Board of Directors

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Julie Bullock Earp

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Ben Cachiaras

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Mindy Caliguire

President

Greg Nettle

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Steve Porter

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Albert Tate

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Julie Bullock Earp

Julie Bullock Earp is a senior generosity consultant with Generis, a team of professionals who influence churches and other faith-based organizations across the country in generosity development. She has led over 250 major giving initiatives for churches and organizations of all sizes and worship styles all across the country. Prior to joining Generis in 2009, Julie was the pastor for stewardship and generosity at Community Christian Church, a multisite church with 10 campus locations in the Chicagoland area. While on staff at Community, Julie also served as the director of development for the NewThing church planting network as a generosity and fundraising coach for churches desiring to go multisite. In addition, Julie has previously served as the director of development for Wheaton College, leading a team of advancement professionals in a $160 million capital campaign and has strong experience in gift planning and charitable estate planning. Julie, her husband Jud, and their children Jayma and Jace reside in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, where Jud raises beef cattle and where they are involved in their church – of which Julie sits on the board. They enjoy both the calm setting of life on the ranch as well as the bustling adventure of life on the road. They are passionate about church planting and are grateful to be aiding to advance the mission of Stadia to ensure every child has a church!

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Ben Cachiaras

Ben Cachiaras is from Minnesota, ministered in Tennessee, and has served since 1997 as Lead Pastor with Mountain Christian Church near Baltimore, Maryland.  A graduate of Minnesota Bible College (renamed Crossroads College), he has studied at Bethel Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary, and graduated with the Master of Divinity degree from Emmanuel Christian Seminary where he is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry final project.  Ben has served on Boards for Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Milligan College, Standard Publishing as well Contributing Editor with Christian Standard and President of the North American Christian Convention. He is the co-founder of MOVE Northeast, a church planting network.

With its beginnings in 1824, the story of the Mountain Church is remarkable. The Northeast is a vital mission field with a high concentration of unchurched people, and God is using Mountain to make a regional and global impact. With a mission to make disciples who love God, love people, and serve the world, Mountain is known for its impact in the local community and as a multi-ethnic, multi-site church of over 6000 that gathers in four locations. One campus is also a community center with a focus on changing the trajectory of under-resourced children.

Ben and his wife Karla, have three awesome children, Nathan, Andrew, and Ellie. He has an irrational devotion to his Minnesota Vikings, bats around a lot of tennis balls, gets a kick out of skiing on water and snow, and remembers when he did more rock climbing. Most of all, he loves his family, has a passion for preaching and leadership, and wants to build Jesus-shaped communities that draw people to the love of God.

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Mindy Caliguire

Mindy Caliguire is the founder of Soul Care, a spiritual formation ministry that exists to increase “soul health” in the body of Christ. She works with organizations such as Compassion International, Stadia Church Planting, Leadership Network, Denver Seminary, The Accord Network, Ascent Community Church, and others. She currently serves on the executive leadership team at Gloo. Her books include STIR: Spiritual Transformation in Relationships, Become Like Jesus, Discovering Soul Care, Spiritual Friendship, Soul Searching, and Simplicity, as well as Write for Your Soul: The Whys and Hows of Journaling.

President

Greg Nettle

Devoted to a God-given passion for The Church and its responsibility to plant new churches – churches specifically designed to reach out to children at physical and spiritual risk – Greg Nettle serves as President of Stadia Church Planting. As a visionary and catalytic leader, Greg has led Stadia from planting a handful of churches to planting more than 350 churches around the globe in 2020. Under his leadership, Stadia has developed strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations such as Compassion International and has refined its portfolio of unique and highly effective church planting services, positioning the organization for continued exponential growth.

Prior to his time at Stadia, Greg served as leader of the RiverTree Movement in Ohio for 25 years. His sense of adventure has taken him around the world as he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Cotopaxi and Whitney (among others) to raise funds to bless children on the margins of society.

Greg’s most important partner in life is his wife, Julie, as they lead their children, Tabitha and Elijah, to fall deeply in love with Jesus. He is an author, speaker and consultant as an agent of change in the global church and has co-authored three books: Small Matters, in collaboration with Compassion International President Jimmy Mellado, One Of and Disciples Who Make Disciples.

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Steve Porter

Steve Porter has been married for 36 years to Pam. They have three married children and five grandchildren. He has a BS in Business Administration from Youngstown State University with degrees in Accounting and Business Management. He started his career at Central Coated Products, Inc. in Alliance Ohio in August 1982 and currently he is a Board Member, Vice President, and Treasurer. He owns the business with a business partner, his wife, and his two sons. Steve currently serves as Board President for Christian Children’s Home of Ohio and has been on the board since 2000. Steve is an avid golfer, fisherman and enjoys anything that involves his family.

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Albert Tate

Albert Tate is the founder and lead pastor of Fellowship Monrovia. From Sweet Home Church of Christ Holiness USA in Pearl, Mississippi to Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, California, Albert Tate has been preaching the Gospel to people of all ages and races. Hearing the call from God, Albert and his wife LaRosa planted Fellowship Monrovia a Gospel-Centered, Multi-Ethnic and Intergenerational church in January 2012. Albert is married to the love of his life LaRosa Tate who he calls God’s gift of amazing grace in his life. Together they have four beautiful children, Zoe, Bethany, Isaac, and Micah. Albert serves on the Board of Trustees at Azusa Pacific University & Fuller Youth Institute. He was recently published in Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Advisory Team

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Chris Delfs

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Mozart Dixon Jr.

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Daniel Escobar

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Larrie Fraley

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Brandon Grant

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Valarie Grimes

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Matthias Haeusel

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Mary Kamau

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Hoon Kim

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Jason Lantz

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Ethan Magness

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Troy McMahon

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Chuck Mingo

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Shane Philip

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José William Portillo

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Nanci Ricks

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Bart Stone

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Mark Weigt

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Donnie Williams

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Courtney Wright

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Daniel Yang

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Chris Delfs

Chris Delfs serves as Senior Pastor at LifePointe Christian Church, in Elk Grove, California, which he planted in 2003. Prior to planting LifePointe, Chris spent 10 years serving as a Student Ministries Pastor.

Hobbies: Waterskiing, working out, backpacking, playing board games with friends and family.

Family: Chris is married to his best friend, Heather (29 years), and they have three children: Cobie (24) serves as Next Gen Pastor of Crosspointe Church (Anaheim, Ca); Cameron (22) serves as Media Director at LifePointe Christian Church; Cali Ann (16) serves in the student ministry and media ministry at LifePointe. (Heather reminds Chris often that their new addition “Jasper” – a goldendoodle – is now part of the family as well!)

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Mozart Dixon Jr.

