Movement|DFW was first conceived in a conversation between Mac Pier, Tim Keller, and Bob Doll. They recognized that cities throughout the world were facing three common challenges. First the aging of Christianity, then the speed of growth and migration into cities, and finally the division in the church racially and denominationally. The first Movement Day Expression took place in Manhattan in 2010 hosted by Movement.org. Four years later, Movement|DFW was launched in 2014 as the first global expansion city of Movement.org to provide a platform for a Unified City through a Unified Church across DFW.
We’ve learned some key lessons:
The right Board has to drive this
We have to be locally birthed and owned
Trust and relationships are key
A unity Gospel movement is needed more than ever
Here’s what we’ve been doing and what people are saying about us:
Hosting Annual Movement Day events to highlight “Best Practices” in the City
Convening Church, Non-Profit, Business and Young Christian Leaders
Driving a positive change to some of the greatest Spiritual and Social issues impacting DFW
Jim Denison, CEO, and Founder of Denison Ministries stated this year
There isn’t anyone else in the City who could drive a unified Gospel Movement better than Movement|DFW
The Mission & Strategy
The mission of Movement | DFW is to unite the body of Christ around a common purpose in order to achieve measurable progress against the greatest spiritual, social, and humanitarian challenges facing the city while spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the DFW metroplex. Our plan is to convene and collaborate with the faith community from all quadrants of DFW.
The Strategy is to identify like-minded DFW leaders who desire to design, mobilize and invest in a long–term strategy that will impact the City for the sake of the gospel. The result will be the creation of specific plans and actions to accelerate or incubate best practices to address the issues facing the City and to serve as the focus of the combined efforts of hundreds of organizations throughout DFW.
Our Values: the representation of our heart, and who we want to be –
Gospel – so that the world will know
Relationship – moving with the speed of trust
Collaboration – greater impact together
Leadership – influence towards change
Diversity – utilizing differences
What We Do –
Strategically convene and assemble
Gather the best research
Assess and Identify key role players and address their needs
Accelerate efficiency and effectiveness by sharing best practices
Scale best practices and incubate new efforts
Introduce and expose strategic National and Global contributors
Establish Strategic Partnerships
Seek to collaborate with like-minded organizations
Utilize Digital Platforms to accelerate communication
Movement | DFW Leadership Team
Director, SND Energy Company
Bob joined SND Energy Company in May of 2008 and has over 30 years of business management and financial experience in a variety of industries including Energy, Financial Services and High Technology. Bob currently leads all corporate functions and business development activities for the SND independent oil companies and the related Topcat affiliated services companies in the East Texas and Louisiana operations. Bob’s educational background includes a BBA from the University of Mississippi in 1969 and an MBA from Louisiana State University in 1971. He has also actively served in various community and read more
Senior Vice President of Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch –
Art joined Merrill Lynch in 1973 and focuses on retirement planning, concentrated and restricted stock positions, and exit strategies for business owners. Art graduated twice from the University of Oklahoma – with a Bachelor’s degree in Math and Economics and an MBA. Art lives in the Preston Hollow/Bluffview area with his wife of 45 years, Linda. They have three children, five grandchildren, and enjoy traveling and playing golf. Art serves as a deacon at Park Cities Baptist Church and on the Boards of the University of Oklahoma MBA program, African Christian Outreach, Movement | DFW, and Gospel for Muslims.
Civic Leader – Southlake, Texas
After having her two daughters, Dyan completed her middle school science teaching career as an assistant principal. She continued her teaching as a Bible Study Fellowship leader for 25 years ministering to ladies.
Dyan now serves Park Cities Baptist as a Deacon and has previously served as a Sunday School teacher and Age Group Department Director for youth groups and adults while teaching summer Vacation Bible Schools.
Outside church, Dyan taught classes in local mission projects in Dallas, South Texas, California, and Cuba. read more
Founder & CEO, The New York City Leadership Center – New York City, New York
When it comes to developing leaders within the Christian community, few are as successful as Rev. Dr. McKenzie “Mac” Pier, founder and CEO of The New York Leadership Center (NYCLC). Passionately driven to prepare Christian leaders to make a significant impact in the world, Mac particularly loves urging young leaders toward spiritual maturity, encouraging them to first recognize the needs around them, to unite in prayer with others about those needs, and then to collaborate with others to change what they see.
Civic Leader – Dallas, Texas
Jan is a Civic Leader who has devoted herself to making a positive change to the City of Dallas where she lives with her husband Robert (Bob) Pickens. Just a few of her many accomplishments include serving as Chairman of the Crystal Charity Ball, President of the Park Cities Republican Women’s Club, Anglican School of Theology Board and a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. She has received a variety of honors and awards including Hockaday “Founders Day Award,” 1993 Hall of State Award Recipient, United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan “Distinguished Service Award”, 2013 Flora Award Recipient, Pi Beta Phi “Founder’s Day Award” for Community Service , 2013 National Board of The Salvation Army “Others” Award.”
