Jackson Garrell


Jackson is our pastor on staff at Leaders Following Christ who teaches many Bible studies for LFC circles. Jackson lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife, Liz, but he can often be found traveling to preach at youth events!

Tom O'Connor


All of our circle members receive free and confidential access to one-on-one sessions with our digital Chaplain, Tom O'Connor. Tom O'Connor is an experienced Chaplain who has served in corporations, churches, higher education, and sports. Tom spent 18 years as Chaplain of the New York Mets organization, providing biblical mentoring, teaching and counseling to players, staff and personnel throughout the minor and major baseball leagues. In addition to serving as our LFC Circles Chaplain, Tom currently serves with the Mets AA affiliate in Binghamton, New York and as a Corporate Chaplain at a mid-sized marketing company.

Chelsea Nyschot

Program Director

Chelsea is the Program Director of Leaders Following Christ. She coordinates the technology and content behind the scenes so Circle leaders can simply focus on what matters most--connecting with their community. 

Kristen VanderVeen

Group Leader for Equestrians

Kristen is a professional equestrian who bases out of Florida in the winter and travels the FEI circuit in the summer. Kristen started the Equestrian Life Group in 2014 as a way to bring people in the horse industry together for a weekly meal, church message, and discussion. She is now leading the Equestrian Life Group digitally while still continuing to bring equestrians together in person at the shows she attends.