Mozart Dixon serves as the Director of Church Multiplication for the Metro District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He has been in vocational ministry for almost 14 years in various capacities from college ministry to church planting. Mozart co-planted a church 6 years ago that has since multiplied into 3 more church plants. He holds a Masters in Christian Studies and is currently working on his doctorate of ministry through Alliance Theological Seminary. Mozart enjoys his family, basketball, and eating good food. He lives in New York City with his wife, Colleen, and their sons (Uriah and Hayes) and daughters (Evangeline and Misha).

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Daniel Escobar

Daniel Escobar was born and raised in Baja California, Mexico.  He relocated to Virginia in 2002, two years after getting married.  He first planted Iglesia La Red in Williamsburg, Virginia in 2005.  Seven years later he and his family moved to Washington DC to plant the second church in 2015. In 2017, he and his wife founded La Red Network, which is a church planting network in the US and Latin America that he is the director of.  This is now his main focus in ministry. La Red Network has taken him many places around the world and allowed him to live in Mexico and Argentina. He is currently a business owner in different industries in the private and government sectors. He is residing in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife Misty and their three kids, Michelle, Samuel and Julian.

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Larrie Fraley

Larrie was a founding member of Christ’s Church of the Valley, Inc in Peoria, Arizona (CCV). The Church of was founded in April 1982 and now has over 32,000 weekend attendees. Larrie has been at CCV for 23 years. For the past 18 years, Larrie has served as the Lead Global Outreach Pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona. Larrie believes that the work and activity of global and local missions will transform people from recipients of aid to owners of their circumstances. He has been married to Sheila for 52 years and has two daughters and seven grandchildren. Loves Motorcycles, Shooting, Hunting, and Deep Space Astro Photography.

Larrie is a member of a number of international outreach boards that work to improve community health and economic development. Larrie has visited over 70 countries. Larrie was the keynote speaker on Strategic Planning at the University of Law and Politics in Xian, China, and the University of Beijing in Beijing, China.

STARS Youth Sport, Inc. was founded by Larrie. Since its inception in 2004, the organization has grown to include over 20,000 youth players and over 1100 coaches. The organization only serves the northwest valley, but coaches travel internationally to teach soccer to underprivileged children in Africa and Latin America.

Larrie founded and served as President of StreetlightUSA. Today, hundreds of thousands of vulnerable young children are exploited, abused, and sold on the streets of our city. Larrie believes it is past time to end child sex slavery.

Larrie worked as a director in Intel Corporation’s Information Technology Division for 19 years. He was in charge of Intel’s Information Technology Centers around the world. Intel is the world’s largest manufacturer of microprocessors for personal and commercial computing. Larrie was a member of Intel’s Technology Advisory Board, which included Microsoft, Dell Computers, and Thunderbird International School of Management.

Larrie served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1978 during the Viet Nam era as an E6 Engineer specializing water purification. Larrie has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in biblical theology and is a licensed instructor for Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a Project Management certification from the International Management Leadership Center, and a Global Missions certification from Perspectives, Inc.

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Brandon Grant

Brandon Grant is the founding and lead pastor of Rise City Church in Lakeside, CA — a suburb in East County San Diego. Brandon and his family moved to southern California from Illinois to start Rise City Church in 2013. Since its launch, the church has quickly grown to over 1000 people, helped plant 13 churches, as well given nearly $2.5 million dollars away! Brandon is married to the love of his life, Jamie, and he is the father of four children — Elyse (11), Shepherd (9), Hope (7) and Connor (5).

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Valarie Grimes

Valarie Grimes is a Pastor of the church plant Radiant Church Savannah, in Savannah, GA. She is an international speaker, a Registered Nurse, and currently pursuing her Doctorate in Ministry from South University. Her most important roles, however, are the ones she hold in her family as a wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. She is married to Rahman Grimes, mother of two, and grandmother of two. Her goal is to influence others to become Christ followers and live out their purpose.

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Matthias Haeusel

Matthias is the founding pastor of Cross & Crown Church in Seattle, Washington. He serves as lead pastor of preaching and vision. Cross & Crown is a gospel-centered, multi-site church with locations in Seattle, Edmonds, and coming soon to Nashville. Originally from Germany, Matthias came to the U.S. as a missionary after serving in the German military as a tank-driver. He served as a missionary all over the world before making the jump into the church world. He has served as a teaching pastor, church-planter and lead pastor. Matthias holds a Masters Degree from Grace Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Corban University. He met his wife Andrea while they were both serving with Youth with a Mission, a missionary organization, in Kona, Hawaii. They have been married for 28 years and have 4 adult children.

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Mary Kamau

Co founder and Executive Director of Institutional Development and Strategy at Missions of Hope International (MOHI) based in Nairobi, Kenya. MOHI is a leader in holistic ministry among the most vulnerable communities in Kenya and beyond. Currently working in 30 locations with nearly 23,000 children getting quality Christian education and 26 church plants.
Married to Dr. Wallace Kamau and mother of 3 biological children and one foster daughter.

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Hoon Kim

Hoon is the lead pastor of Anthem Church, which he launched with his wife Shelly in September 2021 in Metuchen, NJ. Hoon and Shelly have been married for 18 years and are the proud parents of three sons; Sean, Liam, and Colin.
Hoon graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree from Lehigh University and received his Masters of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminar in Glenside, PA. He has been in ministry for 25 years as a speaker, writer and church planter and is the author of Creative Bible Lessons in Genesis (Zondervan), 365 Meditations for Teens, and has written for Youth Worker Journal, and the Journal of Student Ministries.
Growing up in Italy, Hoon developed a love for cooking and (European) football, and enjoys fly fishing and spending time with his family.

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Jason Lantz

Jason and Suzi Lantz and their kids Caris and JJ live in Canton, Ohio. The Lantzes have spent over 20 years in the Canton area helping people live a sent life with Jesus. Jason started a church in 2008 called LoveCanton focused around missional disciple making and in 2014 became Vision Leader of RiverTree Christian Church. RiverTree is a growing movement of churches on mission to send 20,000 people who wake up for the light of Jesus. Most days you can find Jason and Suzi coaching area leaders to help them dream and grow in maximum health and influence. Suzi as a Partner with GiANT (giantworldwide.com), and Jason through the One Center for Leadership (onecentercanton.com) in Canton. They love living in and serving Stark County where God is clearly up to something bigger than themselves.

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Ethan Magness

Ethan is the Senior Pastor at First Christian of Johnson City, Tennessee.

Ethan is originally from Elizabethton, Tennessee, and graduated from Swarthmore College. He received his Master of Divinity from Emmanuel Christian Seminary and served for 10 years at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Maryland.

Ethan founded and directs the Semester in Ministry program at Milligan College where he serves as an adjunct professor.

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Troy McMahon

Troy McMahon is the lead pastor of Restore Community Church (www.restorecc.org), a reproducing multisite church in Kansas City, MO. Before planting Restore, Troy was on staff at Community Christian Church in Chicagoland for over 10 years. He had held numerous roles during that time as part of the management team from business manager to facility design to launching a couple of new locations. Prior to coming on staff at Community Christian Church, Troy spent 10 years in the corporate world as an engineer and business unit manager. In 2007, Troy’s family and about 20 friends relocated to Kansas City, Missouri to start this new church in partnership with Stadia and the NewThing Network. Over the past eleven years Restore has launched additional locations and churches in Kansas City and helped launch 55 churches across the US and in Colombia, South America. It is the dream of Restore to partner with God in changing the spiritual landscape of Kansas City.

Troy has been married to the beautiful Janet McMahon for 35 years. Together they have three wonderful kids, Jake, Mitch and Judiann…and two amazing daughter in laws; Hannah (married to Jake), Brooke (married to Mitch)…and two beautiful granddaughters, Raelynn Sage and Londyn Addison.

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Chuck Mingo

Chuck is the founder of Courageous Love, an organization built to unite and ignite people for racial justice through programming that takes participants through life-changing moments of racial healing. Through his passion for justice and racial reconciliation, Chuck has transformed a congregational training into a national movement with hub cities emerging throughout the country. Chuck’s leadership through Courageous Love has inspired and mobilized thousands from diverse backgrounds around the nation and even the world. 

In addition to leading Courageous Love, Chuck teaches and consults for churches and organizations around the country on a variety of topics related to race relations and racial justice. 

For 13 years, Chuck has served as a teaching pastor at one of the largest churches in America, Crossroads Church. Prior to being a pastor, Chuck spent nine years in the corporate world at Procter & Gamble. He earned his Bachelors in Business Administration at Duquesne University. Chuck is married with three children and calls Cincinnati, Ohio home.

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Shane Philip

I am the founding Senior Pastor of The Crossing, Las Vegas. Married to Darla for 35 years, 3 kids and one grandson.

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José William Portillo

Pastor en Vive Charlotte Church

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Nanci Ricks

Trained as a Pediatric Physical Therapist, worked as an Associate Pastor of a church plant in Denver, Colorado as well as the President of an International Non-Profit, Nanci is a woman with many talents and interests. She began her professional life working with burn survivors at Children’s Hospital and then decided to focus on her own children full time as a homeschooling mother of 4. With a strong desire to see the world transformed, Nanci has mentored and mobilized many young leaders to look beyond their circumstances and make positive changes in the world.For 30 years she has developed the young adult burn survivors as potential future leaders. Nanci also co-founded and directed the Dalit Freedom Network (DFN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the emancipation of India’s Dalit. Then, as Associate Pastor, Nanci directed the small groups program, outreach, pastoral care, finances, and spoke on a regular basis.

Currently, Nanci is the President of Empart USA, a global non-profit that aims to transform 100,000 communities in South Asia by 2030. While many years have passed since her first journey to the subcontinent of India, her passion for India has continued as Nanci has made dozens of trips to all parts of India. She has testified before the US Congress as well as presented to large and small Indian and American audiences, interest groups, universities, and churches. Nanci is the author of a photographic devotional book, To Love the Slumdog. Through her heartfelt presentations, thousands have been stirred to action.

She is a passionate leader, developer, visionary strategist, and facilitator. As an engaging communicator, Nanci is the consummate storyteller. As an avid photographer, creative, cyclist, reader, and adventurer; she is never without somewhere to engage in life.Most importantly, she is the mother of 4 grown children, 3 children-in-law and “Gigi” to three beautiful babies with two more “on the way”!

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Bart Stone

Bart is originally from Louisville, KY and graduated from Cincinnati Christian University.  Bart spent 13 years on staff at Northeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY.   In January 2006 he and a team of people moved to Henry County to plant Momentum Christian Church.  He serves as the lead pastor for Momentum.  Momentum has two campuses: McDonough GA & Forsyth GA. 

Bart is married to his beautiful wife, Jodi who is a Physical Therapist.  They have son, Keaton, who’s 20.  Their daughter Addison is 16 Lexi is their youngest is 10.  Bart loves sports, especially college basketball, is a sneaker head and loves Start Wars. 

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Mark Weigt

Mark is the Lead Pastor of The Ridge Community Church located just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mark’s passion is to bring the hope of Jesus into every home in the SE Wisconsin region, which is why he planted The Ridge in 2006. The Ridge is accomplishing its mission through its main campus, an online campus (live.theridgecc.com) and a second physical site coming in 2022. Mark has a business degree from the University of Miami and a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

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Donnie Williams

Donnie Williams is the Lead Pastor of Lifepointe Church, a multi-site church in and around Raleigh NC. Lifepointe has supported and helped plant over 30 churches including 4 international church plants through Stadia Church Planting. Over the last 15 years Donnie has led Lifepointe to launch new campuses, start new churches, and be an example of strong, consistent leadership for the long haul. He lives in Raleigh NC, with his wife Cinda and they have three daughters (Molly, Abby and Lexi) and two sons in law.

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Courtney Wright

With a degree in business, Courtney spent almost 30 years in corporate America and has held many officer and managerial level positions. She worked for a fortune 100 company, for 26 years and for a Georgia-based domestic insurance company, where she held the positions of Vice President of Sales and President for several years. Her list of accomplishments are numerous and her performance stellar, in her field.  She was ranked in the top 2% of all Managers and Leaders for over 20 years.  

After much deliberation, Courtney made the pivotal decision to leave corporate America to work with her husband in their family-owned business, the Wright Financial Group, LLC as a licensed Principal, Stockbroker, and Financial Advisor. The Wright Financial Group offers financial counseling, retirement planning, and investment advising to consumers and small to mid size corporations. 

Courtney has always served in ministry, in her local church. In 2012, Courtney began to follow her life’s purpose and became the Pastor of Apostolic Ministries at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral and the Chief Operating Officer of Christian Alliance of Pastors, Inc. (CAP).  In this capacity, she is responsible for providing strategic oversight and creating organizational programming and structure for CAP which supports Church Planters and incumbent Pastors of churches. She is the Dean of the Dale C. Bronner Institute of Ministry and Leadership Development, which provides theological and spiritual formation education to Pastors, Ministers, and Church Leaders. She is also a Certified Life-forming Leadership Coach, who does Executive Coaching with selected clients.

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Daniel Yang

Daniel is the Director of the Send Institute, leading and overseeing all of its initiatives. Prior to directing the institute, he planted a church inToronto where he also helped recruit, assess, and train church planters through the Send Network and the Release Initiative. Daniel has served on various church staffs including Northwood Church, led by Bob Roberts Jr., where he was trained as a church planter and involved in global and multi-faith engagement. Prior to church planting, Daniel was an engineer for eighty ears. He earned an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a B.S.in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, and is currently a Ph.D.Intercultural Studies student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is also the co-author of the upcoming book Inalienable: How Marginalized Kingdom Voices CanHelp Save the American Church (InterVarsity, May 2022).

