Nelson Searcy is the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church. Started in New York City in 2002, this groundbreaking church sees the majority of its growth coming from new believers and currently meets in several locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, NY, with additional locations in San Francisco, CA and Boca Raton, FL. Author of over 80 church leadership resources, including 14 best-selling books, Searcy is also an experienced teacher, coach and leadership strategist. Before starting The Journey Church, he served as the Director of the Purpose Driven Community at Saddleback Church, in Orange County, CA. He is further the founder of ChurchLeaderInsights.com, the Church Leadership Training ministry of Nelson Searcy and The Journey.
Earning a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Religious Studies from Gardner Webb University and a Masters of Divinity with Philosophy focus (M.Div.) from Duke University, Searcy’s time in academia also includes study at North Carolina State University, Southeastern Theological Seminary, Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity and Southern Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY). Nelson and his family live in Boca Raton, FL.