Surge is made up of many local churches across Arizona. We come from many different backgrounds, cultures, and denominations but unite in the gospel and its call on our lives to be faithful witnesses to Jesus Christ. We seek to be a blessing to Arizona through our friendship, collaboration and partnership. 

Dennae Pierre
Executive Director

Dennae was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Dennae loves church planting and helped plant Roosevelt Community Church alongside her husband, Vermon Pierre, who is the lead pastor. She has worked extensively throughout Phoenix among homeless, victims of domestic violence, and with low-income families. Dennae is the founder of Foster Care Initiatives. Dennae has her MA in Missional Theology from Covenant Theological Seminary and serves on the North American Leadership Team for City to City.  Dennae desires to see churches across Arizona cross cultures and boundaries to unite in love for Jesus, deepen their love for one another and walk with the poor and marginalize in our cities. Dennae and Vermon have four children and enjoy spending their free time exploring the parks, restaurants, and coffee shops of Downtown Phoenix.   

Jim Mullins
Director, Faith Work & Rest Initiative
Jim Mullins is the pastor of theological and vocational formation for Redemption Tempe and is on the leadership team for the Surge Network. He has worked as a pastor, entrepreneur, nonprofit leader, and a basketball scout in Turkey. He’s the co-founder of several organizations, including the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers, Uzbek Justice Initiative, and Peace Catalyst International. He’s married to Jenny, and has a six-year old daughter named Elliana. They spend their time watching basketball, cooking Middle Eastern food, and being completely ineffective gardeners.

Michel Duarte
Director, Daniel Initiative

Michel leads the Daniel Initiative. He gathers pastors from around the globe living in Phoenix who are pastoring congregations made up of immigrant where English is not the primary language. Michel serves international churches through cultivating relationship and collaboration as our global churches consider how to train up their next generation of leaders. He was born and raised in Brazil, but has spent years living in other countries to work with church plants and Christian NGO's to see lives transformed and healthy churches planted. Michel also owns and runs a landscaping company called Cultivate Landscaping which employs individuals with refugee status and provides language and cultural training to assist in the transition into the United States labor force. Michel is married to Julie and has two children.  

Lorie Kinman
Executive Administrator
Lorie resides in Peoria with her husband and three children.  She and her husband, Jarrod, have been married for almost 20 years and has a heart for the Body of Christ.  Lorie comes from many years of experience in the marketplace as partner and Chief Administrative Officer of Auto Body World. Through running this business, Lorie developed a burden to help Christian non-profits and local churches know how to better utilize administrative gifts within their church to increase the fruitfulness of their ministries. She holds leadership in TLC Women’s Group, a Christian group that serves to teach and encourage women.  She and her husband planted Ignite Church in 2014.  Lorie also spends her time enjoying her three children and teaching them to have the same servant heart she is learning about daily.

John H. Talley III
Program Manager, Incubator Training

John serves as Program Manager for the Phoenix Incubator Training as well as provide admin support for Dennae. John also serves as an Assistant Pastor at Roosevelt Community Church. He is currently a seminary student and graduate of Grand Canyon University with a B.A. in Christian Studies. He loves investing in his community, making disciples, and watching basketball. He resides in the Southside of Phoenix with his wife, Celeste.

Founders:

Tyler Johnson
Co-Founder, The Surge Network/ Missional Training Center

Tyler is the Lead Pastor of Redemption Church in Arizona. Redemption is a multi-congregational church with 10 congregations throughout the state of Arizona. Tyler has ministered on college campuses, developed and participated on church planting teams, initiated and lead mercy ministries, and has been actively involved in city movements. He is a Raymond Bakke global scholar with a doctorate in Global Urban Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University. Tyler serves on the board of Peace Catalyst International, Foster Care Initiatives, and is one of the founding pastors of the AZ127 movement. 

Chris Gonzalez
Co-Founder, The Surge Network/ Missional Training Center

Chris is lead pastor for a church called Missio Dei Communities in Tempe. Missio Dei is a church committed to finding their place in the biblical story and living faithfully in it. One thing that is unique about Missio Dei (other then the name) is that the organizing framework for the church is not a Sunday gathering, but Missional Communities that function in many ways like house churches. Chris moved to Tempe from Memphis, TN in 1997 to attend ASU. He is married to Leslie and they have three biological children and a foster son.