Elders Council 

Oversees execution of vision and mission of FiveStone Churches 

Gordon Zwirkoski

Gordon Zwirkoski, founder and director of FiveStone Churches, focuses on planting and growing life-giving local churches that make disciples of Jesus Christ. He is devoted to helping pastors and elders and other leaders in their work. Before founding FiveStone Churches in 2010, he invested 20 years as a teacher and elder for dozens of churches in the U.S. and in Canada.

Gordon created a spiritually focused and pragmatically sound church plant manual that serves as a template for church planting at FiveStone Churches. He serves as an elder and teacher-coach to FiveStone church plants and works with FiveStone partner churches.

Gordon left a corporate career in 2001 to co-found Harvest Bible Fellowship. He created and organized residency programs for new senior pastors. He initiated and developed Harvest University, an annual church leadership conference. Each year at that conference, he led the Elder Topics track, focusing on building practical shepherding skills through role plays and case studies to challenge elders to see their work through the grid of the Scriptures.

In addition to church planting and strengthening, Gordon's ongoing ministry includes elder strengthening and planning retreats focused on biblical, practical understanding of shepherding the local church. Gordon's wife, Joyce, joins in many of these retreats to shepherd and teach the wives of elders. Gordon has created systems for church planter assessment and ministry leaders assessment, as well as systems for assessing and building church health.

He and Joyce have four grown children—Jason, Matthew, Rachel and Sarah—and Gordon loves his family. He enjoys motorcycling, camping, landscaping, reading and spending time with family and friends. He has masters degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill., and from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He has a bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones is the senior pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Brian is passionate about studying the Scriptures and helping people understand and apply them to their lives. He began serving as assistant pastor at Calvary in 2007 and became senior pastor early in 2010.

Prior to coming to Calvary, Brian was teaching pastor at Wellspring Chapel in DeKalb, Ill. He previously had served as a senior pastor, interim pastor and a seminary staff member in other ministries. He has taught courses on both the college and seminary levels.

Brian has a doctor of ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he studied preaching under Haddon Robinson. He has master of divinity and master of theology degrees from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary.

Brian is married to Suzanne, a General Surgeon and vein care specialist at Michigan Vein Care Specialists in Ann Arbor. They have three children—Jeffrey, Hannah and Daniel. Brian enjoys NFL football, especially the Detroit Lions, and likes to travel, read and jog.

You can learn more about Brian and contact him through his website: http://brianjones.org, or you can follow him on Twitter: http://twitter.com/jonesay


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Ty Gooch

Ty Goochthe first planter for FiveStone Churches—is the senior pastor of Fellowship Life Bible Church in Gilberts, Ill. He has been in full-time ministry since 1999. Prior to planting Fellowship Life, he was an associate pastor at Park Community Church in Chicago. Prior to that, he was an associate pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in Elgin, Ill.

Ty's ministry passion is to bring God’s word to bear upon the lives of God’s people. His heart is stirred to serve with people in the Gilberts community who are looking for a local church that is biblically grounded, Christ-centered, healthy, and vibrant.

As a former Big Ten football player at Northwestern University and after playing on two  championship teams, Ty frequently speaks at events for the Greater Chicagoland Area Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 

He grew up in the western Chicago suburb of Naperville and and has a master of divinity degree from Moody Theological Seminary. Ty is finishing a doctor of ministry degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Ty and his wife, Renee, have two daughters; Susannah and Annalyse.

Here are links to the original news item and blog article about Ty Gooch's work with FiveStone Churches.