Next Church Planting Team

Stepping out in faith to follow God's will.

In 2014, we were seeing God’s evident work in Gospel Grace Church as God began to stir the hearts of the Brooks and Inafuku families. Something special was underway. We began to pray about the possibility of joining Plant4theGospel in a church planting effort to reach the greater Salt Lake Valley. The glory of Jesus Christ, the compelling need for gospel-preaching churches in the west, and the enormous opportunity in the SLC caused us to begin talking and praying very specifically about planting a church together.

Early in 2015 God led the leadership of GGC and Pastor Lloyd Larkin from Trinity Baptist Church in Riverton to talk about the possibility of partnering together in the southwest part of the valley for church revitalization and planting. TBC is a small but strong assembly of committed believers. Under Pastor Lloyd’s leadership TBC has been a faithful witness in Riverton for thirty years. As we continued to talk, pray, and think about a partnership, the Lord confirmed in our hearts that this partnership could yield a more effective ministry both now and into the years ahead. In December of 2016 GGC and TBC announced to both congregations that we were formally entering a gospel partnership. This partnership would not only result in the revitalization of TBC, but would also establish the work in Riverton as a church planting hub out of which we pray dozens and dozens of new churches will be planted.

As these plans were developing, other believers began to hear about the opportunity and responded to the Lord’s leading to move into the valley. God has led Dan & Kellie Kaminski and Matt & Colleen Parker to relocate to SLC to partner with the Brooks and Inafukus. We are encouraged that other individuals, couples, and families are making the move to Utah to join this gospel effort.

Our prayer and desire is to formally launch a revitalized Riverton church in the spring of 2018 that will first fulfill the Great Commission in our community and then, as God allows and provides, to become a church planting hub that serves the greater Salt Lake valley, building teams of church planters and investing our resources in communities that need a true gospel witness.

Many of us are coming from gospel-rich communities where churches sit on almost every corner, but such is not the case in Salt Lake City. “The Valley is dying for lack of the Word” is a frequently spoken description of SLC. However, God’s promise is that Jesus must be the first-born among many brothers (Romans 8:29). But at the moment there are not “many brothers” in the Valley. How can God’s promise and the status quo of SLC continue? Why shouldn’t our generation be the one to believe the promises, pray and work in light of the promises, and see the Father fulfill His promises to the Son? May it be so! Would you consider joining this effort to make disciples and establish churches?

Read more about the vision of plant4thegospel here.

Read on for our individual family profiles...

Danny & Kristen Brooks

Danny and Kristen served the Lord together at Heritage Bible Church in Greer, SC for nearly 25 years. Danny began as youth pastor in 1992 and then in 1998 became the lead preaching pastor. Ministering the Word of God, both publically and privately, is his greatest joy. He believes Jesus Christ changes everything in our lives when we truly see Him as He is. Kristen is a committed follower of Jesus, a wife, and a mom. The home is not only a place where she perfects her culinary skills, but makes a hospitable welcome for everyone who enters. In addition to the priority of caring for her family, she loves serving the church in a variety of ways from teaching ladies’ classes to serving in children’s ministry. The Brooks have four children: Luke (22), Kate (19), Hailey (17), and Seth (15). Their personal interests range from soccer and art to music and friends. Family life is complicated at the moment, with Luke & Kate remaining in SC while everyone else, including their German shepherd Bristol, has moved to Utah. But following Jesus’ leading to Salt Lake City has been one of the most joyful, rewarding, and faith-building family experiences they have known. They are excited to serve together in the revitalization effort in Riverton.

A meaningful verse of promise for us . . .
I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” (Romans 15:20-21)

Kevin & Misty Inafuku

Kevin Inafuku graduated from Bob Jones University in 2000 with a degree in Church Music and has spent the last 14 years at Harvest Baptist Church as the Minister of Music on the island of Guam. Following his graduation, he wrestled with whether God would call him back to Hawaii where he was born and raised, but God directed his steps to travel with the Steve Pettit Evangelistic Team. Traveling from 2000-2003, Kevin was able to direct the team’s music and run the children’s meetings each night. God, through His sovereignty, allowed Kevin to meet Pastor Marty Herron, the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church. Kevin was able to visit Guam and was convinced God was leading him there for that time. The islands have always been a part of his heart, and Harvest Ministries resonated with his passion to know God and to help others know Him. After seven years of service leading the worship ministry at Harvest, Kevin married Misty Herron, daughter of Pastor and Mrs. Herron.

Together, Kevin and Misty have had a huge desire to serve God in the islands and to help the people of Guam develop a heart for God through Bible study, discipleship and worship. Their four children were all born on Guam and enjoy laughing, making new friends and spending time at the beach. Over the last few years, God has been working in Kevin and Misty’s hearts to pursue church planting in Hawaii. Through prayers and many conversations God has moved in their hearts to start pursuing this burden through the church planting ministry of Plant4theGospel in SLC. They will be heading to SLC for the next several years as God provides for them and paves the way to head to Hawaii. They are excited to partner with Plant4theGospel alongside of Danny Brooks & family in a church planting effort in Riverton, UT.

A verse that I try to make define my life...
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Psalm 115:1

Daniel & Kellie Kaminski

Daniel became the youth/children's pastor at Westside Baptist Church in Eugene, Oregon in the fall of 2009. Daniel and Kellie met in early 2010 and were married later that year and continued serving at Westside until the fall of 2016. They were gifted a sweet, little girl (Kya, age 2) in May of 2015. For several years, they were seeking a ministry transition and through a visit to Gospel Grace Church's plant camp in the summer of 2015, God made it clear that they should uproot their lives in Oregon and make Utah their new home. They did so in the fall of 2016 and quickly found themselves in love with the city, its people, and the ministry here. Daniel works as a cabinetry engineer and designer in Heber City and Kellie is a photographer and cares for their daughter full-time. The Kaminskis have been soaking up the last year of teaching, fellowship, and community at GGC and are thrilled to now be part of the Riverton revitalization! 

"You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told." (Psalm 40:5)

Matt & Colleen Parker

The Parkers moved to SLC in 2017, after God perfectly led and powerfully provided for them to join the Riverton pastoral team. Matt and Colleen met at college in South Carolina, and were married in 2004. Following college and seminary, they have served the Lord in Indiana and Colorado for the last 14 years, where Matt was an Assistant Pastor, Bi-vocational Pastor, and Interim Lead Pastor. Matt’s primary gift is administration, while Colleen enjoys serving, singing, and caring for their family. In May of 2016, following many years of prayer, God blessed them with a redheaded joyful son named Timothy. The Parkers thrive on helping churches organize and grow, and they are excited to join the Brooks, Inafukus, and Kaminskis on the revitalization team in Riverton.

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you." (John 15:16)

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