Bent Tree Network & PLP

Bent Tree Network

The Bent Tree Network trains, encourages, and resources leaders committed to New Covenant preaching where Christ is central, grace is lived out, and mission prioritized. This network of Senior Pastors each have a special connection to Bent Tree as part of their spiritual heritage. Some have been trained here through our Pastoral Launching Pad, others are past interns or served on staff here, and others were members of Bent Tree before taking the lead pastoral role in their church.


Pastoral Launching Pad (PLP)

Ministry Residency Program

The most effective way to raise up churches who raise up Christ is to raise up leaders who raise up Christ and then get those leaders into churches that need Christocentric leaders. Our dream is to raise up the next generation of Christocentric, mission minded, expositional preaching leaders who thrive in ministry despite the hardships, to survive in ministry despite the temptations, who lead their churches to a deep understanding of the mystery of Christ.

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Recent Residents

Anthony Pratt | PLP Resident

Anthony Pratt

While I was an associate pastor in New York in 2015, I began to feel God’s nudge toward what I felt called to in 2001, senior pastoring.

I entered the PLP to get intentional mentoring and on-the-job training for the senior pastor role. My experience incorporated these elements and more than I could have ever expected. The team at Bent Tree is amazing at encouraging, challenging, giving opportunities to grow, and creating a healthy staff and work culture.

I have accepted the senior pastor position at Riverview Community Church in Ashland, Nebraska, and my family and I will be moving there to start this next phase of our lives.

Timm Sautter, with his wife Kristin, in Germany

Timm Sautter

I met my wife, Kristin, at Capernwray Bible School in England in 2010, and we got married in 2015. I graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago a year later, but felt a deep need to gain practical experience before entering into a senior pastor role in Germany, my home country. Both Kristin and I have been tremendously blessed to be a part of the PLP residency program at Bent Tree, and feel like it has prepared us well for our future in ministry.

I am now pastoring a free evangelical church in Herzogenaurach, Germany. The Bavarian city is best known for being home to the sporting companies Adidas and Puma. Our church, which was planted about 20 years ago, desires to reach people for Christ in a fresh and relevant way.



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