e2: effective elders is a ministry born in 2009 in response to the increasing need for equipping elders for leadership in the local congregation. Since that time, e2: effective elders has grown rapidly in its ministry. It started with four books on elder equipping, as well as video curriculum on “What Every Elder Should Know!” which introduces elders to the nine essential skills of leading a congregation.
Equipping Elders to Lead
Our Core Values
Co Founders of e2
Dr. David Roadcup
Dr. David Roadcup is Professor of Discipleship and Global Outreach Representative with TCM International Institute. He has been in ministry for over 40 years. Besides youth ministries, senior/preaching ministries and college/seminary teaching through the years, Dr. Roadcup has authored numerous articles and three books. He has spoken in 37 states and 5 foreign countries. As one of the founding members of the men’s ministry Promise Keepers, he served on their Board of Directors for 11 years. In 2001, he was on the summer P.K. Men’s Conference Speaking Team. In addition to his wide-ranging ministry to the Church, teaching classes for TCMI and formerly at Cincinnati Christian University, he is presently on the Board of Directors of Christ in Youth in Joplin, Missouri (C.I.Y.) and the Board of Directors of Christian Arabic Services (C.A.S.). He has been married to Karen for over 50 years. Dave and Karen have two daughters, one son-in-law and three grandchildren. Dave’s great passion is discipling believers and helping Christians grow to deeper levels in their personal walk with Jesus Christ.
Dr. James Riley Estep
Dr. James Estep is the Vice President of Academics at Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO. He has been in the ministry since 1985, teaching not only in colleges and seminaries but in congregations around the country and internationally. After attending Cincinnati Bible College, Jim earned three masters degrees from Cincinnati Bible Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He participates in several learned societies and has authored several books on Christian education, as well as published numerous essays and articles. His passion is equipping individuals for service within the local congregation; bridging the gap between the campus and the congregation. He is a Professor-at-Large (Christian Education) for Lincoln Christian University and an Affiliate Professor for Johnson University’s Ph.D. program. Jim has been married to his wife Karen (Ph.D. Michigan State University) for over 25 years. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.
Dr. Gary Johnson
Dr. Gary Johnson has served in the preaching ministry for four decades. He now leads e2 as Executive Director full-time, coaching pastors and elders nationwide. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Church history from Lincoln Christian Seminary, Master of Ministry and Divinity degrees from Cincinnati Bible Seminary in practical ministries, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Grace Theological Seminary (Indiana). Gary has taught an adjunct professor for a number of seminaries, including Cincinnati Christian University and TCM Institute, a seminary serving Eastern Europe. Gary has been blessed to travel overseas for the purpose of training elders and pastors in cross-cultural settings on over 100 mission trips. Gary and Leah have been married over 40 years, and have married sons; Jared and Aaron, who are both serving in the ministry. His pursuits outside of church life include running, mountain climbing, racquetball, cycling, and back-packing. Still, one of the greatest joys in life for Gary is being called “grandpa” by his six grandkids.
Our many thanks to CDF Capital! Through their generous financial support, CDF has enabled us to speak to over 5,000 elders and church leaders at conferences hosted on the campuses of our many Christian universities. CDF is devoted to the continual development of those serving as elders in the local church; and for that, we are sincerely grateful.