Team Members

Josie
Director of Marketing

Josie Barton

Mission Advancement Administrator

Katelynn Batts

VP of U.S. Church Planting

Jeff Bennett

Bloom Specialist

Lisa Bennett

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Collaboration Catalyst

Nick Boring

Planter Development Team Executive Assistant

Julie Botset

Project Bookkeeper

Karen Brown

Accounting Specialist

Mapi Byler

Director of Bookkeeping

Alyssa Candelaria

Learning and Engagement Coordinator

Michael Carnes

Project Bookkeeper

Wendy Carpenter

Director of New Church Growth

Tim Celek

Sam Chacko
Project Manager

Sam Chacko

Discovery Manager

Joshua Chavez

Catalyst for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Yucan Chiu

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Project Management Team Administrator

Zack Clark

Culture and Team Development Manager

Amber Craft

Southeast Regional Director

Crockett Davidson

Project Bookkeeper

Frances Davis

US Regional Director Assistant (Southeast)

Heather Dolhi

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Project Manager

Emily Diaz

Senior Director of Project Development

Doug Foltz

VP of Global Church Planting

Brent Foulke

Finance Manager

Bryce Foulke

Project Bookkeeper

Sarah Griffith

Project Bookkeeper

Becky Groves

Discovery Coordinator

Emma Haeusel

Partner Catalyst

Don Hamilton

Marketing Coordinator

Lauren Hart

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Project Bookkeeper

Tashea Hartpence

Project Manager

Mo Hofman

Planter Development Team Administrator

Sara Jackaway

Multiethnic Assessment Developer

Cedric Johnson

Senior Project Bookkeeper

Belinda Knight

Project Bookkeeper

Kelly McNamara

VP of Culture and Team Development

Janie Mehaffey

VP of Mission Advancement

Justin Moxley

Planter Development Team Administrator

Becky Murphy

VP of Mission Support

Matt Murphy

Project Bookkeeper

Kaitlyn Nelson

President

Greg Nettle

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Culture and Team Development Manager

Marco Osornio

Director of Information Technology

Laura Pedroni

Digital Church Catalyst

Jeff Reed

Content Marketing Coordinator

Alex Robinson

Northeast Regional Director

Toney Salva

Mission Support Executive Assistant

Kristin Scates

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Chief of Staff to the Office to the President

Angela Smith

Director of Church Relationships

Ashley Stegeman

Project Bookkeeper

Kris Stevens

Project and Events Coordinator

Ashley Stewart

Director of Discovery & Bloom Catalyst

Heidy Tandy

Project Bookkeeper

Layna Tapia

Director of Mission Advancement

John Wasem

Director of Global Development

Andrea Wells

VP of Church Planting Strategy

Craig Whitney

Josie

Director of Marketing

Josie Barton

Josie Barton was on the launch team of a church plant in Baltimore in 2013, and as a result, has come to learn first-hand the immense value of church planting and the hard work the job entails. She and husband Trevor were married in 2012, and they now have three incredible boys – Abbott, Branch, and Calder.

Mission Advancement Administrator

Katelynn Batts

Katelynn and her husband Travis live outside of Raleigh, NC and passionately serve in the youth ministry of their local church plant, Lifepointe, for the past 3 years. Katelynn has been a part of the Stadia team for the last 18 months and is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Communications at Liberty University. Before serving with Stadia, Katelynn worked as a Lead Teller at Wells Fargo for 3 years and as a communications and next steps intern at Lifepointe church. In her free time, Katelynn loves to read, play board games with her small group, visit her family in Wilmington, NC, and rock climb with her husband.

VP of U.S. Church Planting

Jeff Bennett

Jeff’s role is focused on increasing Stadia’s capacity to make a greater impact in U.S. church planting. He has partnered in planting churches in Georgia, across the U.S. and globally. Jeff lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Madison and Macy.

Bloom Specialist

Lisa Bennett

Story lover who grew up a Preacher’s Kid. Fell in love with and married my college crush, then set off for the following 8 years of ministry.  Enter Church Planting, which led me to this current spot on the timeline – another 17 years down the road with lots more stories to tell.  PanCan survivor who fully understands the weight of that statement.  Partner with my husband, Jeff, on the Bennett Front of Global Engagement (i.e. Life and all it demands), overseeing the on-line ed of our youngest, Hosting the Stadia Bloom: Plant Strong Podcast, and treasuring the fact that my favorite people ever, Madi and Macy, call me mom.

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Collaboration Catalyst

Nick Boring

Before arriving as Stadia’s Collaboration Catalyst, Nick served 20 years in corporate America as a Sales & Marketing executive at Fortune 500 companies. He left the corporate arena in 2003 and joined the staff of Kensington Community Church, in Troy, MI, where he served as their Director of Church Planting. Most recently, Nick served as the U.S. Catalyst for Vision360 and led a team of 12 City Catalysts across the U.S. focused on collaborative church planting. Nick travels extensively throughout the U.S., networking, connecting and empowering collaboration between churches of many tribes, networks, church planters and church planting teams.

Planter Development Team Executive Assistant

Julie Botset

Julie has 8 years of ministry experience with her local church in Midlothian, Virginia including children’s ministry leadership, director of operations, and director of adult ministry. She and her husband, Mark have four children, Tyler, Erin, Kristen, and Kaylee. Julie also has 20 years of leadership in foodservice/hospitality industry, including operations management, human resources, leadership development, and communication.

Project Bookkeeper

Karen Brown

Karen and her family moved to Boston in 2005 to help plant REUNION Christian Church, where she led the Family Ministry and served as the bookkeeper. Previously, Karen served on staff as a Children’s Ministry Director at Community Christian Church in the Chicagoland area. Loving and encouraging families through the church or local community makes her heart beat fast. Her passions lie in caring for children from hard places as both a foster parent, and as co-founder of The Foster Box, a non-profit equipping foster families. Karen lives in the Boston metro area with her husband Mike and their three kids: Aiden, Miles & Owen and is grateful for the ever-growing number of children who call her mom through foster care.

Accounting Specialist

Mapi Byler

Mapi was born and raised in Lima, Peru.  At age 23, she moved to Akron, Ohio to pursue her MBA at the University of Akron, where she met her now husband, Chris.  Together they have 3 girls, Alexa (12), Camila (10) and Ellie Rose (8).   Chris was who introduced Mapi to Christ.  Ever since then, Mapi has pursued knowing more about Jesus, his unending love and grace.

