The story of Rooted and Rooted Network began in 2008 with a relationship spanning the globe. As ministry partners, two churches on different continents quickly recognized their shared passion for seeing people experience a transformative encounter with God.

Wasn’t there a more natural-yet-intentional way to grow people in spiritual maturity? Why couldn’t church leaders and members point to one, clear place where life-changing experiences consistently happened, preparing people for life in a biblical community? 

The answer to these questions was Mizizi, the Swahili word for “roots.” This unique approach to disciple-making began changing lives and creating a movement in the local church and surrounding community of Nairobi, Kenya. Dissatisfied with the complexity of American ministry and convinced that God was using Mizizi to develop people in all stages of their faith, Mariners Church began adapting the experiential model of discipleship from a Kenyan context to an American context, and Rooted was born. 


Soon, other churches began to notice what God was doing in and through Rooted. The experiential approach to discipleship spread organically to surrounding churches, across the country, and around the world. People were meeting Jesus, new small groups were being formed, leaders were being raised up, and churches and communities were being transformed. With a heart to bless the kingdom, Mariners Church launched Rooted Network in 2015. 

Partnering with local churches, Rooted Network continues to provide new content and training to serve ministries with greater depth and a holistic approach to disciple-making.  


Compelled by the gospel of Jesus Christ, Rooted Network exists to inspire disciple-making leaders as they seek to fulfill the Great Commission of making disciples that change the world. Grounded in 7 Rhythms practiced by the early church in Acts 2, Rooted Network resources facilitate experiences that inspire questions and conversations with the intention of growth and life change that goes beyond the individual, to the entire church and community. 


Earl Roberson


Natalie Hammond

Executive Assistant

Jared Kirkwood

Network Lead Pastor

Jeremy Maxfield

Director of Content

Virginia Ramsey

Director of Information Systems

Jairus Williams

Director of Network Partnerships

Christian Mungai

Network Lead Storyteller

Derek Alonzi

Operations Manager & Regional Coach


The following churches are Rooted champions and leaders that have partnered with Rooted Network to resource and equip local churches in their communities and strengthen one another to build a stronger network of churches.