Pastors leading Pastors.

These leaders have experienced continued success, and are committed to sharing content and interacting with the Church BOOM community. They want to help you GROW your church and expand God’s kingdom.



In 2016, Chris founded Church BOOM, an online training and coaching platform for pastors who want to grow their church. Chris and his wife Laura are the founding and lead Pastors of South Hills Church, a mulit-state, multi-campus church based in southern California.

He is also an author of four books. Following the successes of Handshake and In Search of Higher Ground, When Your Church Feels Stuck. He wrote his fourth book called, Quit Church: Because Your Life Would Be Better if You Did, Drawing from his experience coaching hundreds of churches toward true growth, Chris Sonksen calls on us to quit our casual, cultural commitment to church as we know it. No more half-hearted attempts to win the favor of God and other people by doing the right thing. No more doing things out of a sense of duty.

Chris has spoken to audiences around the world. His magnetic, humorous style motivates and inspires groups of all types.

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Our Partners


Michael King

Operations Director

Michael King is a passionate follower of Jesus, Husband/Dad, executive and ministry coach and handles day to day operations of Church BOOM.

For over 18 years, Michael has been involved in the local church as an executive pastor/ worship pastor, recording artist, artist manager, songwriter and worship leader. Michael brings a unique perspective as he specializes in developing systems, strategies and infrastructures while offering practical coaching to help leaders take bigger steps. Michael studied church music at North Central University in Minneapolis and has his master’s degree in Leadership and Executive Coaching from Bellevue University.

He and his wife Beth have been married for 21 years. They have three awesome kids, Chloe (13), Amelia (11) and Emerson (8). He loves taking Beth on motorcycle rides, longboarding with his kids, producing music and enjoys coaching his ministry development groups


Rob Shepherd

Content and Blog Contributor Manager

Rob Shepherd is the Lead Pastor at Next Level Church in Yorktown, VA. He is the husband to Monica Shepherd and dad to “The Spoofers,” Reese and Hayden. He is the author of two books, “Even If You Were Perfect Someone Would Crucify You,” and “You Misspelled Christian.”


CJ Johnson

Advancement Director

CJ Johnson is the Lead Pastor of Southland City Church in Minneapolis MN. Under his leadership the church hasgrown from 70 people to over 2,000 people in 7 years. Though he is known as a great communicator, his ministrysuccess is best attributed to his creative style of leadership. CJ believes church is a team sport and he is passionateabout empowering leaders and developing high performance teams. CJ also excels in the areas of vision casting,strategy development and creating a healthy culture. He is also an author and a coach, but most importantly he isthe husband of Kristin and the father of Riley, Canin, Myles & Presley.


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Dan Nalley

Dan Nalley is the founding pastor of Church of the Harvest in Sacramento and the overseer of a fellowship of churches, COTHFMC. He is real and relatable. He loves his family and is passionate about the local church and the leaders that lead it.


Jacob Jester

“Jacob is more than a pastor or evangelist, he is a communicator of Hope. For for over 15 years Jacob has crisscrossed the nation declaring the power of Gods love to tens of thousands of students and adults. Jacob is married to Kristin, and they, along with their three children, make their home in Phoenix, AZ, where Jacob is the lead pastor of Compel Church.”


Jason Hanash

Jason Hanash is the founding pastor of Discovery Church, a multi-site church in Southern California. In the five years since starting Discovery, it has become one of the fastest growing churches in America, featured in Outreach Magazine, has a total of four campuses, and is reaching 1300 people weekly. Jason is a multiplier who loves equipping and coaching people to their highest potential. Growing a church from a house to a multi-site movement, he excels in leadership development, change strategy, leadership pipelines, vision steering, church culture, and church systems


Konan Stephens

Konan’s life mission is to be a Kingdom Catalyst by encouraging, equipping and empowering others to become all that God has called them to be.

Konan currently serves as the Lead Pastor for C3 Church in Columbus Ohio that he planted in 2006. He also serves as the Founder and President of the C3 Network, which has planted 28 new churches both in the US and across the world with a vision of planting hundreds more. Konan also enjoys adventure. Whether it is mountain biking from Canada to Mexico off-road and unsupported or running a 100 mile ultra marathon. He lives life to the fullest and enjoys his relationships with his family, friends and His walk with walk Jesus.


Randy Ayres

Pastor Randy Ayres has the unique ability to help people “elevate“ their lives. Since coming to Cross Mountain Church in 2002, he has helped his congregation to “connect with God, grow in Small Groups, and serve in their community to make a difference.” Pastor Randy has served at churches in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas in both Youth Ministry and Executive Leadership. Pastor Randy is a sought-after speaker for retreats and events, including an inspirational speaker for “59 Seconds of Hope” on Air1.

Cross Mountain has grown from a small church of 50 people to a vibrant and diverse congregation with Pastor Randy following God’s leading. His leadership style has created pathways for Cross Mountain to minister to different cross sections of the communities of Leon Springs, San Antonio, and Boerne. The church has grown into a healthy congregation where lives are transformed everyday. Due to Pastor Randy’s leadership skill set and ability to hear God, Cross Mountain sits poised to see its mission become reality in the lives of those who attend. Pastor Randy has been married to his amazing wife, Kelli, for 26 years. He and Kelli have raised three boys, who passionately love the Lord, their church and sports.


Rusty Railey

Rusty Railey is a ministry veteran for over 22 years most noted for his innovative approach to ministry. Rusty serves as lead pastor to a large growing church in the Chicagoland area. He is known for his unique ability to bring the Word of God to life in ways that challenge and inspire the heart of a believer. His relevance and genuine love for others as well as his driving passion to see all experience a relationship with God appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds.