Greg Nettle has a God-given passion for The Church and its responsibility to plant new churches … churches specifically designed to reach out to children at physical and spiritual risk. He is an author, speaker and consultant as an agent of change in the global church. For 25 years, Greg served as visionary leader of the RiverTree Movement in Ohio. During that time the church grew from 100 to more than 3,000 people, from 1 to 4 campuses, helped plant 15 churches throughout Ohio and 13 in Latin America, sponsored more than 2,000 children with Compassion International and involved more than 200 families in adoption. Greg came to RiverTree after beginning his ministry as a church planter in Dublin, Ireland. Greg’s sense of adventure has taken him around the world as he has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Cotopaxi and Whitney among others to raise funds to bless children on the margins of society. Greg’s most important partner in life is his wife Julie as they lead their children, Tabitha and Elijah, to fall deeply in love with Jesus. Greg is the co-author of two books: One Of and Disciples Who Make Disciples, and is working on his third in collaboration with Compassion International President Jimmy Mellado: Small Matters.
Driven by his passion for the local church and people to know Christ, and decades of experience in the world of church planting, Tom has been a part of the Stadia team since 2003. Having planted churches with his wife Debbie Jones in Centerville, OH and Princeton, NJ, Tom is a visionary leader who understands the mission of Stadia in a unique way. His role as Executive Director involves direct oversight of the implementation of Stadia’s vision, strategic plan, and operations. Outside of his Stadia role, Tom also served as a tenured professor at Emmanuel School of Religion for 11 years and was the editor and primary author of Church Planting from the Ground Up. Although Tom is an avid tennis player and golfer, his greatest joy is found in spending time with his family … his wonderful wife Debbie (who also works for Stadia), their daughter, Melanie, along with her husband Jade and daughters, Cora and Celia, and their son, Tom, and his wife Stephanie, and their daughter, Emilia.
Resource Development Executive
Brent mobilizes people and groups to propel the Stadia mission. His church planting adventure began in 1991 when he and his wife Kay were called to plant in Albany, NY. Determined to help start a movement, Brent and the young Albany congregation, known as Christ’s Church, engaged with others to plant in Nashua, NH a few years later, then in Poughkeepsie, NY, Binghamton, NY and by the end of a decade as far away as Gaithersburg, MD where 22 disciples moved on mission. After coaching several dozen church planters sponsored by churches, foundations and church planting agencies, Brent left the staff of Christ’s Church to work full time facilitating new churches throughout the U.S. He served three years as Executive Director of the Exponential Conference before joining Stadia as an executive and working in a variety of ways to advance the Stadia mission. Brent and Kay continue to call Upstate NY home where they garden together and travel to visit their children and grandchildren in Colorado (Ben, Katie, Zachary, Liam), St. Louis (Brendon, Amanda, Morgan, Grahm), San Diego (Keenan, Trevor) and Connecticut (Kyrin, Dom).
Planter Development Executive
Growing up in a rural church, serving in a mega church and leading a new church, Justin has been involved in nearly all aspects of the church and church planting. As the Planter Development Executive for Stadia, his team helps new churches launch with the right visionary point leaders and the right supporting environments, so they can have the greatest impact possible. Justin is on the teaching team of his local church, has served as an adjunct professor and currently serves on the board of a local non-profit. He has been married to Tiffany for over 20 years, has a son Zane and a daughter Savannah. He loves the beach, Kansas City BBQ, and watching his kids play soccer.
U.S. Church Planting Executive and South Regional Executive
Jeff’s role is focused on increasing Stadia’s capacity to make a greater impact in U.S. church planting. He has partnered in planting churches in Georgia, across the U.S. and globally. Jeff lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Madison and Macy.
Since 2003, Matt has been involved as a volunteer leader and/or staff member in the early stages of four church plants. Two of these churches benefited from Stadia, so he has experienced first-hand how partnering with Stadia benefits churches. Matt has his MBA and has worked in project management in the medical research and development field. For the last two years, Matt has served as the Director of Global Church Planting for Stadia. His passion is to maximize church planting through leadership and bringing clarity to the leaders he serves. We are excited to see him leverage his experience, passion and personal mission in his new role as Operations Executive for Stadia.
Nathan “Chivo” Hawkins
West Regional Executive
As West Regional Executive, Nathan implements Stadia’s overall strategy in the western U.S., focusing on partner development, U.S. church planting, global church planting and Stadia advancement. Before coming to Stadia, Nathan played a key role in our Global Church Planting strategy as a Compassion International Church Relations Director. He also has first-hand U.S. church planting experience, having led in a church plant re-launch in New Orleans post-Katrina. As an adoptee and adoptive father, Nathan is passionate about children who come from difficult backgrounds. Originally from inner-city Minneapolis, Nathan grew up in a Christian home in a culturally diverse environment. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Minnesota, working in sports broadcasting and spending all his free time rock climbing, he hungered for greater purpose. He served a church in Juarez, Mexico for a year and a half, which led him to seminary, where he caught the church planting bug. Nathan and his wife Joy have three young children: Benicio, Taegen and Grace. The Hawkins are a family that welcomes foster children and love connecting with the local church.
