J.P. Gradone is the Director of Strategic Plannin for the African Strategic Discipleship Movement. After a successful 20+ years in Corporate America, God called J.P. and Cheryl into full-time ministry in 2003. During that time, J.P. served as Executive Pastor at churches in Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee before leading a faith-based non-profit in his home state of New Jersey.
In May 2017, J.P. and Cheryl became SIM missionaries. J.P. has been serving as the Director of Operations for ASDM since that time while still living in the USA and traveling to Africa as needed. In June 2018, the first cohort of Disciple-making Leaders (DML’s) completed their 2 ½ year training in disciple-making and were leading an expanding disciple-making movement in their respective denominations and countries. On the heels of that, a new group of 16 DML’s began in February 2019. Yet, the DML’s from the 1 st cohort was still in need of help in building leadership teams and creating God-centered strategies for their perspective disciple-making movements. This need aligned so well with J.P.’s experience, calling, and passion. After much prayer, J.P. and Cheryl made the decision to help meet this need by making plans to relocate to Nairobi, Kenya where J.P. will work with the 1 st cohort DML’s to help build sustainable, African-led, African funded disciple-making movements in each DML’s respective countries. J.P. and Cheryl recently celebrated 40 years of marriage. They are the parents of five adult children who are all married and proudly boast of their amazing five grandchildren.