Steve and Samantha McVey
Steve McVey is the Lead Pastor of Lamont Wesleyan Church and founder of The Dirt Roads Network. Lamont is a small rural community with a population of less than 40 people. Over the last 18 years Lamont has experienced tremendous growth. In 2013 LWC started a satellite campus 25 miles east of Lamont, in New Strawn, Kansas. By the summer of 2017 LWC averaged over 400 between the two campuses. God gave the leadership team a new vision that year. Rather than being a “lake” church; judging success by how many people they could collect. LWC chose to become a “river” church; judging success by how many people they could send out into the harvest field. This led them to plant Radiant Life Church in New Strawn, Kansas and start Dirt Roads Network.
Steve is a conference and workshop speaker. He encourages rural pastors to embrace their calling and become missionaries to rural America.
Steve and his wife Samantha are originally from central Michigan. They have been happily married for 29 years. They have two adult married children, and one very adorable granddaughter.
Ryan and Taylor Akers
Pastor Ryan Akers is the lead pastor of Radiant Life Church in New Strawn, KS. He married Taylor Akers in 2001 and together they have four children (Paige, Kobe, Brooklyn, Reagan). Pastor Ryan has a passion to help people learn the Bible through practical teaching, grow in their faith through small groups, and to equip them to go and be the church in their immediate community and beyond. Pastor Ryan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Ministry from Oklahoma Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Mark and Sarah Adams
Mark and Sarah Adams were married in 2006. They met at their elementary school when they were 10 years old. Growing up together, Mark and Sarah formed a life long friendship that grew into marriage. After graduating high school, Mark enlisted in the US Army while Sarah attended school at St. Charles Community College majoring in Early Childhood Development. They have a daughter, Olivia, born June 9, 2010. She is the light of their life. Mark entered vocational ministry at the Student Ministry Pastor and Lamont Wesleyan Church in 2014. He is currently serving there as an Assistant Pastor overseeing ministry teams and youth ministry.
ANDREW AND KARA HURLBURT
Andrew Hurlburt can best be described as someone who would just rather be outside in God's creation. Whether it be a spring hike in the mountains with my wife and kids, a deer stand in November or anything in between. I grew up in small town South Carolina (Go Clemson!), and although I ventured into the city for a while, I found my call and passion in doing the work God has called me to do in the wide open spaces. In other words, if it has dirt, grass, rocks and trees I'm at home. My passions in ministry are going to the rural places void of hope and showing no growth and through the hope of Jesus Christ seeing them come back to life. I love relationships, discipleship, and leading people to finding their calling in God's Kingdom.
Kara Hurlburt is best described as an "old soul". She loves music, books and a great conversation over a cup of coffee or a tall glass of (SWEET) tea! A good-ole southern gal, Kara enjoys decorating and sharing hospitality. As a teenager Kara fell in love with Jesus and the Word and still today loves to share His truth and insights she has gleaned with anyone who will listen. Her passions include building relationships, giving hope by serving and publicly speaking when given a word to share.
David and Shauna Sturgeon
David and Shaunna Sturgeon have been working as youth pastors for fifteen years, and Shaunna has been a worship pastor for ten years. They have served at First Baptist Church, Burlington, Kansas, Lamont Wesleyan Church, Lamont, Kansas, and were instrumental in planting and growing Radiant Life Church, New Strawn, Kansas. In March at Exponential, a church planting conference, God called them to move their family to Iola, Kansas to continue the work of planting life-giving churches and bringing hope and light to the dark, small, and forgotten places of the world. The Sturgeon family, including their children, Kylen 15, Elanie 14, Samuel 12, and Caleb 3, believes they are called together as one to make disciples who make disciples, plant churches who plant churches, and bring hope to the hopeless. Our God-given, hearts desire is to invest in Iola to impact rural, southeast Kansas and beyond.
Steve and Cassie Thompson
Steve and Cassie Thompson met at Oklahoma Wesleyan University where they graduated with Pastoral and Biblical Studies degrees. They have been married for 10 years and have four children. Eight plus years of full time ministry has taken their family from Oklahoma, to Kentucky, Missouri, Michigan, California, and now Kansas. While their vocational focus has been mainly in Youth Ministry, they have experience in many aspects. Steve and Cassie were both raised in the Wesleyan Church but have served in both Wesleyan and Free Methodist denominations. Their hearts are to reach people of all ages, life stages, and backgrounds with the love of Jesus. They do this through missional living, which to them means building deep and lasting relationships, encouraging those to continue in the discipleship process and inspiring them to do the same.
Steve and Cassie recently packed up everything, minus the kitchen sink, and moved to Kansas to join the plant team for Embrace Church in Emporia. This bi-vocational ministry move will be a new adventure for Steve & Cassie and the family, which they are excited to be a part of what God is doing through DRN.
Being in a formal leadership role was never part of my plan when I dreamed about “what I wanted to be when I grew up”. For as long as I can remember, being a nurse was my dream rooted in a strong desire to help others. This desire continues to be a part of my DNA today only now I recognize it as a spiritual God-given gift of leading and shepherding.
Throughout the years, I engaged in leadership opportunities thru mentoring new nurses, fulfilling charge roles on various units, and leading special projects across the organization. I discovered I thoroughly enjoyed watching others grow and develop because it had a direct impact on the care delivered and helped the organization achieve its goals. One thing led to another and before I knew it, I was in an executive role. Thru the many challenges that came with this role, God grew me and I begin to understand there was a higher purpose to what I was doing… a calling that involved utilizing these God-given skills to further His kingdom that is being realized thru Dirt Roads Network!
Seth Pollet has been a part of the Lamont story for most of his life. He was born in Iola and moved to the Burlington area as a child. When he lived in Burlington he attended LWC with his mom. As a teen he became a leader at The Station and attended Lamont’s Burlington campus. When Seth graduated started working Sheriff's department in Iola. Seth has had the call of God on his life for some time. He is apprenticing with David and Shaunna Sturgeon as they plant in Iola.