2017 Speakers

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Texas Ministry Conference 2017 – Speaker Bios

 

Kevin Alvarez
Kevin loves all things Disney, Star Wars and teaching God’s word in truth to as many people he encounters (these are in no particular order). Whether using PowerPoint, song, costumes or whatever he can find, Kevin loves to share the good and bad experiences that he has learned over the past years in youth ministry to help others implement new ideas to better serve. He is currently working with refugee kids at All Nations Sports Academy coordinating Discovery Nights (which is a bible study) and served as the Youth Pastor at Long Point Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. Kevin holds an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Leadership both from the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas and recently graduated with a Master of Divinity from The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas. Some of his past speaking engagements include St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and Camp Eagle where he got to live at camp with his family for the summer (it was so hard to go back to real life). Kevin is married to his beautiful wife Yvette and they have 3 wonderful daughters who help him stay trendy with all things cool!

Jerrie Amos
Jerrie Amos has been on the staff of Care Net Pregnancy Center as the Associate Director since 2008. Jerrie also serves on the board for Church Supplies & Services (Church CO+OP). Prior to joining the staff, Jerrie was a volunteer peer counselor with Care Net while she was still employed in the corporate setting. Jerrie is licensed by the State of Texas as a Community Health Worker recognizing the specialty of resource referrals for clients. Jerrie has a B.S. in Business Administration and Retail Marketing. She attended Texas Tech University and University of Houston. She was a buyer, a key account manager for major manufacturers, and a presenter for trainings and special events. She has had the privilege of speaking to numerous ministry groups, organizations, and has trained young executives. She has taught time management seminars and resource training to four regional school district personnel. Her passion is to connect people who know how to provide services to people who need Christ’s love and compassion.

Louis Barton
​Louis Barton is an executive vice president for Cullen/Frost, Louis Barton is the director of operational risk management and cyber risk awareness. Louis has been a Frost banker since 1996. Additional responsibilities include third party risk management governance and corporate privacy. He is an instructor with the American Bankers Association and was an instructor at the Bank Operations Institute. Previously, Barton participated in special White House activities during the Clinton administration intended to bolster public confidence in the banking system. He testified before Congress on financial institution and customer risk, attended Federal Reserve Board of Governors meetings, and shared the podium at the National Press Club in Washington with John Koskinen, the current IRS Commissioner.
Barton is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in management. He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional and has a degree in professional photography from the New York  Institute of Photography. He is author of the book “Check Processing Operations” published by McGraw-Hill.

Catherine Beasley / Peggy Hinchman
Cathy Beasley currently works at the CO+OP and has a business assisting small businesses with various accounting and procedures. She sees her business as a ministry by assisting owners who are struggling financially from a business crisis, establishing policies and procedures or training employees on accounting software. She has served as a church business administrator and completed the Stephen Ministry training last year. She has been married for 28 years to Jack and has four wonderful children, Jacob, Shane, Kendal and Chris.

Peggy Hinchman has been married to her husband, Steve for over 30 years and the mother of three children, Angel, Brandon, and Alyssa. Last year she welcomed her first grandchildren, Barrett and Ryker. Family is everything! She is a preschool teacher and has worked joyfully in this field for 20 years. She is CDA (Child Development Associate) certified and has completed the course work for LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor).

Carter Bliss
Carter Bliss is the Facilities Director at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, where he has served as both a contractor and employee for more than 30 years. Formerly licensed in several trades, his background includes extensive experience in HVAC, building automation, energy management, electronic security, and disaster response. He is a leader in the field of large church facility operations and is frequently consulted by churches throughout the US. Carter is a two term member of the Church CO+OP Board of Directors and is the first recipient of the “Carter Bliss” award generously bestowed by the Church CO+OP for dedication, resourcefulness, and service. He is an active member of the International Facilities Manager Association Religious Facilities Council and recently served as a religious facilities representative in the “Houston Green Office Challenge”, sponsored by the City of Houston mayor’s office.

Mark Burkhart
Mark is a Ministry Solutions Consultant with ACS Technologies and has been part of the ACST team for ten years. Prior to going on staff with ACST, he served as a Small Groups Pastor to over 250 Small groups at his church. With a focus on growing the congregation through growing small community groups, the church grew from 100 to nearly 3,000 in weekly attendance in just four years. Over the past eight years, Mark has served as the founding Pastor at Lake House Church. Mark received a BA degree from Southeastern University. He and his family live in the Fort Worth area.

Paula Burns
Paula Burns specializes in insuring larger churches and non-profit organizations and has been in the insurance industry for 31 years. She has earned the designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM). Her career began in property and casualty claims laying a foundation for Paula to be an advocate for clients when they need her the most, during a claim or crisis. Paula also serves on the board for Church Supplies & Services (Church CO+OP), Texas Ministry Conference and Shield Bearer (Christian Counseling Ministry).

Paula is a faculty member of The National Alliance and teaches classes to other insurance professionals, risk managers, and church leadership regarding risk management. When she is not teaching, or at the agency, you can find her on her horse farm close to Whitney, TX with her husband of 25 years. She and her husband Gary have two children, Brandon and Lindsey.

Arlen Busenitz
Arlen Busenitz is Pastor of Burns Countryside Church of Burns, KS where he has served for 13 years. He is bi-vocational and also teaches Public Speaking, Ethics, Philosophy, and Death & Dying at a local community college. Arlen received his Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute & Masters in Ministry Leadership from Luther Rice Seminary. Arlen is Chaplain for the Burns Fire District, a volunteer firefighter & EMT.

Arlen is the author of Improve Your Conversation Skills in One Evening and creator of the program Become a Better Speaker in One Evening. He trains public speakers, coach’s individuals, and has delivered keynotes throughout the US, Canada, Panama, and the Caribbean. As an entrepreneurial he has started and successfully run businesses online and offline. At age 18, Arlen started and operated his own landscape business for two years. Starting with a yellow Jeep pickup and a field full of rocks, Arlen built a client base 100+ customers and learned valuable experience in selling, entrepreneurship and sales.
Speaking experience includes over 15 years of preaching, leading Bible Studies, and teaching Sunday School, annual comp speaker at Ponca Bible Camp, opening Keynote speaker for conferences including Missouri Public Risk Management Association’s annual conference and Kansas Association of Mappers annual conference. In 2008, Arlen participated in Toastmaster International’s Motivational speaking contest. Out of 30,000 contestants Arlen advanced through a series of contests to the top 240 in the world. He routinely delivers keynotes to youth chapels, organizations and more. Arlen is married to his lovely wife Mary and has three kids ages 6,4 & 2.

Tim Cool
Tim Cool is founder of Cool Solutions Group, and has assisted nearly 400 churches, (equating to over 4 Million Sq Ft) throughout the United States with their facility needs. He has collaborated with churches in the areas of facility needs analysis, design coordination, pre-construction and construction management as well as life cycle planning/facility management. Cool Solutions Group is also the developer of eSPACE software products including Event Scheduler, Event Registration, Work Order Management and HVAC integration.

Tim is also the author of three books, Why Church Buildings Matter: The Story of Your Space, Church Locality (co-authored with Jim Tomberlin) and Plan 4 It: The 4 Essential Master Plans for Every Church as well as a manual series entitled “Intentional Church Series”. Tim lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife of 31 years, Lisa, and supports his triplet college students at Appalachian State University.

Cynthia A. Cox, CPA
Cynthia Cox has been practicing public accounting since 1980. She began her full service accounting firm, Cox and Associates CPAs LLC, in 1996. The firm serves churches and nonprofit organizations exclusively. Cynthia’s passion is to serve God through serving churches and nonprofit organizations using her accounting and leadership skills. The primary goal of her firm is to serve the nonprofit in a way that enables its tax exempt purpose to flourish and grow. Cynthia graduated with honors from Trinity University and became certified after graduation. She is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, the American Women’s Society of CPA’s, and the National Association of Church Business Administrators, Houston Chapter.

​In the past Cynthia has served on several boards of non-profit organizations; she continues to regularly serve on boards today. Currently she is on the board for American Woman’s Society of CPAs as the national president and the Church Supplies and Services Inc. (Church CO+OP) board. In 2010 Cynthia was chosen as the AWSPCA, Houston Affiliate’s Woman of Excellence. Cynthia considers education of an organization’s personnel and board members to be a priority and has taught seminars on many nonprofit topics. In her spare time, she loves to read, spoil her 11 grandchildren, and travel with her husband.

Gayla Crain
Gayla Crain practices labor and employment law and is a seasoned trial attorney in Texas with more than 40 years of experience. She counsels and represents employers in a diverse range of industries from health care to retail to technology. She counsels with non-profits and religious employers on a regular basis. She has extensive experience before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals. Gayla is a frequent speaker, author, and contributor on employment law issues. She has been named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine every year since 2006. She was selected by her peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America 2015-2016 edition for Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment. She received her J.D. from Baylor University School of Law and her B.A. in Education from Baylor University.

Henry Draughon
Henry Draughon is President of Process Delivery Systems. He specializes in business process analysis, project and portfolio management as well as a variety of information technology disciplines. Henry is a former IBM Account Representative where he led sales and implementations of complex data processing solutions. Hel later founded Process Delivery Systems providing IT management, special projects management, and enterprise network design, implementation and maintenance services to a wide variety of businesses. Henry has supported a number of small and medium sized companies as an information systems manager and consultant. Henry has lead a number of applications and infrastructure implementations.

As a process consultant, he has helped governmental, private industry, and non-profit organizations identify and document key business processes in a manner that is making it easy for all stakeholders to understand. It is in this role, that he has been employed to identify, document and help implement cyber security response plans. Henry has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration and communication. Henry credits his service as a US Naval aviator and airport manager for his procedural thought process and experience responding to emergency management in logical controlled fashion.

Ken Emert
Ken Emert currently serves as the Business Administrator at Pure Heart Church in Glendale, Arizona. He also provides financial consulting for other churches and non-profit organizations. Ken previously served as a Consultant Level Trainer for Shelby Systems and also a Business Administrator for 21 years at Scottsdale Bible Church. He has a BBA in Accounting from Baylor University and an MBA in Nonprofit Administration from Azusa Pacific University.

