Who We Are

Developing Leaders | Starting Churches | Strengthening Churces

Developing Leaders to
Start and Strengthen Churches

The Luminex team aims to develop leaders into the disciples and disciple makers that Jesus commissioned them to be.  These are the leaders who will multiply the church and strengthen the body of Christ for mission in the world.

Luminex

So what does Luminex mean? It’s a compound of two latin words: luminis meaning “light” and exponentialis referring to exponential expansion or “multiplication.” We chose this combined word to represent the idea behind everything we do, namely multiplying the light of Christ.

By multiplying light as we multiply strong disciples, leaders and churches, we help fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus as we “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).

Our Mission

“Developing Leaders to Start and Strengthen Churches”

At Luminex, we come alongside church leaders and connect them with others who want to share the gospel, strengthen the church, and encourage fellow believers.

With God’s help, we can multiply the light of Christ by multiplying churches together.

Our Theological Vision

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Through much prayer, listening, and learning, we believe that God has given us clarity on a theological vision. Click below to learn more:

A Theological Vision for the Core Leadership Team of the Great Lakes Region

  • I am fully invested in the Luminex journey on which we’ve embarked. I see great opportunity for growth in the Kingdom, our existing churches, and personally through the work Christ is doing in me.

    Russell DobosBrooklyn Reformed Church Elder
  • The Luminex Collaborative has been a catalytic influence for our church’s overall sense of ‘kingdom’ mentality. We have been so blessed by this collaborative and I’m confident we’ll do it again.

    Jeff WenkeLead Pastor,­ The Bridge Church
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Meet Our Team

We are committed to multiplying the light of Christ.
  • John Messer
    John MesserRegional Executive / Leadership Development Catalyst

    John came to the Great Lakes Region from Good New Community Church in Okoboji, IA where he was the senior pastor. John began serving as our Regional Executive in May 2017.  Previously, John served as a RCA Transformational Equipping Team member in NW Iowa, and as an Adjunct Instructor at Northwestern College in Orange City. John’s work experience also includes serving as the Pastor of Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Walker, MN, and as an Army intelligence officer, serving in multiple leadership and staff positions. John is a graduate of Denver Seminary, and has completed Th. M. coursework at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. John is currently pursuing a doctorate in strategic leadership at Regent University.

    John is married to Lynette, and they have three adult children.

  • Art Wiers
    Art WiersChurch Health Catalyst

    Born and raised in Lansing, Illinois a south suburb of Chicago, Art attended Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois where he received his BA.  Art married Ruth Korte in 1976 and they have two children. Art is a graduate of Western Theological Seminary and has been an ordained pastor in the RCA since 1980. Art served three congregations in West Michigan over 23 years, four congregations as a transition minister over six years, and since 2009 has served full time with the Great Lakes Region RCA in church revitalization. Helping pastors increase their ability to be effective leaders and bringing encouragement to local congregational leaders is something Art is passionate about.  He also is serious about fishing.

  • Doug McClintic
    Doug McClinticChurch Multiplication Catalyst

    Doug was born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, MI where he attended Central Michigan University and received his BA. Doug married Dianne Reynolds in 1984 and they have two adult children. Doug attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Western Theological Seminary, graduating with an M.Div. in 1988 and receiving a D. Min. in 2007 from BGU in Seattle.  Doug planted Oak Springs Community Church (RCA) in Murrieta, California in 1997 after serving RCA churches in Hawarden, Iowa and Hamilton, Michigan. From 2006 to 2012 Doug served as Pastor of Mission and Multiplication at Fair Haven Ministries and started his current role with Luminex in 2011.

  • Alison DeBoer
    Alison DeBoerOperations Manager

    Born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, Alison is married to Kenny and they have two children. Alison has been on the Great Lakes Region Staff since 2005. She enjoys being on the team and working with all the Great Lakes Region pastors, churches, and classes.

  • Mike Gafa
    Mike GafaChurch Leadership Development Catalyst

    Mike was born in Detroit and raised in Warren, MI, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a BA in 1985. Mike met Pam while in college, and they married in 1986. Ten years later came twin sons, who attend Syracuse University. After working in corporate America for 20 years, Mike served seven years as Executive Director of Ministries for a church in Holland, MI, and three years as Administrative Pastor at a church in Walker, MI. Mike was commissioned as a pastor in 2011. In 2014, Mike began serving the Classis of North Grand Rapids as Classis Leader, and in 2015 Mike added to his ministry, serving contractually with the Great Lakes Region. Mike is the author of Faith-Based: A Biblical, Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in the Church.