MEET THE TEAM

The longer you look into the face of Jesus, the more you will want to follow Him and serve Him in this broken world. That is, of course, if it’s the real face of Jesus you’re staring into. At RecenteredGroup we seek to live in relationship with those who fix their eyes on the merciful, grace-filled, loving face of the real Jesus. This invites us into trusting, deep, authentic, and redemptive relationship with Jesus and one another. We’re passionate about helping church leaders and faith communities heal by grace, through love, to realize their destiny in Christ Jesus.

 

 

ED UNDERWOOD

PRESIDENT & LEAD CONSULTANT

In his career as a pastor, culminating  with turning around the historic Church of the Openen Door, Ed merged his leadership experience as an Army Officer and fireman with his passion for authentic church to help leaders and communities heal from wounds and toxicity that cripple vision and impede sustaining success. He recognized that the problem was drifting from Jesus’ priorities of loving one another and making disciples (The Great Commandment and the Great Commission). The main barrier was that both leaders and their followers felt unsafe and didn’t have the tools to restore trust and move forward into their mutually dependent destiny in Christ Jesus.
One young leader sitting under Ed’s mentorship remarked, “He knows the practical stuff, has a thousand stories to tell, but insists upon viewing leadership as living out of who we are in Christ in webs of loving relationships.”

Ed has authored four books, numerous journal and website articles, and he travels extensively, preaching, teaching, and equipping leaders, leadership teams, mission organizations and chruches. Ed and Judy have three grown children and nine grandchildren.

Contact Ed at: ed@recenteredgroup.com

 

 

KEVIN BUTCHER

Lead Consultant

Kevin Butcher led a church that brought deep healing to one of the most hopeless neighborhoods in Detroit. His story is the disenchanted raised in church story–desperately wanting to please Christ, but living in a shame and guilt, do-better, work-harder for Jesus environment. God met him in his pain, overwhelming him with His love and grace. Over the last twenty-five years, Kevin has journeyed toward a deeper understanding of that healing love, a love that he shares with everyone whom he meets because it is that love that saved his life and brought him home. His first book, Choose and Choose Again, encourages believers to take that brave step back toward God’s love. He speaks and consults extensively, encouraging pastors, leaders, and churches to embrace love as the transformative power of God in Christ. Kevina and  Carla have three grown daughters, and three grandchildren. For more, visit jkevinbutcher.com

 

KEVIN BUTCHER

Lead Consultant

Kevin and Ed knew of one another during their Dallas Seminary days, but a “chance” meeting at a pastors’ conference in the 80s birthed a friendship. Both Kevin and Ed felt stranded at this conference and agreed that they really didn’t fit in. Conversations about disciplemaking and the grace and love of God welded their hearts to seek relevant Christianity and community. Since that fateful day, Kevin and Carla have been a vital part of Ed and Judy’s lives and ministries.
Kevin Butcher is the lead pastor of Hope Community Church of Detroit, a messy fellowship of human beings from every kind of racial, economic, educational, and spiritually diverse background imaginable, who all have one thing in common: they own their emptiness and pursue healing through the love of God in Jesus Christ. Kevin brings giftedness and experience in healing racially and socioeconomic communities.
Kevin grew up in a religiously rigid, deeply wounding, and dysfunctional home and church, so he tried to heal his own emptiness with perfectionism and over-achievement in ministry. It didn’t work, but God met him in his pain, overwhelming him with His love and grace. Over the last twenty-five years, Kevin has journeyed toward a deeper understanding of that healing love, a love that he shares with everyone whom he meets because it is that love that saved his life and brought him home.
Kevin has written numerous articles and has shared the message of the Father’s love in twelve different countries.  His first book, Choose and Choose Again, is due to be released by NavPress on October 1, 2016.
He has been married to his best friend Carla for thirty-seven years. Together they have three grown daughters, and two grandchildren. To each of them he regularly says, “Don’t forget—please don’t forget—the Father loves you so very, very much.”
Website: jkevinbutcher.com
Twitter: @JKevinButcher
Facebook: facebook.com/JKevinButcher

 

JUDY UNDERWOOD

Administrator

An accomplished mentor and a natural in relationships, Judy dedicates her giftedness and experience as the Secretary, Events Manager, and Office Manager of RecenteredGroup. Judy has partnered with Ed in that most demanding role–the Lead Pastor’s Wife–for over thirty-five years. Whenever possible, Judy joins Ed for onsite encouragement of leadership couples and teams. She honed her administrative skills as the Office Manager of an engineering firm.
In addition to her service at Recentered, Judy has shepherded a special community of spiritually single women at Church of the Open Door, affectionately titled, His Alone. Her passion for ladies who find themselves spiritually single grew out of her personal experience of being raised by a single mom after her father’s untimely death. She’s personally committed to spoiling their nine grandchildren without shame or apology. Contact Judy here.

