Developing Leaders | Starting Churches | Strengthening Churches

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 to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).

Our Mission

Our mission at Luminex is to “Develop Leaders to Start and Strengthen Churches.”

We are blessed to collaborate with church leaders, and connect them with others who have a shared desire to raise up effective leaders committed to sharing the gospel, strengthening churches, and multiplying disciples of Jesus Christ.

Our 2025 Vision

Our Ten-Year Vision (2015 – 2025):

What would the impact be of leaders in the Luminex network of churches taking 10,000 leadership risks by 2025? We believe that God would bless these holy risks in amazing and powerful ways, for His glory. As part of this vision, we see 75 new churches being started in the Luminex network by 2025.

  • Churches can be both attractive and missional. But our primary focus must never be on making our church attractive, but rather on making disciples. Being an attractive church is positive, assuming of course that “attraction” serves as a gateway to bring people in, bring them to Christ, grow them in Christ, and train them to be ambassadors for Christ.

    Mike GafaChurch Optimization Catalyst
  • 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 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 in the bible, that "Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6.

    Doug McClinticChurch Multiplication Catalyst

Meet Our Team

  • John Messer
    John MesserRegional Executive / Leadership Development Catalyst

    John came to Luminex in 2017 after serving as the senior pastor at Good News Community Church in Okoboji, IA. John has also served as a RCA Transformational Equipping Team member in NW Iowa, an Adjunct Instructor at Northwestern College in Orange City, Pastor of Calvary Evangelical Free Church in Walker, MN, and an Army intelligence officer. 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 believes that God does great things in and through a congregation 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. 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 outdoor activities, traveling, and investing in the lives of their children and granddaughter.

  • Mike Gafa
    Mike GafaLuminex Director / Church Optimization Catalyst

    After graduating from Eastern Michigan University, Mike worked in corporate America for 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, and the author of Faith-Based: A Biblical, Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in the Church. Mike and his wife Pam are parents to adult sons Spencer and Trevor.

  • 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, and as Operations Manager plays a vital role. Alison enjoys being part of the team and working with a variety of Great Lakes Region pastors, churches, and classes.