Church Planting Catalysts

  • Chicago

    Eric Rivera     |     847-260-8173     |

    Eric is the Lead Pastor at The Brook, a multiethnic church in Chicago that he and his team planted in 2013. Eric is passionate for urban pastoral ministry and seeing God raise gospel-centered leaders. He has a B.A. in Bible Theology from Moody Bible Institute, M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology at Trinity. He is the author of Christ is Yours: The Assurance of Salvation in the Puritan Theology of William Gouge (Lexham Press: 2019), a contributor to Christianity Today, and adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute. He married his wife Erikah in 2003 and together are parents to three children. In addition to serving at The Brook, Eric and Erikah are on the national speaker team for FamilyLife’s Weekend To Remember marriage getaways and are contributors to FamilyLife's The Art of Parenting video series.

  • Detroit

    Mike Hanafee     |     |     313-819-0150

    Mike serves as the GLD church planting catalyst in Michigan. He pastors Restore Church in central Detroit, a church he planted in 2012 and from where he hosts a church planting residency. Restore Church helped plant Cornerstone Church in Detroit and is currently hosting a second church planting resident. Mike's desire is to get more churches into planting new churches and to help train new church planters. Mike came to Christ in the Marines where he served as an Infantry Officer. At last count he and his wife Susan have 6 children. Mike looks for any opportunity to deer hunt and is a chronic Tigers, Red Wings, Lions, & Wolverines fan. 

  • Indianapolis

    Luis Martinez     |     |     515-708-4000

    The Puerto Rican from New York City meets Susan, the Swedish/English gal from Lee, Mass. and they got married in England while Luis was serving in the Air Force during the Viet Nam War. You can understand why God called them to Multi-ethnic ministries in the EFCA.  Luis & Susan have served (since 1979) in five churches in California, on National EFCA Teams (Hispanic, Diversity) and as Multi-Ethnic Director for the Central District (2007-June 2014). Since he has a “green card” signed by President Bill Hamel, he has the joy of serving in the Great Lakes District as Church Planting Catalyst.   Luis and Susan look forward to building relationship with the 15 churches and church plants in the Indy area.  He has a vision to plant other ethnic ministries and equipped pastors and leaders in their ministries.