Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is a small group of men, all of whom are members of Sovereign Grace churches. These men do not occupy any special “office,” but are recognized as having broad leadership gifting in particular areas. The men on the Leadership Team perform tasks that will serve all Sovereign Grace churches, such as leadership in mission, pastoral training, and administrative functions.

Sovereign Grace churches delegate authority to the men on the Leadership Team for the following purposes:


  • In cooperation with the Regional Assemblies, to train church planters and coordinate the planting of new churches.
  • In cooperation with Regional Leaders, to coordinate the care of Sovereign Grace pastors and churches.
  • In cooperation with the Regions, to facilitate and administrate international missions.
  • In cooperation with the Regions, to identify, investigate, approve, and facilitate all church adoptions.

Doctrine and Values

  • To provide leadership, theological instruction, and pastoral care to the Sovereign Grace Pastors College.
  • To provide continuing theological and pastoral instruction to Sovereign Grace pastors.
  • To develop and maintain Sovereign Grace Ordination Standards and Examinations.
  • In conjunction with the Council of Elders, to steward the Sovereign Grace Statement of Faith.


  • To develop resources for ministry within Sovereign Grace.
  • To plan and execute Sovereign Grace conferences.
  • To coordinate activity and ministry between Regions.
  • To communicate on behalf of Sovereign Grace to the broader world.
  • To facilitate communication and cooperation among the churches and leaders within Sovereign Grace.
  • Under the oversight of the Executive Committee, to administrate the collection and distribution of Sovereign Grace financial resources.
  • To spearhead fundraising.

For more details about Sovereign Grace’s leadership and governance structures, see our Book of Church Order. You can also read individual profile pages for Mark Prater, Mickey Connolly, Tommy Hill, Bob Kauflin, Ian McConnell, Jeff Purswell, and Rich Richardson.

Letter from Mark Prater on dismissed 2012 civil lawsuit from Oct 9, 2014
A Response to Allegations Against Sovereign Grace Churches from February 13, 2018
Chinese Translation