Michelle Feagin, RHU
Michelle Feagin, RHU is the owner of Health Insurance Solutions in Houston, Texas. She is an independent insurance agent specializing in Medicare plans. Michelle attended Illinois Central College. She completed the Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) designation and served as Education Chair with the Houston chapter of National Health Underwriters. She has over 30 years’ experience in health insurance. In 2006 she established her own insurance agency, Health Insurance Solutions, focusing on Medicare planning. She helps clients understand how Medicare works and assists them with enrollment in the plans that will best fit their needs. She also presents Medicare information through employee seminars in the Houston area. Clients include the staff at Second Baptist Church along with several employers in the Houston area. Michelle has been blessed with three sons and four grandchildren.

She has lived in the Houston area since 1982 and is a member of the Ascension Episcopal Church. Most of her free time is spent enjoying her grand-kids. She also enjoys jigsaw puzzles, cards, walking with her dogs, fishing, camping and movies. Michelle assists with children’s activities and is part of the Prayer Partners team with Ascension Episcopal Church. She also volunteers with their sponsored charities, including WHAM and the Houston Food Pantry. She works with parents of children addicted to alcohol or drugs providing support and guidance. She is a former BSA merit badge counselor and has taught at Scouting merit badge fairs and winter camps. Michelle’s key to success is focusing on listening to the questions and concerns of each client. God gives us two ears and one mouth for a reason. She sees her work as a part of her ministry to the community.

Alton Fojtasek
Alton Fojtasek has been a Minister and IT Engineer for over 20 years. Having served in churches of all sizes he also has an understanding of both church operations and how Information Technology can play a role. This background allows him to help churches both small and large use Information Technology to further their ministries. Alton holds the position of Senior Network Engineer at BEMA Information Technologies, an IT services firm focused on churches and non-profit organizations. He also serves as Minister of Music at Walnut Creek Baptist Church.

Jason Gibb
Jason Gibb has a passion for empowering churches to better utilize technology in all areas of their ministry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and has over 5 years of experience working in IT and development with churches of all sizes. Jason is a Software Developer at BEMA Information Technologies, an IT services firm focused on small and medium sized organizations and churches. He has experience leading staff training sessions on church management applications and helps them make educated decisions.

Windell Gill, EdD
Windell Gill serves as senior pastor to First Baptist Church La Porte, Texas. He has served more than 20 years in multiple ministry roles, including four churches as pastor. As a public school teacher and instructional specialist for more than a decade, he focused on the impact of emotional literacy on teaching and learning. His career and academic background provides a wealth of experience in delivering entertaining and poignant truths about the challenges of life and ministry. He holds a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Seminary, a Master of Science in Education from University of Houston – Clear Lake, and a Doctorate in Education from Lamar University.

Dr. Gill has traveled the country in search of teachers with emotional literacy skills and has taught emotional literacy skills to hundreds of classroom teachers. He is the lead consultant for SELAH4Life, a non-profit organization focused on training all ages in Spiritual/Social Emotional Learning for Academic Health. He recently conducted emotional literacy training for a local municipal court to at-risk adolescents. He is a certified faculty member of the Emotional Intelligence Training and Research Institute. Dr. Gill’s academic research involves the negative impact of emotional labor on ministers’ health. His research reveals methods and means for positive emotional management that leads to healthier life and ministry.

Chris Green
Chris Green has a strong passion for technology that has driven him his entire life. He is a Cisco Certified Network Associate and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer with over 20 years of experience in Information Technology. This extensive technical background combined with his ability to communicate well enables him to take technical topics and present them well to non-technical users. Chris is married, has two children and resides in Tomball. Chris holds the position of Technology Director at BEMA Information Technologies, an IT services firm focused on small and medium sized organizations. Chris has presented at conferences, both large and small across the country. His depth and breadth of experience with technology enables him to impart IT knowledge in both non-technical as well as very technical venues.

Doug Halcomb
Doug Halcomb has been in church and/or parachurch ministry since 1991 and currently is the Senior Pastor of Live Oak Community Church in Lubbock, Texas (live-oak.org). He spent nine years serving as a hockey missionary with Hockey Ministries International, which included him serving as the chaplain for the NHL Dallas Stars hockey team. Doug was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, graduated from Texas Tech University, and got his Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary. He is also certified by the Paterson Center as a StratOp for Churches Facilitator.

Doug has a passion for mentoring, strategic ministry problem solving and organizational strategy. He also has a passion for creating connecting environments, which he likely inherited from his dad, Jerry Halcomb, who has been involved with church architecture for the past 50 years and was the founder of HH Architects in Dallas, Texas. Doug and Jerry collaborate together as Studio H Consultants with the objective of partnering with churches as a “third party consultant” to help them gain perspective and find strategic solutions to maximize the growth and full redemptive potential of their church or organization. You can find them at studioHconsultants.com. Doug and his wife Jennifer adopted their son and daughter, Jean and Graycia, from The Democratic Republic of Congo in 2013.

Will Heath
Will Heath is a unique voice on the topic of transition management and succession planning. His ministry and professional experiences have afforded him rare, front-row access to succession plans at various stages of development and implementation in churches, para-church ministries, nonprofits and businesses. In 2010, Will commissioned the Barna Group to conduct a national survey of 600 pastors on the issue of retirement based transitions. In 2012, he began speaking at conferences and consulting with ministry leaders in the area of succession planning. Will now leads Auxano’s initiative to help ministries understand how to effectively navigate seasons of leadership transition. Will’s work experience includes commercial banking, bi-vocational ministry, Executive Pastor and consulting with ministries and nonprofit organizations. He holds a BS in Organizational Communication from Texas A&M – Commerce Texas with a minor in History.

Donna Lively
Donna Lively recently retired from her twelve-year career as Managing Director of Insurance Plans for GuideStone Financial Resources. In that role, Mrs. Lively led the growth of GuideStone’s employee welfare and benefits division. Prior to GuideStone she spent twenty years in sales leadership roles at Aetna, CIGNA, and Humana, as well as several years serving customers as an employee benefits insurance broker/consultant.

Her understanding of recent health care innovations and legislation including the Affordable Care Act, Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA), Health Savings Accounts (HSA), and multiple funding options make her a sought-after national speaker. Graduating summa cum laude, Mrs. Lively holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from University of Texas. She lives with her husband in the Dallas, Texas area and they have five grown children, six grandchildren, and work together in Lively Insurance Services, a full service brokerage firm.

CJ Malott
CJ Malott has been a student pastor for 18 years in various churches in Texas. Most recently served on staff at Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas as the Student Pastor. CJ graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1996 with a BBS in Church Ministry and received his Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000. Along with his student ministry staff, he has developed and implemented a plan to introduce teenagers to Christ through relationships with staff, volunteers and other teenagers. These new believers are then discipled with Scripture to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Because of God’s grace and their efforts, they have experienced a record number of teenagers coming to know Christ for the first time and being obedient in baptism. His ultimate goal in student ministry is to know God and make Him known.

Will Mancini
As a pastor turned vision coach, Will has worked with an unprecedented variety of churches from growing megachurches and missional communities, to mainline revitalization and church plants. He is the founder of Auxano, creator of VisionRoom.com and the author of God Dreams and Church Unique. Will lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Romina and three children, Jacob, Joel and Abigail. He loves to get out of Houston as much as possible for mountain biking and snowboarding. His pastoral experience includes leadership development responsibilities at Clear Creek Community Church and Faithbridge Church. Both churches have experienced dramatic impact in the same city, but represent very different church cultures and unique ministry models. Will’s style blends the best of three worlds: process thinking from the discipline of engineering, communications savvy as an ad agency executive, and practical theology as a pastoral leader. His education includes a Th.M. in Pastoral Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Penn State. As you walk the vision framing process with Will, we invite you to check-out his blog as an additional resource.

Tom Metz
Tom Metz is founder of WorshipPlanning.com, an award-winning cloud-based tool designed to help churches simplify their worship planning and volunteer management. When he launched WorshipPlanning.com 14 years ago, it was the first online planning tool specifically for worship services. Since then it has greatly expanded in functionality, helping a variety of ministry types at churches around the world.

Tom has a professional background in information technology and brings an entire career of expertise in enterprise web and mobile app development, tech solution analysis and project management. He delights in helping those on the frontline of expanding God’s Kingdom by making tech tools that are intuitive and accessible to ministries of every size, age and financial situation. Tom and his wife, Lori, have been married for 19 years. They and their two children live in the small South Carolina town of Fort Mill, just outside of Charlotte. Tom is actively involved with the community through F3 (Fitness, Fellowship, Faith), Toastmasters International and the production team at his church. And you can frequently find him cheering on his kids’ soccer and softball teams.

Dave Milam
Dave Milam is a visioneer, strategist and visual storyteller whose right brained style of delivery helps his listener connect in a uniquely immersive way. As a member of the Visioneering Studios team, Dave equips leaders by leveraging art and science to launch inspired vision into reality. Dave is the founding Pastor of One Life Church in Concord, North Carolina and released a book entitled “Ten Count” in 2016 for leaders in ministry. Dave, his wife Anne, and their four children currently live in Keller, Texas.

Steven Miori
Steven Miori is the Pastor of Communications at Champion Forest Baptist Church. Steven has a heart for telling the story of what God is doing in the local church, as well as improving team communications. He has been on staff at Champion Forest since the Fall of 2005. Before his current role, Steven’s ministry career path has taken him through the Youth, Worship and Media ministries, giving him a unique viewpoint into the different teams that make up the church. Champion Forest is a multi-campus, multi-language church with a large, growing staff and dynamic communication needs. Steven and his high school sweetheart Emmalie have 3 amazing children, Gibson, Pearson, and Jamesyn.