Midwest Regional Executive
Chris implements Stadia’s overall strategy in the central U.S., focusing on partner development, U.S. church planting, global church planting and Stadia advancement. The son of a Jamaican mother and an American father, Chris is a leader who lives his life according to his faith in Jesus Christ. He is an ordained pastor whose passions are biblical justice and the well-being of children, youth and families. He has served with the Minneapolis Public Schools, the Willow Creek Association, World Vision and in various churches. Chris has been married to Bobbi since 1996, and they have four beautiful children.
Strategic Services Executive
David made an adult commitment to follow Jesus at the age of 17 when a new church started meeting in his local Colorado high school. He later served as an intern in that new church before moving to Tennessee for graduate studies. While a student, David was a staff member at a new church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He and his wife Jan later moved to the Chicago area, where David served on the board of the local church-planting organization for many years. David and his wife Jan planted their first church with Stadia in 2003 in Bakersfield, California, and also served as a local network catalyst, helping launch two additional new churches in his community. David joined the Stadia staff in 2007, serving in a variety of roles, including director of Stadia’s Western Region. In his current role as Strategic Services Executive, David leads the team that releases leaders from ministry hindrances so that they can be empowered for greater kingdom impact. David and Jan continue to live in California, serving as volunteer local church leaders and enjoying California’s deserts, mountains and beaches.
Northeast Regional Director
Toney, and his wife, Stacie, have been in ministry for over 23 years. The majority of his ministry has focused on planting new churches in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Toney is currently the founding and lead pastor of Discovery Christian Church, a growing congregation in Pittsburgh, PA. Toney also serves on the board of directors for two church planting organizations. Toney and Stacie have two great kids. Their son, Tanner, is a student at Ozark Christian College, and their daughter, Haley, is in high school. Toney’s role with Stadia is to build relationships with churches and planters in the Northeast region and to help Stadia plant more churches that intentionally care for children in the Northeast and around the world.
Assistant to the President
In 2007, Debbie felt specifically called to leave the corporate world after 21 years to serve as executive assistant to Greg Nettle, who at the time was Visionary Leader for the RiverTree Movement. As Assistant to the President of Stadia, she continues to assist Greg now in his leadership role with Stadia. After putting her college career on hold for 20+ years, she finally returned to earn a degree in Ministry from the Londen Institute of Evangelism. Debbie enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Dave. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Assistant to the Executive Director
Becky started working with Stadia part-time in 2013 as Tom Jones’ administrative assistant. She now works full-time as Assistant to the Executive Director. Her roles include work in resource development, financial management and staff communication. Becky is a graduate of Milligan College. She and her husband, Josh, live in Canton, OH, where Josh serves as a Campus Pastor for RiverTree Christian Church, and they have one daughter, Elsie Maye.
U.S. Church Planting Assistant
Becky has shared in the excitement of starting four different church plants over the past 13 years. Two were Stadia church plants in Maryland: Revolution Church in Annapolis and The Foundry in Baltimore. At Revolution, she served for over five years as Executive Assistant to Josh Burnett. More recently, she worked as the Director of Guest Experience. Becky is married to Matt, and they have two beautiful children, Ariella and Rex. Becky’s passion for church planting comes from a desire for everyone to be part of a strong community filled with God’s love.
Resource and Global Specialist
Josie Barton was on the launch team of a church plant in Baltimore in 2013, and as a result, has come to learn first hand the immense value of church planting and the hard work the job entails. She is the worship director at The Foundry Church in Baltimore, and as Resource and Global Specialist, she facilitates relationships with Stadia’s financial partners, and communication between global plants and their US partners.
Church Relations Director
John has been fully engaged in the church planting world since 1983. He has served as a strategist, coach, trainer, professor and concept pioneer. He has filled a variety of roles with Stadia since 2004 and came on board full-time in July 2012. As Church Relations Director, John coordinates the direct support of our church planting partners, with a focus on churches planted by Stadia. As a church planting statesman, John’s experience and prolific connections throughout North America are a huge asset for the Stadia family. John and his wife, Leslie, live in southwest Florida, where his wife leads an innovative decorative lighting business. They have three married children and six grandchildren.
Before arriving as Stadia’s Collaboration Catalyst, Nick served 20 years in corporate America as a Sales & Marketing executive at Fortune 500 companies. He left the corporate arena in 2003 and joined the staff of Kensington Community Church, in Troy, MI, where he served as their Director of Church Planting. Most recently, Nick served as the U.S. Catalyst for Vision360 and led a team of 12 City Catalysts across the U.S. focused on collaborative church planting. Nick travels extensively throughout the U.S., networking, connecting and empowering collaboration between churches of many tribes, networks, church planters and church planting teams.
