Stadia is thrilled to welcome Andrea Hamilton, Wesley Bolden, and Mark Miller to the Stadia team! As a five-year planter and long-time partners in the Stadia family, these new staff members bring experience and perspectives that are certain to position Stadia toward our church planting vision in even greater ways. We’re so glad they said “yes” to seeing that Every Child Has a Church.

 

WESLEY BOLDEN, Project Manager

 

Wesley Bolden has ministry training and experience in church revitalization, campus ministry, senior leadership and church planting. In addition to his role as a Stadia Project Manager, he is also the lead planter and teaching pastor at Tri-Cities Church, a multiethnic church in East Point, GA, and a Stadia church plant. He is passionate about empowering church planters to discover and live into their unique gifting and calling. Wesley lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife, Kim, foster child(ren), 2 dogs, and 7 chickens. During his free time, Wesley loves to get outside and drink good coffee.

 

Q: With all the opportunities you most likely have to do Kingdom work, why did you say “yes” to Stadia?

A: No one should plant a church alone. That’s a bad idea. Stadia provides resources and relationships that contribute to the formation of healthy growing churches. As a church planter, I know the real-world value of Stadia’s project management. The opportunity to serve other church planters in this way was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

Q: Why do you think church planting and specifically starting churches that care for children is particularly important?

A: The Gospel transforms individuals, families, and communities. Planting healthy churches is one of the most effective ways to spread the Gospel. I believe healthy churches that care for children maximize the transformative power of the Gospel, which breaks destructive generational cycles and frees future generations to serve the Lord.

Q: How has God specifically prepared you for this role with Stadia?

A: I love to help church planters fulfill the vision God has given them. In this role with Stadia, my passion, education, and experiences all collide.

 

ANDREA HAMILTON, Director of Global Development

 

Passionate about the church and the people she’s been called to serve, Andrea has spent the entirety of her professional career in ministry. As a director at Mosaic Christian Church, she built the missions program into a sustainable, focused endeavor and developed the Kids Ministry into a thriving environment for children to encounter Jesus. From leading trips across the world to leading pre-k volunteers, Andrea has seen the very real impact of the local church on a given community, and it has only stoked her passion to see God’s lost children come home. In addition the her role at Stadia, she helps lead Gail’s Girl and is intentional about building others up to be all that God designed them to be. If she’s not at hip coffee shop working, you can find her at a spin studio, exploring Baltimore’s freshest restaurants with girlfriends, or in Pennsylvania spending the day with her family.

 

Q: With all the opportunities you most likely have to do Kingdom work, why did you say “yes” to Stadia?

A: I believe the church is the hope of the world, so I’m passionate about church planting. Back in high school, God planted a passion for global missions in and it has never left. God led me to Stadia and made it super clear that this was His next step for me in ministry. I couldn’t be more excited that all of these reasons combined led to my “yes” answer!

Q: Why do you think church planting and specifically starting churches that care for children is particularly important?

A: After working in kids ministry for almost 9 years, I have seen first-hand how important the church is in caring for children. The church is vital in helping shape a child’s foundation of who God is, their view of the church, and showing them how God and the Bible are applicable to them as children. When I think of how the church has impacted the lives of children, dozens of kids and adults I know personally flood to my mind, including my own!

Q: How has God specifically prepared you for this role with Stadia?

A: As I’ve been assimilating to Stadia, it’s funny to see how God has been preparing me for this role all along. I was involved with global missions in college, interned for two years creating a global mission program at Community Christian Church, and led kids ministry for 9 years at Mosaic Christian Church. I also led Mosaic’s missions for the first four years I was there. God has used all of this to grow my passion for and experience in global missions, church planting, and kids! It’s been an intimate time with the Lord as He has led me to Stadia and unveiled much of the ways He has been working in and through me to prepare me.

 

MARK MILLER, Director of Strategic Development

 

Mark joins the Stadia team after wrapping up a 25 year ministry with his wife, Gloria, at The Creek in Indianapolis, Indiana. A well respected leader among churches across the country, Mark has led global missions endeavors, including work with a Stadia partner in the middle East. Mark’s role with Stadia will include care and resourcing of Stadia church plants beyond year two. He will also work in developing global planting partners.

 

Q: With all the opportunities you most likely have to do Kingdom work, why did you say “yes” to Stadia?

A: Saying “Yes” to Stadia was the easiest decision I may have ever been asked to make. I believe strongly in the principles behind disciple making movements and church planting movements. Stadia’s commitment to planting churches in order to reach lost people and the role that I have been asked to play in moving church plants towards reproduction is in my “passion place.” The second ask of me was to be working with leaders around the world until “every child has a church.” My giftedness is in the areas of strategic execution and leadership formation. The role described to me by the leadership at Stadia was tailor-made for the person God has shaped me to be. “Yes” was the only possible right answer.

Q: Why do you think church planting and specifically starting churches that care for children is particularly important?

A: Beyond my belief in the principles driving church planting movements around the world, statistics have shown that a new church is the best way to reach currently unreached people. If I am to be Christ-like then my heart needs to beat for lost people as did His. As such, church planting is the model given us and I trust the “Model-Giver.” As for the emphasis on a church for every child, I am a dad of three daughters and a grandfather of four (two boys and two girls) who thanks God daily for the Christian communities that are standing in the gap for my girls and my grandbabies. I have traveled the world over during the last decade and seen children living in both physical and spiritual poverty. My heart has been broken over and over again. I want for those children what God has provided for the children in my life. I am thrilled to be a part of a ministry that shares my burden and is seeking to fill that gap.

Q: How has God specifically prepared you for this role with Stadia?

A: Some people are entrepreneurs. Some people are maintainers. God has created me to be an improver. He has given me a heart, a mind, and an eye for seeing how failing things can be turned around and how good things can be made better. The last 35 years of vocational ministry have presented me so many opportunities to work with leaders from around the country and around the world. Every one of those encounters has been used of God to hone my gifts and abilities. Whether good, bad, or ugly, they have all left me better. The last fifteen years have been specifically devoted to teaching and coaching leaders and leadership teams—from teaching seminary classes, to coaching strategic planning in churches, to facilitating workshops at ReChurch, ICOM, etc. God has been preparing me for this next season of life and ministry. I’m ready!