Kent SparksExecutive Pastor at Cross Timbers Community Church
Kent currently serves as the Executive Pastor at Cross Timbers Community Church in Argyle, Texas. He has been on staff at Cross Timbers for 15 years. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Responsive Education Solutions, a Charter School organization with 20,000 students on 70 campuses, 2,300 staff and an annual budget of $200 million.
Kent grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Northeastern State University, where he played basketball, and graduated with a degree in Business Administration. After graduation, he founded a construction company in Tulsa, Oklahoma specializing in insurance restoration and disaster recovery working with all major insurance carriers.
The Sparks family eventually relocated to the Dallas area to attend Dallas Theological Seminary where Kent received his Master’s degree. Kent married his high school sweetheart, Lori, and they have five children: Alex and wife Kelly, Lauren, Nicolas and wife Jacie, Benjamin and Lilly.
Mark AshcraftSenior Architectural Project Manager at Parkhill
Mark Ashcraft is a Senior Architectural Project Manager in Parkhill’s Community Sector, leading design for faith-based projects. During his 21-year career, Mark has cultivated his belief in a collaborative approach to design focused on delivering a project’s successful completion with design excellence. He is passionate about sharing the strategic thinking behind design, how it shapes the user experience and the importance of being mission driven in those efforts. Coupled with his passion for creating spaces to connect people together, Mark quickly discerns the client’s needs and transforms them into conceptual designs for inspiring and impactful spaces consistent with the Owner’s intended vision and desired impact.
Nick CooperPastor & Client Manager at Parkhill
Nick Cooper works exclusively leading faith-based projects for Parkhill. His unique 17-year history in vocational ministry and background in construction gives a unique approach to our church sector. He has a tremendous understanding of church dynamics and a drive to affect the church for tomorrow’s generation. With his unique perspective, Nick has taken a proven healthcare industry project design delivery method and made it his own. His innovation has been influential in modifying this system to be used specifically for delivering projects on time while protecting resources for church building projects. This new system has withstood the test of the global pandemic, solidifying its value to the industry.
Building Committees…Oops, I Did It Again! Choosing the Right Team
Oops! Our church building project went nowhere…again. When church building projects end with nothing realized, it leads to hurt feelings, wasted resources, and confused congregations. So, what goes wrong?
The most impactful way for a church to influence the success of a project is through the leadership of the building team. But who should be on this team? How should they relate, react and respond with each other—with both internal and external stakeholders?
Join us to learn practical solutions when forming your building team and best practices to shepherd a project forward as we examine “The Top 10 Ways to Kill A Building Project.”
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– How to develop an effective building team
– Best practices to deliver a successful building project with Kingdom impact