Under the Hood: Peoples Church

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Featuring Chris Beard of Peoples Church, Cincinnati

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Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 2:00pm ET

Under the Hood: Peoples Church

Get a look under the hood of healthy Reproducing Churches.

When Chris Beard became the lead pastor of Peoples Church, he was rocked by an article in the Cincinnati Enquirer titled, “A City Divided by Race,” and convinced by the Holy Spirit that God’s will is for churches to look like heaven on earth, Chris and the church staff began to pray that God would help them reach this vision.

The church grew from a 98% white commuter church into a church that is approximately 25% African American and 25% International. The staff, board and leadership teams are racially diverse and are continuing to learn what it means to be a reconciling church. In 2012, the church voted to change the name of the church to Peoples Church. A name that reflects the thirty plus nationalities worshipping and working together in God’s mosaic. Everything we do, and all that we are, is moving us toward a greater understanding of God’s purpose; to be one reconciled church, a church that worships and prays together, a church which is racially and generationally rich, a church who loves God and all peoples wholeheartedly, and passionately contributes to growing God’s kingdom.

Peoples Church works to plant, or directly assist, at least one church start-up annually, and has done so since its earliest years. My heart since my youth has also pulsed with purpose for multiplying kingdom leaders and reproducing gospel-centered churches.

After the Mueller family relocated to New Jersey in late 2007, the church went through a period of soul-searching. Convinced that their presence in the Lakeway area was as vital as ever, they invited Pastor Pete Mueller of Ellisville, MO, to re-launch their mission effort. In the spring of 2009, shortly after Pete’s move to Texas, the church took a deep breath of faith and purchased a recently-constructed commercial building on Ranch Road 620 in Lakeway to serve as the headquarters for their growing ministry. ACTS Church Lakeway was launched in the summer of 2009, and the congregation intentionally began living out the values of Adventure, Community, Transformation, and Sending.

Featured Guest

Chris Beard

Lead Pastor, Peoples Church Cincinnati

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Featured Guest

Chris Beard

Chris and his wife Jan, of 32 years, servant-lead Peoples Church Cincinnati — a century-old, Assemblies of God-affiliated, multi-ethnic, multicultural, multi-economic and generationally rich expression of Jesus' Bride. They co-lead Peoples Church Network with eight other founding elders. They enjoy three young adult children, serve as leaders in the Ohio Ministry Network of the AG, and share life and ministry with an amazing staff and board in the Uptown neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio.


bill couchenour

Bill has a fervent desire to see Gospel saturation locally, regionally, and throughout the US. He has served churches across the country for over 30 years. As Director of Learning Communities at Exponential, he provides strategic and operational oversight of Exponential’s R&D and expanding educational opportunities. He facilitates the Exponential Learning Communities that have included Future Travelers and Radical Multisite and, currently, Multipliers: Leading Beyond Addition. He also serves network and denominational leaders of church planting movements with the Exponential resources. Bill also serves as a Governing Elder and Board Member at the Underground Network, a network of micro-churches around the world that is based in Tampa, FL. He has also served in leadership for several other organizations including; Youth for Christ, Heartland Christian School, and BeTheChangeProject, and cofounded the Cornerstone Knowledge Network. Bill is married to Pam, and they have four adult children and three grandchildren. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and an MBA from The University of Tampa.

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“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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