Does loving your neighbor mean you have to love your neighborhood? For the church to enter into the full work of following Jesus, we believe place matters.
In this episode, we are talking to our good friends, colleagues, and clients – Dave Burger and Peter Hough. Peter and Dave are two congregational leaders in Alton, IL – a small, post-industrial, river town. Peter and Dave are the city catalysts who have been working with FCS to lead a City Shapers cohort in Alton. These guys exhibit so many of the qualities for what it means to personally love your neighbor but to also invite your congregations to love your neighborhood.
Listen in as one of our Lead Consultants, David Park, talks to Peter and Dave about the necessity, challenges, and possibilities of being a place-based church.
David Park, Lead Trainer and Consultant
David Park is a Lead Trainer and Consultant with The Lupton Center. David comes to FCS with over a decade of experience as a local church pastor in a community development setting where he collaborated with and advised many nonprofit organizations to impact local communities. David also brings a variety of experience to this work as an entrepreneur, creative, and affordable housing advocate and investor. As a member of FCS’s Training and Consulting Team, David brings a unique blend of strategic thinking, facilitating, and compassion to the work of community building. He loves being a part of a diverse team that practices and seeks to grow personal and collective wholeness.
Peter Hough, Lead Pastor at The Alton Mission
Peter Hough is a native of Kansas City, MO, who met his wife, Stephanie, at Truman State University. He received his MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. After eight years in the Los Angeles area, the Houghs moved to Alton, IL, in the summer of 2010 so that Peter could serve as Associate Pastor at Emmanuel Free Methodist Church. Peter then became lead pastor of The Alton Mission when it was launched by Emmanuel in 2011.
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