I’m excited to introduce our church to Lane Sebring, our incoming executive director, along with his wife Rachel and their two – soon to be three – beautiful little girls. Lane has been on staff at a large church in the Washington, DC area for the past ten years serving in various roles during that time. Most recently Lane has been the church’s associate pastor, overseeing staff leadership, strategic planning, and serving on the preaching team.
When we began the search in late-February for who would take over for Scott Taylor in this role, I knew we needed someone who loved OneLife Church. I’ve known Lane for most of the past 10 years he’s been in the DC area, and I had seen his ministry and influence grow. So it wasn’t too surprising that just one look at his resume with its creativity and insane attention to detail told me just about everything I needed to know! But even more than me seeing Lane’s ministry and influence grow, he had been watching OneLife’s ministry and influence grow. As we began countless phone conversations in March and April, I was constantly amazed at how much he knew about where we’ve been and where we are going.
“Do you have my sermons on autorepeat in your sleep?!” I asked him at one point.
“No,” he answered. “I’m probably just the biggest OneLife fan-boy there is!”
So in early May Lane came and spent several days visiting Knoxville, our two campuses, and our awesome staff. Late on the second night after a pretty grueling interview schedule it was obvious that he was much more than a fan of our church. It seemed obvious that he is going to play a key part in taking OneLife to the next level.
As we prepare to launch a third campus, Lane will be helping develop and lead a central team that will resource all of our campuses while also providing oversight and improvement to our day-to-day operations with a goal of launching a fourth campus soon after. On top of that, he may one day be sent out as a church planter further fueling our mission to multiply. An undergraduate degree in Communications and Business, Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry, and ten years of ministry aren’t just credentials he brings with him, but experience we will all benefit from.
The Sebring family moves to Knoxville on July 16, but don’t wait until then to get to know them! Check out Lane’s book on Amazon, his blog, Facebook, and Twitter, and help me welcome them to the OneLife family!