All There has grown out of the desire of four men to see younger generations lead lives of significance.
Jedd Medefind, Derek Bell, John Wayne Smith, and Bob Buford are passionate about seeing young leaders unleashed in the context of the local church.
Jedd Medefind led the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives as a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. As described by the Harvard Political Review, this initiative “fundamentally changed the government’s strategy for improving the lives of the downtrodden,” from mentoring and prisoner reentry to global AIDS.
Jedd now serves as President of the Christian Alliance for Orphans. The Alliance unites a coalition of more than one hundred respected Christian organizations in joint advocacy campaigns that ignite and equip Christians for adoption, foster care and global orphan initiatives. Previously, Jedd held a range of campaign and political posts in the California State Legislature. He also helped establish the California Community Renewal Project, which strengthens nonprofits in some of the state’s most challenged communities.
Jedd has worked, studied and served in more than thirty countries, with organizations ranging from Price-Waterhouse in Moscow to Christian Life Bangladesh. He has written numerous articles and three books. His most recent book released in April 2012—Upended: How Following Jesus Changes Your Words and Your World. Jedd and his wife Rachel love the great outdoors and live in California with their five children.
As the president of Mosaic Trust, LLC a boutique strategy-consulting firm, Derek utilizes his experience in the business and faith-based publishing industry as well as strategy development. Mosaic Trust, LLC works with nonprofits and content creators such as Bob Buford, Leadership Network, The Drucker Institute, iDonate, Dallas Willard Ministries and numerous publishers. Derek is an associate of The Buford Foundation, co-founder and managing director of All There (www.allthere.org) and served as an adjunct professor of marketing and management at Belmont University, where he earned his MBA as a Sigma Beta Delta inductee. From 2009-2013, in addition to heading Mosaic Trust, Derek served as a pastor on staff at Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Prior to Mosaic Trust, LLC, Derek served as the Director of Marketing for Integrity Publishers where he managed the marketing for numerous New York Times Bestsellers including Max Lucado, Ravi Zacharias, Henry Cloud and John Townsend, Pat Roberston, Bob Buford, Frank Peretti, Brennan Manning, and others. At LifeWay Christian Resources, Derek’s tenure included leadership in channel management and corporate strategic planning with the direct to church division, retail, trade publishing, international, and internet divisions.
Derek serves as the chairman of the board of directors of Both Hands—an organization that raises funds for adopting families while serving a widow in need (www.bothhandsfoundation.org). Derek, his wife Jennifer, and their three children live in Brentwood, Tennessee.
John Wayne Smith, M.D., FACP, has been a practicing nephrologist in Hot Springs, AR, for 27 years. He is married to Laura Smith and they have three grown children.
He has served on the boards of Baptist Health, the Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission, the Arkansas Board of Health, Global Focus, Arkansas Association of Charitable Clinics, the Charitable Christian Medical Clinic (CCMC), and Trustee of First Baptist Church, Hot Springs, AR.
He is the Founder of CCMC in Hot Springs, and has served as Volunteer Missions Coordinator at First Baptist Church and helped develop strategic partnerships in Senegal, Russia, and Chicago. He has been on multiple mission trips to Senegal, Russia, Trinidad, North Africa, and Chicago.
The American College of Physicians of Arkansas honored him with the Asklepion Award in 2012, in recognition for community service, ethics, and compassion in the practice of medicine. He has been named on the list for Best Doctors in America for the last nine years.
He is a deacon and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church and is serving as a Facilitator and Sage for Allthere.
In 1995, Buford wrote Halftime, a book that came out of his mind and heart on how to find meaning fulfillment in the second half of our lives. Those who read Halftime and Game Plan (published in 1997) often want to know more about the endeavors in which Bob Buford is involved as a result of his own “halftime” experience. Buford’s third book, Stuck in Halftime: Reinvesting Your One and Only Life, was released in April 2001. Finishing Well: What People Who REALLY Live do Differently! a compilation of over sixty remarkable and inspiring interviews threaded with Buford’s own experiences, was released in 2004. An updated Halftime was released in late 2008, along with Beyond Halftime, a collection of Buford’s musings on the things that matter most in moving from gaining success to leaving a legacy.
Started in 1984 by Bob, Leadership Network serves as a resource broker that supplies information to and connects leaders of innovative churches. The emerging new paradigm of the 21st century church calls for the development of new tools and resources as well as the equipping of a new type of 21st century church leader, both clergy and laity. Leadership Network serves the leadership teams of large churches, as well as leaders in the areas of lay mobilization, denominational leadership at the middle and regional judicatory level and the next generation of emerging young leaders.
In 1998, Bob launched Halftime (www.halftime.org), an initiative of Leadership Network that helps successful people to convert their faith into action and effective results. The mission of Halftime is to develop strategy and resources to equip business/professional leaders to achieve maximum leverage and return on the investment of their time and resources measured in changed lives and healthier communities.
Halftime is taking on the challenge of joining two distinct cultures – those of the business/professional leaders and the nonprofit leaders – in partnerships at the local community level where the business/professional leader sees and touches the lives of the recipients the partnership services.
Bob is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and of the Owner Managed Program at the Harvard Business School. He has played active roles in Young Presidents’ Organization and World Presidents’ Organization and served on the board of the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard. Buford was the 2000 recipient of The Samaritan Institute Award and the 2005 Christian Management Association Award. Lead Like Jesus presented Buford the Leadership Award in 2008 and Roaring Lambs Ministry honored him in 2009. He was the 2010 recipient of the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.
Bob and his wife, Linda, live in Dallas.