Third Circle was founded by me, Stephen Redden in 2012. I currently work as the Director of Special Projects for Marrow – a small business incubator and operator focused on professional services. I play a variety of roles across many of our businesses but am focused on technology services, leadership, and organizational development.
Before working with Marrow I spent twenty years in the nonprofit sector. I was a founding pastor of New Denver Church and the Executive Director of the Church Cooperative of Denver, a collaborative network of churches in Denver, CO. I originally started Third Circle as part of my multi-occupational work as a pastor. I saw an opportunity to come alongside leaders in leaders and organizations to help them maximize their potential for impacting the common good. I do that by leveraging my diverse experience in corporate and non-profit organizations along with my unique mix of leadership coaching and technology expertise. In 2014 I became a LifePlan Certified Facilitator through the Paterson Center and added LifePlan facilitation to my service offerings.
I am a graduate of Mississippi State University (BS Computer Engineering 1994, MBA 1995) and Dallas Theological Seminary (MA Bibilical Studies 2007). Between 1996 and 2000 I worked as an information technology specialist for IBM before taking a one-year leave of absence to work with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in Kazakhstan and Russia. During my year with MAF I worked with the Learning Technology team to develop the technology infrastructure for a system to deliver theological training using distance education to pastors and church leaders throughout the former Soviet Union. After returning to the US in 2001, I joined the staff team at North Point Community Church. I spent the first year helping to develop the web and technology infrastructure with the Group Life team, but the bulk of my seven years at North Point was spent helping to lead the Community Groups ministry. I had the pleasure of leading an amazing team of people and learning from some of the best leaders in the church today – not only at North Point but at churches around the country and the world. During that time I also had the opportunity to teach church and small group leaders in a variety of contexts. In 2009 my family and I, along with two other families from North Point, moved to Denver, CO to be part of starting New Denver Church. In 2017 I founded the Church Cooperative of Denver to bring diverse churches from around Denver together to collaborate and work together for greater kingdom impact. I am married to my wonderful wife Kate, and we have two boys, Ethan and Andrew who keep us very busy.