Our Team

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 Rhoades


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 Steen


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.

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Ryan Blaylock

Candidate Coach

Ryan has been the lead pastor of Element Church since it launched in October 2015. He is proud of his roots in Baltimore and couldn’t be more excited to be reaching people so close to home with the gospel. Since 2006, Ryan has served in ministry, where he started in youth ministry and whole-heartedly worked to see students meet Jesus on their level.  At Element, Pastor Ryan is committed to put brokenness on display every single week to help people take their next step with Christ. Ryan and his wife, Kim, love to travel, watch sports, and spend time with good friends. They love to serve the city of Laurel with their two kids Noah and Emma. Ryan is passionate about good food, great tattoos, and having real conversations. 

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Eric Bergen

Candidate Coach

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.


Doug Ferguson


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.


Jon Green


Jon grew up in a small Texas town before moving to Waco to attend Baylor University. After graduating and working at a church in the DFW area for a couple of years, he moved back to Waco where he’s been on staff at a church for the past 6 1/2 years. He’s passionate about the local church and doing everything he can to empower churches to make disciples and change the world. Jon and his wife Amanda have been married for 6 years and have a one year old son, Micah.


Joey Jernigan

Candidate Coach

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.



Chet Klope

Candidate Coach

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 Kossack

Church Coach

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.

Kate Lincoln

Operations Manager

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 17 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.

Tim Nations

Church Coach

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

Dan Navara

Church Coach

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.

Kelly Norris

Church Coach

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.


Brad Ogden


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.

Darrell Roland

Church Coach

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.

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Caleb Smith

Church Coach

Along with being a Pastor’s Kid, Caleb has been in vocational ministry for almost 20 years. From family ministries to executive leadership, from leading in church mergers to multi-site to church planting, Caleb brings the experience of multiplicative ministry in a variety of cultures and contexts. Caleb and his family live in Orlando, FL where he serves in a church plant and with Converge, a growing network of 1400+ churches. He is a certified coach and facilitator for both Auxano and Ministry Insights. Caleb’s passion in ministry is helping people and local churches maximize their Gospel-potential and impact.

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Tisha Smith

Candidate Coach

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.


David Treloar

Candidate Coach

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.


David Viland

Candidate Coach

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. Currently residing in Minneapolis with his wife, Donna, Dave serves as a Candidate Coach at Chemistry, conducting interviews and helping our candidates wrestle through where God is calling them in their next season of ministry.


Mark Stuenzi

Church Coach

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.


The Five Essentials of a Healthy Long-Term Church Staff Fit...

Finding the right fit for your church’s staff can be complicated.  At Chemistry, we start by assessing each candidate in five key areas. Finding a candidate that matches your church’s unique DNA in all five areas is the true key to finding a healthy long-term fit for your staff opening.


Does this person believe the way we believe on both core and secondary issues?


Does this person fit our community, church, and culture?


Does this person play well with others?  Are they likeable?


Does this person have the talents and abilities we need to do a good job?


Is this a person that will fit on our team? Do we want to do life AND ministry together?

Our focus is the Church... That's It

We love the church so much that we limit our work specifically with churches to help them find healthy long-term fits.


At Chemistry, we've limited our work to churches. We know and love the church, and our one mission is to help churches hire more effectively.
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125 Points of data on each candidate

We begin by assessing each of our candidates on theology, culture, personality, and skill.


By assessing every candidate up-front and comparing it to what you've told us you're looking for, we're able to drill down on great potential candidates for YOUR church.
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Our Pricing is Flat-Rate and affordable

Hiring should not be expensive. Our flat-rate pricing model is affordable for every size church and budget.


WIth Chemistry, you won't pay up to 1/3 of first-year salary. We're motivated by finding you a great fit not by receiving a big commission.
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We work 100% virutally

We do all of our work virtually. We leverage today's technology to work smarter, faster, and more efficiently.


Working virtually saves us (and you) time and money. We can conduct most all of our work leveraging online video technology (and we'll show you how to use the same technology to save on your own internal interviews!)
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You don't pay for our travel or expense accounts

The cost of our search is the cost of our search. No added travel expenses and no additional expense accounts.


You'll never be surprised at what you pay Chemistry Staffing. We don't fly on your dime. And we don't charge administrative fees.
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We're 100% Ministry geeks

Every one of our team has extensive paid church staff experience. We know what it takes to lead, and how to spot a great leader.


Nothing surprises us. We've been in the trenches. We've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly side of ministry. We believe in the local church and we're motivated by helping churches grow by finding healthy team members.
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What is the Chemistry experience like?

Reno Christian Fellowship experienced an incredible interaction with Chemistry Staffing in the recent hire of our new Student Ministries Pastor. The process was quick, but deep; thorough, yet not exhausting; professional, but not budget-busting. We were thrilled with both Chemistry and the final candidate we hired. We found a great “chemistry” fit in both. I could not more highly recommend them to you and your ministry!
Brent Brooks
Senior Pastor, Reno Christian Fellowship
When I contracted with Chemistry Staffing, I thought I was simply hiring the experts to accomplish what I didn't have the time or skills to do on my own. Yet, every time I talked to Matt Steen I was talking to someone who personally cared about my ministry and left me encouraged. They took the time to get to know me and my staff culture, which led to a far better hire than I could have done alone.
Rick Henderson
Campus Pastor, South Mountain Community Church
Our experience with Chemistry Staffing was a great one! Communication was clear and they were accessible throughout the Search process. Through Chemistry Staffing, the Lord provided a person who is not only a great fit, but reaches beyond his job description to help the church family in other ways. We thank God for using Chemistry to bring us together.
Dave Schneider
Senior Pastor, Conroe Bible Church
Our experience with Chemistry Staffing was excellent. Previous to working with Chemistry Staffing we worked with another of the major national pastor search firms. Our experiences could not have been more different. Chemistry Staffing services were a fraction of the cost, and their service and quality of candidates were a whole lot higher!
Damon Carson
Search Committee Chair, Calvary Church
Finding candidates for your church is easy.
Finding GREAT candidates for your church can be HARD.

Attract the right candidates

You know the drill. Not every candidate that applies for your opening will be a good fit. Most won't even be close. We pre-screen every candidate that applies to your opening and match them to your church's unique theology and culture. We assess their skills and personality. Then we present you with only candidates that are a good fit for your specific church.

Screen for a healthy
long-term fit

Most church staff members stay about three years. Yet according to recent studies, the most fruitful period of ministry starts around year five. Long-term ministry creates long-term impact. We work to ensure that the candidates we provide have the ability to serve at your church five years or more so that they can make a lasting impact.

Finish on-time
and under budget

Many churches don't consider outside expertise during their search process because of the added expense. Our unique model enables you to tap into our hiring and ministry expertise at a reasonable and justifiable price. Whether you are a church of 100 or 10,000, we can be a wise stewardship investment in the future of your church.

Here are just a few of the great churches we've worked with...

Let's start the conversation...

Are you getting ready to start the search process at your church? Or maybe you’re in the midst of a search that needs a little extra help? Let’s talk. We’d love to hear your story and see if there’s a way that we can help find your next long-term ministry staff member.