After graduating from Arizona Christian University (formerly Southwestern College), Devon joined the staff of Face to Face International. While there, he served as their Outreach Director and helped plan, lead and train various short-term mission trips all over the world. It was there that he learned not only how to do short-term missions effectively, but also saw first hand the kind of impact that cross-cultural trips could have on those that went.
In the summer of 2008, Face to Face restructured. This was a tremendous blessing in disguise as God had laid out a new ministry with a broader focus for him. ACMC allowed Devon to continue his work with the local church, but instead of being able to offer assistance and training with just short-term ministry, he was now able to help in all areas of missions training and development.
While raising funds with ACMC, Devon worked with National Youth Sports where he started Finishline Sports to help young people use their gifts and passions in sport to live missional lives. Through ACMC and NYS, he was able to lead numerous short-term trips overseas; develop new missions resources; and help maintain the West Valley Missions Consortium, a network of local missions leaders.
In September of 2011, ACMC retired as a ministry. After taking a long, hard look at their ministry, the ACMC board had found that they had largely become missions mobilizers who provided information and training to church leadership. In today’s world where information is readily available at the click of the mouse, they realized that they were struggling as a ministry to have any lasting impact on the churches that they were ministering to. Additionally, their work had primarily been with churches that were ready to “do mission”. A recent study had shown that only 3% of the churches in America fit into that category and the board realized that they had, quite literally, taught them everything that they knew. These reasons not only prompted ACMC to shut its doors, but also compelled Devon and Shannon to start Finishline Ministries.
Finishline exists to engage, inspire, encourage and equip the church and its people for a life on mission. It is their desire to see the North American church become more centered on God’s missional call as its people’s lives are changed through radical abandonment to Him. Their strategy is to develop and promote a culture of discipleship that permeates the North American church by fostering a movement of disciple-makers intent on creating disciple-makers. They will seek to accomplish this by:
(1) Identifying missional believers who:
- Hold positions of influence and leadership within the local church body, and/or are strategically placed to develop grass-roots movements among His people
- Believe that discipleship is a universal calling to all believers and that it can radically change lives, cultures and nations.
- Desire to practice wholistic, incarnational discipleship
(2) Investing in their lives through discipleship that is intentional, relational and strategic by:
- Developing and sustaining new and existing missional leader networks and discipleship groups
- Providing missional experiences and opportunities that change lives (i.e. exposure trips, prayer groups, etc.)
Devon and Shannon live in Phoenix, AZ. They have 6 children.