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Strengthen the Church.
Touch the World.

History


One Focus Network (OFN) launched July 2017. It exists to advance life-giving churches throughout the United States and around the world. Its rich history comes from the strong foundation of two former church networks — Grace Network (GN) and New Life Ministries International (NLM).

History of Grace Network

In the late 1970’s, the move of the Holy Spirit which came to be known as “The Charismatic Renewal” swept much of the Christian world. Many new expressions of the Body of Christ emerged in the form of new churches and ministries, embracing a new found emphasis on the gifts and the work of the Holy Spirit.

Three pastors, John Manzano, Dick Blackwell, and Jimmy Hollandsworth, who were impacted by the renewal recognized the need for authentic relationship and mutual accountability beyond their local churches and began to meet together for fellowship. In the 1980’s, as their churches grew, planted other churches and added more leaders, they formed an apostolic network of churches called Grace Presbytery International.

As the network grew, the constituent churches began to share ministry and to cross pollinate. Churches were planted collaboratively in the U.S.A., as well as, in Haiti, Uruguay and Cameroon. When Jimmy Hollandsworth retired, Jack Groblewski was appointed a network director and later became the senior director.

History of New Life Ministries International

New Life Ministries International, was birthed out of New Life Christian Fellowship, a multi-site church located in Hampton Roads, Virginia. In 2003, New Life Christian Fellowship had seven campuses with 2,500 members and decided it would be beneficial for the sites to become individual churches, each with its own governing elders. This led to the incorporation of New Life Ministries International as an apostolic network of local churches.

The original NLMI board of directors was comprised of Dan Backen, Kevin Strite, Rita Brown and Dr. Umidi, as Senior Director. With a strong coaching ethos, the team gave training, oversight, and mentoring to the leaders from each network member church and ministry. Over the next 14 years NLMI grew into almost thirty network member churches and ministries located along the east coast of the United States. In 2013, Dan Backens was appointed the Senior Director of the network.

About One Focus Network
Unity of vision, mission, leadership, and finances enables congregations to make a more significant impact than any of the congregations could make on their own.
Forming One Focus Network

Leaders of both GN and NLMI enjoyed years of fruitful relationship and ministry with one another. As the leaders of Grace Network grew older, they prophetically surmised the old leadership structure was not sustainable and God was calling them to new wineskin. A conversation of possibilities with NLMI began in February 2016. Holding similar core values, the leadership from the both GN and NLMI prayerfully determined that the networks would be stronger together than they would be as separate networks. On July 1, 2017, One Focus Network was officially launched by absorbing both GN and NLMI. The new board for OFN is presently comprised of Kevin Turpin, Merle Shank, Joseph Umidi, Jack Groblewski, and Dan Backens.

Network Members

One Focus Network consists of churches, missionaries, and trans-local ministries. Our hearts beat with a passion for Christ and the expansion of the Kingdom of God throughout the world making disciples of all nations.



Abiding in the Vine Family Life Ministries, Inc.

Barbara A. Ward
Newport News, VA
757-593-2968 | abivfamilylife.org


Face to Face Fellowship

Pastor Jason & Kimberly Benedict
Virginia Beach, VA
757-375-3964 | [email protected]


Freedom Destiny Church

Pastors Adam & Candice Smithyman
Orange Park, FL
904-272-2266 | freedomdestiny.org


Global Outreach Church (GO)

Pastor Chris & Dahlia Cunningham
Virginia Beach, VA
757-966-0312 | gochurchva.com


Grace Covenant Church

Pastor Chris & Nikki Stup
Roanoke, VA
540-342-8464 | gccroanoke.com


Grace Covenant Church

Pastor Merle & Sue Shank
Harrisonburg, VA
540-433-9244 | gcch.org


Kingdom First Ministries

Pastor Mark & Dawn Lawrence
Virginia Beach, VA
757-277-9921 | k1alive.com


Kingdom Living Ministries

Pastors Ron & Vanessa Battle
Williamsburg, VA
757-926-4039 | Kingdom Living


Living Faith Christian Fellowship

Pastor Mario & Joyce Biazon
Virginia Beach, VA
757-519-9763 | livingf8.com


Living Word Outreach Ministry

Pastor Roderick & Kimberly Jernigan
Virginia Beach, VA
757-717-7984 | livingwordorm.com


New Covenant Christian Community Church (NC4)

