Lee Kricher is the founder of Future Forward Churches, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with a mission “to inspire and equip the Church to fully engage the next generation.” The principles on which Future Forward Churches is based are found in his book, For a New Generation: A Practical Guide for Revitalizing Your Church, which was published by Harper Collins in 2016.
Prior to his current role with Future Forward Churches, Lee served as the Senior Pastor of Amplify Church for fifteen years, a non-denominational church in Pittsburgh. Under his leadership, the church was transformed from an aging, dying church into a multi-generational church with an average age that matches the average age of the communities served by the church.
Lee learned proven Change Leadership principles while serving as Regional Vice President for Linkage, Inc., an international leadership development and consulting firm specializing in Change Leadership, and while serving as Vice President of Leadership Development for Development Dimensions International (DDI), a world class leadership development firm based in Pittsburgh that serves clients across more than 90 countries.
Lee’s articles have been published in Church Revitalizer Magazine, Church Growth Magazine and Charisma Leaders. He has presented at numerous conferences including the RENOVATE Church Revitalization Conference, the North Point Community Church DRIVE Conference, the HR Champions Conference, the High-Performance Workplace Colloquium (Penn State University Doctoral Program), and the OD Network International Conference.
Lee is a certified StrengthsFinder
Linda Kricher, Ph.D.
Dr. Linda Kricher is the co-founder of Future Forward Churches. She was integrally involved with the transformation of Amplify Church from an aging, dying church to a growing multi-generation church. Linda Kricher is a Human Resource Executive who has successfully implemented Organizational Change, Succession Management and Leadership Development strategies in a number of organizations. Linda has extensive experience as an Executive Coach for business, not-for-profit and church leaders.
In addition to her work as a coach with Future Forward Churches, Linda currently serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Net Health, a rapidly growing, Pittsburgh-based Health Care Technology Firm. In this role, she has elevated the impact of the human resource function into strategic partnership with Net Health business leaders, serving as an Executive Coach to Executive Leadership Team (ELT) members and a mentor to her human resource team members.
Before joining Net Health, Linda was Vice President of Human Resources for McKesson Corporation, where she led a team of 60 HR professionals serving 5,000 employees. She was co-winner of the 2016 HR.COM Best Use of Team Building Award for the Leaders in Action Program. She has conducted Leadership and Coaching Workshops for leaders in several countries including the United States, Germany, India, Uganda and Haiti.
Linda earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Regent University and a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development from Penn State University. She is also a graduate of Duquesne University’s Professional Coach Certification Program. Linda has earned Gallup StrengthsFinder, DDI, Hogan, HBDI, M_CODE and International Coach Federation’s certifications.
Dr. Jay Passavant
Dr. Jay Passavant is the Founding Pastor of North Way Christian Community in Wexford, Pennsylvania. During his tenure as Senior Pastor, North Way emerged as one of the most influential churches in the Northeast U.S., growing from a handful of people in 1981 to a church of over 4,000 members across multiple campuses. Dr. Passavant’s commitment to equipping pastors became evident when he opened a fully accredited seminary extension campus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His commitment to make a difference in the city was demonstrated when he developed a partnership with a school district in the city of Pittsburgh to address the needs of inner city school children.
After leading North Way for over three decades, Jay initiated a thorough succession planning process that resulted in a leadership transition to his successor in 2013. Dr. Passavant’s model for succession planning is documented in his book, Seamless Succession. Based on his experience at North Way, the book covers principles that churches can implement in a season of leadership transition—principles that allow a church to actually grow healthier in the midst of major leadership change.
In his earlier years, Jay served as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps. He was ordained in the United Presbyterian Church in 1974 and served in youth ministry in the PCUSA for seven years. Dr. Jay holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington & Lee University and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary. He received and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Grove City College in 2010. Given his extensive experience, it is no surprise that Jay has helped church leaders across traditions with the strategic planning and implementation of major leadership transitions.