Our team of experienced pastors and church leaders make the difference
Chemistry Staffing is made up of a group of church professionals that are passionate about helping churches and candidates make great long-term fits.
Todd has invested over 30 years in serving churches, having served as a worship pastor for over 15 years, a church elder for more than a decade, and in various ministry leadership roles in both the business and non-profit sectors. As the original founder and developer of ChurchStaffing.com, Todd fundamentally changed the way thousands of churches search for pastors and staff on the internet. Most recently, Todd’s work with Leadership Network has provided him exposure to the innovative trends in today’s church and inside knowledge of how healthy churches operate and uses it to help churches find a healthy, long-term fit for their next team member. A graduate of Cedarville University, Todd lives in Bryan, OH with his wife, Dawn.
Matt has served the local church for over two decades as a youth pastor, church planter, and executive pastor. Originally from Baltimore, Matt currently lives in the Orlando, FL area with his wife Theresa, and has a B.S. in Youth Ministry from Nyack College and an M.Div. and MBA from Baylor University. Certified as an Urban Church Planter Coach by Redeemer City to City and as a StratOp facilitator by the Paterson Center, Matt has made a career of helping churches thrive through intentionality, clarity, and creating healthy cultures. He is convinced that a healthy church is led by a healthy team with great chemistry, and loves partnering with Chemistry’s churches to do great things for the Kingdom.
Nick has been in full time church ministry for over 18 years in the Pacific Northwest. He has served throughout the church in various pastoral roles including being a catalyst for growth as the Executive Pastor of a large multi-site church. Currently, he is on the pastoral staff at New Community Church near Seattle. He is highly committed to partnering with churches, teams, and individuals to bring health, simplicity and increased effectiveness. His insatiable curiosity enables him to discover and understand organizational culture at a deep level and distill customized, client-centered solutions for organizational growth and development. Nick and his wife, Johannah, have been married for 12 years and have two kids. They enjoy time as a family hiking and spending time on home remodel projects or exploring new places by booking food tours and staying at unique Airbnb’s.
Jake is originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina. He has a deep love for the local church and networking. Before moving into ministry he was a firefighter doing rescue operations like high angle rope rescue, and vehicle extrication. Jake has served in churches in North Carolina, New Mexico, Tennessee and is currently the Executive Pastor of Ignite Church in Greenville, NC. He has Master Degrees in both Leadership and in Ministry. Jake brings years of experience and passion in leadership development and revitalization. Jake is married to his high school sweetheart Corrie of 14 years. They have three beautiful kids Levi (10), Hadleigh (8), and Arden (1).
Tim Nations serves as a Church Coach at Chemistry. He most recently served as the Director of Facilitation and Leadership Community Director at Leadership Network. Tim has served in full-time ministry in churches across the north Texas area for over 15 years. He brings with him broad experience in communication, organization, planning, and facilitation.
Dan Navarra has over fifteen years experience in vocational ministry out in sunny California. He received his undergraduate degree from CSU East Bay in Philosophy with a Religious Emphasis before going on to finish his Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2015. In addition to being a full-time pastor, Dan has expertise specializing in church finances, HR, and Youth Pastor compensation; having run the largest-ever national compensation survey of over 4,000 Youth Pastors to-date. His work with Youth Pastors has been featured at Church Law & Tax, the National Network of Youth Ministries, and he’s held coaching calls all over the country to help Youth Pastors turn their calling into a sustainable career. Him and his family of five reside in the Central Valley of California where they can access the ocean, ski slopes, lake cabin, and desert all within a two-hour drive.
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Kelly Norris has 27 years of experience in Children’s, Operations, Communications, Church Planting, Creative Arts, Associate, and Executive Pastoral positions. She is also the owner of Kelability, LLC, a Kingdom-minded company supporting and developing ministries and leaders. She and her family of five are originally from Columbus, Ohio but recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Andy, and their youngest daughter. They have two grown children back in Ohio. Her work with Chemistry Staffing allows Kelly the opportunity to use her diverse coaching and ministry background to help candidates navigate their journey of finding the right position and to help churches find the right candidate for a long-term, healthy fit.