After she finished her MBA, Mapi worked for a company that specialized in fundraising, managing the overall direction of specific nonprofit organization’s accounts.  After the birth of her third child, she became a stay home mom and a health and wellness coach.  Mapi felt a call to seek the Lord in 2016 and she was introduced to a youth center in the area of Kenmore, called First Glance, whose mission is to connect students to Christ and the church through real, loving and non-threatening avenues.  She became a regular volunteer at First Glance and learned it is our job to love people and the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, the importance of making disciples, saturate the city with the word of God and be obedient to the next step while surrendering it all to Jesus.  In connecting with students, Mapi realized she has a fire inside to serve God while growing His kingdom on earth.  In response to God’s calling, in 2020 Mapi and her family moved from the suburbs (Uniontown) to the city of Kenmore and started homeschooling her kids, while working with Stadia and continued volunteering at First Glance.

Mapi’s heart beats for sharing Jesus with anyone that she comes in contact with and love people like Jesus would.  Her favorite part of the day, is the time she spends with Jesus, whether it is seating on her favorite chair at home with a hot cup of coffee and His word on her hands, or worshipping Jesus while she drives through the city.   Prayer and worship have become her favorite things.  And Jesus is her favorite to be with!

Director of Bookkeeping

Alyssa Candelaria

Since 2009, Alyssa has had the opportunity to work in both the public and private sector. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013 with a BS in Public Administration and in the fall of 2016, she graduated from Johnson University with her MBA. After graduation, Alyssa felt called to step outside of the government and corporate world. Alyssa looks forward to allowing church planters to focus on their mission of bringing people to Christ, while she works as a Senior Project Bookkeeper. A native of Saint Cloud, FL, Alyssa and her husband, Alex, love spending their time at Disney and traveling to see family and friends.

Learning and Engagement Coordinator

Michael Carnes

Michael was raised in Knoxville, TN but found his home in Athens, GA (Go Dawgs!) where he lives with his wife, Kayla, and dog, Lemony, who loves to make himself known. When Michael lived in Knoxville, he served as a Student Ministry intern and worship leader with Providence Church and eventually graduated from Summit Bible College through their online Bachelors and Masters Concurrent Program in Theology in Christian Counseling. Michael has worked with non-profits throughout his career and has a passion for serving communities. In his downtime, he loves to play music, PC game, watching Marvel movies and hanging out with his friends. Michael is excited to serve as Stadia’s Learning and Engagement Coordinator.

Project Bookkeeper

Wendy Carpenter

Wendy Carpenter is a life-long resident of Independence and Blue Springs, MO. She is married to Kevin, with 2 children, Cady 20 and Logan 18. She is a bookkeeper and administrative assistant by trade, but a volunteer by choice. She has enjoyed being a Girl Scout leader for the last 13 years as well as a member of Blue Springs Christian Church for 17 years. As a current member of Revive Church in Northwest Independence, she has volunteered in many capacities including worship leading, women’s ministries, missions and she is currently serving as the Worship Director. She has a heart for women and runs a clothing closet at Hope House, a domestic violence emergency shelter. She is an avid student of the Bible and her passion lies in loving people to Jesus and discipleship.

Director of New Church Growth

Tim Celek

Tim lives in Costa Mesa, CA with his wife of 40+ years, Sue. In 1988, Tim planted The Crossing Church, and over 30 years had the opportunity to see the Crossing grow, reflect, and impact the coastal community of Orange County. On the church’s 30th birthday, Tim intentionally handed off leadership of The Crossing Church. During Tim’s tenure, The Crossing Church resourced 5 new churches, which makes Tim’s role of Senior Director of New Church Growth with Stadia the perfect fit for this Harley-loving church planter. Tim also enjoys sail boat racing, and when he isn’t on boats or motorcycles, he loves to spend time biking and building Legos with grandsons (and their moms, who happen to be Tim’s daughters!)

Sam Chacko

Project Manager

Sam Chacko

Sam Chacko serves as the Lead Pastor at LOFT City Church in Richardson, TX.  He helped plant the church in 2011 and has seen the church become a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural church community.  Sam is a second-generation Indian American and a third-generation pastor. He’s also been a bi-vocational church planter, having served 15 years on staff at Marketplace Ministries.  Church planting is something near and dear for Sam and his family. He has a heart to see more minority-led multi-ethnic church plants and to see bi-vocational pastors flourish in ministry.

He serves on the board of the Ethnos Network (a decentralized, global church planting network that catalyzes multiethnic church plants in urban spaces around universities), Advance Initiative (a ministry that exists to see a movement of gospel-centered, multiethnic churches planted by or among Indian Americans) and Threaded (a ministry committed to inspiring relationships, reconciliation, and collaborative action among the diverse body of Christ).

Sam has been married to Ann since 2003, and God has blessed them with three incredible children – Nicole, Timothy, & Micah.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling and enjoying all sports connected to Philadelphia (Eagles, Sixers, Phillies).  Yes, he is an Eagles fan in Cowboys territory!

Discovery Manager

Joshua Chavez

Joshua Chavez serves as the Lead Pastor of Revive Church, a rapidly growing mutli-ethnic, multi-generational, multi–site church in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to leading this church community, Joshua has also served as a traveling Worship Leader and has led worship nationwide with organizations such as Promise Keepers, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Urban Youth Workers Institute, Maranatha Music and others.

Joshua is passionate about serving the local church. He is dedicated to partnering with local churches, church planters and church planting teams to strengthen and train them in creating healthy Gospel-Centered, Community Engaging, Kingdom Advancing Churches and Ministries.

Joshua his wife Noemi and two boys live in Long Beach, CA. They are passionate Jesus freaks and live on mission to make Jesus more famous everywhere they go.

Catalyst for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Yucan Chiu

Born in Chicago to parents of Chinese descent, Yucan came to understand and experience Jesus in his teenage years while in California. His first experiences in planting new faith communities informally began in his teenage years, growing into more “formal” planting in his early twenties; his latest church plant is in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Yucan is also the founding director of the Ethnos Network, a decentralized, global church planting network that catalyzes multiethnic church plants in urban spaces around universities (http://ethnos.network). Additionally, Yucan serves as a chaplain at Rutgers University for graduate students and faculty (through the ministry of Intervarsity), and a church plant trainer for City to City, New York region. He holds bachelor degrees in sociology and biology (University of California, San Diego), and graduate degrees in theology, urban Studies, and missiology (M.Div, Talbot School of Theology, D.Min. Bakke Graduate University).  He has been married for twenty years to Dr. Yen-Yen Chiu, and has two wonderful teenage daughters. In his free time, Yucan enjoys photography, food tours, running, art museums, and extended family.

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Project Management Team Administrator

Zack Clark

Zack experienced a church plant for the first time during college, and immediately knew it was something he wanted to be a part of. After graduating, he and his wife Abbie moved to Cleveland, OH (yes, on purpose) to be a part of Velocity Church, a multi-site 12-year-old church plant. While he was there, Zack gained experience in leading each area of a church plant. In his free time, Zack loves to watch soccer, drink good coffee, play video games, and spend time with his wife and 2 kids, Amelia and Josiah. The Clark family now resides outside of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Culture and Team Development Manager

Amber Craft

Amber originally hails from sunny Sarasota, Florida but found her home in Kissimmee, Florida after graduating from Johnson University Florida with a B.A. in Humanities and Biblical Studies in 2017. Amber is married to her best friend and college sweetheart, with whom she shares a love of the arts, binge watching Netflix originals, collecting postcards, and experimenting in the kitchen with plant-based foods.

