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Who are we?
Craig Williams is able to bring years of experience and current knowledge of church planting to those endeavoring to create new expressions of Church.  Craig was the organizing and first Pastor of Trabuco Presbyterian Church for 19 years.  He served as the Director of New Church Development for the Presbytery of the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest for two years prior to his current position.  He is a contributing author to the resources, "Starting New Churches" and "Starting New Initiatives" both available in pdf form at this website.  Craig was part of the team that created the PCUSA national NCD Coaches program.  For more than 20 years he has been a national leader in the Presbyterian Church's church planting efforts.  He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in New Church from Columbia Theological Seminary. 

Shannon Kiser is the Director of the East Coast Trainig Center.  After 18 years of parish ministry, Shannon is excited about intersecting with committed ministry leaders across the denomination seeking to be faithful to Christi's call to incarnate the life-giving compassion of Jesus in their communities. In addition to her work with the Training Center, Shannon leads worship as Parish Associate at Riverside Church in Sterling, VA.  She is a contributing author to the resource, "Starting New Initiatives," is field staff for the Office of Church Growth, and is trained and active as a New Church Development coach.

Together, they form the core of the Presbyterian Centers for New Church Innovation, a partnership between the Office of Church Growth, PCUSA, Riverside Presbyterian Church in Sterling, VA and San Clemente Presbyterian Church in Southern California. 


PRESBYTERIAN CENTERS FOR NEW CHURCH INNOVATION: Serving the 1001 New Worshiping Communities 
Vision: Igniting a movement for new expressions of Church.

Biblical Guidance: "New branches bearing fruit from old roots." - Isaiah 11

What do we do?

  • Develop training and resources as well as train leaders for the work of New Church Innovation
  • Foster intentional identification and assessment of potential missional leaders
  • Connect innovative churches and leaders with proven practices, coaches, resources, and field education opportunities
  • Provide "Thought Leadership" for Seminaries and Denominational entities
  • Coaching/Consulting with presbyteries, congregations and leaders for New Church Innovation
  • Encourage partnerships between established church and New Church Innovations

Who is it for?

FOR Leaders


  • Assess competencies for missional church planting
  • Develop leadership skills and train in proven practices for new church
  • Coach and equip leaders in experiments/field education/internships/new projects
  • Starting Strong intensive coaching in early stages of new church (the first 3 months)
  • Connect you with other innovative new church leaders to create a support/resource community


FOR Congregations


  • Offer resources and tools for identifiying missional leaders 
  • Offer training to equip congregations in the 5 tasks of New Church Innovation
  • Coach the planning and implementation of New Worshiping Communities
  • Assist established Church in how to embrace and support new expressions of Church in their community


FOR Presbyteries

  • Cast vision for practical ways of organizing new expressions of Church and support for New Church Innovation.
  • Offer training and resources for the work of New Church Innovation
  • Work with specific congregations for the development of new worshiping communities
  • Coach the transition from worshiping communities to new church
  • Assist with missional leadership assessment and hiring interviews
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