Greg Morris
Greg Morris has over twenty-five years of leadership experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Before joining the team at Generis, Greg served in several church and business leadership roles. He has over ten years of management and marketing consulting experience. For the past decade Greg has served as a business director, and most recently he spent more than six years as an Executive Pastor in a thriving church. Having served as an Executive Minister in a large and growing church, Greg brings valuable insight that is of significant benefit to church leaders. His work with churches to develop mission and vision, to create strategic plans, to manage change, and to develop staff and grow leadership has given him a full understanding of various church cultures and, as a result, the ability to serve church clients well. He has a passion for working with organizations to develop a culture of generosity, making their God-given vision possible. He has a unique gift for identifying the issues holding an organization back and then to work with leadership to create the necessary plans for overcoming these obstacles. Greg received his BA from Leavell College in New Orleans, Louisiana and his certification in Church Administration from Villanova University School of Business in Villanova, Pennsylvania. He is currently working toward his MBA. Greg and his wife Jill live in Atlanta, Georgia with their sons and their dog.

James F. Napolitano
With more than 30 years’ of combined law enforcement and private security experience, James Napolitano is a trusted professional in the security industry providing expertise to individuals and organizations of all sizes. Mr. Napolitano is currently the Chief of Police for the City of Montgomery, Texas, and the owner and President of Universal Safety & Security Solutions, LLC, a security firm located in Conroe, Texas. Chief Napolitano was solicited by the City of Montgomery to bring professionalism and training to a growing department, and has successfully improved moral of the department while completing the improvements for which he was hired. Chief Napolitano continues to have an integral role in the security firm he and his wife, Angela, started in 2009 developing and maintaining business relationships.

Mr. Napolitano provides consulting, protection, investigations and training to clients that include the oil and gas industry, churches and high wealth families. Mr. Napolitano has conducted numerous international security seminars and has appeared on news programs as a subject matter expert. Mr. Napolitano previously worked for Marathon Oil as the US and European Security Representative tasked with special assignments such as evacuating Marathon personnel out of Lybia during the Arab Spring and setting up Marathon security operations in Iraq.

Prior to retiring from the United States Secret Service after more than 22 years of service as a Special Agent, Mr. Napolitano was involved in all aspects of protection for the President of the United States, Vice President and First Families as well as Former Presidents, Presidential Candidates, Foreign Dignitaries and events or locations that were deemed high threats for terroristic acts. Special Agent Napolitano conducted hundreds of investigations and testified in federal and state court on investigations that included counterfeit, child pornography, white collar crime and identity theft. As the Resident Agent in Charge in Waco, Special Agent Napolitano was instrumental in providing the security measures for then President George W. Bush’s Western White House as well as the successful visits by many world leaders to Crawford, Texas. Special Agent Napolitano proudly served as a member of the highly tactical and exclusive Counter Assault Team with the Presidential Detail as well as being a Rescue Swimmer for Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. As an instructor, Special Agent Napolitano was a class coordinator for new agents at the James J. Rowley Training Center as well as the Program Manager for Water Safety and Emergency Medicine.

​Additionally, Special Agent Napolitano was an instructor/coordinator for the Houston Field Office in the specialized areas of Control Tactics, Firearms Training, Water Rescue, Emergency Medicine and Physical Fitness. Special Agent Napolitano was selected for special assignments to include the tactical coordinator for the $5 Billion “money move” of the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank relocation, the Houston Field Office relocation and the joint agency Super Note Task Force that took him overseas to investigate the highly sophisticated counterfeiting of US currency.

Prior to joining the United States Secret Service, Mr. Napolitano served as a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office beginning in the jail being promoted to Sergeant in patrol. Mr. Napolitano also worked as a Mechanical Engineer for several oil field service companies in the Houston and Huntsville area after receiving his Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree from the University of Houston.

Nick B. Nicholaou
Nick Nicholaou is President of MBS, Inc., a team of IT strategist who evaluate, engineer and support servers, Mac & Windows computers and mobile devices. In MBS’ private cloud datacenter they host Exchange email, SQL databases, VoIP phone systems, SPAM filtering, and file storage\synchronization. While in executive service for the auto manufacturing industry, he and his wife Grace sensed God’s call to found MBS. Since 1986 Nick and his team have focused on serving Christian churches and ministries nationwide. His specific areas of expertise include organizational management, crises resolution, and strategic implementation of technology.

Nick has been honored by The Church Network, inducting him into their Hall of Fame, Christian Leadership Alliance for his role in assisting ministries nationwide and with their Distinguished Service Award for excellence in serving ministries. Nick has been published hundreds of times in journals and books, and Christianity Today recently published his new book Church IT: Strategies and Solutions, available through their store on Amazon.com. Nick and his team have served thousands of Christian churches and ministries nationally, and he speaks on a regular basis at national and regional conferences from coast to coast.

Janie Paradoski
Janie Paradoski has been employed with ExxonMobil for over 25 years, in many capacities; most recently as a Staffing Analyst and Support Supervisor. During her tenure she has had an opportunity to gain strong technical skills, such as Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), as well as Tableau and analytics. She enjoys learning new ways to process and analyze data, and sharing her knowledge with others. When she is not working Janie enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, as well as fishing at their home away from home in Sargent, Texas.

John Ratliff
John Ratliff is the founding member of Ratliff & Associates, P.C. He began building an audit, accounting and consulting practice to churches and ministries in 1995. He received his initial training in auditing serving nine years at Arthur Andersen & Co. as an audit manager. His industry experience includes serving four years as CFO of a $2.2 billion banking organization and eight years as VP of Finance with Texas Wesleyan University.

John earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and a MBA degree from North Texas State University. He has attended the Stanford University Executive Management Program and the TCU Executive Management Program. He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of CPAs. He is a frequent speaker on non-profit accounting and auditing issues for the Texas Society of CPA’s, the Houston Church Co-op, and other conferences. John has published many articles in various church business administration magazines.

Dave Rhodes
In a world that is constantly shifting, consistency is of utmost importance. Through the developed skills of Communication, Coaching, Consultation and Collaboration, Dave Rhodes empowers leaders in The Art of Congruency — developing personal lives and corporate cultures that are constantly changing but never random. Dave currently works as the Pastor of Discipleship and Movement Initiatives at Grace Fellowship Church in Atlanta Georgia. He is a sought after speaker, writer, consultant and coach. He is co-founder of Wayfarer and a collaborative partner for 10,000 Fathers, Auxano and Younique. Dave is married to Kim and the father of 3 fabulous children—Emma, Izzie and Frankie. Together they function as a Family on Mission, showing and telling people about Jesus. Dave enjoys playing golf, watching college football and eating chicken wings—and maybe eating chicken wings a little too much.

Chris Rollins
Chris Rollins has been with Sherwin-Williams since graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in Business Management in 1991. In his 25 years with Sherwin-Williams, he has held numerous positions including Store Manager, Professional Coatings Sales Representative, District Sales Manager and Division Director of Marketing Communications. As a National Strategic Account Executive, his primary focus is increasing Sherwin-Williams’ market share across key segments in South Texas and Louisiana. Chris spends most of his time these days keeping up with his two children at Texas A&M.

Bryan Rose
As Lead Navigator for Auxano, Bryan Rose brings a strategic, vision-sharpened perspective to shaping transformative ministry environments in the local church, merging his schooling and architectural practice with a heart for Great Commission impact. He has demonstrated achievement as a strategic thinker with a unique ability to infuse creativity into the visioning process, while instilling a deep sense of personal ownership and passion in each church team. With his experience as a multi-site strategist and campus pastor at a 3500-member multi-site church in the Houston Metro area, Bryan’s passion is seeing “launch clarity” define the unique calling of developing church plants and campuses. Bryan has a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Architecture from Mississippi State University. He lives outside of Nashville, TN with his wife and two adopted children.​

Mark Slabaugh
Mark served the local church in pastoral ministry for over 15 years – seven of those as an Executive Pastor. His calling and passion is to help the local church achieve God-inspired vision. Mark has always left a footprint of leadership development, biblical teaching, and excellence for the sake of the Kingdom.

Mark’s story cannot be told without understanding the impact of local church generosity on his life and calling. Prior to joining Generis as a Generosity Strategist, he participated in several capital campaigns as ministry staff and layman. His passion and servant’s heart will help local churches drive toward generosity and stewardship for greater Kingdom impact. Mark wants to continue serving the local church through equipping pastors to inspire life-changing biblical generosity in the hearts of congregations. He has significant experience with large, innovative churches and those expanding to multisite ministry.
You can find the Slabaugh family wandering northern Indiana to find the next sporting event/activity for one of their four children. Mark is active as a small group leader and a coach of other small group leaders at their home church in Granger, Indiana.

Elaine Sommerville
Elaine Sommerville is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Texas. She has worked in public accounting since 1985. During this time 25 of these years have been spent focusing on churches and other non-profit organizations. Her practice has been and continues to be centered primarily on the tax compliance aspects of these organizations. She has assisted in the representation of several large cases , IRS exams as well as other IRS examinations of smaller organizations.

Elaine currently devotes her time to handling various IRS issues for individuals and for exempt organizations of various types. She actively consults on a variety of IRS compliance issues for churches and other non-profit organizations and prepares information returns of all types for tax-exempt organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy and Information Systems from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Elaine is currently the sole shareholder of the CPA firm of Sommerville & Associates, P.C. Located in Arlington, Texas, the firm employs ten staff members providing tax and consulting services to over 300 churches and non-profit organizations. Her CPA practice is not only centered on non-profit organizations in areas of tax compliance, but she also has a passion for training those who work for churches and non-profit organizations, and also those who work with churches and non-profit organizations. To this end she is a regular speaker for the Texas Society of CPAs, the National Association of Church Business Administration, the Houston Church CO+OP and the Texas Ministry Conference, and Shelby Systems, and is an instructor for the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). As an instructor for the AICPA she teaches eight-hour classes to other CPAs in   areas of tax planning for non-profit organizations and in the preparation of the IRS Form 990. She has taught extensively on preparation of the Form 990 since its redesign by the IRS for the 2008 tax year, including conducting both eight-hour and four-hour courses for the AICPA and various chapters of the Texas Society of CPAs.

Elaine is a contributing author to various publications produced by Christianity Today and by Thomson Reuters/PPC, including their Non-profit Tax and Governance Guide. She is a member of the AICPA, the Texas Society of CPAs, the National Association of Church Business Administration; serves on the board of DFW Hope Springs, a ministry dedicated to rescuing young women out of the bondage of human trafficking; and serves as the chair for the TSCPA Nonprofit Conference Committee. Due to her significant contributions to the church administration profession, she was inducted into the National Association for Church Business Administration Hall of Fame in 2011.

