Who We Are

Developing Leaders | Starting Churches | Strengthening Churches

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.


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 2025 Vision

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Our Vision:

From 2015 – 2025:

10,000 leadership risks will be taken by Luminex leaders!

75 new churches will be started extending our reach and expanding our influence as a network of churches.

  • Some may move toward grace because they are afraid to hurt someone else’s feelings, or out of a desire to be liked. For them, it may be difficult to have the courage to speak the truth. But if we think about the kinds of communities we want to be a part of, and to help create, both grace and truth matter. It’s not grace OR truth. It’s grace AND truth.

    Scott Lokers Transition Ministry Catalyst
  • Consider a bicycle rider on a steep hill who starts getting tired. She does not say, “I think I’ll just stop pedaling for a while so I can rest.” No. Why? Because when we stop pedaling we don’t just maintain our position. When we stop pedaling, we lose ground. The same is true of Christians and the Church.

    John Messer Leadership Development Catalyst
  • Church planting, when done for the right motives and out of abundant congregational health, actually revitalizes the existing churches all around it.  The research of Dr. Jeff Farmer found that churches that planted new churches were healthier than those that did not. This is hard for us to grasp but it is consistent with the principle of sowing and reaping that the bible talks about.  Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6.

    Doug McClinticChurch Multiplication Catalyst
Vision 2025: 10,000 Leadership Risks
Vision 2025 New Congregations
Vision 2025 Mission Outposts
Vision 2025 Micro-Churches

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.

  • Scott Lokers
    Scott LokersTransition Ministry Catalyst / Church Optimization Catalyst

    Scott really does believe that God can do great things in and through a congregation that is in pastoral transition. Transitions can be a time of deep transformation where challenges are faced and actions are taken that can significantly impact the future fruitfulness of a ministry. So, it is easy for Scott to be passionate about his role as Transition Ministry Catalyst!

    Scott and his wife, Susan, have been on a journey in ministry for over 30 years, serving congregations in Illinois and Michigan. Since 2014, Scott has served congregations going through pastoral transition. Scott is a graduate of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). Scott and Susan love most outdoor activities and love to travel. They also love to invest in the lives of their children and granddaughter.

  • 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.

  • Mike Gafa
    Mike GafaLuminex Director / Church Optimization Catalyst

    After graduating from Eastern Michigan University, Mike worked in corporate America for around 20 years. In 2005 Mike transitioned to vocational ministry, and has served three churches as an Executive Pastor, as well as the RCA in various Classis and Regional roles. Mike is a commissioned pastor in the RCA, and is the author of two books, including Faith-Based: A Biblical, Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in the Church. Mike and his wife Pam are parents to twin sons Spencer and Trevor.  Mike enjoys time with family, kayaking, biking, reading/writing, traveling, and helping church leaders and churches to realize their full potential.

  • 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.