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About Lee and Linda Kricher

Lee and Linda Kricher founded Amplify Church in 1976 and they were pivotal in the church’s revitalization that started in 2003 – a dramatic turnaround that is captured in the book For A New Generation: A Practical Guide For Saving Your Church From Extinction.  Lee and Linda are also the founders of Future Forward Churches, an organization that provides affordable coaching to help churches reverse or avoid decline. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. As Founding Pastors, Lee and Linda will serve as coaches and speakers at Amplify Church even after the exciting transition of church leadership to Jason and AJ Howard in the spring of 2019.

About Jason and AJ Howard

Jason Howard is currently the Senior Associate Pastor at Amplify Church and the Lead Pastor of the Pittsburgh City campus. Jason is a graduate of Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia, and he earned a Master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.  AJ, who earned her Master’s degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, serves as Worship Director of Amplify Church, Director of Outreach and Missions and Director of Women’s Ministries.  Jason and AJ have four children – Katia, Daniil, London, and Zion. In the spring of 2019, in addition to their current roles, Jason and AJ will transition into the role of Senior Pastors of Amplify Church.

For a New Generation

“If our children reject the core truths of Christianity, may God have mercy on them.  If our children reject the core truths of Christianity because we have expected and assumed that they would accept our preferred approach to church, then may God have mercy on us.”
-Lee Kricher, For A New Generation

For a New Generation is a guide for churches that want to more effectively reach and continue to reach the next generation.  It is not about changing your church’s statement of faith or core beliefs.  It is about evaluating and changing, as needed, your church’s approach to ministry to make sure that the best days are still ahead.

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