Frank Sommerville
Frank Sommerville (J.D.) is a shareholder in the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C. in Houston and Dallas, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s degree in business from Texas Wesleyan University. He received his Master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. His law degree is from the University of Houston Law Center. He holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant. He is also Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is rated AV (highest possible) by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory. Frank has served non-profit institutions of all sizes as a bookkeeper, accountant, auditor, tax advisor and advocate, litigator and legal advisor.

He has presented seminars on non-profit taxation since 1981. He has presented lectures on non-profit litigation at the University of Texas Law School’s 8th, 9th, 18th, 20th and 23rd Annual Non-Profit Organizations Conferences. He also presented lectures for the State Bar of Texas Governance of Non-Profit Organizations Courses. He regularly assists churches in preventing litigation, including cases that originate with accusations of sexual misconduct. Frank is a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation and Tax Sections, member of the Exempt Organizations Committee), the State Bar of Texas (Litigation and Tax Sections, 2002-2010: Chairman of the Non-profit Corporation Subcommittee), Tarrant County Bar Association (Litigation and Tax Sections), Christian Legal Society and the TSCPA. For TSCPA he served on the Relations with IRS Committee for three years.

He served on the Texas Tax Institute Committee (Chairman in 2000) and on the Non-Profit Organizations Conference Committee (Chairman for 2009-2010). He was a member of the National Board of Directors for Christian Management Association (CMA) from 1993 to 1999. He has spoken at numerous CMA national conventions. Due to his significant contributions to the church administration profession, he was inducted into the National Association for Church Business Administration Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2005, 2006 and 2007 The Church Report, a magazine serving larger churches, named Mr. Sommerville one of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America. Frank is one of the contributing authors to PPC’s Non-Profit Tax & Governance Guide: Helping Organizations Comply (2010). He is a regular contributor to many publications, including Christianity Today and Your Church. He is a member of the Experts Panel for ChurchSafety.com and posts answers regularly. He has written more than 60 articles on non-profit issues, most of which are available at www.wkpz.com, and he is a part of the WKPZ team that assists with Employment and ERISA issues.

​Frank has represented non-profit and religious organizations in disputes with former employees regarding benefit plans, retirement plans, and termination including employee discipline. He counsels non-profit and religious organizations regarding compensation planning, employee handbooks, employment policies, employment agreements, intellectual property policies and proper treatment of clergy and rabbis.
Frank has served on the boards of various non-profit organizations. At various times he has acted as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer for non-profit organizations. His volunteer activities have served a wide range of organizations from United Way agencies to the Dallas Center for Non-Profit Management, and his local church.

Tim Stevens
Tim Stevens is the Director of Executive Search Consultants at Vanderbloeman Search Group, an executive search firm that helps churches and ministries build great teams. Tim brings more than twenty-five years of senior leadership ministry experience to the Vanderbloemen Search Group team. Tim joined Vanderbloemen from Granger Community Church where he served as the Executive Pastor for twenty years. He was a part of growing Granger from a church of 350 to over 6,000 with a staff of 125. Tim’s leadership helped Granger connect with people who thin church is irrelevant. He did this through the creative blending of architecture, strategy and technology. He was instrumental in balancing operations with building effective teams.

Tim is also a gifted writer with six published books on church vision and strategy including Simply Strategic Volunteers, Pop Goes the Church, and Vision: Lost & Found. His newest book, Fairness is Overrated, on organizational culture was published by Thomas Nelson, in January of 2015. He also writes on leadership through his blog LeadingSmart.com. In his role as the Executive Search Consultant Team Leader, Tim leads Vanderbloemen’s team of Executive Search Consultants as they help churches find their key staff. Tim provides strategy, development, and overall direction to the Executive Search Consultants to ensure the Vanderbloemen Search Group process serves its hundreds of church clients and candidates as best as possible. Tim and his wife, Faith, have four children and live in Houston, Texas.

Holly Tate
Holly Tate is the Director of Business Development at Vanderbloemen Search Group, an executive search firm that helps churches and ministries build great teams. She oversees all marketing, communications, and brand initiatives. As a part of her role at Vanderbloemen, Holly has also served as a consultant to ministries around the world on marketing, communications and online evangelism efforts. Holly came to Vanderbloemen from Salem Communications where she was an Account Executive, specializing in helping businesses and faith based organizations design integrated marketing campaigns to further their mission.

Holly holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from The King’s College of New York City. In February of 2016, she was named a Top Christian Young influencer by ThomRainer.com. Holly is passionate about innovation, connecting people, and helping organizations grow through developing effective, creative, and integrated marketing strategies. In her spare time, Holly loves spending time with her husband Elliott. They are active members of Ecclesia Church in Houston, Texas.

Terry Teykl
Dr. Terry Teykl is currently a prayer pastor for the Faithbridge Church in Spring Texas. He also serves as Chaplain for a Christian radio station known as KSBJ. For eight years they have been inviting their listeners to pray the Lord’s Prayer at Noon. Now thousands pray across Houston and the Gulf Coast and  the results have been phenomenal. As result Dr. Teykl is taking this idea to the local church in every time zone to pray in the same manner. He believes if we can wrap the world in the Lord’s prayer God’s will be done and evil will be curtailed. His newest book Praying the Lord’s Prayer at Noon capsulate this passion.

He has written 15 books on prayer in the span of his ministry. As well he has taught 100’s of workshops on helping people and local churches to pray more effectively. His thesis is that if we find God’s Presence then the unchurched will look for us. This thought of being a Presence based person and church is the core for his books on prayer evangelism. Early in his ministry he grew a church from 8 to 2000 in attendance practicing this principle with 5000 professions of faith. His presentations are mixed with humor and real life stories of people finding a better communication with the Father. He thrives on offering creative ways to make God real to a hurting world. He has written a personal book on prayer entitled How to Pray After You Have Kicked the Dog. In other words, prayer is God’s idea so He underwrote it with His son’s work on the Cross. His book the Presence Based Church helps consumers to become Presence seekers. He has written four devotionals The Most Wanted List, Outside the Camp, My Healing Devotional, My Financial Devotional and Praying the Lord’s Prayer at Noon.

These practical little books help people go step by step in achieving God’s purpose and having His power in life and receiving from God. He has distributed over a million prayer helps like Keys for the Kingdom and Public Prayer Boxes and an array of prayer guides for praying the Bible in all situations of life. His book Acts 29 has been used by many churches in finding the power of the Holy Spirit for changing your city. Praying Grace is book to help people pray for one another. Hundreds of churches have used this book to reopen altars for personal prayer ministry. On a side note Dr. Teykl prays for people who come to his seminars and many are healed and helped as he prays serendipitously for people. Preyed On or Prayed For teaches people to pray for their pastors and leaders to help them gain victory over the spiritual forces of darkness. Because of his love for pastors he is quite aware of control issues in local churches. Many churches are “family owned and operated”. He wrote Divine Strongholds: Resolving Control Issues with His Presence. His book Pray the Price offers the idea of combing the best of prayer and evangelism. If we target the Great Commission in prayer, we can win this generation to Christ. He lives in Houston with his wife of over 50 years and his two dogs. He has ten grandchildren who are a delight to his life. In his spare time, he teaches on the staff of the Bible Seminary in Houston. Whereas many churches measure success by the A B C’s (Attendance, Buildings, and Cash) Dr. Teykl believes our true success is based on how we please God and are faithful to His Will.

Dr. Stephen Trammell
Dr. Trammell serves as the Executive Pastor of Champion Forest Baptist Church and Lead Pastor of the North Campus location. He is a graduate of Louisiana College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He served as senior pastor in churches in Louisiana for nearly 20 years before joining the team at Champion Forest Baptist Church in 2007. Stephen and his wife, Tonya, have been married since January 1991 and have two children, Tori and Austin. Tori will graduate from LSU in May 2017 and Austin is a senior at Klein High School.

William Vanderbloemen
William Vanderbloemen is the President/CEO of Vanderbloemen Search Group, an executive search firm that helps churches and ministries build great teams. William combines over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of executive search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search. Prior to his founding Vanderbloemen Search Group, William studied executive search under a mentor with over 25 years of executive search at the highest level. His learning taught him the very best corporate practices, including the search strategies used by the internationally known firm Russell Reynolds. William also has experience as a Manager in Human Resources in a Fortune 200company, where he focused on integration of corporate culture and succession planning. Prior to executive search, William led growth and innovation in churches in North Carolina, Alabama, and Houston.

During his time in Alabama, William had the chance to help rebuild and relocate an ailing congregation, and lead them to new levels of growth. At 31, he was elected Senior Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Houston, a church of about 5,000 adults and 1,500 children strong. It is Houston’s oldest congregation. William is regularly invited to speak across the country in both church services and as a resource to churches and conferences on leadership. He is the author of two books, Next: Pastoral Succession That Works and Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook. William holds degrees from Wake Forest University and Princeton Theological Seminary. William, his wife Adrienne, their seven children, and their poodle Moses live in Houston. In his free time, William enjoys running, working out, and caddying for his kids, who are now better golfers than he is.

Ashley Voss
Ashley Voss joined the professional team of Ratliff & Associates in 2008 and became a shareholder in 2013. Ashley started his CPA career in 2002 with Ernst & Young, LLP in Fort Worth, Texas. Today, he enjoys assisting churches and ministries fulfill their mission and purpose. Ashley earned bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and English from Abilene Christian University. He is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs and is both a presenter and committee member for several nonprofit groups in Texas.

Ashley lives in Fort Worth with his wife of over 15 years and their four children. His favorite speaking engagement is teaching story-time in the preschool children’s ministry at his church in North Richland Hills, Texas. In addition, Ashley is an avid hiker, reader and musician.