Pastor Jack & Trish Groblewski
Bethlehem, PA
610-861-7725 | nc4.org


New Life Church

Pastor Dan & Rhonda Backens
Virginia Beach, VA
757-227-6930 | newlife.global


Nueva Vida

Pastor Juan & Brianna Milla
Virginia Beach, VA
757-333-0686 | nuevavidavb.com


Piedmont International Church

Pastor Stephen & Kari Townsend
Greensboro, NC
336-852 5588 | picgso.com


Power International Center of Hope

Pastor Helen Turpin
Buffalo, NY
716-892-1805


R5 Church

Pastor Kirby & Tara Anthony
Charlotte, NC
980-265-8241 | r5church.org


RED Church

Pastor Jayce & Erica O’Neal
Virginia Beach, VA
757-228-1502 | theredchurch.tv


River Oaks Church

Pastor Kevin & Lynda Strite
Harrisonburg, VA
540-801-0085 | riveroaksva.org


Big House Church

Pastor Adam & Lindsey Cates
Norfolk, VA
757-652-3230 | bighousechurch.com


The Village Church

Pastor James & Jackie Taylor
Portsmouth, VA
757-393-2247 | tvclive.org


Whole Word Fellowship

Pastor Pitts & Mary Evans
Oakton, VA
703-620-5484 | wholeword.net


Freedom Fellowship Church

Pastor Kurt & Suzanne Wallace
Dale City, VA
703-878-4320 | ffcministries.com


Lords Valley Community Church

Pastor Bob & Sue Misiak
Lords Valley, PA
570-493-1645 | lvc2.com


Macungie Christian Community Church

Pastor Rex & Sue Cox
Pastor Bill & Michele Lutzko

Macungie, VA
610-966-2382 | macungiechurch.org


North City Church

Pastor Jeff & Deneen Ell
Richmond, VA
northcityrva.com


Staunton Grace Covenant Church

Pastor Steve & Jane Paulus
Staunton, VA
540-886-8076 | stauntongrace.org


Truth & Grace Ministries

Pastor Tim Martin
Broadway, VA
truthandgrace.org



Network Members

One Focus Network consists of churches, missionaries, and trans-local ministries. Our hearts beat with a passion for Christ and the expansion of the Kingdom of God throughout the world making disciples of all nations.



Abiding in the Vine Family Life Ministries, Inc.

Barbara A. Ward
Newport News, VA
757-593-2968 | abivfamilylife.org


Face to Face Fellowship

Pastor Jason & Kimberly Benedict
Virginia Beach, VA
757-375-3964 | [email protected]


Freedom Destiny Church

Pastors Adam & Candice Smithyman
Orange Park, FL
904-272-2266 | freedomdestiny.org


Global Outreach Church (GO)

Pastor Chris & Dahlia Cunningham
Virginia Beach, VA
757-966-0312 | gochurchva.com


Grace Covenant Church

Pastor Chris & Nikki Stup
Roanoke, VA
540-342-8464 | gccroanoke.com


Grace Covenant Church

Pastor Merle & Sue Shank
Harrisonburg, VA
540-433-9244 | gcch.org


Kingdom First Ministries

Pastor Mark & Dawn Lawrence
Virginia Beach, VA
757-277-9921 | k1alive.com


Kingdom Living Ministries

Pastors Ron & Vanessa Battle
Williamsburg, VA
757-926-4039 | Kingdom Living


Living Faith Christian Fellowship

Pastor Mario & Joyce Biazon
Virginia Beach, VA
757-519-9763 | livingf8.com


Living Word Outreach Ministry

Pastor Roderick & Kimberly Jernigan
Virginia Beach, VA
757-717-7984 | livingwordorm.com


New Covenant Christian Community Church (NC4)

Pastor Jack & Trish Groblewski
Bethlehem, PA
610-861-7725 | nc4.org


New Life Church

Pastor Dan & Rhonda Backens
Virginia Beach, VA
757-227-6930 | newlife.global


Nueva Vida

Pastor Juan & Brianna Milla
Virginia Beach, VA
757-333-0686 | nuevavidavb.com


Piedmont International Church

Pastor Stephen & Kari Townsend
Greensboro, NC
336-852 5588 | picgso.com


Power International Center of Hope

Pastor Helen Turpin
Buffalo, NY
716-892-1805


R5 Church

Pastor Kirby & Tara Anthony
Charlotte, NC
980-265-8241 | r5church.org


RED Church

Pastor Jayce & Erica O’Neal
Virginia Beach, VA
757-228-1502 | theredchurch.tv


River Oaks Church

Pastor Kevin & Lynda Strite
Harrisonburg, VA
540-801-0085 | riveroaksva.org


The Big House

Pastor Adam & Lindsey Cates
Norfolk, VA
757-652-3230 | bighousechurch.com


The Village Church

Pastor James & Jackie Taylor
Portsmouth, VA
757-393-2247 | tvclive.org


 

One Focus on Kingdom Expansion


One Focus Network’s heart beats with a passion for Christ and the expansion of the Kingdom of God throughout the world.
 