Southeast Regional Director

Crockett Davidson

Crockett, and his wife Natalie, have been in ministry over 18 years and they have been primarily focused in the Southeast region. While in college they served in churches in Virginia and Kentucky and after graduation they were full-time in Ohio and Atlanta. Crockett has always been burdened for churches to ” do whatever it takes” to introduce people to Jesus Christ. This led him and his family to move to Hickory, North Carolina and start Vintage City Church. Crockett has served on the boards of different church planting networks, coached multiple planters and is obsessed with helping the church live on mission. Crockett and Natalie have three amazing kids who are sold out to church planting. Crockett’s role at Stadia is to build relationships with churches and planters in the Southeast region and help Stadia plant more churches that intentionally care for children in the U.S and around the world.

Project Bookkeeper

Frances Davis

Frances lives int he small town, Sparta, TN. She is the wife of a farmer and the mother to 3 beautiful children. She graduated from Tennessee Tech with a degree in Finance. She is happy to work in a field where she can use her education to help reach people for Jesus. Frances and her husband are actively involved in their church, serving on the Board of Directors among other service opportunities. Frances has been a bookkeeper for nearly a decade. When she’s not doing bookkeeping, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading.

US Regional Director Assistant (Southeast)

Heather Dolhi

Heather married Kevin in 2008. They have two kids, Caitlin and Jacob. They live in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA and love being outdoors. Heather started her career in the commercial construction industry, migrated to project management, finance, and administration and made the jump to full time ministry in the local church in 2014.

Heather is passionate about Jesus and how the local church can be an effective resource in leading people to Jesus. She is passionate about the mission of Stadia to plant churches so every child has a church home.

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Project Manager

Emily Diaz

After years of preparing, planning, and praying, Emily and her husband, Abiel, planted Ciudad de Gracia, a Spanish-speaking Stadia church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in January of 2017. Having first-hand experience of starting churches, Emily’s desire is to partner with church planters to help them be the very best for their community. Her other full-time job is being mom to the very best four kids: Gabriel, Lucas, Liliana and Marco.

Senior Director of Project Development

Doug Foltz

Doug is a self proclaimed church planting junkie and has been involved with church planting most of his adult life. He helped plant LifePointe Christian Church in Charlotte, NC in 2004 and has served as a project manager since 2008. His passion is to help church planters accelerate their vision to reach the lost. In his spare time, Doug enjoys gardening, traveling, Illinois basketball and coaching his kids’ sports teams. His greatest supporter is his wife, Amanda. Together they live in Illinois, where they have two kids, Will and Kate.

VP of Global Church Planting

Brent Foulke

Brent mobilizes people and groups to resource the Stadia mission. His church planting adventure began in 1991 when he and his wife Kay were called to plant in Albany, NY. Determined to help start a movement, Brent and the young Albany congregation, known as Christ’s Church, engaged with others to plant in Nashua, NH a few years later, then in Poughkeepsie, NY, Binghamton, NY and by the end of a decade as far away as Gaithersburg, MD where 22 disciples moved on mission. After coaching dozens of church planters sponsored by churches, foundations and church planting agencies, Brent left the staff of Christ’s Church to work full time facilitating new churches throughout the U.S. He served three years as Executive Director of the Exponential Conference before joining Stadia as an executive and working in a variety of ways to advance the Stadia mission. Brent and Kay continue to call Upstate NY home where they live near their daughters Keenan and Kyrin (Dom, Zinnia), garden together, and travel to visit their children and grandchildren in Colorado (Ben, Katie, Zachary, Liam, Annalyn) and St. Louis (Brendon, Amanda, Morgan, Grahm, Jack).

Finance Manager

Bryce Foulke

Bryce and Missy have been married for more than 30 years. They have a daughter Alyssa, married to Alex and they have a son Brad, married to Katie. Alex and Alyssa have a son, Jeremiah – Bryce’s first grandchild. Missy is a Clinical Documentation Specialist/RN, and Bryce also has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Counseling. You can find Bryce running with his Run Club while you can find Missy entertaining Jeremiah. Bear, the family canine, also takes us for walks.

Project Bookkeeper

Sarah Griffith

With over 20 years of serving in a finance and business capacity in a variety of churches and faith based non-profits, Sarah feels equipped and excited to be able to come alongside church planters to help them achieve their goals. Being part of a recent Stadia church plant in her native city Chicago, Sarah has a deep understanding of the struggles and joys that come with planting a new church and reaching a local community. 

Sarah and her husband Chris enjoy biking around the city, rooting for their favorite Chicago sports teams (Cubs > Sox), and spending time with friends at Chicago’s greatest restaurants and coffee shops. 

Project Bookkeeper

Becky Groves

Growing up a preacher’s kid, Becky has a deep understanding of both the blessings and challenges of serving the church, and seeks to find ways to offer support to those who are called into that ministry. With a degree in accounting and a love for organization, that support has usually taken the form of administrative and financial roles within the church, but she also enjoys teaching Middle School girls each week. She and her husband Shaun are currently living in the Nashville area, raising four amazing kids, and serving God through the church and Compassion International.

Discovery Coordinator

Emma Haeusel

Emma joined the Stadia staff in April 2019 as the Global Resource Assistant. She was introduced to church planting at a young age, as she planted churches with her family growing up. Prior to working at Stadia, she worked as an executive and research assistant at her home church, Cross & Crown. Emma recently moved to Chattanooga, TN from Seattle, WA and is loving the Southeast!

Partner Catalyst

Don Hamilton

In 2020, Don retired from a thirty-eight-year pastoral ministry at Vibrant Church in Mechanicsburg, PA. He is the father of four beautiful, adult daughters who love Jesus and four grandchildren who brighten his life. Don was married to a beautiful, graceful, smart, hard-working woman named Gail for thirty-eight years until she unfortunately went to be with the Lord in October of 2018.

Marketing Coordinator

Lauren Hart

Before joining Stadia, Lauren spent several years as the Student Ministries Creative Director at Flatirons Church in Colorado. Her years in Student Ministry make her really fun at dance parties and slightly addicted to candy. Last year, Lauren got married and moved to Kansas City with her new man. The two have been enjoying BBQ, remodeling a home, and building new friendships. Lauren likes art, traveling, making tacos, and eating tacos. Lauren is thrilled to join the Stadia Family in starting new churches for the next generation!

