A letter from Next Generation Churches’ Board:
Our association has been on a journey over the last two to three years. During these years, we have sought God’s wisdom regarding the direction of Next Generation Churches (CB Northern California & Nevada).
During this time of transition, we have been especially blessed by the leadership of Dr. Brad Franklin. His loyalty and passion for Next Gen have set the stage for the renewal that we are currently experiencing. From the beginning, Brad’s role was to guide us through this transition, safeguard our values, and lead the strategy for what is to come. As a board, words could not express our gratitude for his selfless and sacrificial leadership. But the time for transition has ended.
In August of this year, Brad notified us of his intention to leave his role as transitional director of Next Gen by the end of October (see Brad’s letter below). Immediately we began the process of praying about who God would have lead us to fulfill our Values, Mission, and Vision. We believe that God has clearly answered our prayers in the selection of Dr. David Whitaker, Lead Pastor of Morgan Hill Bible Church, as our new Executive Director. During the process of selecting Dave, we made a strategic decision that we want to share with you. We have decided that the best model for our association is to have a full-time pastor as our Executive Director. Here is why: Click here to continue reading.
Dave grew up in a pastor’s home and has served in ministry since ’81. After seminary, he returned to pastor in his home church, First Baptist Church of San Ramon, CA. In ’91, he moved to Phoenix, AZ as Sr Pastor of Heart to Heart Bible Church. During his thirteen years of ministry in North Phoenix, he also received a DMin and merged the church with a sister church, becoming Moon Valley Bible Church. Dave’s burden to return to the Bay Area lead him in 2004 to become the lead pastor of Morgan Hill Bible Church. Dave serves as a police chaplain in Morgan Hill and has served on the board of Next Generation Churches of Northern California and Nevada. Lanette is Dave’s wife of 30 years and partner in ministry. Lanette (who grew up in a bi-lingual ministry and pastor-missionary home in Phoenix), is a gifted speaker and a ministry leader at MHBC. Dave and Lanette have two great kids: Jon (26–married to Carrie), who is studying interior architecture design and serves on staff at City Church in San Francisco) and Kaylan (20–a college junior) studying graphic design. Dave loves hanging out with his wife and kids, playing golf, reading, hanging out with friends and playing with his Apple gadgets. Dave and Lanette have a special heart for those who serve in ministry and their families.