Darrell has served the local church for nearly two decades as executive pastor of both ministry and operations giving him an understanding of integration of all ministry aspects. Originally from South Carolina, Darrell and his wife Sylvie currently live in Georgia where he serves as executive pastor of operations for regional multisite church. Prior to moving into ministry, he spent 15+ years in corporate and industrial environments gaining practical leadership experience that laid the platform for ministry. He is a certified church administrator (CCA) by Candler Theological Institute at Emory University and professional certified coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). One of Darrell’s passions is to help churches create healthy staff culture from hiring and onboarding to ongoing coaching to ensure staff integration and team health.
Jen has served small, medium, large, and multi-site congregations and has nearly 25 years of ministry experience. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coaching Federation and has over 1000 hours of coaching staff and church members which makes her uniquely qualified to supervise staff and coach churches to their next steps in ministry. Jennifer’s long-term goal is simply to serve The church. She is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and met her husband, Warren, at Duke Divinity School. They are the proud parents of Theadora, an elementary student in Hershey, PA.
Justin Woelk currently serves as the Online Campus Pastor for North Metro Church in Marietta, GA. Justin and his digital team help serve thousands of people globally move from screen to community. He has 10+ years ministry experience, specifically within the ministry areas of students, college & young adults, groups, and marriage. He spent 5 years within the conference world with Catalyst, Leadercast, and SEND Conferences. He has a Master’s of Christian Leadership from DTS. His area of passion and expertise are communicating, relationships, digital church, experiences, and foster care. He is an extrovert, runner, college football fan, foodie, and coffee lover. He and his wife have fostered 4 children and they currently live in Augusta, GA.
Dave grew up on a midwest farm then spent thirty years in health care management. After decades of serving the church through lay leadership, Dave went on to serve as an executive pastor and church consultant, helping churches with vision casting, strategic planning, capital campaigns, and operations/governance. Dave serves as a Chemistry Staffing Church Coach to fulfill his passion for helping churches find healthy, full-time church staff members, which impacts church culture. He also thoroughly enjoys helping candidates wrestle through where God is calling them in their next season of ministry. Dave and his wife have two daughters, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. They reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Mark also has more than 13 years of experience as an Executive Pastor at Uniontown Bible Church and Bay Area Community Church. Before full-time ministry, Mark was well known in the Aerospace and Defense business with extensive marketing and communications experience. Mark led all marketing for a 1.8 billion dollar aerospace business lane and could be seen at space shuttle launches, managing marketing and communication plans for the Hubble Space Telescope, and running tours and media days for high ranking government VIPs and fortune 100 executives. Mark, his wife Lisa, and their three children live outside of Washington, DC, and Baltimore, MD. Mark has a heart to see the Kingdom of God expand in and through the local church.
Eric provides business and executive coaching to churches and non-profit teams, helping them leverage their ministries and teams for expanded impact in their communities. He recently retired as Executive Pastor of Rolling Hills Church in El Dorado Hills, CA. In addition to the 5 years he served as an executive pastor, Eric has 20+ years of experience as an executive leader at several large health insurance companies, has been a business coach, and serves on several non-profit boards. Over his career, Eric has built and lead teams in a collaborative and successful way which achieved their goals and grew their businesses and ministries. Eric graduated from Westmont College with a history degree and received his Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Colorado. Over the past decade, he has received additional training on coaching, facilitating and team building. He is an avid reader/listener of leadership books and podcasts. Eric and his wife Debbie live in Folsom, CA and have four grown children. Debbie works as a bookkeeper for a Folsom-based company. They enjoy cycling, pickleball and travel.
