RADICAL EXISTS TO SERVE THE CHURCH FOR THE CAUSE OF CHRIST—TO GLORIFY GOD BY MAKING DISCIPLES AND MULTIPLYING CHURCHES AMONG ALL THE NATIONS.

Christ’s command to “make disciples of all nations” was given to the church. Therefore, Radical is committed to serving the church in its global mission by relying on the sufficiency of God’s Word in the power of God’s Spirit.

AND WE DO ALL OF THIS FOR GOD’S GLORY!

Our Values
Our Beliefs

Leaders of the Radical Gap Year

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David Platt serves as Lead Pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical, an international ministry that serves the church for the cause of Christ—to glorify God by making disciples and multiplying churches among all the nations.

Books by David Platt include Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, Something Needs to Change, and Before You Vote, as well as the following volumes in the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series: Exalting Jesus in Matthew, Exalting Jesus in James, Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, and Exalting Jesus in Galatians.

David Platt received his Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Along with his wife and children, he lives in the Washington D.C. metro area.

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ABOUT THE GAP YEAR
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Scott Logsdon

Scott Logsdon serves as the Director of Global Outreach at McLean Bible Church, with over 20 years of experience in cross-cultural church planting. He has helped large mission organizations, churches, missionaries, and indigenous church leaders throughout the world provide access to the gospel. Most recently, he served as the Associate VP of Training for the International Mission Board. Prior to that role, he lived 12 years in Central Asia.

Scott earned his Ph.D. in applied theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is passionate about serving local and international churches. Scott loves reading, watching sports, and enjoying time with his family. He and his wife have 2 children and reside in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Jonathan Derbyshire

Jonathan Derbyshire serves as Program Director of the Radical Gap Year program. He grew up in a small rural town in Central Thailand and spent multiple years traveling across Asia as a video storyteller for the International Mission Board. He has served as an advisor for engaging Buddhist background people groups in North Carolina and as a catalyst for church planting among diaspora people groups in American cities. He has spent several years training and mobilizing students for international service. Jonathan is a Ph.D. candidate in applied theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is passionate about equipping and sending the next generation of missionaries to the ends of the earth. Jonathan loves playing sports, watching good movies, and eating Thai food.

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Bethany Derbyshire

Bethany Derbyshire serves as Operations Director for the Radical Gap Year program. She has served as a leader for international ministry at the University of Alabama and worked alongside church planters in multiple countries. Bethany earned her M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is passionate about discipleship and starting churches among unreached people groups. Bethany loves playing games, traveling, and hiking.

Our church is more than something we attend or do. We aren’t just a building or an event. We are a group of imperfect people from all walks of life that care for each other like a family and grow together in our knowledge and love for Jesus. Our church family has over 100 different nations with people who speak many different languages, and we all recognize our need for God’s grace.

We primarily gather together on Sundays to celebrate what Jesus has done for us, pray, participate in worship through song, and listen to a message from God’s Word. We also have fun, safe, meaningful age-appropriate programming during every service for children, students and those with special needs. Though each of our locations has its own unique feel, we are a family of five churches working together to further the gospel in greater Washington, DC and around the world. We are all committed to the same mission: to glorify God by making disciples and multiplying churches among all nations, beginning in greater Washington, DC. We invite you to come see what we are all about and to join us in this mission.

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