Civic Leader – Dallas, Texas
Denise and her husband Ray are the parents of 4 married children and grandparents to 11 grandchildren. Her greatest passions are her family, her community and serving the less fortunate in Dallas and abroad. She served as chairman of the faith based collaborative; Serve West Dallas, which began in 2009 as a non-profit. She is a member of the Global Leadership Alliance, Urban Missions at Park Cities Presbyterian Church,The University of Texas Advisory Board of the School of Social Work, ACT (Advocates for Community Transformation), and Bible Study Fellowship for 25 years.
IRMA DE LA GUARDIA
The 2020 -2021 school year marks Mrs. Irma De La Guardia’s nineteenth year as an educator for the Dallas Independent School District. This school year will be her 4th year as a Principal at Stephen C Foster Elementary and she is excited to serve in the MDFW Board. Mrs. De La Guardia began her career as an educator at DISD at Kahn Elementary, then at David G. Burnet and at Withers Elementary as a Dual Language Teacher. She was one of teacher leaders at Withers where she modeled a successful implementation of the Two-Way Dual Language Program. She received the distinctions of Texas Bilingual Teacher of the Year in 2014 and National Bilingual Teacher of the Year in 2015. She received her Master’s in Educational Leadership at the Southern Methodist University and Teaching Trust and is Texas certified as Principal EC-6. De La Guardia is excited about joining MDFW Board and looks forward to continuing to impact communities.
DR. RAVI VALLABHAN
Cardiology Consultants of Texas – Dallas, Texas
Dr. Vallabhan is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, and Interventional Cardiology. He received his medical degree from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio Medical School in San Antonio, Texas. Ravi practices general cardiology with a special interest in complex procedures such as complex/high risk percutaneous coronary interventions and radial artery catheterization and interventions. He specializes in valvular heart disease including procedures such as Percutaneous balloon valvuloplasty for Aortic Valve stenosis (BAV). Ravi is well known for his numerous published articles, presentations, and teaching positions.
CFA, Partner – Dallas, Texas
JDavid Seifert is currently at Partner at Velocis, a private equity real estate fund manager. During his career in the real estate investment management industry, Seifert has completed over $1.9 billion of transaction work in numerous markets across the country. At Velocis, Seifert serves on the Investment Committee, is responsible for all capital market and portfolio management activities, and plays an important leadership role in Fund acquisitions. Prior to Velocis, Seifert served in the acquisitions group at L&B Realty Advisors, a $9.0 billion institutional investment manager, where he was involved in investment activities for the firm’s medical fund, value-add fund and separate accounts with some of the nation’s largest public and private employee pension plans. Seifert holds a BS in Mathematics from Washington and Lee University and an MBA with High Honors in Analytic Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he received the Outstanding Academic Award for graduating valedictorian of his class.
THAD F. SMITH
Advisor at JPMorgan Wealth Advisors – Dallas, Texas
Born July 26, 1971, and raised in Dallas, Thad Smith attended Highland Park High School (1990) and then Davidson College and U.T. Austin. He was spiritually saved by Jesus Christ when he was 12 years old at Kanakuk Camp in Branson, Missouri. He’s an active member of Watermark Community Church and serves in the Regeneration ministry a couple of times each month. His sobriety “birthday” when he quit alcohol is 1/4/2009. He’s the leader of a weekly Young Adult Bible study within CBS (Community Bible Study) helping to disciple and shepherd a group of approximately 12 young adults ages 18-35 in studying the Bible. Thad is on the Partnership Board for East-West ministries and enjoys short-term evangelism ministry trips to share the gospel with the people in the most spiritually impoverished places in the world such as Nepal, India, and Cuba. He’s the oldest of 5 children and the proud father of 3 children: Frensley (17), Emery (15), and Elijah (12), and has been happily married to Sarah B. Smith for nearly 19 years. In his professional life, Thad is an advisor at JPMorgan Wealth Advisors (previously JP Morgan Securities) in Dallas, Texas, and specializes in a proprietary fixed-income strategy with high net-worth clients.
Senior Pastor – Grace Bible Church – Dallas, Texas
Andy is a native of Tyler, Texas, and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in business. After graduation, he married Julie, and together they bought and sold a business in East Texas. Andy attended Dallas Theological Seminary where he served on the administration and faculty. He was the first executive director of the Center for Christian Leadership and he team-taught a course on leadership with Howard Hendricks. While working for the Seminary, he started attending Grace Bible Church. He left the seminary to return to business for a few years, but then joined the staff at Grace as the Associate Pastor in 1993. In 2002 he became the Senior Pastor. He has two grown daughters who are married and five grandchildren. Andy has many interests including studying leadership and history, enjoying jazz music, and cheering the Longhorns. Andy believes followers of Christ should take themselves less seriously while taking the Lord much more seriously.