Darren Brown was born and raised in the DFW area of Texas and has over 25 years of experience in both the church and business world. Darren served as a Worship Pastor in a variety of churches across the U.S. for almost 20 years, and as an Executive Pastor for the past seven. He was the founder of a successful audio-visual production company in North Texas before going into full-time ministry. Darren brings expertise to the areas of production, management, hiring, marketing, strategy, team building and coaching. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Texas and his Master’s in Leadership from Liberty Theological Seminary. Darren and his wife, Lisa, have 3 children and live in Denton, Texas.
Doug is originally from Charleston, SC and after earning a Master of Architecture from Clemson University, spent a decade practicing architecture in Orlando, Florida. During those years Doug and his wife Kim were part of a church plant which God used to ignite a love for the local church and a call to fulltime ministry. Doug received a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary and for more than two decades has served churches from the Carolinas to California (and places in between) as an executive and senior pastor. Doug and Kim currently live in Birmingham, AL and have three grown daughters, two son-in-laws, two grandkids and one very needy labradoodle. Doug’s continuing deep love for the local church is expressed by helping connect candidates to calls that result in thriving ministry.
Jason is an insightful, strategic leader with more than twenty-four years of experience in leading churches from the second chair. He has served churches in Middle Tennessee, South Mississippi, and North Texas. Jason is a synergist, who works to weave the strengths of the team together to achieve the church’s agreed-upon purpose. He brings a diverse set of business acumen and talents in leadership, management, analysis, and execution. Jason has earned Masters’ degrees in business, marriage and family counseling, and Christian education, as well as a Ph.D. in Human Capital Development. He recently received certifications in church consulting and church revitalization. Jason enjoys helping churches navigate the complexities inherent in growing staff teams. Currently, Jason lives in Midlothian, TX with his wife Sabra and four teenage children.
Two words can summarize what Joey is most passionate about as a pastor: life change. He loves leading someone to Jesus or seeing a follower of Jesus take their next step of obedience to Jesus; and he loves hearing the stories of those who lead another person to Jesus. Joey currently serves as Lead Pastor of Bear Valley Church in Lakewood, Colorado.
Eric has been serving in the local church for the past 23 years. He is the Pastor of Adult Discipleship at Monte Vista Chapel in Central California and oversees Men’s, Women’s, Students and Children’s ministries. Eric attended Biola University in Los Angeles, where he received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Science and then worked in Santa Clarita, CA at a church for sixteen years before moving back to Turlock…and back to his home church. Eric has also completed his Master of Divinity degree from George Fox Seminary in Oregon. He is married to Heather and they have four kids.
A graduate of Springfield College, Chet served as a navy helicopter pilot, flying off of the back of frigates and destroyers in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. During the last four years of his 10 on active duty, Chet sensed a growing call to ministry that led him to leave active duty for the Naval Reserve and attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After graduating with a Master of Divinity, Chet served at a non-denominational church in New Jersey for 25 years serving as the youth pastor, associate pastor, and senior pastor. Chet and Margot have been married for 40 years, have three children and four grandchildren. Having retired from the navy and the church, Chet currently resides in New Jersey and serves as a Candidate Coach with Chemistry Staffing where he enjoys the opportunity to come alongside the next generation of church leaders and help them find their next place of service.
Jeff is the lead pastor of Trilogy Community Church that he and his wife, Melissa, planted in Dallas, TX in 2016. He has previously worked at Church on the Journey and the Assembly of God District Offices. He has 20 years of leadership experience. Jeff and Melissa have been married for 16 years and have six children. Jeff works with Next Generation Pastors that Leadership Network serves.
Eugene is the Executive Pastor of Menlo Church in the San Francisco Bay Area. Before moving to the Bay Area he was a church planter in Boston. Eugene is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church and received his M.Div and Th.M at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is married to Esther, and they have 3 boys, Nathan, Jacob, and Max. In his free time, Eugene loves to travel, ride his bike, and explore the surrounding beauty of Northern California with his family.
