Nathan is the founder and the director of SEEDnet. During his years as the youth pastor at Ashland GBC in Ohio, the Lord led Nathan and some teens to a low-income apartment complex in Ashland to do "church" with the many kids wandering around. Through that, Nathan then gathered adults for a Bible study, which was the beginning of EastGate Bible Church, Nathan's first church plant in 2006. Since then, Nathan has felt passionate about planting and multiplying churches in low-income, (S.E.E.D.) oppressed areas. Nathan is also deliberate about building strong men. He invests his strength into the men around him, as they care for each other with strong affection, protection, accountability, all while spurring each other towards Christ. Nathan and his wife, Jena, have three crazy boys, and live in rural Ashland with their dogs, sheep, chickens, goats, and horse.
Andy Shank has been planting churches with SEEDnet since 2008. Before his days planting churches among the "least of these," Andy lived in the apartment complex in Ashland, Ohio, where Pastor Nathan planted his first church. Andy surrendered his life to Christ on April 15th, 2007, and God immediately called him to ministry. Since then, Andy has been planting churches with SEEDnet, specifically with the "street" people. He targets S.E.E.D. areas that are in the city, and these areas are usually apartment complexes, or "projects." Andy is currently planting, supporting, or coaching, multiple church plants from Ashland, Ohio to Oakland, California. Andy lives with his beautiful wife Kim, and his two children, in Ashland, Ohio.
Any church planter will tell you that for every Paul, there is a need for a Timothy. Larry joined SEEDnet as an apprentice to Andy Shank in 2014. He is the newest staff member of SEEDnet, and is currently serving in church plants in Mansfield and Ashland. Larry has an educational background from Ashland Christian School, and this has served as an excellent springboard into ministry. His first experience in ministry came when he was fifteen and became a member of Child Evangelism Fellowship. He spent two years receiving training on how to share the Gospel with children of all ages. Larry also spent a year as a youth pastor in Bluffton, Ohio. Larry currently lives with his family in rural Ashland County.
Kimberly serves provides part-time administrative support to staff members and is also married to Pastor Andy Shank.
Rebecca serves as the Southeast ambassador with church plants in Tennessee and North Carolina. She describes herself as an Appalachian mountain woman and lover of Jesus and the great outdoors. She joined the team in 2017 and participates in both rural and urban church plants. Prior to joining SEEDnet, she served on staff and volunteer ministry in her prior home churches. She is passionate about developing authentic connections, leadership, team building, and pie. She lives in Maryville, Tennessee with her husband and four children.
West Coast Ambassador
Ross is a house church planter and church planting coach in the San Francisco Bay area. A missionary for nearly twenty years, he has worked as a consultant and speaker on the effects of postmodernism on the European church. Ross leads church plants in California. He has been married nearly 37 years to his wife Margi. He has three children and four grandchildren.