JEREMY MYERS

Website Director & Publisher

Ed was instantly attracted to Jeremy’s writing that emphasized biblical accuracy from the perspective of the gospel of grace. After a long conversation over coffee in beautiful Cannon Beach, Oregon, Ed knew Jeremy was the one he could trust with his words–spoken and written. Jeremy built edunderwood.com, Ed’s DisciplemakingU podcast, and is Website Director and Publisher for RecenteredGroup.com.
Jeremy is an author, Bible teacher, and podcaster at RedeemingGod.com. He has pastored local churches and now shepherds a neighborhood fellowship. He also designs websites and publishes books for other Christian authors. You can learn more about these services at RedeemingPress.com  and  BloggingAuthor.com.
Jeremy lives in Oregon with his wife, Wendy, and their three daughters.

 

CHRIS JACOBSEN

Media Producer

Chris and Ed first met serving a small coastal community in Cannon Beach, OR. Over the years Ed’s message of grace and shame-free spirituality has resonated with Chris and his family and when Ed asked if there would be an interest in working together, it was an immediate, “Yes!”

Chris is a photographer, a videographer and an audio producer who lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with his wife, two daughters and one son. Chris has captured and produced media in the US, Mexico, Canada, Dominican Republic, South Africa and Armenia for a variety of Faith-Based Non-Profit organizations.

Chris is responsible for finding and executing creative ways to share the message of the Gospel and grace, with photos, videos, audio and just about anything else that seems like it might work.

Emaill Chris at The Creative Lounge

 

 

NICOLE BERNARDINI

Graphic/Web Designer

Nicole Bernardini met Ed in 2002 when her family began attending Church of the Open Door. She graduated from California State University Fullerton in 2016 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Since then, she’s started her own creative Enbee Designs and currently works with multiple clients including ministries such as Recentered Group.

Contact Nicole at: nicole.enbeedesigns@gmail.com or on her website enbeedesigns.com 

 

 

DAVE & JONI BURCHETT

Board Members

The Burchett’s and the Underwood’s met in a local church while Ed was attending Dallas Theological Seminary in the 80s. Their shared experiences from the Jesus Movement and commitment to relevant Christianity proved the foundation of a sustaining, lifelong friendship. Dave Burchett is a successful television sports director with experiences that include the Olympic Games and professional and collegiate sports. Dave has earned a national Emmy and two local Emmys, and has  directed television coverage of Texas Rangers for more than thirty years. He is the author of four books and regularly blogs on DaveBurchett.com, Crosswalk.com, and Facebook at Dave Burchett/Author. He is a passionate messenger of grace. and a creative force of nature. Dave and Joni have three grown sons and four amazing grandchildren. Reach out to Dave here.

 

LEE ANN JACKSON

Board Member

Lee Ann has been a long-time leader in the special community Judy Underwood has shepherded, His Alone–the spiritually single women of Church of the Open Door.
Lee Ann started her career in marketing at Focus on the Family. Almost two decades ago she joined Ambassador Advertising’s marketing division where she serves as a marketing and social media specialist. She has represented nationally recognized organizations such as Joni and Friends, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Focus on the Family, and Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru). Lee Ann has an invaluable grasp on the worldwide church and the potential impact of social media.  Lee Ann is a mom of two grown children and one still at home.  As an enthusiastic UCLA grad, Lee Ann insists upon supporting the Bruins. We must admit that our Recentered house is divided when it comes to team loyalties (see Mike Mitchell below)!

 

MIKE & HEIDI MITCHELL

Board Members

Like the Underwood’s and the Burchett’s, the Mitchell’s discovered Christ’s love through the Jesus Movement of the 60s and 70s, marking them with a passion for the local church, discipleship, and hospitality. Ed and Judy first met Mike and Heidi in Bend, Oregon. They quickly became trusted friends and two of the most important people speaking into Ed and Judy’s life, relocating to SoCal.
Mike  bring his unique perspective as a successful business person. Mike has 35 years of experience in the Footwear and Apparel industries, most recently as the Senior Sales Director of ASICS America.  He’s an avid USC supporter, he played on the National Champion Trojan football team in 1972. Heidi  works  for DCJA literary agency reading manuscripts, submissions and supporting authors. Mike and Heidi have three sons and five grandchildren.