Charles Wood 
Charles Wood graduated from Sam Houston State University in May 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Financial Institutions. He has been with Buckeye International Inc. in the Houston area since June of 2009 with a focus on working with schools and non-profit entities. He has worked closely with many facilities to implement standardized cleaning programs and to help train their custodians in proper cleaning procedures.Kevin Alvarez
Kevin loves all things Disney, Star Wars and teaching God’s word in truth to as many people he encounters (these are in no particular order). Whether using PowerPoint, song, costumes or whatever he can find, Kevin loves to share the good and bad experiences that he has learned over the past years in youth ministry to help others implement new ideas to better serve. He is currently working with refugee kids at All Nations Sports Academy coordinating Discovery Nights (which is a bible study) and served as the Youth Pastor at Long Point Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. Kevin holds an Associate’s Degree in Biblical Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Leadership both from the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas and recently graduated with a Master of Divinity from The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas. Some of his past speaking engagements include St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and Camp Eagle where he got to live at camp with his family for the summer (it was so hard to go back to real life). Kevin is married to his beautiful wife Yvette and they have 3 wonderful daughters who help him stay trendy with all things cool!

Jerrie Amos 
Jerrie Amos has been on the staff of Care Net Pregnancy Center as the Associate Director since 2008. Jerrie also serves on the board for Church Supplies & Services (Church CO+OP). Prior to joining the staff, Jerrie was a volunteer peer counselor with Care Net while she was still employed in the corporate setting. Jerrie is licensed by the State of Texas as a Community Health Worker recognizing the specialty of resource referrals for clients. Jerrie has a B.S. in Business Administration and Retail Marketing. She attended Texas Tech University and University of Houston. She was a buyer, a key account manager for major manufacturers, and a presenter for trainings and special events. She has had the privilege of speaking to numerous ministry groups, organizations, and has trained young executives. She has taught time management seminars and resource training to four regional school district personnel. Her passion is to connect people who know how to provide services to people who need Christ’s love and compassion.

Louis Barton 
Louis Barton is an executive vice president for Cullen/Frost, and is the director of operational risk management and cyber risk awareness. Louis has been a Frost banker since 1996. Additional responsibilities include third party risk management governance and corporate privacy. He is an instructor with the American Bankers Association and was an instructor at the Bank Operations Institute. Previously, Barton participated in special White House activities during the Clinton administration intended to bolster public confidence in the banking system.

He testified before Congress on financial institution and customer risk, attended Federal Reserve Board of Governors meetings, and shared the podium at the National Press Club in Washington with John Koskinen, the current IRS Commissioner. Barton is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in management. He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional and has a degree in professional photography from the New York Institute of Photography. He is author of the book Check Processing Operations published by McGraw-Hill.

Catherine Beasley / Peggy Hinchman 
Cathy Beasley currently works at the CO+OP and has a business assisting small businesses with various accounting and procedures. She sees her business as a ministry by assisting owners who are struggling financially from a business crisis, establishing policies and procedures or training employees on accounting software. She has served as a church business administrator and completed the Stephen Ministry training last year. She has been married for 28 years to Jack and has four wonderful children, Jacob, Shane, Kendal and Chris.

Peggy Hinchman has been married to her husband, Steve for over 30 years and the mother of three children, Angel, Brandon, and Alyssa. Last year she welcomed her first grandchildren, Barrett and Ryker. Family is everything! She is a preschool teacher and has worked joyfully in this field for 20 years. She is CDA (Child Development Associate) certified and has completed the course work for LCDC (Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor).

Carter Bliss 
Carter Bliss is the Facilities Director at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, where he has served as both a contractor and employee for more than 30 years. Formerly licensed in several trades, his background includes extensive experience in HVAC, building automation, energy management, electronic security, and disaster response. He is a leader in the field of large church facility operations and is frequently consulted by churches throughout the US. Carter is a two term member of the Church CO+OP Board of Directors and is the first recipient of the “Carter Bliss” award generously bestowed by the Church CO+OP for dedication, resourcefulness, and service. He is an active member of the International Facilities Manager Association Religious Facilities Council and recently served as a religious facilities representative in the “Houston Green Office Challenge,” sponsored by the City of Houston mayor’s office.

Mark Burkhart 
Mark is a Ministry Solutions Consultant with ACS Technologies and has been part of the ACST team for ten years. Prior to going on staff with ACST, he served as a Small Groups Pastor to over 250 Small groups at his church. With a focus on growing the congregation through growing small community groups, the church grew from 100 to nearly 3,000 in weekly attendance in just four years. Over the past eight years, Mark has served as the founding Pastor at Lake House Church. Mark received a BA degree from Southeastern University. He and his family live in the Fort Worth area.

Paula Burns 
Paula Burns specializes in insuring larger churches and non-profit organizations and has been in the insurance industry for 31 years. She has earned the designations of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and Certified Risk Manager (CRM). Her career began in property and casualty claims laying a foundation for Paula to be an advocate for clients when they need her the most, during a claim or crisis. Paula also serves on the board for Church Supplies & Services (Church CO+OP), Texas Ministry Conference and Shield Bearer (Christian Counseling Ministry).

Paula is a faculty member of The National Alliance and teaches classes to other insurance professionals, risk managers, and church leadership regarding risk management. When she is not teaching, or at the agency, you can find her on her horse farm close to Whitney, TX with her husband of 25 years. She and her husband Gary have two children, Brandon and Lindsey.

Arlen Busenitz 
Arlen Busenitz is Pastor of Burns Countryside Church of Burns, KS where he has served for 13 years. He is bi-vocational and also teaches Public Speaking, Ethics, Philosophy, and Death & Dying at a local community college. Arlen received his Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute & Masters in Ministry Leadership from Luther Rice Seminary. Arlen is Chaplain for the Burns Fire District, a volunteer firefighter & EMT.

Arlen is the author of Improve Your Conversation Skills in One Evening and creator of the program Become a Better Speaker in One Evening. He trains public speakers, coach’s individuals, and has delivered keynotes throughout the US, Canada, Panama, and the Caribbean. As an entrepreneur he has started and successfully run businesses online and offline. At age 18, Arlen started and operated his own landscape business for two years. Starting with a yellow Jeep pickup and a field full of rocks, Arlen built a client base of 100+ customers and learned valuable experience in selling, entrepreneurship and sales.
Speaking experience includes over 15 years of preaching, leading Bible Studies, and teaching Sunday School, annual camp speaker at Ponca Bible Camp, opening Keynote speaker for conferences including Missouri Public Risk Management Association’s annual conference and Kansas Association of Mappers annual conference.

In 2008, Arlen participated in Toastmaster International’s Motivational speaking contest. Out of 30,000 contestants Arlen advanced through a series of contests to the top 240 in the world. He routinely delivers keynotes to youth chapels, organizations and more. Arlen is married to his lovely wife Mary and has three kids ages 6,4 & 2.

Tim Cool 
Tim Cool is founder of Cool Solutions Group, and has assisted nearly 400 churches, (equating to over 4 Million sq ft) throughout the United States with their facility needs. He has collaborated with churches in the areas of facility needs analysis, design coordination, pre-construction and construction management as well as life-cycle planning/facility management. Cool Solutions Group is also the developer of eSPACE software products including Event Scheduler, Event Registration, Work Order Management and HVAC integration.

Tim is also the author of three books, Why Church Buildings Matter: The Story of Your Space, Church Locality (co-authored with Jim Tomberlin) and Plan 4 It: The 4 Essential Master Plans for Every Church as well as a manual series entitled Intentional Church Series. Tim lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife of 31 years, Lisa, and supports his triplet college students at Appalachian State University.

Cynthia A. Cox, CPA 
Cynthia Cox has been practicing public accounting since 1980. She began her full service accounting firm, Cox and Associates CPAs LLC, in 1996. The firm serves churches and nonprofit organizations exclusively. Cynthia’s passion is to serve God through serving churches and nonprofit organizations using her accounting and leadership skills. The primary goal of her firm is to serve the nonprofit in a way that enables its tax exempt purpose to flourish and grow.

Cynthia graduated with honors from Trinity University and became certified after graduation. She is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, the American Women’s Society of CPA’s, and the National Association of Church Business Administrators, Houston Chapter. In the past Cynthia has served on several boards of nonprofit organizations; she continues to regularly serve on boards today. Currently she is on the board for American Woman’s Society of CPAs as the national president and the Church

Supplies and Services Inc. (Church CO+OP) board. In 2010 Cynthia was chosen as the AWSPCA, Houston Affiliate’s Woman of Excellence. Cynthia considers education of an organization’s personnel and board members to be a priority and has taught seminars on many nonprofit topics. In her spare time, she loves to read, spoil her 11 grandchildren, and travel with her husband.

Gayla Crain 
Gayla Crain practices labor and employment law and is a seasoned trial attorney in Texas with more than 40 years of experience. She counsels and represents employers in a diverse range of industries from health care to retail to technology. She counsels with non-profits and religious employers on a regular basis. She has extensive experience before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals. Gayla is a frequent speaker, author, and contributor on employment law issues. She has been named a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine every year since 2006. She was selected by her peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America 2015-2016 edition for Employment Law – Management and Litigation – Labor and Employment. She received her J.D. from Baylor University School of Law and her B.A. in Education from Baylor University.

Henry Draughon 
Henry Draughon is President of Process Delivery Systems. He specializes in business process analysis, project and portfolio management as well as a variety of information technology disciplines. Henry is a former IBM Account Representative where he led sales and implementations of complex data processing solutions. He later founded Process Delivery Systems providing IT management, special projects management, and enterprise network design, implementation and maintenance services to a wide variety of businesses. Henry has supported a number of small and medium-sized companies as an information systems manager and consultant. Henry has lead a number of applications and infrastructure implementations. As a process consultant, he has helped governmental, private industry, and non-profit organizations identify and document key business processes in a manner that is making it easy for all stakeholders to understand. It is in this role that he has been employed to identify, document and help implement cyber security response plans. Henry has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master’s in Business Administration and communication. Henry credits his service as a US Naval aviator and airport manager for his procedural thought process and experience responding to emergency management in a logical controlled fashion.

Ken Emert
Ken Emert currently serves as the Business Administrator at Pure Heart Church in Glendale, Arizona. He also provides financial consulting for other churches and non-profit organizations. Ken previously served as a Consultant Level Trainer for Shelby Systems and also a Business Administrator for 21 years at Scottsdale Bible Church. He has a BBA in Accounting from Baylor University and an MBA in Nonprofit Administration from Azusa Pacific University.

