The story of Rooted and Rooted Network began in 2008 with a relationship spanning the globe. As ministry partners, two churches 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 they point to one, clear place where life-changing experiences consistently happened, preparing people for life in a biblical community? 

Soon after Mizizi, the Swahili word for “roots” was created, it began changing lives and creating a movement in the local church and community in Nairobi. Dissatisfied with the complexity of American ministry and convinced that God was using Mizizi to develop people in all stages of their faith, Kenton Beshore and the Mariners team began work to adapt the experiential model of discipleship from a Kenyan context into an American context, and Rooted was born. 



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

2022 marks a new season of ministry opportunities. 

Churches are looking for a clear discipleship model and rethinking their mission of disciple-making. With a desire to lead people into intentional experiences with God and with each other,  churches are looking for holistic discipleship strategies. Partnering with churches globally, we’re introducing new content and training to serve people with greater depth, and in broader contexts. 



Compelled by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Rooted Network exists to inspire disciple-making leaders as they seek to fulfill the Great Commission by 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, but the to entire church and community. 


Earl Roberson


Natalie Hammond

Executive Assistant

Jared Kirkwood

Network Lead Pastor

Jessica Ludwig

Marketing Manager

Jeremy Maxfield

Director of Content

Christian Mungai

Network Lead Storyteller

Virginia Ramsey

Director of Information Systems

Jairus Williams

Director of Network Partnerships


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.