Vaughn Akins

Founder's Grove Church, Missouri
Lead Church Planter
Wright City Missouri
Founder's Grove Church
December 5
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About My Family

I have been happily married to my wife, Kristi, for 23 years. We have been greatly blessed through the life the Lord has given us together with our three children: Ashley (21), Tyler (19) and Katelyn 16).

About My Church Plant

Founder's Grove Church lives to glorify Christ by displaying the gospel everywhere God plants us: "Rooted In, Raised Up and Reaching Out" with the love and truth of Jesus. We have a passion to see the kingdom of Christ multiply and are convinced that God has placed us in Wright City to make disciples of Jesus right where we are for the glory of His name across the globe.

NAMB Church Planting

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Pray for boldness and clarity as we proclaim the gospel message in "Our Town." Pray for receptive hearts among the people in our community. Pray that we would serve our town well, practically showing them the love and truth of Jesus. Pray other churches and individuals will partner with us on this mission. Pray that the Father would raise up more leaders to engage our community and equip us to build them up and send them out.


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