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At College Park Church, we want to ignite a passion to follow Jesus in the next generation of church leaders.

We believe the gospel travels faster and farther when local churches are led by godly, gospel-centered, theologically sound, competent servant-leaders. We also believe that our church is healthier through intentional leadership development. The College Park Church Residency program equips, trains, and launches faithful leaders into strategic gospel ministry in our city and across the world.

Core Values

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the residency a paid position?

We believe that residents are best served when they can be immersed in the life of the church on a full-time basis. Therefore, residents are paid a full-time salary with benefits.

What are the work hours?

The residency is a full-time, 40-hour work-week commitment.

What is the duration of a typical residency?

Residencies are an 18-month commitment.

What are the education requirements? 

Past residents have applied before, during, and after their theological education, but all candidates are college graduates. 

Is housing provided for residents?

Residents are expected to find their own housing. However, housing is provided under certain circumstances. 

What ministry will I participate in?

We match residents with ministry areas of interest and where there’s a need along with scheduling a monthly rotation in every area of ministry in order to provide a deep and well-rounded experience.

From the residency troops on the ground at College Park the word is: this is what they wanted and needed. I thank God for College Park’s remarkable commitment to younger pastors-in-the-making.

Dr. John Piper
Founder and Teacher,
DesiringGod.org

I have confidence in a pastoral residency program where there is a simultaneous emphasis on biblical fidelity, expository preaching, and edifying relationships amongst the people of God. To train a pastor, it is extraordinarily helpful to see and experience a healthy local church.

Dr. Don Carson
Emeritus Professor of New Testament,
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

College Park is a welcoming church with excellent pastoral leadership deeply grounded in theology and relevant teaching.

Dr. Erwin Lutzer
Pastor Emeritus,
The Moody Church

What a blessing to be growing in the same direction with College Park Church. Godly pastors, believing people, living church. Beautiful.

Dr. Jim Hamilton
Professor of Biblical Theology,
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Current Residents

Keyon Atkins

Pastoral Resident
2023–Present

Previous Residents

Jeff Ballard

2011–2013

Pastor of Soul Care,
College Park Church

Cameron Bass

2019–2020

Minister of Worship,
First Baptist Church

Chris Beals

2013–2015

Lead Pastor,
Pennington Park Church

Jeff Brown

2018–2020

Lead Pastor,
Soma Northwest Church

Kasey Clark

2019–2021

Discipleship Pastor,
Parkside Bible Church

Evan Collister

2018–2019

Assistant Pastor of Stewardship & Young Adults,
College Park Church

Dustin Crowe

2018–2019

Discipleship Pastor,
Stones Crossing Church

Taylor Frank

2017–2018

Lead Pastor,
Harvest Bible Church

Luke H.

2015–2017

Pastor,
Middle East

Luke Jones

2011–2013

Worship Arts Director,
Castleton Community Church

Joel Israel

2017–2018

Associate Pastor of Family Ministries,
Pennington Park Church

Bob Martin

2011–2013

Pastor of Small Groups & Membership,
College Park Church

Mitchell McIntyre

2018–2019

Worship Leader,
Crosspointe Community Church

Brad Merchant

2017

Pastor of Leadership Development,
College Park Church (2018-2023)

Matthew Mugumya

2019–2020

Pastoral Resident of Student Ministries,
Castleton Community Church

Kevin Myers

2019–2020

Worship Pastor,
242 Community Church

Paul Nystedt

2018–2019

Associate Pastor of Community Care,
Calvary Bible Church

Chris O’Mara

2021–2023

College Park Church

Isa O’Mara

2021

Worship Arts Ministry Coordinator, College Park Church

Joseph Rhea

2013–2015

Technical Writer,
The E Group

Mark Riner

2020

Family & Children’s Pastor,
Wabash Friends Church

Eric Swanson

2014–2016

Pastor of Discipleship,
Castleton Community Church

Hunter Sweet

2022-2023

Communication Creative Media Specialist, College Park Church

Marla Vroegop

2021–2023

Counselor,
Luma Counseling

Dan Weller

2014–2016

Lead Pastor,
Chapelwood Baptist Church

Dr. Tim Whitney

2016–2017

Multiplication & Missions Pastor,
First Baptist Church of Norfolk

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