Michelle Feagin, RHU 
Michelle Feagin, RHU is the owner of Health Insurance Solutions in Houston, Texas. She is an independent insurance agent specializing in Medicare plans. Michelle attended Illinois Central College. She completed the Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) designation and served as Education Chair with the Houston chapter of National Health Underwriters. She has over 30 years’ experience in health insurance. In 2006 she established her own insurance agency, Health Insurance Solutions, focusing on Medicare planning.

She helps clients understand how Medicare works and assists them with enrollment in the plans that will best fit their needs. She also presents Medicare information through employee seminars in the Houston area. Clients include the staff at Second Baptist Church along with several employers in the Houston area. Michelle has been blessed with three sons and four grandchildren. She has lived in the Houston area since 1982 and is a member of the Ascension Episcopal Church.

Most of her free time is spent enjoying her grandkids. She also enjoys jigsaw puzzles, cards, walking with her dogs, fishing, camping and movies. Michelle assists with children’s activities and is part of the Prayer Partners team with Ascension Episcopal Church. She also volunteers with their sponsored charities, including WHAM and the Houston Food Pantry. She works with parents of children addicted to alcohol or drugs providing support and guidance. She is a former BSA merit badge counselor and has taught at Scouting merit badge fairs and winter camps. Michelle’s key to success is focusing on listening to the questions and concerns of each client. God gives us two ears and one mouth for a reason. She sees her work as a part of her ministry to the community.

Alton Fojtasek 
Alton Fojtasek has been a Minister and IT Engineer for over 20 years. Having served in churches of all sizes he also has an understanding of both church operations and how Information Technology can play a role. This background allows him to help churches both small and large use Information Technology to further their ministries. Alton holds the position of Senior Network Engineer at BEMA Information Technologies, an IT services firm focused on churches and non-profit organizations. He also serves as Minister of Music at Walnut Creek Baptist Church.

Jason Gibb 
Jason Gibb has a passion for empowering churches to better utilize technology in all areas of their ministry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and has over 5 years of experience working in IT and development with churches of all sizes. Jason is a Software Developer at BEMA Information Technologies, an IT services firm focused on small and medium sized organizations and churches. He has experience leading staff training sessions on church management applications and helps them make educated decisions.

Windell Gill, EdD 
Windell Gill serves as senior pastor to First Baptist Church La Porte, Texas. He has served more than 20 years in multiple ministry roles, including four churches as pastor. As a public school teacher and instructional specialist for more than a decade, he focused on the impact of emotional literacy on teaching and learning. His career and academic background provides a wealth of experience in delivering entertaining and poignant truths about the challenges of life and ministry. He holds a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Seminary, a Master of Science in Education from University of Houston – Clear Lake, and a Doctorate in Education from Lamar University. Dr. Gill has traveled the country in search of teachers with emotional literacy skills and has taught emotional literacy skills to hundreds of classroom teachers. He is the lead consultant for SELAH4Life, a non-profit organization focused on training all ages in Spiritual/Social Emotional Learning for Academic Health. He recently conducted emotional literacy training for a local municipal court to at-risk adolescents. He is a certified faculty member of the Emotional Intelligence Training and Research Institute. Dr. Gill’s academic research involves the negative impact of emotional labor on ministers’ health. His research reveals methods and means for positive emotional management that leads to healthier life and ministry.

Chris Green 
Chris Green has a strong passion for technology that has driven him his entire life. He is a Cisco Certified Network Associate and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer with over 20 years of experience in Information Technology. This extensive technical background combined with his ability to communicate well enables him to take technical topics and present them well to non-technical users. Chris is married, has two children and resides in Tomball. Chris holds the position of Technology Director at BEMA Information Technologies, an IT services firm focused on small and medium sized organizations. Chris has presented at conferences, both large and small across the country. His depth and breadth of experience with technology enables him to impart IT knowledge in both non-technical as well as very technical venues.

Doug Halcomb 
Doug Halcomb has been in church and/or parachurch ministry since 1991 and currently is the Senior Pastor of Live Oak Community Church in Lubbock, Texas (live-oak.org). He spent nine years serving as a hockey missionary with Hockey Ministries International, which included him serving as the chaplain for the NHL Dallas Stars hockey team. Doug was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, graduated from Texas Tech University, and got his Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary. He is also certified by the Paterson Center as a StratOp for Churches Facilitator.

Doug has a passion for mentoring, strategic ministry problem solving and organizational strategy. He also has a passion for creating connecting environments, which he likely inherited from his dad, Jerry Halcomb, who has been involved with church architecture for the past 50 years and was the founder of HH Architects in Dallas, Texas. Doug and Jerry collaborate together as Studio H Consultants with the objective of partnering with churches as a “third party consultant” to help them gain perspective and find strategic solutions to maximize the growth and full redemptive potential of their church or organization. You can find them at studioHconsultants.com. Doug and his wife Jennifer adopted their son and daughter, Jean and Graycia, from The Democratic Republic of Congo in 2013.

Will Heath 
Will Heath is a unique voice on the topic of transition management and succession planning. His ministry and professional experiences have afforded him rare, front-row access to succession plans at various stages of development and implementation in churches, para-church ministries, nonprofits and businesses. In 2010, Will commissioned the Barna Group to conduct a national survey of 600 pastors on the issue of retirement based transitions. In 2012, he began speaking at conferences and consulting with ministry leaders in the area of succession planning. Will now leads Auxano’s initiative to help ministries understand how to effectively navigate seasons of leadership transition.

Will’s work experience includes commercial banking, bi-vocational ministry, Executive Pastor and consulting with ministries and nonprofit organizations. He holds a BS in Organizational Communication from Texas A&M – Commerce Texas with a minor in History.

Donna Lively 
Donna Lively recently retired from her twelve-year career as Managing Director of Insurance Plans for GuideStone Financial Resources. In that role, Mrs. Lively led the growth of GuideStone’s employee welfare and benefits division. Prior to GuideStone, she spent twenty years in sales leadership roles at Aetna, CIGNA, and Humana, as well as several years serving customers as an employee benefits insurance broker/consultant. Her understanding of recent health care innovations and legislation including the Affordable Care Act, Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA), Health Savings Accounts (HSA), and multiple funding options make her a sought-after national speaker.

Graduating summa cum laude, Mrs. Lively holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from University of Texas. She lives with her husband in the Dallas, Texas area and they have five grown children, six grandchildren, and work together in Lively Insurance Services, a full service brokerage firm.

CJ Malott 
CJ Malott has been a student pastor for 18 years in various churches in Texas. Most recently he served on staff at Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas as the Family Pastor. CJ graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1996 with a BBS in Church Ministry and received his Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000. Along with his student ministry staff, he has developed and implemented a plan to introduce teenagers to Christ through relationships with staff, volunteers and other teenagers. These new believers are then discipled with Scripture to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Because of God’s grace and their efforts, they have experienced a record number of teenagers coming to know Christ for the first time and being obedient in baptism. His ultimate goal in ministry is to know God and make Him known.

Will Mancini 
As a pastor turned vision coach, Will has worked with an unprecedented variety of churches from growing megachurches and missional communities, to mainline revitalization and church plants. He is the founder of Auxano, creator of VisionRoom.com and the author of God Dreams and Church Unique. Will lives in Houston, Texas with his wife Romina and three children, Jacob, Joel and Abigail. He loves to get out of Houston as much as possible for mountain biking and snowboarding. His pastoral experience includes leadership development responsibilities at Clear Creek Community Church and Faithbridge Church. Both churches have experienced dramatic impact in the same city, but represent very different church cultures and unique ministry models. Will’s style blends the best of three worlds: process thinking from the discipline of engineering, communications savvy as an ad agency executive, and practical theology as a pastoral leader. His education includes a Th.M. in Pastoral Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Penn State. As you walk the vision framing process with Will, we invite you to check-out his blog as an additional resource.

Tom Metz 
Tom Metz is founder of WorshipPlanning.com, an award-winning cloud-based tool designed to help churches simplify their worship planning and volunteer management. When he launched WorshipPlanning.com 14 years ago, it was the first online planning tool specifically for worship services. Since then it has greatly expanded in functionality, helping a variety of ministry types at churches around the world.

Tom has a professional background in information technology and brings an entire career of expertise in enterprise web and mobile app development, tech solution analysis and project management. He delights in helping those on the frontline of expanding God’s Kingdom by making tech tools that are intuitive and accessible to ministries of every size, age and financial situation. Tom and his wife, Lori, have been married for 19 years. They and their two children live in the small South Carolina town of Fort Mill, just outside of Charlotte. Tom is actively involved with the community through F3 (Fitness, Fellowship, Faith), Toastmasters International and the production team at his church. And you can frequently find him cheering on his kids’ soccer and softball teams.

Dave Milam 
Dave Milam is a visioneer, strategist and visual storyteller whose right-brained style of delivery helps his listener connect in a uniquely immersive way. As a member of the Visioneering Studios team, Dave equips leaders by leveraging art and science to launch inspired vision into reality. Dave is the founding Pastor of One Life Church in Concord, North Carolina and released a book entitled Ten Count in 2016 for leaders in ministry. Dave, his wife Anne, and their four children currently live in Keller, Texas.

Steven Miori 
Steven Miori is the Pastor of Communications at Champion Forest Baptist Church. Steven has a heart for telling the story of what God is doing in the local church, as well as improving team communications. He has been on staff at Champion Forest since the Fall of 2005. Before his current role, Steven’s ministry career path has taken him through the youth, worship and media ministries, giving him a unique viewpoint into the different teams that make up the church. Champion Forest is a multi-campus, multi-language church with a large, growing staff and dynamic communication needs. Steven and his high school sweetheart Emmalie have 3 amazing children, Gibson, Pearson, and Jamesyn.

Greg Morris 
Greg Morris has over twenty-five years of leadership experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Before joining the team at Generis, Greg served in several church and business leadership roles. He has over ten years of management and marketing consulting experience. For the past decade Greg has served as a business director, and most recently he spent more than six years as an Executive Pastor in a thriving church. Having served as an Executive Minister in a large and growing church, Greg brings valuable insight that is of significant benefit to church leaders. His work with churches to develop mission and vision, to create strategic plans, to manage change, and to develop staff and grow leadership has given him a full understanding of various church cultures and, as a result, the ability to serve church clients well. He has a passion for working with organizations to develop a culture of generosity, making their God-given vision possible. He has a unique gift for identifying the issues holding an organization back and then to work with leadership to create the necessary plans for overcoming these obstacles.