Executive Leadership Team


Dr. Dan Backens

Dr. Dan Backens is the senior pastor of New Life Church – a 5,000 member, multi-ethnic, multi-site church located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He serves as the senior director of One Focus Network. He writes and speaks on how to lead, build, and equip churches to be houses of prayer for all nations. He holds a Master of Arts in Church History and Renewal Theology from Regent University and a Doctorate of Worship Studies (DWS) from the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship. Dan is happily married to Rhonda and together they have 3 adult children and eight grandchildren.


Pastor Jack Groblewski

Jack Groblewski has served as senior pastor of New Covenant Christian Community Church in Bethlehem , PA since April of 1982. He serves as a director of One Focus Network. A graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary, he is a gifted and insightful teacher who is known for his ability to mix humor with deep theological revelation. Jack has a strong passion and understanding for other cultures and is respected around the world for his ability to reach across cultural lines and minister with great insight and compassion. He also serves in strategic apostolic partnership with several church networks in the United States and around the world. He and his wife Tricia have four grown children and eight grandchildren.


Pastor Merle Shank

Merle Shank serves as a director for One Focus Network. He also is the lead pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Harrisonburg, VA. A proud James Madison University alum and former software developer, he responded to God’s call to pastoral ministry in 1997. He and his wife Sue have four adult children.


Pastor Kevin Turpin

Kevin Turpin is the founder and president of the Life Enrichment Center providing literacy programs to underserved children and families in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He is also a senior associate pastor at New Life Church – a 5,000 member, multi-ethinic, multi-site church located in Hampton Roads; adjunct assistant professor of Psychology at Tidewater Community College; and is founder and president of the Institute for Personal and Professional Development, a LLC based in Norfolk, VA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Buffalo, Master of Science in Counseling from Canisius College, and a Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University. Kevin is currently in PhD level psychology classes at Regent University and Old Dominion University and is LEAD Hampton Roads graduate. Kevin and his wife Wanda are parents to two grown children and have one wonderful grandson.


Dr. Joseph Umidi

Dr. Joseph Umidi serves as a director with One Focus Network. He is Regent University’s Executive Vice President for Student Life and Director of Field Education. He is founder and president of Lifeforming Leadership Coaching, Inc. and Equityforming, LLC. He has authored numerous articles and books dealing with transformation and is working in community and international transformation strategies with several organizations. Dr. Umidi is married to Marie, CEO of TMCJ, Inc. an international arts ministry. They are the delighted grandparents of three grandchildren.

Advisory Council


Pastor Richard (Dick) Blackwell

Richard (Dick) Blackwell received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. After giving his life to the Lord in 1970, Dick worked as a professional engineer in the environmental field while obtaining a Master of Divinity degree from Erskine Theological Seminary. In 1976 Dick moved to Harrisonburg, VA where he started Church in the Valley. In December of 1984 he began Grace Covenant Church Harrisonburg (GCC). Dick also helped plant churches in Fredericksburg, Staunton and Waynesboro, Virginia as well as in Montevideo, Uruguay. Now retired, Dick continues to serve in a leadership capacity at GCC and is the founder and senior engineer of Blackwell Engineering, LLC. He and his wife Becky have five grown children and 16 grandchildren.


Dr. Rita Browning

Dr. Rita Browning is a board certified pediatrician and president of Mongolian Asia Reach (MAR). MAR is a compassionate medical ministry with a registered office in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia where she lived for 14 years establishing churches, an orphanage, a special needs developmental clinic, and a feeding program for homeless youth. Currently she lives in China with her adopted Mongolian sons, teaching medicine in a Chinese hospital and developing contacts for future ministry.


Pastor Larry Kreider

After serving as a senior pastor of a church in Pennsylvania for 15 years, Larry currently serves as International Director of DOVE Christian Fellowship International, a network of churches scattered throughout five continents. He is a featured speaker at conferences across the United States and internationally and travels extensively to train Christian leaders worldwide. Larry has written 36 books, including the Biblical Foundation Series in English and Spanish, The Cry for Spiritual Mothers and Fathers, Speak Lord! I’m Listening, House to House, 21 Tests of Effective Leadership, and Building Your Personal House of Prayer. Over 500,000 of his books have been sold and translated into more than ten languages. Larry and his wife LaVerne have been married for more than 40 years, live in Lititz, Pennsylvania, have four children and are proud grandparents.