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Project Bookkeeper

Tashea Hartpence

Tashea’s heart beats for family. But that heartbeat isn’t limited to her husband and three incredible kids. It extends out to her global family, the church. For most of her life, Tashea has been serving and loving God’s family in any way possible. She attended Ozark Christian College where she met her husband. Over the years, as a pastor’s wife, she has served in many capacities: running children’s ministries, directing a preschool, leading women’s groups, and serving on multiple mission trips to Africa. Her family currently serves at Northwest Hills Christian Church in San Antonio, TX. Tashea is excited to be a part of the team at Stadia, and use her experience in ministry, bookkeeping, and her keen eye for detail to help the church grow God’s Kingdom.

Project Manager

Mo Hofman

Mo Hofman has over 15 years’ experience in organizational planning, team development, and maximizing project goals, with  6+ years specifically in church planting, multisite, and church logistics. She loves the church and enjoys the behind the scenes work in sharing the gospel.  In her spare time you will find her walking her dog Shadow, crocheting blankets, working out with friends, and on the field cheering for her kids at their sport events.  Mo and Aaron have been married since 2001 and have two teenagers Maddie and Austin.

Planter Development Team Administrator

Sara Jackaway

Sara and her husband Josh planted the Brookside Campus of Restore Community Church in 2013 in Kansas City, MO.  She has loved seeing people find their way back to God at Restore. As Planter Development Team Administrator, Sara helps navigate potential church planters through the Discovery process.  Sara is also part of Stadia’s Bloom and has written articles for the Bloom books.

Multiethnic Assessment Developer

Cedric Johnson

Born in New York City, Cedric is passionate about urban and multiethnic church planting. He is the founder of Kinetic Church, a growing multiethnic multimodal faith community in Brooklyn, NY. Before joining Stadia, Cedric served as the Assistant Director of Training for City to City, New York region, where he developed curriculum, diversified content, trained trainers, and served as a resource for church planters who are co-vocational or serve multiethnic and marginalized communities. He is a published author and former Associate Professor at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC. He holds an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary and has close to twenty years of urban ministry experience. Cedric and his wife, Veronica, live in downtown Brooklyn. He enjoys tennis, playing the drums and science fiction movies.

Senior Project Bookkeeper

Belinda Knight

Belinda Knight comes to the Stadia team with over 15 years bookkeeping experience. After employment at a Fortune 500 company for 9 years, Belinda started providing freelance bookkeeping and project management services which allowed time flexibility for her to support her husband’s church planting efforts in Morgantown, WV and then again in Olympia, WA. With her primary church planting role historically focusing on children’s ministry, Belinda is excited to be a part of the Stadia team who shares her passion for reaching kids with the good news of Jesus!

Project Bookkeeper

Kelly McNamara

Kelly’s role is to come alongside church planters and support them with encouragement, as well as provide accounting/financial services. Her heart is to serve and connect women, which she does by leading a women’s small group and by coordinating women’s events at her home church, RiverTree-Lake, in Uniontown, Ohio. Kelly and her husband John have been married since 2000, and love raising their blended family of 4 children – elementary aged through adult.

VP of Culture and Team Development

Janie Mehaffey

Champion of People. Advocate for Clarity. Celebrator of God’s work through starting thriving, growing, multiplying churches for the next generation. Janie serves the Stadia team to create a relationship-focused, high impact culture that moves us all toward a world where Every Child Has a Church. With over 30 years of experience, Janie has served as Communications Director of Traders Point Christian Church in Indianapolis and as a Communications Strategist with Fishhook, an innovative creative services company that consults with churches of all sizes across the country. She has worked with church planting teams in Manchester, CT, and Miami, FL, and a wide-spectrum of non-profit organizations, including Exponential Network, the American Diabetes Association and Kappa Delta Sorority. She and her husband, Matt, live in Pittsburgh, PA, with their two sons, who are originally from Taiwan.

VP of Mission Advancement

Justin Moxley

Justin has served for years as a strategist, consultants and coach for churches, non-for-profits and businesses.  His experience in serving in a mega church and leading a new church are what brought him to his role as Vice President of Advancement for Stadia.  He is on the teaching team of his local church, has served as an adjunct professor and has served on the board of a number of non-for-profits.  He has been married to his wife Tiffany for over 25 years, has a son Zane, daughter-in-law Taylor, daughter Savannah and son-in-law Jacob. He loves the beach, Kansas City BBQ, and watching his kids play college soccer.

Planter Development Team Administrator

Becky Murphy

Becky has shared in the excitement of starting four different church plants over the past 13 years. Two were Stadia church plants in Maryland: Revolution Church in Annapolis and The Foundry in Baltimore. At Revolution, she served for over five years as Executive Assistant to Josh Burnett. More recently, she worked as the Director of Guest Experience. Becky is married to Matt, and they have two beautiful children, Ariella and Rex. Becky’s passion for church planting comes from a desire for everyone to be part of a strong community filled with God’s love. She is especially passionate about helping women maximize their role in church planting.

VP of Mission Support

Matt Murphy

Matt lives in North Beach, MD and is married to Becky Murphy with two kids, Ariella & Rex, and one dog: Ravenclaw. Matt has been a part of four church plants in the DC/Baltimore metro area. Matt was previously the Executive Pastor for Revolution Church in Annapolis, MD, and before that, was the Project Manager for the Siemens Center for Applied Medical Imaging MRI R&D group at Johns Hopkins University.

Project Bookkeeper

Kaitlyn Nelson

Kaitlyn is a native of Lake Wales, Florida. She grew up in the ministry of Christian Camping at Lake Aurora Christian Camp. She has extensive experience in faith-based non-profits in the finance, marketing, and donor relations sectors. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Business Administration from Florida Southern College. She currently lives in Lake Wales with her husband, Aaron, and their son, Rhett. She loves all things outdoors, running, traveling, great food, and being with family and friends.

President

Greg Nettle

Devoted to a God-given passion for The Church and its responsibility to plant new churches – churches specifically designed to reach out to children at physical and spiritual risk – Greg Nettle serves as President of Stadia Church Planting. As a visionary and catalytic leader, Greg has led Stadia from planting a handful of churches to planting more than 350 churches around the globe in 2020. Under his leadership, Stadia has developed strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations such as Compassion International and has refined its portfolio of unique and highly effective church planting services, positioning the organization for continued exponential growth.

Prior to his time at Stadia, Greg served as leader of the RiverTree Movement in Ohio for 25 years. His sense of adventure has taken him around the world as he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Cotopaxi and Whitney (among others) to raise funds to bless children on the margins of society.

Greg’s most important partner in life is his wife, Julie, as they lead their children, Tabitha and Elijah, to fall deeply in love with Jesus. He is an author, speaker and consultant as an agent of change in the global church and has co-authored three books: Small Matters, in collaboration with Compassion International President Jimmy Mellado, One Of and Disciples Who Make Disciples.

