the Next Generation of Urban Missionaries

Jeff Stark

Executive Director 

Dr. Jeff Stark has served as the Executive Director of Reach77 since May 2020. Throughout the last 20 years, Jeff has served as a pastor, leadership coach, church planting catalyst, writer, speaker, missional theologian, and most recently professor. Alongside serving as Executive Director, Jeff serves as an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Theological Leadership at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate department, Jeff teaches extensively within the field of the convergence of religion and culture, covering topics (to include but not limited to): Missional Theology, Racial Reconciliation, Biblical Justice, Peace Studies, and Church Planting. Jeff seeks to align the call of the church to the contextual needs of a local community, giving rise to creative opportunities for redemptive work and faithful witness to the Kingdom of God. Dr. Stark resides in the heart of Chicago with his wife Angela.

Interested in Joining the Movement? 

Seeking Missional-Incarnational Team Members to Call Chicago Home

It starts with a sense of calling! Ministry in the city isn't a good idea, an assignment, or merely an exciting adventure. It is a calling. Reach77 is seeking to extend its impact into new neighborhoods through the lives and ministries of missional-incarnational teams called to give themselves away to their neighbors. If you are sensing a calling to the city, have the capacity to lead creatively, and a desire to connect with a beautifully diverse set of neighbors, then contact Reach77 for a conversation about your future. 
Who can serve the city?
In their book City Shaped Churches, Linda Berquist and Michael Crane suggest a few different categories:
Natives: Those who have grown up in the community, who call it home, know its rhythms, and have an extensive network of influence.
Sojouners: Those who find themselves at a transition stage of life through work, school, or ministry, those who can give 2-7 years in cultivating a fresh expression of the Kingdom.
Settlers: Those who feel called to a particular place and sense God sending them to stay. Though non-native, they quickly fall in love with the city and call it home.