Greg received his BA from Leavell College in New Orleans, Louisiana and his certification in Church Administration from Villanova University School of Business in Villanova, Pennsylvania. He is currently working toward his MBA. Greg and his wife Jill live in Atlanta, Georgia with their sons and their dog.

James F. Napolitano 
With more than 30 years of combined law enforcement and private security experience, James Napolitano is a trusted professional in the security industry providing expertise to individuals and organizations of all sizes. Mr. Napolitano is currently the Chief of Police for the City of Montgomery, Texas, and the owner and President of Universal Safety & Security Solutions, LLC, a security firm located in Conroe, Texas. Chief Napolitano was solicited by the City of Montgomery to bring professionalism and training to a growing department, and has successfully improved morale of the department while completing the improvements for which he was hired. Chief Napolitano continues to have an integral role in the security firm he and his wife, Angela, started in 2009 developing and maintaining business relationships. Mr. Napolitano provides consulting, protection, investigations and training to clients that include the oil and gas industry, churches and high wealth families. Mr. Napolitano has conducted numerous international security seminars and has appeared on news programs as a subject matter expert. Mr. Napolitano previously worked for Marathon Oil as the US and European Security Representative tasked with special assignments such as evacuating Marathon personnel out of Lybia during the Arab Spring and setting up Marathon security operations in Iraq.

Prior to retiring from the United States Secret Service after more than 22 years of service as a Special Agent, Mr. Napolitano was involved in all aspects of protection for the President of the United States, Vice President and First Families as well as Former Presidents, Presidential Candidates, Foreign Dignitaries and events or locations that were deemed high threats for terroristic acts. Special Agent Napolitano conducted hundreds of investigations and testified in federal and state court on investigations that included counterfeit, child pornography, white collar crime and identity theft. As the Resident Agent in Charge in Waco, Special Agent Napolitano was instrumental in providing the security measures for then President George W. Bush’s Western White House as well as the successful visits by many world leaders to Crawford, Texas. Special Agent Napolitano proudly served as a member of the highly tactical and exclusive Counter Assault Team with the Presidential Detail as well as being a Rescue Swimmer for Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

As an instructor, Special Agent Napolitano was a class coordinator for new agents at the James J. Rowley Training Center as well as the Program Manager for Water Safety and Emergency Medicine. Additionally, Special Agent Napolitano was an instructor/coordinator for the Houston Field Office in the specialized areas of Control Tactics, Firearms Training, Water Rescue, Emergency Medicine and Physical Fitness. Special Agent Napolitano was selected for special assignments to include the tactical coordinator for the $5 Billion “money move” of the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank relocation, the Houston Field Office relocation and the joint agency Super Note Task Force that took him overseas to investigate the highly sophisticated counterfeiting of US currency.

Prior to joining the United States Secret Service, Mr. Napolitano served as a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office beginning in the jail and being promoted to Sergeant in patrol. Mr. Napolitano also worked as a Mechanical Engineer for several oil field service companies in the Houston and Huntsville area after receiving his Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree from the University of Houston.

Nick B. Nicholaou 
Nick Nicholaou is President of MBS, Inc., a team of IT strategist who evaluate, engineer and support servers, Mac & Windows computers and mobile devices. In MBS’ private cloud datacenter they host Exchange email, SQL databases, VoIP phone systems, SPAM filtering, and file storage\synchronization. While in executive service for the auto manufacturing industry, he and his wife Grace sensed God’s call to found MBS. Since 1986 Nick and his team have focused on serving Christian churches and ministries nationwide. His specific areas of expertise include organizational management, crises resolution, and strategic implementation of technology.

Nick has been honored by The Church Network, inducting him into their Hall of Fame, Christian Leadership Alliance for his role in assisting ministries nationwide and with their Distinguished Service Award for excellence in serving ministries. Nick has been published hundreds of times in journals and books, and Christianity Today recently published his new book Church IT: Strategies and Solutions, available through their store on Amazon.com. Nick and his team have served thousands of Christian churches and ministries nationally, and he speaks on a regular basis at national and regional conferences from coast to coast.

Janie Paradoski 
Janie Paradoski has been employed with ExxonMobil for over 25 years in many capacities, most recently as a Staffing Analyst and Support Supervisor. During her tenure she has had an opportunity to gain strong technical skills, such as Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), as well as Tableau and analytics. She enjoys learning new ways to process and analyze data, and sharing her knowledge with others. When she is not working Janie enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, as well as fishing at their home away from home in Sargent, Texas.

John Ratliff 
John Ratliff is the founding member of Ratliff & Associates, P.C. He began building an audit, accounting and consulting practice to churches and ministries in 1995. He received his initial training in auditing serving at Arthur Andersen & Co. as an audit manager for nine years. His industry experience includes serving four years as CFO of a $2.2 billion banking organization and eight years as VP of Finance with Texas Wesleyan University.

John earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and a MBA degree from North Texas State University. He has attended the Stanford University Executive Management Program and the TCU Executive Management Program.

He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of CPAs. He is a frequent speaker on non-profit accounting and auditing issues for the Texas Society of CPA’s, the Houston Church CO+OP, and other conferences. John has published many articles in various church business administration magazines.

Dave Rhodes 
In a world that is constantly shifting, consistency is of utmost importance. Through the developed skills of Communication, Coaching, Consultation and Collaboration, Dave Rhodes empowers leaders in The Art of Congruency – developing personal lives and corporate cultures that are constantly changing but never random.

Dave currently works as the Pastor of Discipleship and Movement Initiatives at Grace Fellowship Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a sought after speaker, writer, consultant and coach. He is co-founder of Wayfarer and a collaborative partner for 10,000 Fathers, Auxano and Younique.

Dave is married to Kim and the father of 3 fabulous children—Emma, Izzie and Frankie. Together they function as a Family on Mission; showing and telling people about Jesus. Dave enjoys playing golf, watching college football and eating chicken wings—and maybe eating chicken wings a little too much.

Chris Rollins 
Chris Rollins has been with Sherwin-Williams since graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in Business Management in 1991. In his 25 years with Sherwin-Williams, he has held numerous positions including Store Manager, Professional Coatings Sales Representative, District Sales Manager and Division Director of Marketing Communications. As a National Strategic Account Executive, his primary focus is increasing Sherwin-Williams’ market share across key segments in South Texas and Louisiana. Chris spends most of his time these days keeping up with his two children at Texas A&M.

Bryan Rose 
As Lead Navigator for Auxano, Bryan Rose brings a strategic, vision-sharpened perspective to shaping transformative ministry environments in the local church, merging his schooling and architectural practice with a heart for Great Commission impact. He has demonstrated achievement as a strategic thinker with a unique ability to infuse creativity into the visioning process, while instilling a deep sense of personal ownership and passion in each church team.

With his experience as a multi-site strategist and campus pastor at a 3500-member multi-site church in the Houston Metro area, Bryan’s passion is seeing “launch clarity” define the unique calling of developing church plants and campuses.

Bryan has a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Architecture from Mississippi State University. He lives outside of Nashville, TN with his wife and two adopted children.

Mark Slabaugh 
Mark served the local church in pastoral ministry for over 15 years – seven of those as an Executive Pastor. His calling and passion is to help the local church achieve God-inspired vision. Mark has always left a footprint of leadership development, biblical teaching, and excellence for the sake of the Kingdom.

Mark’s story cannot be told without understanding the impact of local church generosity on his life and calling. Prior to joining Generis as a Generosity Strategist, he participated in several capital campaigns as ministry staff and layman. His passion and servant’s heart will help local churches drive toward generosity and stewardship for greater Kingdom impact. Mark wants to continue serving the local church through equipping pastors to inspire life-changing biblical generosity in the hearts of congregations. He has significant experience with large, innovative churches and those expanding to multisite ministry.

You can find the Slabaugh family wandering northern Indiana to find the next sporting event/activity for one of their four children. Mark is active as a small group leader and a coach of other small group leaders at their home church in Granger, Indiana.

Elaine Sommerville 
Elaine Sommerville is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Texas. She has worked in public accounting since 1985. Twenty-fine of these years have been spent focusing on churches and other non-profit organizations. Her practice has been and continues to be centered primarily on the tax compliance aspects of these organizations. She has assisted in the representation of several large-case IRS exams as well as other IRS examinations of smaller organizations.

Elaine currently devotes her time to handling various IRS issues for individuals and for exempt organizations of various types. She actively consults on a variety of IRS compliance issues for churches and other non-profit organizations and prepares information returns of all types for tax-exempt organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy and Information Systems from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Elaine is currently the sole shareholder of the CPA firm of Sommerville & Associates, P.C. Located in Arlington, Texas. The firm employs ten staff members providing tax and consulting services to over 300 churches and non-profit organizations. Her CPA practice is not only centered on non-profit organizations in areas of tax compliance, but she also has a passion for training those who work for churches and non-profit organizations, and also those who work with churches and non-profit organizations. To this end, she is a regular speaker for the Texas Society of CPAs, the National Association of Church Business Administration, the Houston Church CO+OP and the Texas Ministry Conference, and Shelby Systems, and is an instructor for the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). As an instructor for the AICPA she teaches eight-hour classes to other CPAs in areas of tax planning for non-profit organizations and in the preparation of the IRS Form 990. She has taught extensively on preparation of the Form 990 since its redesign by the IRS for the 2008 tax year, including conducting both eight-hour and four-hour courses for the AICPA and various chapters of the Texas Society of CPAs.

Elaine is a contributing author to various publications produced by Christianity Today and by Thomson Reuters/PPC, including their Non-profit Tax and Governance Guide. She is a member of the AICPA, the Texas Society of CPAs, the National Association of Church Business Administration; serves on the board of DFW Hope Springs, a ministry dedicated to rescuing young women out of the bondage of human trafficking; and serves as the chair for the TSCPA Nonprofit Conference Committee. Due to her significant contributions to the church administration profession, she was inducted into the National Association for Church Business Administration Hall of Fame in 2011.

