The Called

Since the dawning of the Forward Church Movement, God has been faithful to send the workers to His abundant harvest in Slavic Village. Each of us have been called from very different places in life, creating a diverse core at the heart of Forward. no matter ethnicity, financial status, social status, background, or personality, amazing things happen when we set aside our petty differences and unite as leaders around a common vision to Connect Everyday People in Everyday Life with The God Who Transforms our every day. These are the current leaders God has called to be the hands and feet through which He continues to accomplish His mission. 

Lead Catalyst

Jeff Bodziony

Jeff’s story of transformation is one has glorified God’s power to save across this country. Having led a drug ring in Cleveland’s Slavic Village for much of his young adult life, Jeff’s entire life changed one night when he cried out to God with a simple request: “if You exist, please prove it and show up in my midst.”
What God did next is nothing short of miraculous, as He washed in and transformed this lifelong drug dealer into a shepherd in the same community where Jeff started his drug enterprise. Jeff is from the community, in the community, and serving the streets of his community every day, hoping to cast a new vision of what a “Pastor” looks like on a street-level.