missio dei: gso is led by elders; those charged with leading the church by empowering God’s people to live out of the gospel for the good of the city.  Their responsibilities include praying, pastoring and casting the broader vision for missio dei in Greensboro.

Current Elders:

Rob Cassell (Lead Pastor)Rob was born in Columbia, SC and grew up in Kingsport, TN.  He went to Wake Forest University, where he met his wife, Kirstin.  They were married in 2003 and now have 3 children (Riley, Allyn, and Amani).  The Cassells moved to Greensboro in 2005 and quickly fell in love with the city.  After a decade in youth ministry, Rob planted missio  with a group of people who wanted to be part of a gospel-centered community that worked for the benefit of those around them.  Rob loves reading, music, everything outdoors, especially backpacking and mountain biking, and needs contact with mountains to recharge every so often.

Top 5 Strengths: Includer, Adaptability, Input, Connectedness, Belief

David Lillard (Lay Elder)
- David and his wife, Nikki, are both from Greensboro, NC and have been married since 2007.  While working as the Marketing Manager of a NC-based manufacturing firm, he serves as a lay elder of Missio Dei:gso.  He regularly leads music at the weekly gathering, co-leads one of our missional community groups and occasionally preaches on Sundays and teaches lessons with the school-aged children.  He graduated in May 2015 with a Master of Arts in Religion in Christian Leadership from Liberty University. As a member of the millennial generation David still plays video games and abhors yard work.  He also has a deep, potentially harmful, obsession with Rold’s Gold pretzel sticks (endorsement pending).

Top 5 Strengths: Ideation, Adaptability, Connectedness, Belief, Relator

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Jeff Sublett (Lay Elder)
- Jeff was born in Lynchburg, Va. and moved to Greensboro when he was 6 years old.  Jeff lived in Greensboro since 1985, with the exception of the time he was attending Appalachian State University in Boone, NC (class of 2000, BA Economics).  Jeff and his wife Amber have been married since 2003, and have 3 children (Noah, Caleb and Emi).  They joined missio dei – GSO in 2012, and Jeff became an Elder in 2013.  Jeff currently maintains the bookkeeping tasks for Missio Dei.  The Subletts enjoy stretching themselves through ministry in the local community as well as international missions.  Jeff loves playing with his kids and watching the Grasshoppers and Cubs.

Top 5 Strengths: Focus, Developer, Arranger, Strategic, Analytic


Deacons at missio dei:gso are those whose overall responsibility is to assist the elders with serving, leading, and equipping the faith community.