Kate was born and raised in South Carolina, growing up in Summerton before heading off to the bright lights of Columbia to attend the University of South Carolina where she received her Bachelor’s in Communications and Public Relations. She continued on to earn a Master’s in Healthcare Administration and served in that field for six years. Kate and her husband, Stephen, have been married for 18 years, have 3 children, and are active in their church’s student ministry. Kate serves as Chemistry’s Operations Manager, coordinating schedules, herding cats, and making sure that the details get handled and deadlines are met. Her favorite part of working at Chemistry is helping both the candidates and Chemistry staff, watching the process work as people find their place.
Allan has been involved in church ministry for the past 30 years in a variety of roles and settings: church planter, Pastor of Disciple Making and Adult Ministries, Executive Pastor and Coach/Consultant. Allan has experienced many transitions in ministry from a variety of different perspectives. He understands that as painful and stressful transitions can be, they have the potential to transform you more than most things can! Allan, along with his wife of 33 years, Gloria, young adult daughter, and Luna (family Lhasa Apso), lives in Jacksonville, Florida. His son serves as a pastor in Virginia Beach with his wife and daughter. Allan and his family are originally from Canada, where he earned his Master’s in Biblical Studies (Regent College) and Doctorate in Missional Leadership (Carey). Additionally, he is certified as an MBTI, CPI 260 and StratOp Practitioner, and as a Church Unique and God Dreams Navigator. He is an avid runner who loves to hang out with family and friends and is committed to serving pastors and local churches to help them to live out their unique calling.
Mark Maestas is an innovated and passionate Pastor with over 20 years of experience leading at a high level. He is known for both building and bringing teams to their full potential with his passionate vision and collaborative leadership. In 2002, Mark and his wife, Jamie, founded Maestas Consulting that specializes in helping both Churches and Non-profits. Mark has worked on Executive Teams at several churches to include Sagebrush, Southeast Christian (Denver), and Journey Church. Mark graduated from Howard Payne University (summa cum laude) and Denver Seminary (magna cum laude). He currently lives in Bloomington, IL with his wife and three sons.
Over the past 20 years, Chris has had the privilege to partner with leaders ranging from executives of large companies to pastors of small local churches. No matter the team size, each leader needed a partner to encourage their leadership, help them focus their time and energy on the things only they could do, and to stay organized, efficient, and effective all at the same time. Chris thrives in this environment and is thrilled to use her skills, talents, and leadership as part of the Chemistry Staffing Team. She has previously served as a Director of Senior Pastors at Leadership Network, a Leadership Development Coordinator for her local church, as well as an Internal Operations Manager for a coaching and consulting organization. She lives in Coastal Virginia with her husband of 28 years and their two rescue labs – Silas and Charlie. Her greatest leadership moments, though, have come (and will continue to come) from being a mom to their three fabulous daughters, ages 19, 21 and 23, as they all navigate life together trusting in the One who holds it all together.
With over 26 years of full-time ministry in the local church in Next Gen, Executive, and Teaching Pastor roles, Kip Nanninga has played a crucial role in the continued success of equipping leaders, pastors, and organizations becoming healthy in all areas of ministry . His exceptional skill set, true passion for leaders and pastors and creativity for ministry has inspired massive growth in the ministries where he has served. Kip coaches leaders and organizations and is a sought after speaker at conferences and events.
Originally from a town north of Vancouver, after attending Briercrest Bible College, Brad has served the local church in the US for over 15 years. Brad established a Sports & Fitness ministry that now reaches over 60,000 participants each year. He brings a unique perspective and understanding of the local church having led departments and served in areas such as Sports & Fitness, Small Groups, Pastoral Care, Facilities, Next Gen and Guest Services. Brad serves as a Church Coach at Chemistry and has a passion to help understand each church’s unique culture and staffing needs so that the Chemistry team can help place the perfect fit for long term success.
Kent is the executive pastor at South Shore Church in Annapolis, MD and has over 20 years of pastoring experience. He spends his days supporting and developing leaders with his passion for discipleship, and his commitment to come alongside those that are called to lead and serve the local church. He’s married to Somer, and together they have 2 daughters, Kennedi and Ava.