Rev. Alfred Boakye Nyamekyeh

Rev. Alfred is the General Overseer and Presiding Bishop of House of Faith Ministries (World Missions Church). It is a global network of churches committed to missions, church planting and leader training. Having been in evangelism and missionary work for more than 35 years, Rev. Alfred plants churches in Africa, USA and other parts of the world. He founded the World Missions Foundation in 2005 and is president of Atlantic Ministerial College in Kumasi, Ghana. He lives in Accra, Ghana with his wife Esther. They are parents to four children and have five grandchildren.

Executive Leadership Team


Dr. Dan Backens

Dr. Dan Backens is the senior pastor of New Life Church – a 5,000 member, multi-ethnic, multi-site church located in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He serves as the senior director of One Focus Network. He writes and speaks on how to lead, build, and equip churches to be houses of prayer for all nations. He holds a Master of Arts in Church History and Renewal Theology from Regent University and a Doctorate of Worship Studies (DWS) from the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship. Dan is happily married to Rhonda and together they have 3 adult children and eight grandchildren.


Pastor Jack Groblewski

Jack Groblewski has served as senior pastor of New Covenant Christian Community Church in Bethlehem , PA since April of 1982. He serves as a director of One Focus Network. A graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary, he is a gifted and insightful teacher who is known for his ability to mix humor with deep theological revelation. Jack has a strong passion and understanding for other cultures and is respected around the world for his ability to reach across cultural lines and minister with great insight and compassion. He also serves in strategic apostolic partnership with several church networks in the United States and around the world. He and his wife Tricia have four grown children and eight grandchildren.


Pastor Merle Shank

Merle Shank serves as a director for One Focus Network. He also is the lead pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Harrisonburg, VA. A proud James Madison University alum and former software developer, he responded to God’s call to pastoral ministry in 1997. He and his wife Sue have four adult children.


Pastor Kevin Turpin

Kevin Turpin is the founder and president of the Life Enrichment Center providing literacy programs to underserved children and families in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He is also a senior associate pastor at New Life Church – a 5,000 member, multi-ethinic, multi-site church located in Hampton Roads; adjunct assistant professor of Psychology at Tidewater Community College; and is founder and president of the Institute for Personal and Professional Development, a LLC based in Norfolk, VA. He holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Buffalo, Master of Science in Counseling from Canisius College, and a Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University. Kevin is currently in PhD level psychology classes at Regent University and Old Dominion University and is LEAD Hampton Roads graduate. Kevin and his wife Wanda are parents to two grown children and have one wonderful grandson.


Dr. Joseph Umidi

Dr. Joseph Umidi serves as a director with One Focus Network. He is Regent University’s Executive Vice President for Student Life and Director of Field Education. He is founder and president of Lifeforming Leadership Coaching, Inc. and Equityforming, LLC. He has authored numerous articles and books dealing with transformation and is working in community and international transformation strategies with several organizations. Dr. Umidi is married to Marie, CEO of TMCJ, Inc. an international arts ministry. They are the delighted grandparents of three grandchildren.

Advisory Council


Pastor Richard (Dick) Blackwell

Richard (Dick) Blackwell received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. After giving his life to the Lord in 1970, Dick worked as a professional engineer in the environmental field while obtaining a Master of Divinity degree from Erskine Theological Seminary. In 1976 Dick moved to Harrisonburg, VA where he started Church in the Valley. In December of 1984 he began Grace Covenant Church Harrisonburg (GCC). Dick also helped plant churches in Fredericksburg, Staunton and Waynesboro, Virginia as well as in Montevideo, Uruguay. Now retired, Dick continues to serve in a leadership capacity at GCC and is the founder and senior engineer of Blackwell Engineering, LLC. He and his wife Becky have five grown children and 16 grandchildren.


Dr. Rita Browning

Dr. Rita Browning is a board certified pediatrician and president of Mongolian Asia Reach (MAR). MAR is a compassionate medical ministry with a registered office in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia where she lived for 14 years establishing churches, an orphanage, a special needs developmental clinic, and a feeding program for homeless youth. Currently she lives in China with her adopted Mongolian sons, teaching medicine in a Chinese hospital and developing contacts for future ministry.


Pastor Larry Kreider

After serving as a senior pastor of a church in Pennsylvania for 15 years, Larry currently serves as International Director of DOVE Christian Fellowship International, a network of churches scattered throughout five continents. He is a featured speaker at conferences across the United States and internationally and travels extensively to train Christian leaders worldwide. Larry has written 36 books, including the Biblical Foundation Series in English and Spanish, The Cry for Spiritual Mothers and Fathers, Speak Lord! I’m Listening, House to House, 21 Tests of Effective Leadership, and Building Your Personal House of Prayer. Over 500,000 of his books have been sold and translated into more than ten languages. Larry and his wife LaVerne have been married for more than 40 years, live in Lititz, Pennsylvania, have four children and are proud grandparents.

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