We believe the renewal we all long for in this life, and thus the world at large, flows from the table Jesus set before us. It’s for this reason we exist as a nonprofit in two forms. First, as a platform that provides training and tools to anyone who longs for everyone to know the freedom and family found at the table Jesus prepared. Then, as a people, a tribe for those who love the comradery found in working with others to see a table of grace and belonging on every street.
Since our start in an old Chicago apartment in the Winter of 2014, this has been our story. Seeing church families form and multiply in various places across the US, has been the natural result.
FOUNDER / DIRECTOR
Russ founded the Table Network in 2014 and is responsible for direction, partnership development, and our Leadership team. Prior to TN, Russ spent 15 years planting and pastoring churches in Asheville and Chicago. Today he lives in Fort Myers, FL with his wife and three kids.
Gino came to the Table Network as an experienced coach with various networks and serves today as one of our Cohort leaders. Today he is leading a new church family in Philly (The Table Philadelphia), runs a business, is husband to Jill, and father of four incredible kids.
DR. SEAN BENESH
Sean joined the Table Network team in 2017, and serves as the leader for our Intrepid Cohorts...an arm of Table Network focussed on Church Planting through business/economic Development. Sean is a husband, father of three teenagers, and also works as a professor and writer in Portland, OR.
Eddie came into the Table Network in its first year, bringing with him experience in the world of brand/story marketing. Outside of the Table Network, Eddie works as a manager for various artists as well as an Accounts Manager for Apple. He is a husband and father of 4 who resides in Chicago.
COHORTS / RESOURCES
Tony came to the Table Network with ten years experience pastoring in large church settings. He is responsible for empowering Cohorts and resource development. Today he lives in the Chicagoland area with his wife and four kids, leads a new church family, and works for Sawdust - a creative agency.
Matt joined the Table Network early in its inception and serves today as one of our Cohort leaders. Matt spent a few years prior to joining TN catalyzing church planting movements in S. Asia. Today he lives in Portland, OR where he is planting a new church with his wife, Andrea, and their three boys.
Jill is the perfect fit for Table Network. She has experience in directing operations for businesses and non-profits (not to mention a household!). She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Gino, and their four children (Ella, Selah, Tim, and Nate) and is a leader of the Table Philadelphia.
SOCIAL MEDIA + COMMUNICATIONS
Alec is a communications major in Chicago and helps lead social media efforts for the Table Network as an intern. He and his wife, Jenny, are part of Communitas in Chicagoland.
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE AS A NETWORK?
As a network we hold to the Scriptures as God's inspired word to us, and to the doctrines expressed through them as outlined in the Apostle's Creed and the Five Solas.
WHAT DO YOU VALUE AS A NETWORK?
FREEDOM: The “finished” work of Jesus needs nothing else. In Him we are free to rest as we learn to wait, watch, and walk in the fruit He bears.
FAMILY: The “church” is who we are in Jesus, not somewhere we go. Believing this frees us to love and disciple others to love and disciple others.
IS TABLE NETWORK PART OF A DENOMINATION?
No. We do partner with some denominations such as the Missionary Church Inc., and with the Christian & Missionary Alliance, Southern Baptist Convention, Presbyterian Church USA, and many others. However, we are not a denomination, nor does someone need to belong to one to be part of the network.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PART OF THE TABLE NETWORK?
PARTICIPATING IN THE FAMILY - Ministry is simple, but it’s by no means easy. Which is why at the core of belonging to the Table Network is a community of like minded people committed to coaching and caring for one another.
GIVING TO THE FAMILY - We can do far more together than we can do alone. To that end every Table expression or leader forming new ones gives monthly to the collective mission we are pursuing together. No specific %’s required, just generosity.
LEADING NEW FAMILIES - To see the gospel spread and the Church increase through the multiplication of disciples and kingdom business adventures, every leader in the Table Network lives as a missionary and trainer of future missionaries.
IS TABLE NETWORK A LICENSED NOT-FOR-PROFIT MINISTRY?
Yes, all donations to the network are tax-deductible, and through ministry partnerships we are able to provide partnered church families with a non-profit covering if needed.
HOW DOES TABLE NETWORK DIFFER FROM OTHER CHURCH-PLANTING NETWORKS?
We see the need for new churches, but we believe Scripture reveals church families form out of the harvest through discipleship rather than a congregation being planted to invite outsiders into. We believe this happens most often under the leadership of everyday people.