Who is Reliant?

We were born in 1989 as a mission support agency for a small group of campus church planters. A lot's changed since then! (Less stonewashed jeans, for one).

Today we mobilize church planters and missionaries across like-minded missional groups and church-planting networks. As we've expanded our partnerships, we've adopted a new name. Yet our devotion to Jesus' command to "Go and make disciples..." remains. It's who we are.

Board Members

Greg Van Nada

Greg Van Nada

Managing Director of Collegiate Church Network

Board Member Since:12/2/2005

I love Reliant because:They do the behind the scenes work that is necessary for a missionary to be involved in ministry long term. This work frees the missionary up to concentrate on bringing the good news to a very lost generation and develop those that come to know Jesus into life long disciples.

I serve Reliant because:I believe in their ministry which allows us to strengthen churches, develop leaders and plant new healthy churches.

A favorite scripture of mine is:"What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us. Since He did not spare even his own son, but gave him up for us all, won't He also give us everything else?" -Romans 8:31-32

My local church home is:Riverview Church, Lansing, Michigan

Favorite coffee:No coffee for me!

Greg Van Nada is a pastor and pastor's coach with over thirty years of experience working with church planting leaders particularly in university environments.

In 1988, as a church planting network Regional Director, Greg helped establish Reliant (then Great Commission Ministries) as a mission agency to serve churches and church planting efforts. He has worked with the Reliant as the Vice President of Leadership Development from 2000 to 2006, and then moved to Michigan to better serve university churches of what formed the Collegiate Church Network.

Greg today is the Managing Director of Collegiate, a Reliant founding partner. Locally he serves as a pastor with the Michigan State University venue of Riverview Church in Lansing, Michigan.

Greg holds a bachelor's degree from Moody Bible Institute in Biblical Theology, a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in education and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

Greg is married to Christine and they have four (6) children, Amy and her husband Nick Modrzejewski, Dan and his wife Liz, Jim and Steve.