• Carl “Spark” Ball

    Director of Operations

    On January 1, 2019, Carl “Spark” Ball joined the Nexus team as the full-time Director of Operations.  Spark will build on the strong foundation built by Dan Converse and will provide project management to the Nexus leader care system.

    Spark and his wife, Cindy, have been married for over 34 years.  They have 2 adopted children, Buddy and Renee.

    Spark was born and raised in Waukegan Illinois. Before serving in ministry, he worked in the corporate world – first at NCR Corporation for 14 years and then at Gallagher Systems Group for five. At NCR Corporation, he held various positions in sales, sales management, and corporate product management. He left NCR to help a friend run his consulting company, Gallagher Systems Group. He started as Director of Sales and was President when he answered the call to go into full-time ministry in 1998.

    Spark and Cindy have deep roots in church planting.  In 1989 they began to attend the Northwest Christian Community (the first church plant of Phil and Barb) and were baptized on December 30, 1990. He completed a course on church planting through the Church Planting Institute as well as earning certification to assess potential church planters.  Spark and Cindy were also part of the launch team for a daughter church of NWCC.

    From January 2004 – April 2018 Spark has served as Executive Director of Love INC of Lake County.  He saw the Lord grow the number of churches working together to impact their communities for Christ.   Spark is excited to have his ministry focus return to church-planting.


  • Dr. Philip Claycomb

    Executive Director

    Phil and Barb started their first church straight out of seminary and consider themselves missionaries to the North American continent. Their first assignment was to “start a church for unchurched people using only unchurched people to do it.” It was an exciting ride… The Claycomb’s stayed in hands-on church planting for 13 years, planting 2 churches which each planted a daughter church. In 2001 Phil and Barb transitioned into a coaching and training role, helping other church planters pursue their own callings. Phil worked with Stadia: new church strategies from 2001-2005. The Claycomb’s moved to Texas in 2006 and launched Nexus: church planting leadership. Phil and Barb enjoying working together to support church-planting couple’s and families.

  • Barb Claycomb

    Executive Assistant

    Barb officially joined Nexus in June 2012 as the Executive Assistant to try and give some structure and order to the Nexus team…good luck with that!  Prior to starting with Nexus, she worked as an Administrative Assistant for a CPA, a life insurance company, and a research and development facility. She then spent 13 years as an Elementary teacher – primarily in Kindergarten and First Grade, so she has plenty of experience organizing, mothering, and cleaning-up messes.  She is excited to again be working alongside Phil in ministry.

  • Greg Garcia

    Associate Director

    Greg and Karen Garcia serve Creekside Christian Fellowship, in Needville TX, a church founded by the Garcia’s in 2005. Greg has never been more than ½ time with his congregation, guiding them through rapid growth and its attendant challenges. Greg spends the other half of his time interviewing prospective church planters for Nexus, and leading Nexus’ coaching system.