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.


Julie Thomas

Julie Thomas

HR Compliance Officer

Local Church Home:Summit Church

Joined Reliant Office in: 2020

I love Reliant because... Reliant is focused on supporting the work of the local church. I believe God chose the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the world. And the church can certainly be both messy and beautiful at times, but God is able to do amazing work in and through it. I love being part of a team striving to make the church even more beautiful as it brings hope to this world.

A favorite scripture of mine is:"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."John 13:34-35

Right this minute I'm probably...drinking coffee, reading (an email, a policy, a report, or an article), and making a to-do list

Beach or Mountains?Mountains any day or the beach on a cool day.

I am responsible for...

Overseeing the HR compliance program, which means I ensure systems are in place that foster a safe and healthy ministry environment for our staff and for those to whom they minister. I advise and support other Central staff and leaders in employee relations issues and stay informed on regulatory matters that affect the organization.

I lead today because…

My career path has wound through education, health care, and missions, but in all those places I have found that I am most fulfilled when I can help equip others to do their very best work. In addition, the church has always been a integral part of my life, from being the child of church planters and lay leaders to, as an adult, serving with my local church and finding my community (and my husband!) there. My role at Reliant provides me the opportunity to support church and ministry leaders so that they can fulfill the mission that God has called them to.

I am motivated by...

I'm an Enneagram Type 2, which basically means that God has hardwired me with the desire to serve others. I am drawn to the stories of Jesus as a Servant Leader: washing feet, giving voice the marginalized, reaching out to the ostracized, and of course making the ultimate sacrifice of death on the cross. As a follower of Jesus, I strive to model my life and work after His words and deeds.