Frank Sommerville 
Frank Sommerville (J.D.) is a shareholder in the law firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C. in Houston and Dallas, Texas. He received his Bachelor’s degree in business from Texas Wesleyan University. He received his Master’s in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. His law degree is from the University of Houston Law Center. He holds a license as a Certified Public Accountant. He is also Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is rated AV (highest possible) by the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory.

Frank has served non-profit institutions of all sizes as a bookkeeper, accountant, auditor, tax advisor and advocate, litigator and legal advisor. He has presented seminars on non-profit taxation since 1981. He has presented lectures on non-profit litigation at the University of Texas Law School’s 8th, 9th, 18th, 20th and 23rd Annual Non-Profit Organizations Conferences. He also presented lectures for the State Bar of Texas Governance of Non-Profit Organizations Courses. He regularly assists churches in preventing litigation, including cases that originate with accusations of sexual misconduct. Frank is a member of the American Bar Association (Litigation and Tax Sections, member of the Exempt Organizations Committee), the State Bar of Texas (Litigation and Tax Sections, 2002-2010: Chairman of the Non-profit Corporation Subcommittee), Tarrant County Bar Association (Litigation and Tax Sections), Christian Legal Society and the TSCPA. For TSCPA he served on the Relations with IRS Committee for three years. He served on the Texas Tax Institute Committee (Chairman in 2000) and on the Non-Profit Organizations Conference Committee (Chairman for 2009-2010). He was a member of the National Board of Directors for Christian Management Association (CMA) from 1993 to 1999. He has spoken at numerous CMA national conventions.

Due to his significant contributions to the church administration profession, he was inducted into the National Association for Church Business Administration Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, The Church Report, a magazine serving larger churches, named Mr. Sommerville one of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America.

Frank is one of the contributing authors to PPC’s Non-Profit Tax & Governance Guide: Helping Organizations Comply (2010). He is a regular contributor to many publications, including Christianity Today and Your Church. He is a member of the Experts Panel for ChurchSafety.com and posts answers regularly. He has written more than 60 articles on non-profit issues, most of which are available at www.wkpz.com, and he is a part of the WKPZ team that assists with Employment and ERISA issues. He has represented non-profit and religious organizations in disputes with former employees regarding benefit plans, retirement plans, and termination including employee discipline. He counsels non-profit and religious organizations regarding compensation planning, employee handbooks, employment policies, employment agreements, intellectual property policies and proper treatment of clergy and rabbis.

Frank has served on the boards of various non-profit organizations. At various times he has acted as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer for non-profit organizations. His volunteer activities have served a wide range of organizations from United Way agencies to the Dallas Center for Non-Profit Management, and his local church.

Tim Stevens 
Tim Stevens is the Director of Executive Search Consultants at Vanderbloeman Search Group, an executive search firm that helps churches and ministries build great teams. Tim brings more than twenty-five years of senior leadership ministry experience to the Vanderbloemen Search Group team. Tim joined Vanderbloemen from Granger Community Church where he served as the Executive Pastor for twenty years. He was a part of growing Granger from a church of 350 to over 6,000 with a staff of 125. Tim’s leadership helped Granger connect with people who think church is irrelevant. He did this through the creative blending of architecture, strategy and technology. He was instrumental in balancing operations with building effective teams.

Tim is also a gifted writer with six published books on church vision and strategy including Simply Strategic Volunteers, Pop Goes the Church, and Vision: Lost & Found. His newest book, Fairness is Overrated, on organizational culture was published by Thomas Nelson, in January of 2015. He also writes on leadership through his blog LeadingSmart.com.

In his role as the Executive Search Consultant Team Leader, Tim leads Vanderbloemen’s team of Executive Search Consultants as they help churches find their key staff. Tim provides strategy, development, and overall direction to the Executive Search Consultants to ensure the Vanderbloemen Search Group process serves its hundreds of church clients and candidates as best as possible.
Tim and his wife, Faith, have four children and live in Houston, Texas.

Holly Tate 
Holly Tate is the Director of Business Development at Vanderbloemen Search Group, an executive search firm that helps churches and ministries build great teams. She oversees all marketing, communications, and brand initiatives. As a part of her role at Vanderbloemen, Holly has also served as a consultant to ministries around the world on marketing, communications and online evangelism efforts.
Holly came to Vanderbloemen from Salem Communications where she was an Account Executive, specializing in helping businesses and faith based organizations design integrated marketing campaigns to further their mission.

Holly holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from The King’s College of New York City. In February of 2016, she was named a Top Christian Young influencer by ThomRainer.com. Holly is passionate about innovation, connecting people, and helping organizations grow through developing effective, creative, and integrated marketing strategies. In her spare time, Holly loves spending time with her husband Elliott. They are active members of Ecclesia Church in Houston, Texas.

Terry Teykl 
Dr. Terry Teykl is currently a prayer pastor for the Faithbridge Church in Spring Texas. He also serves as Chaplain for a Christian radio station known as KSBJ. For eight years they have been inviting their listeners to pray the Lord’s Prayer at Noon. Now thousands pray across Houston and the Gulf Coast and the results have been phenomenal. As result, Dr. Teykl is taking this idea to the local church in every time zone to pray in the same manner. He believes if we can wrap the world in the Lord’s Prayer, God’s Will will be done and evil will be curtailed. His newest book Praying the Lord’s Prayer at Noon capsulates this passion. He has written 15 books on prayer in the span of his ministry. As well, he has taught hundreds of workshops on helping people and local churches to pray more effectively. His thesis is that if we find God’s Presence then the unchurched will look for us. This thought of being a Presence based person and church is the core for his books on prayer evangelism. Early in his ministry, he grew a church from 8 to 2000 in attendance practicing this principle with 5000 professions of faith. His presentations are mixed with humor and real life stories of people finding a better communication with the Father. He thrives on offering creative ways to make God real to a hurting world.

He has written a personal book on prayer entitled How to Pray After You Have Kicked the Dog. In other words, prayer is God’s idea so He underwrote it with His son’s work on the Cross. His book the Presence Based Church helps consumers to become Presence seekers. He has written four devotionals; The Most Wanted List, Outside the Camp, My Healing Devotional, My Financial Devotional and Praying the Lord’s Prayer at Noon. These practical little books help people go step-by-step in achieving God’s purpose and having His power in life and receiving from God.

He has distributed over a million prayer helps like “Keys for the Kingdom” and “Public Prayer Boxes” and an array of prayer guides for praying the Bible in all situations of life. His book Acts 29 has been used by many churches in finding the power of the Holy Spirit for changing your city. Praying Grace is a book to help people pray for one another. Hundreds of churches have used this book to reopen altars for personal prayer ministry. On a side note, Dr. Teykl prays for people who come to his seminars and many are healed and helped as he prays serendipitously for people. Preyed On or Prayed For teaches people to pray for their pastors and leaders to help them gain victory over the spiritual forces of darkness.

Because of his love for pastors he is quite aware of control issues in local churches. Many churches are “family owned and operated”. He wrote Divine Strongholds: Resolving Control Issues with His Presence.
His book Pray the Price offers the idea of combining the best of prayer and evangelism. If we target the Great Commission in prayer, we can win this generation to Christ.

He lives in Houston with his wife of over 50 years and his two dogs. He has ten grandchildren who are a delight to his life. In his spare time, he teaches on the staff of the Bible Seminary in Houston. Whereas many churches measure success by the A B C’s (Attendance, Buildings, and Cash) Dr. Teykl believes our true success is based on how we please God and are faithful to His Will.

Dr. Stephen Trammell 
Dr. Trammell serves as the Executive Pastor of Champion Forest Baptist Church and Lead Pastor of the North Campus location. He is a graduate of Louisiana College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He served as senior pastor in churches in Louisiana for nearly 20 years before joining the team at Champion Forest Baptist Church in 2007. Stephen and his wife, Tonya, have been married since January 1991 and have two children, Tori and Austin. Tori graduated from LSU in May 2016 and Austin is a senior at Klein High School.

William Vanderbloemen 
William Vanderbloemen is the President/CEO of Vanderbloemen Search Group, an executive search firm that helps churches and ministries build great teams. William combines over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of executive search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search.

Prior to his founding Vanderbloemen Search Group, William studied executive search under a mentor with over 25 years of executive search at the highest level. His learning taught him the very best corporate practices, including the search strategies used by the internationally known firm Russell Reynolds. William also has experience as a Manager in Human Resources in a Fortune 200 company, where he focused on integration of corporate culture and succession planning.

Prior to executive search, William led growth and innovation in churches in North Carolina, Alabama, and Houston. During his time in Alabama, William had the chance to help rebuild and relocate an ailing congregation, and lead them to new levels of growth. At 31, he was elected Senior Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Houston, a church of about 5,000 adults and 1,500 children strong. It is Houston’s oldest congregation.

William is regularly invited to speak across the country in both church services and as a resource to churches and conferences on leadership. He is the author of two books, Next: Pastoral Succession That Works and Search: The Pastoral Search Committee Handbook.

William holds degrees from Wake Forest University and Princeton Theological Seminary. William, his wife Adrienne, their seven children, and their poodle Moses live in Houston. In his free time, William enjoys running, working out, and caddying for his kids, who are now better golfers than he is.

Ashley Voss 
Ashley Voss joined the professional team of Ratliff & Associates in 2008 and became a shareholder in 2013. Ashley started his CPA career in 2002 with Ernst & Young, LLP in Fort Worth, Texas. Today, he enjoys assisting churches and ministries fulfill their mission and purpose. Ashley earned bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and English from Abilene Christian University. He is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs and is both a presenter and committee member for several nonprofit groups in Texas.

Ashley lives in Fort Worth with his wife of over 15 years and their four children. His favorite speaking engagement is teaching story-time in the preschool children’s ministry at his church in North Richland Hills, Texas. In addition, Ashley is an avid hiker, reader and musician.

Charles Wood 
​​Charles Wood graduated from Sam Houston State University in May 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Banking and Financial Institutions. He has been with Buckeye International Inc. in the Houston area since June of 2009 with a focus on working with schools and non-profit entities. He has worked closely with many facilities to implement standardized cleaning programs and to help train their custodians in proper cleaning procedures.