Dave Buehring

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Dave is a devoted follower of Jesus who serves as the President and Founder of Lionshare. Over the last four decades, he has served as a missionary, pastor and leader, using his communication gifts to equip many people in the ways of God (www.davebuehring.com). Dave has a lifelong commitment to making disciple-makers and serves as the leader of the d4 conferences - igniting a new generation of disciple-makers within the Dozen Domains of society. He’s the author of "Welcome to the Kingdom", "A Discipleship Journey" and "The Jesus Blueprint" – all scripturally sound, proven and practical resources aiding disciple-makers. He has served for many years on the leadership team of Messenger Fellowship and is a part of the pastoral team at Grace Chapel. Dave and his wife, Cheryl, reside in the beautiful hills of Franklin, Tennessee where they enjoy their family (including three adorable grandchildren) and friends.

Executive Director

Darren Bearson

Darren is someone that Dave Buehring has invested in for more than a decade, and he sensed the call of God to help take Lionshare to another level. Darren has worked for more than 20 years in government and politics -- on Capitol Hill, at the White House, at the US Department of Energy, and also for state parties in his home state of Minnesota, as well as Ohio. Over the last few years, he served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for the bipartisan Campaign to Fix the Debt and an energy trade association in Washington DC. His wife Sonya and their two boys live in Tennessee.

Cheryl Buehring


Care Coordinator

Faithful, steady, sweet and wise – that is how people who know Cheryl describe her. Following her years as a missionary in Hawaii and Thailand with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Cheryl has spent the past two decades giving of herself as a wife and mother.  During that time she has also gleaned much while serving as the wife of a pastor/leader. She now invests in mentoring young women and leader’s wives.  Cheryl is also a gifted artist who currently enjoys coffee painting (www.konacoffeeartist.com), being a regular guest at local shopping malls and the best friend to her husband, Dave.

Deborah McMillan

Prayer Coordinator

Deborah is a woman who is passionate for God and for people to experience God’s purposes in their lives. Her years of working in ministry and marketplace arenas have uniquely prepared and paved the way for her to serve as a counselor, teacher and mentor to many. She has often been a featured speaker for various churches and organizations where she is able to share her life message of walking in freedom. Deborah is the Founder and CEO of Garden Gate Ministries, and is an associate with Messenger Fellowship. Deb, and her husband Ben, reside in Cottontown, Tennessee where they enjoy their family.

Members of the Board of Directors

Sonya Crawford Bearson

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Vice Chair, Secretary, Communications

Sonya  is a former broadcast journalist and Stanford University graduate, who now happily spends her time taking care of her husband Darren and young sons Ben and Josh. She is the daughter of Christian missionaries to South Korea, who began her career in broadcasting at the age of 16, working for the Korean equivalent of the "Today" show.  Sonya worked for many different media outlets including NBC News, ABC News, KNBC-TV, Orange County News Channel and Public Radio International/American Public Media.  Her most recent position was as a Washington D.C.-based correspondent for ABC News and has served on the boards of the Stanford Alumni Association and the Asian American Journalists Association.  She was also the Director of "Moms in Step," a ministry for mothers at Woodridge Church in Medina, Minnesota for two years. She and her family live in Tennessee.

Tim Bish


Tim is a disciple of Christ and is committed to making disciple-makers.  He is an attorney that counsels and represents both public and private clients primarily in municipal, land use, and real estate matters.  Tim is a member and volunteer leader at North Way Christian Community's Wexford Campus.  He was born, raised, and continues to live in the Pittsburgh area, and graduated from Gettysburg College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Tim is a first-hand product of the disciple-making initiatives of Dave Buehring and Lionshare, and therefore he understands and appreciates the importance of making disciple-makers.  He is honored to have been discipled by fellow Board member Kent Chevalier and by Dave Buehring, and passes that on by discipling others.  As a native of the City of Champions, Tim was properly indoctrinated in the avid support of the Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers, and he enjoys passing that on to his nephews and nieces.

Kent Chevalier


Vice President

Kent is a committed disciple of Jesus Christ. He serves as the Discipleship Pastor at North Way Christian Community, an interdenominational church with five campuses across the city of Pittsburgh and as a member of their teaching team. He is a Pittsburgh native, a graduate of Geneva College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also partners with Dave Buehring and Lionshare as a disciple-making equipper and communicator. For the past several years, Kent and North Way’s pastors and leaders have teamed up with Dave to envision and transition their congregation and city towards making disciple-makers. Kent and his wife, Erica, have three daughters, who all wear black and gold when cheering for their city’s sports teams.

Dan Sneed

Board Member

Following his many years of pastoring Foursquare Churches in the Los Angeles area, Dan travels the world as a Bible teacher and conference speaker, ministering to leaders (www.dansneed.com).  He also advises numerous non-profit organization as a Board Member. His clear and gentle prophetic gifting, along with an easy and excellent teaching style – seen both in his speaking and writing – make him a favorite wherever he goes. He is the author of the book, "The Power of a New Identity". Dan often teams with Lionshare to shape leaders through leadership mentoring opportunities.  Dan and his wife, Bev, live in Thousand Oaks, California.

Heather Zempel

Board Member

Heather is a native Alabamian, who invested her parents’ money and six years of her life at Louisiana State University earning bachelors and Master's degree in biological engineering. She finally left Cajun country to apply her newly acquired skills as a consultant at an environmental engineering firm and later as a policy adviser in the United States Senate. She now engineers environments that foster community and spiritual growth as the discipleship pastor at National Community Church in Washington, DC. Heather and her amazing husband Ryan can be found on Capitol Hill enjoying theater (from the audience or the stage) and settling arguments with Webster’s Dictionary.