Who We Are

Brian2President: Brian Owen

Brian is the college-age ministry pastor at New Vision in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is married to Katy and they have one daughter, Clare. When he began working with college students he quickly realized that resources and support were minimum for college ministers. This consequently led to his leadership over CollegeLeader. He became president of CollegeLeader in 2012. His passion is to equip ministries that serve college-age people with the resources and support they need. He loves to create and partner with others who have a desire to see the church address this relatively new age stage. He provides oversight, leads trainings and blogs regularly for CollegeLeader.

Twitter: BrianMOwen
Facebook: Brian Owen


blog picFounder: Chuck Bomar

Chuck started a college ministry from scratch in 1999 at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, Ca. and as his ministry grew he began looking for resources to help guide him. But it didn’t take long to realize there weren’t many available. So as he went along, learning valuable lessons and putting together some resources for church-based college ministry leaders, Chuck founded CollegeLeader in 2005. In 2008 he planted and is currently pastor of Colossae Church in Portland, OR. He is also Founder/President of a 501c3 organization called iampeople.org. He and his wife Barbara have three daughters: Karis, Hope and Sayla.

Chuck has published over 50 articles for publications such as USA Today, RELEVANT, NEUE, YouthWorker Journal, Journal of Student Ministries, Group Magazine, College Life, etc.

Chuck blogs regularly on college ministry issues at CollegeMinistryThoughts.com and also on church planting and other things at ChuckBomar.com. He is a writer for ReThink and is Creative Director of XP3College – a mentor/small group resource helping leaders cultivate relationships between older adults and college age people. He also serves as a board member for Compassion Connect.

He is a columnist for YouthWorker Journal, writing on Campus Ministry issues and is a guest blogger for Orange Leaders.

Chuck is also author of 6 books, including:

Better Off Without Jesus

Worlds Apart: Understanding the Mindset and Values of 18-25 Year Olds

College Ministry 101: a guide to working with 18-25 year olds

The Slow Fade: Why You Matter in the Story of Twentysomethings

College Ministry From Scratch: A Practical Guide to Starting and Sustaining a Successful College Ministry

99 Thoughts for College Age People



Social/Media Director: Michael McEwen

Michael McEwen is the content editor for a North Carolina state paper in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is married to Jade and they have an amazing son, Garland. He graduated with two Masters degrees from Southeastern and he is currently working on a Ph.D. in Old Testament. In his teachings and writings, Michael tries to instill in college students the importance of holistic formation. He believes that the gospel should saturate every arena of life.

He is also the author of our CollegeLeader small group series, How to Read the Bible.

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We also have a few other people who contribute in various ways. Some of these people are:

photoThomas West

Thomas was born in Montgomery, Alabama. He attended Auburn University where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Business Administration. He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011 with a Masters of Divinity. Thomas married his high school and college sweetheart, Elizabeth, in 2009 and later that year they joined Providence Baptist Church where he currently serves as the Pastor of College and Equipping Family. Thomas is working on a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Southeastern Seminary.

You can connect with him here:



gracieblackwhiteAbbie Sprunger (Smith)

Web/Blog: unsteadysaint.com

Abbie is a graduate of Emory University (Religion, ’03) and Talbot Seminary (Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, ’09). She’s the author of “Can You Keep Your Faith in College” (Multnomah, 06), The Slow Fade (Cook, 10) and “Celibate Sex: Musings on Being Loved, Single, Twisted and Holy” (Navpress, 13), which gives $1 of every sale to fight sex trafficking. Abbie resides in a transitional neighborhood of Savannah, Georgia with her husband, Micah and their daughter, Elliana.


JoshQuadeJosh Quade
Josh has served as the College Age Minister at College Heights Christian Church in Joplin, MO since 1999. He graduated from Ozark Christian College in 2004 with a Bachelors in Biblical Literature and will graduate with a Masters of Organizational Leadership from Lincoln Christian Seminary in the summer of 2014. He has a beautiful wife and four amazing children. He desires to see college age fully prepared for what is next in their life: the future careers, families, involvement in the body of Christ, and a relationship with Jesus. Plus he thinks college age students are just really fun.




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