After graduating from Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute, Michael was called to Oak Grove Baptist Church in North Carolina. He also served as pastor of Eagle Heights Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, KY and Fruitland Baptist Church, where he has served as pastor for 25 years. During this time he also taught at Fruitland Baptist Bible College as Professor of Literature and Professor of Christian Literature. After leaving the pastorate, Michael served as the Director of Missions of the Carolina Baptist Association. He is now retired, yet still active in foreign missions, as well as the life of the local church. Mike is married to Kelly and has four grown children and eight grandchildren.
Tisha knows firsthand how exhilarating and anxiety-ridden it can be in a season of transition; she’s navigated and nurtured her family through seven job transitions in seven different states (seven congregations, seven towns, seven school districts, seven dentists, seven DMVs, etc.). Tisha has been embedded in ministry over the past 20 years since graduating from Cedarville University with a degree in Organizational Communications. Her husband, Caleb, is a Pastor and Church Coach. They and their two sons, Jackson and Tucker, live in Orlando, Florida.
Carey is passionate about Jesus, people getting to know Jesus and people helping other people get to know Jesus. He and his wife, Kimberly, have served the church in various roles over the past 20 years. They love to see people come alive to new life in Jesus and find their place in the kingdom. Currently Carey serves as the Executive Pastor at Beach Church in Jacksonville Beach, FL where his job is to bring the vision of Beach Church to life. In his free time, Carey loves to travel, cook, surf, run, kayak, all sports (especially baseball) and pretty much anything else you can do outside. You can usually find Carey and Kimberly either on some kind of adventure or planning for the next adventure.
Chris Surratt is a ministry consultant and coach with more than twenty years of experience serving the local church. Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN., and Seacoast Church in Charleston, S.C., prior to becoming the Discipleship and Small Groups Specialist for Lifeway Christian Resources. He is the author of Small Groups for the Rest of Us, Gospel-Centered Small Groups and Leading Small Groups: How To Gather, Launch, Lead, and Multiply Your Small Group.
David has a diverse background in business, theology, and design. After spending 10 years in banking and corporate accounting, he attended Asbury Theological Seminary. Upon earning his MDiv in 2006, David served as a senior pastor at a Wesleyan church in Wisconsin. In an effort to learn innovation for the benefit of the Church, he returned to grad school and obtained a degree in Design Thinking from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011. David currently resides in Tulsa, OK where he helped close a dying church and planted a new one in its place. David serves as a Candidate Coach at Chemistry, drilling down into candidate’s experience and skills during interviews and helping them discern whether they are a fit for open positions.
Steve serves as Executive Pastor at Crossroads Bible Church, and lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife and two daughters. Steve loves Jesus, people, and the church, and exemplifying the phrase, God qualifies the called. Steve holds a B.A. in Business Administration Calvin University, and an M.A. in Ministry leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Josh Whitehead is Executive Pastor of Ministries at Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, Tennessee – serving on staff since 2003. Josh’s goal is to lead by implementing the vision and values of the church through the staff and ministries. Most importantly, he loves the global Church and desires to equip church leaders to effectively impact the world for Christ. Josh has a degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University, a Masters of Divinity degree with Languages from Southwestern Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership, and Administration from New Orleans Seminary.
Shay has been serving in the local church for over a decade as a student pastor, campus pastor, teaching pastor, multisite director, and church planter. A West Texas boy who grew up in Midland/Odessa, Shay is now living in Fort Worth, TX with his wife Robyn and their three sons. They are currently planting Mercyhill Church, with a vision to echo God’s mercy across the world. Shay has a B.S. in Youth Ministry, an M.A. in Evangelism & Church Planting, and an M.Div in biblical studies from Liberty University. He is currently working on his dissertation for a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies through the Cook School of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University. Shay’s ministry experience in building teams and restructuring church staff for long-term health and vision alignment informs his work with Chemistry in helping candidates navigate their next steps and find a church where they can both fit in and stand out.