The Table Network began in an old Chicago apartment in the Winter of 2014. At the core was a love for the 70-80% of society that is uninterested in any form of the church, and a vision for a growing tribe of people who are extending the freedom and family of Jesus to them – one table at a time.
As Russ was helping other like-minded people grab onto another way, more people joined in from other cities. There the mission of the network became clear: Helping everyday people live as missionaries among those uninterested in the church by providing the training and tools necessary to find rest, slow down, and invite others into tables of grace and belonging. Church families forming and multiplying have been the natural result.
Russ founded the Table Network in early 2014 and is responsible for setting direction, working with our trainers/coaches, and empowering partnership development. Prior to leading the network, Russ spent 15 years planting and pastoring churches in Asheville and Chicago. Today he lives in Fort Myers, FL with his wife, Christa, and their three kids.
NE REGIONAL COACH
Gino came to the Table Network as an experienced coach with various networks and is responsible for organizing direction and empowering Cohorts/coaching. 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 is responsible for Resource Development and Intrepid...an arm of Table Network focussed on Church Planting & Economic Development in under-resourced areas. Sean is a husband, father of three teenagers, and also works as a professor and writer.
Eddie came into the Table Network in its first year, bringing with him a new ministry he leads in the Table family known as Folklore. Outside of the Table Network, Eddie works as an Accounts Manager for Apple. He is a husband, father of 3, and is committed to making disciples in Chicago.
MW REGIONAL COACH
Tony came to the Table Network with ten years experience pastoring in large contemporary church settings. He is responsible for guiding direction and empowering Table Labs & training. Today he lives in the Chicagoland area with his wife, Pam, and their four kids where he helps lead a regional church called Communitas and works for Sawdust, a creative agency.
WC REGIONAL COACH
Matt joined the Table Network early in its inception and is responsible for managing direction and empowering Forums/networking. Matt spent a few years prior to joining TTN catalyzing church planting movements in S. Asia. Today he lives in Portland, OR where he is planting a new church family known as Sojourn 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.