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Empower Leaders.
Strengthen the Church.
Touch the World.

History


Established in 2003, One Focus Network (OFN) has a richly embedded history. Its DNA began when leaders of Greenbrier Christian Fellowship in Chesapeake, VA implemented a multiple-congregation model in 1995. Naming the church New Life Christian Fellowship (NLCF), the model was seen as the direction God was leading in order to combine the strength and resources of a large church with the more intimate relationships of a smaller church. The unity of vision, mission, leadership, and finances would enable the congregations to combine resources to make a more significant impact in areas such as missions, community outreach, and leadership training, than any of the congregations could make on their own.

The first satellite congregation was launched on February 12, 1996. Pastor Bobby Hill led the new site while Pastor Dan Backens came on board as lead pastor of the established congregation. The second satellite was launched under the co-leadership of Pastor Hill and Dr. Joseph Umidi in April of 1997. The third expansion held its first service on August 30, 1998. Initiating the New Life at Providence congregation in June 1999, Pastor Backens facilitated a plan to establish a trans-ethnic congregation focusing on a new and diverse demographic area in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. In 1999, Pastor Hill launched Vanguard Ministries, an apostolic network to assist churches, ministers, and Christian leaders in fulfilling their God-given destinies.

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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.

Growth continued with the establishment of New Life at Western Branch in 2000, and combining the Lynnhaven and Great Neck sites into New Life at Virginia Beach in 2001. Dr. Umidi assumed the role of senior director of New Life Christian Fellowship in July 2001. With the emergence and development of Vanguard Ministries as a powerful apostolic networking association, it became the vehicle for apostolic oversight for New Life.The cross-cultural missions emphasis strengthened as teams shared the Gospel on seventeen short-term trips in 2003. That same year, 23 full-time families, singles, and ministries were the supported missionary force under the leadership of Dr. Chris Feucht.

Significant change came on July 1, 2003 when the NLCF leadership decided it would be beneficial for the sites to become individual churches, each with its own governing elders. With a desire for the churches to remain connected as an apostolic network sharing common vision, values and practices while maintaining a high commitment to a covenant relationship, New Life Ministries International (NLMI) was incorporated in 2003. An apostolic team (or board of spiritual fathers) was formed with Dr. Umidi, as Senior Director. The team was responsible to give training, oversight, correction and mentoring to the leaders from each of the family churches.

NLMI served a strong family that grew into almost twenty network member churches. A shifting began in 2016 when NLMI leaders began talking with friends from the Grace Network. With similar core values and a heart for the nations, leadership agreed to become one network in early 2017. NLMI changed its name to One Focus Network and leadership from both former networks serve on OFN’s Executive Leadership Team. With rich DNA from both GN and NLMI, One Focus Network continues to encourage church leaders throughout the United States and around the world.

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.

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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