About Us

Grant-writing class participants in Mobile, AL

Grant-writing class participants in Mobile, AL

Our Vision

Our vision is to empower and inspire the nonprofit sector. Whether a ministry or community-based organization, or a housing agency or educational institution. We exists to meet the operational needs of the nonprofit sector and help you focus on your mission. We help launch, grow, and fund community and faith-based organizations around the country. Our unique and customized approach to inspiring, sharing, and challenging others is unlike any other. We specialize in small to mid-size organizations and bring real-life experience to the table. Our president and principal owner has served as a volunteer, executive director, board member, and pastor…and understands the unique challenges of serving in both rural and urban settings.

Our Story

The seed was planted in the heart of a small nucleus of teenagers whose lives crossed one another’s paths in the Mid-Hudson Valley in upstate New York. At a young age they dedicated their hearts to God and lives to ministry and serving others. With the help and support of nurturing parents and supportive churches, they started a faith-based nonprofit ministry. It was launched as an evangelistic tool to provide inspiration, encouragement, as well as wholesome and nurturing environments and activities for other young people. After Derek, one of the three, left for college to prepare for pastoral ministry, the team gradually began shiftting its focus to serving felt-needs in under-resourced communities. Upon finishing college and entering his first pastorate in the state of Mississippi, he began his work by combining a traditional pastoral approach with a community-development emphasis to serve the needs of the congregation and community. Since those early days all of them – Derek Lane, Joe Sparks, and David Guerrero, have spent the last thirty-plus years engaged in various aspects of ministry with a goal of encouraging others and empowering communities.

Meet our President/Owner


Derek L Lane, Founder & CEO

Derek L. Lane is the Principal owner of The Lane Consulting Group, an agency that provides workshops, training, and consulting services for community and faith-based organizations throughout the U.S. Some of his clients include World Vision, the U.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Christian Community Development Association. He has launched over a dozen non-profit agencies and secured over $20 million in grants and resources over the past 30 years as an executive director, board president, consultant and pastor. He is an ordained minister and graduate of Oakwood University, MS State University,

and NELI-the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute. In 2013 he was selected as a Peer Reviewer for the Standards of Excellence©Institute and currently serves as pastor of the Maranatha Seventh-day Adventist Church in Seattle, WA and Outreach Ministries Director for the Washington Conference.

He is married to Mae Aldridge-Lane and they have four adult children and one granddaughter. He enjoys public speaking and writing and is passionate about helping communities and faith-based organizations make an impact where they serve. He is one of the contributing authors to the 2022 devotional book “Let Justice Roll – Biblical Devotions on Conscience and Justice.”

The Lane Consulting Group conducts grant-writing and other capacity-building workshops for community and faith-based organizations throughout the country and subcontracts services to local event organizers interested in a sideline opportunity for themselves or a fundraiser for their organization. Reach out to us about hosting a workshop in your community!

Feel free to reach out to me for your nonprofit or ministry-support needs. Available for speaking, training, and consulting.

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