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Culture and Team Development Manager

Marco Osornio

Marco and his wife Jenny moved their life from Mexico to Northern Virginia in 2018, where they started from scratch building a new life and their own history with their beautiful daughter Kara.
They have been serving and attending New Life Christian Church in Chantilly Virginia, where he is part of the worship team playing drums and she is involved in the kids ministry.

Marco spends his time running a specialty coffee shop just outside of Washington DC, he is passionate about coffee with an entrepreneurial spirit.
Before they moved to the US, he worked as a process developer and HR assistant for the state government.

In 2020 he joined the Passion 4 Planting residency. He has a vision to plant a coffee roaster and disciple-making space, putting his two greatest passions together.

Director of Information Technology

Laura Pedroni

Laura served her community as a former high school German teacher for 12 years before joining Stadia’s Advancement Team. Her and her husband, Guillermo, reside in Bolingbrook, Illinois, and have two children, Karmina and Gabriel. With this being her first experience in church planting, she feels so blessed to have been given the opportunity to advance God’s Kingdom through her work with Stadia. When Laura and her family are not visiting relatives, they enjoy traveling to various destinations throughout the United States.

Digital Church Catalyst

Jeff Reed

In June 2000, Jeff led his first Online Bible Study, taking 75 people around the planet through the book of James using a text-based system called Ultimate BB. Since then, Jeff has focused his energy serving the church in the digital/technological realm by working on church staffs, as well as running businesses that resource or complement the Church. Ultimately, his passion is to help churches expand their ministry by utilizing digital platforms, further embracing the idea of Phygital Church and Digital-Only, Location-Independent expressions of Church to reach people for Christ and to bring people who are far from God closer to Him.

Jeff married his high-school sweetheart, Amy, and have two kids, and a dog, They live in Miami, Florida.

Content Marketing Coordinator

Alex Robinson

Alex is passionate about helping people engage with God by creating experiences and environments which challenge them to see Jesus in a fresh way. You’ve heard of the most interesting man in the world, but Alex describes himself as the most boring man in the world (1 Thess. 4:11-12). He likes spending time with his family, watching documentaries, movies, and the latest Netflix Originals, reading theological books, and is curious about the art and science of coffee and beer brewing.

Northeast Regional Director

Toney Salva

Toney is a veteran in the church planting world having served in pastoral ministry for more than 28 years. 20 of those years were spent planting and leading new churches in the Northeast – in both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania – and serving on the board of directors of three different church planting organizations. Toney has been with Stadia since 2016. He and his wife Stacie have been married for 28 years and together they have two great kids. Their son Tanner has a degree in theology, and along with his wife Delaney, serve as church planters with Mustard Seed Network in Tokyo, Japan. Their daughter Haley is currently a student at Ozark Christian College where she is studying theology. Toney’s role with Stadia is to build relationships in the Upper-Midwest and Northeast region of the United States to further Stadia’s mission to plant multiplying churches that intentionally care for children. 

Mission Support Executive Assistant

Kristin Scates

Kristin and her husband Drew live in De Soto, KS. They recently moved to the Kansas City area to serve at Restore Community Church where her husband works as the Creative Arts Director at their Shawnee Campus. Kristin enjoys serving alongside her husband on the Creative Arts team by playing piano and singing. Kristin recently started with Stadia in September but before joining the Stadia team, Kristin held various roles at Calvary Christian Church in Bellevue, NE over the past 7 years from Weekend Service Coordinator, to Communications Assistant, to an Administrative Assistant for two Executive Level Staff. Kristin’s first experience with church planting was when her family helped launch a church in Fishhawk, FL that became the church she grew up in!

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Chief of Staff to the Office to the President

Angela Smith

Angela is an entrepreneurial business leader with a breadth of experience in areas of product development, sales, operations, marketing, and administration in Fortune 500, small business, and startup environments.  She is passionate about the intersection of business and social impact and feels blessed to have the opportunity to use her experience and talents as part of the Stadia team to help every child have a church.  Angela and her husband Michael live in the hill country outside of Austin Texas with their four children where they actively worship and serve in the local church and catalyze Christian community.

Director of Church Relationships

Ashley Stegeman

After teaching for several years and being heavily involved in her local church, Ashley’s heart for ministry has continued to grow. Ashley serves locally in her community and her and her husband have traveled globally to serve in Poland and Haiti. Ashley understands the importance of the church in a child’s life. If she is not at church, she’s hanging out with girlfriends or with her husband and three boys in Cincinnati, OH.

Project Bookkeeper

Kris Stevens

Kris lives just outside of Kansas City in Grain Valley, MO. She is married to Brian, with whom she has two awesome kids, Kellen and Olivia. The family also has a dog, Morgan, and a guinea pig, Katie.  She loves supporting the planters she works with!

Project and Events Coordinator

Ashley Stewart

Ashley has been with Stadia since January 2019 and has the opportunity to work with several teams throughout Stadia on a day to day basis. Before working at Stadia, Ashley worked at a local church plant as the Executive Director leading ministry leaders, running the Sunday program, and anything else that was needed of her. Ashley & her husband Chris live in Davidsonville, MD (about 20 minutes outside of Annapolis) with their dog Opie and cat Albus. 

Director of Discovery & Bloom Catalyst

Heidy Tandy

Heidy helps empower women to thrive in all areas of church planting. Prior to church planting and her role in Bloom, Heidy worked for 10 years in Leadership Development and Higher Education. She and her husband Josh planted Movement Church in Newport, KY in March, 2014 and have two amazing kiddos, Isaac and Clara Jo. Heidy is also passionate about storytelling and making any event or activity just a little more fun.

Project Bookkeeper

Layna Tapia

Layna and her husband, Jair served on the launch team at Engage Church in Memphis, TN in 2014 and have been volunteering ever since. They love their pup, Simba even more than they love Marvel movies. Before coming to Stadia, Layna worked as the Director of Student Recruitment at Mid-South Christian College.

Director of Mission Advancement

John Wasem

John has been engaged in the starting of new churches since 1983 as a strategist, coach, professor, and concept pioneer. He has filled a variety of roles with Stadia since 2004. John is approaching 50 years of ordained ministry having led churches in 5 locations – one of which he planted in 1994. He and his wife, Leslie, live in Fort Myers FL and have 3 married children and 6 grandchildren.

Director of Global Development

Andrea Wells

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.

VP of Church Planting Strategy

Craig Whitney

Craig is a strategist, leader, teacher, and coach. Having started a church himself, he is passionate about multiplying churches. He lives in Sacramento, California with the cutest girl in his 4th Grade Sunday School class who he has now been married to for over 35 years. When he is not reading, writing or talking about ideas for multiplication, he likes to spend time roasting and drinking coffee, cycling in the Sierra Foothills, and cheering on his favorite Formula 1 driver.