What Others Are Saying

Ever since NETS was birthed in the heart of Wes Pastor years ago, I have been an admiring friend from the Midwest. I love the vision because of its humble, Christ-exalting, gospel focus; its Reformed theological moorings; its dogged commitment to plow the hard soil of New England; its love for biblically faithful local churches; and its strategic efforts to get near campuses.

John Piper
Founder, Desiring God Ministries


We need to send more church planters to Wes’s network. I think that’s a great model.

Stephen Um
Senior Pastor, Citylife Church, Boston


Planting churches in New England takes faith and training, courage and conviction, strength and stability. I can’t think of a better place to learn what is needed than NETS. Wes Pastor is a proven and wise church planter, wedding theology and practical ministry in a powerful combination.

Tom Schreiner
Professor & Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


I’m inspired by NETS. They see a need for more gospel outposts in this needy region, and they trust God for the resources and courage to make it happen. May God continue to prosper this crucial work of church planting!

Collin Hansen
Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition


NETS is not simply planting congregations by investing in leaders. It’s committed to standing alongside those leaders in the churches.

Jerry Sheveland
President, Converge Worldwide


This is the way to do indigenous church planting.

Rev. Tangwa Charles
General Secretary, Cameroon Baptist Convention,


I have been a New England pastor for 18 years. The longer I pastor here, the more I am convinced of the need for more gospel-proclaiming churches. Our church now has the privilege of partnering with NETS to reach our region with the gospel. NETS provides the structure of identifying, training and sending out qualified men like Steve Thiel. I am pleased to walk with Steve as he builds towards launch, and excited to see how God will use him in the future!

Tim Ponzani
Executive Pastor, Valley Community Baptist Church,
Avon, Connecticut

If you’re going to support a church plant to help them, try to support them until they’re established. It’s one of the wonderful models of what Wes and Christ Memorial do. I do not know of a better model [than NETS] of people who get in and absolutely support the church.

Mark Dever
President, 9Marks
Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church,
Washington, D.C.


NETS is a very effective church planting and training network.

Luder Whitlock
Executive Director, CNL Charitable Foundation, Inc.
President Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary


I have known of the work of this innovative, church-based, church planting movement for several years. I have had the privilege of getting to know both the leadership team in New England and their very capable colleagues in Cameroon. This is a ministry model and team worthy of trust and support.

Rob Martin
Senior Associate for Global Philanthropy, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization


I was impressed by the caliber of people who are leading this work. We need to sacrifice to help this work in New England. The future of America depends on the evangelization of America. If we neglect New England, we are neglecting the future of our nation.

Judge Paul Pressler III
Texas Court of Appeals Justice, 1978-1992

Listen to Judge Pressler speak at the 2012 Houston Banquet.


The NETS Institute for Church Planting is taking the gospel to those who have never heard in a place that once saw the Great Awakening. Jesus is building his church, and he’s using NETS in New England. I am so impressed by and thankful for this ministry.

Jim Hamilton
Associate Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Ministry in New England requires perseverance, intensity, and a certain doggedness that only the gospel can produce. NETS is a boot camp for the forging of this brand of character. The program is simple but brilliant--rigorously train the planter, graciously support the planter, and provide ongoing mentorship for the planter. In a region where many well-intentioned church plants come to die, NETS is launching congregations that live, evangelize, and flourish.

Owen Strachan
Executive Director, Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood