith-based leadership into the corporate setting. Laura lives in Lynchburg and travels to Haiti twice a year to visit her ‘son’ and ‘daughter’ at Source of Light Centre in Port Au Prince. In her spare time Laura enjoys running 5Ks, learning to play banjo, and exploring new places across the US and around the world.

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Spence Network Board

  • Mrs. Sarah Burnett (Chair), Woodland Baptist Church, Arrington
  • The Rev. Dr. Wayne Faison, East End Baptist Church, Suffolk
  • Mr. Eddie Stratton, First Baptist Church, Richmond
  • Rev. Allen Jessee, Highlands Fellowship Church, Abindgon
  • Dr. Tiffany Franks, West Main Baptist Church, Danville
  • Rev. Paul Maconochie, Grace Gathering, Ft. Wayne, Indiana
  • Robbie Yeaman, Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, Earlysville
  • Rev. David Washburn, First Baptist Church, Waynesboro
  • Rev. Freddy Villarreal, Freedom Life Church, Hampton
  • The Rev. Dr. Joshua Hayden, First Baptist Church, Ashland
  • Mrs. Jan Bazow, Gayton Baptist Church, Richmond

Ex-Offico Board Members:

  • The Rev. Dr. John Upton, Bon Air Baptist Church, Richmond
  • The Rev. Dr. Valerie Carter, Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Richmond
  • The Rev. Dr. John P. Chandler, All Souls Church, Charlottesville

Emeritus Board Members:

  • The Rev. Dr. Raymond L. Spence
  • Mrs. Ann Spence

Spence Network Alumnae Board

 

  • James Warren, Coastal Community, Virginia Beach
  • Rachel Pierce, First Baptist Church of Ashland, Ashland
  • Beverly Lwenya, District Church, Washington DC
  • Kris Clifford, Columbia Baptist, Falls Church
  • Melanie Lassiter, Freedom Life Church, Hampton
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Upticks 

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Innovative Churches

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About Spence Network

We strengthen the Kingdom leadership pipeline through investment in key leaders and networks.  We focus on front-edge leaders who are apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic.  We believe that the investment of spiritual and relational capital is primary, and also seek to invest in leaders through presence, ideas, and venture capital.  We believe in “Transformation through Sharing.” 

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Fuel innovation

  • Create small dense networks of mission-critical leaders
  • Function as a “research and development” vehicle for engines of innovation
  • Expedite getting entrepreneurial leaders to their best platforms for impact

Catalyze strategic networks

  • Explore and invest in emerging opportunities for cultural and cross-denominational initiatives that have high Kingdom potential
  • Link key emerging and established leaders
  • Create “Communities of Practices” for exploring and establishing best-in-practice models
  • Learn about NEXUS

Invest in pioneering leaders

  • Mentor high-potential, eager, and innovative leaders who will impact the local church and culture
  • Identify, equip, and challenge powerful new leadership voices
  • Build a large (200+), high-functioning network of these leaders
  • Learn about Uptick

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Learn more about Spence Network.

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Funding Criteria: How We Prioritize

Transformation

Does this leader or network have potential for exponential impact?

Systems Innovation

Does this leader or network have the potential to break new ground in ministry?

Mutuality

Do the people with whom we’re talking have “skin in the game” and are also investing in this network as collaborative partners?

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Core Values: Who We Are

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