Ed Underwood has been one of our most popular speakers for years. He’s spoken at our Family Conferences, Men’s Conferences, Pastors Conferences, and mentored many of our leaders. His biblically accurate but lively teaching style is only superseded by the ways Ed and Judy engage with the people attending the conference.
Ed Underwood served as Lead Pastor of our historic church for 21 years. When he and Judy arrived in 1996, we were on life support. His consistent and bold leadership, warm teaching, and insistence that we become a community of grace focusing upon layered discipleship turned us around. He kept encouraging us that if we had faith we could move from mere survival to significance in the Kingdom of God. We’ve been a healthy and thriving local church for over a decade.
Our Trueface team couldn’t be more excited about Ed Underwood’s role in RecenteredGroup. In many ways Ed’s leadership in moving the historic Church of the Open Door from brokenness to healing was a laboratory for the truths we hold dear.
Ed’s a gifted communicator and an effective leader and disciplemaker. Prior to serving for over 20 years at Church of the Open Door, Ed planted a church in Oregon and pastored a church in the Midwest. His passion for healthy leadership teams, gifts and experience in teaching and shepherding, and grasp of the power of grace and love in community bring authenticity, gentleness, and effectual guidance to shepherds and their flocks.
-Dr. Bruce McNicol, Bill Thrall, and John Lynch, bestselling authors of The Cure, The Ascent of a Leader, The Cure & Parents, Bo’s Café, and Behind The Mask
As chairperson of the Kilns College board of directors, and board member of Shepherd’s House Ministries in Bend, Oregon, I had the privilege of working with Ed Underwood, organizing a three-day weekend leadership workshop which he led this past July. We had 27 participants representing board and staff from Kilns College, Antioch Church, and Shepherd’s House Ministries (which also included men and women resident leaders from residential programs for the homeless). The workshop focus was on connecting our leadership teams with Jesus’ priorities, with lecture, powerpoint, Q&A, and small group formats. Over the course of the 14-hour workshop, participants learned about the central importance of the two great commandments, and how love for one another was critical to successful Christian leadership within a culture of grace and trust, while pursuing God’s will and destiny for the mission/ministry of the organization. Ed was very skillful in teaching and leading the group, sharing many personal and professional stories, collected overyears of teaching, writing, ministry, firefighting, and military duty. Group response was very positive, and we enthusiastically endorse Ed and his continuing ministry and mentoring for Christian leaders in churches and non-profit organizations.
— Randall Jacobs, MD, Chairperson, Kilns College.
“Ed’s passion for the truth, his practical teaching style, and his transparency create a strong connection with today’s students. He is one of our most highly rated instructors.”
— Dave Duff, Executive Director, Ecola Bible School
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