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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.

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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,

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

Previous Residents

Jeff Ballard


Pastor of Soul Care,
College Park Church

Cameron Bass


Minister of Worship,
First Baptist Church

Chris Beals


Lead Pastor,
Pennington Park Church

Jeff Brown


Lead Pastor,
Soma Northwest Church

Kasey Clark


Discipleship Pastor,
Parkside Bible Church

Evan Collister


Assistant Pastor of Stewardship & Young Adults,
College Park Church

Dustin Crowe


Discipleship Pastor,
Stones Crossing Church

Taylor Frank


Lead Pastor,
Harvest Bible Church

Luke H.


Middle East

Luke Jones


Worship Arts Director,
Castleton Community Church

Joel Israel


Associate Pastor of Family Ministries,
Pennington Park Church

Bob Martin


Pastor of Small Groups & Membership,
College Park Church

Mitchell McIntyre


Worship Leader,
Crosspointe Community Church

Brad Merchant


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

Matthew Mugumya


Pastoral Resident of Student Ministries,
Castleton Community Church

Kevin Myers


Worship Pastor,
242 Community Church

Paul Nystedt


Associate Pastor of Community Care,
Calvary Bible Church

Chris O’Mara


College Park Church

Isa O’Mara


Worship Arts Ministry Coordinator, College Park Church

Joseph Rhea


Technical Writer,
The E Group

Mark Riner


Family & Children’s Pastor,
Wabash Friends Church

Eric Swanson


Pastor of Discipleship,
Castleton Community Church

Hunter Sweet


Communication Creative Media Specialist, College Park Church

Marla Vroegop


Luma Counseling

Dan Weller


Lead Pastor,
Chapelwood Baptist Church

Dr. Tim Whitney


Multiplication & Missions Pastor,
First Baptist Church of Norfolk

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