Director of Training
Craig spent over 20 years in church ministry in roles that ranged from youth guy to church planter. As Stadia’s Director of Training, his present focus is assessing, training and coaching leaders to start new churches. He is the creator of Church Planter Profiles, which helps individuals and organizations identify church planting potential quickly and easily in an online environment, and Church Planter Cultivate, which prepares leaders to start new churches. He lives in Roseville, California with the cutest girl in his 4th Grade Sunday School class. They have two young adult children. When he is not reading, writing or talking about ideas for mobilizing leaders, he likes to spend time cycling in the Sierra Foothills or cheering on his favorite Formula 1 driver.
Director of Project Management
Doug is a self proclaimed church planting junkie and has been involved with church planting most of his adult life. He helped plant LifePointe Christian Church in Charlotte, NC in 2004 and served as a project manager with Passion 4 Planting before joining the Stadia team in 2010. His passion is to help church planters accelerate their vision to reach the lost. In his spare time, Doug enjoys gardening, running, traveling, Illinois basketball and volunteering in the local elementary school. His greatest supporter is his wife, Amanda. Together they live in Illinois, where they have two kids, Will and Kate. Doug writes practical church planting posts at www.plantingchurches.org.
Director of Bloom
Debbie serves with the Stadia team as Director of Bloom. Church planting has always been a part of the DNA of the Jones family. She and her husband, Tom planted two churches and have 30+ years of ministry experience. Debbie understands the vital role that women play in starting new churches and founded Stadia’s ministry called Bloom! Bloom empowers women to maximize their role in starting churches. Debbie and her team keep very busy connecting, empowering and leading women across the United States. Debbie loves to play tennis, pickleball and most of all spend time with their family….their daughter, Melanie, along with her husband Jade and daughters, Cora and Celia, and their son, Tom, and his wife Stephanie, and their daughter, Emilia.
After co-planting SummitLIFE in Sedona, AZ, with her husband David, Michelle fully understands the overwhelming responsibility of planting a church. So as Stadia Project Manager, her desire is to help carry many of the initial responsibilities so planters can focus on people within the community. Michelle serves as Executive Director at SummitLIFE and is the mother of three awesome kids!
In 2006, Seth sensed God’s call to step out of his engineering career and help plant a church on the south side of Atlanta. Momentum Christian Church launched in 2007, and then launched a second campus in January 2013. Seth has a dual role of Campus Pastor | Executive Pastor of Strategy. With an educational and professional background in engineering, combined with over 10 years of vocational ministry experience, Seth uses his unique skill set to serve as a part-time Project Manager for Stadia to help church planters accomplish the massive task of launching a healthy church. His wife and best friend, Melissa, is a dietitian and together they have three incredible children.
Planter Development Assistant
Sara and her husband Josh planted the Brookside Campus of Restore Community Church in 2013 in Kansas City, MO. She has loved seeing people find their way back to God at Restore. As Planter Development Assistant, Sara helps navigate potential church planters through the Discovery process. Sara is also part of Bloom! and has written articles for the Bloom! books.
Assistant Director of Bloom
Vanessa and her husband Scott planted Velocity Church in Cleveland, OH in 2009. Not long after, Vanessa joined the Bloom! Leadership Team. Vanessa’s main role within Bloom is working directly with each of Bloom’s ministry area leaders and she also works on special projects. Vanessa has been a speaker at Exponential East and Bloom Retreats. She finds her role within Stadia to be very life giving and she truly loves working to support, encourage and help Stadia church planting women recognize and develop their leadership potential. Vanessa is a huge CAVS fan and rumor has it she has mad lip-sync skills.
Technical Administrator of Bloom
Sarah Burnett and her husband, Josh, planted Revolution Annapolis Church in Annapolis, MD, in 2010. Sarah serves on the leadership team of Bloom, encouraging and leading other church planting women. Sarah’s passion is to connect church planting women in relationships through the use of technology so that they are encouraged and supported on this journey. She was a contributing writer for Bloom Where You’re Planted: Vol.2. She and Josh have been married since 2005 and have three children.
Director of Accounting
In 2001, Peggy left a job as Vice President of Operations with a real estate company and has used her professional expertise in full time ministry ever since. She has served as Director of Administration for Heritage Christian Church in Georgia and as Director of Southeast Operations for Stadia. In 2005 she formed Potter’s Will Consulting to support church planting through bookkeeping and administrative services. Now she joins the Stadia team to oversee all of our accounts payables and receivables. Married for 45 years, Peggy and her husband, Mal, have one daughter and one grandson.
Director of Marketing
Phyllis Fox brings lots of enthusiasm and experience to the Stadia team as Director of Marketing. She served with Milligan College for 14 years as Director of Church Relations and Youth in Ministry. She has a deep passion for helping young people explore and pursue God’s call in their lives. Before her tenure with Milligan, Phyllis, and her husband, Doug, owned a licensed franchise for a temporary service company for 10 years. Phyllis and Doug have one daughter, Katy, who is married to Stephen. They are the grandparents of Elliott Douglas Woodward.
Associate Director of Marketing and Communications
Janie’s role is to tell the story of how God is using Stadia and our partners to start churches that intentionally care for children. With over 25 years of experience, Janie has served as Communications Director of Traders Point Christian Church in Indianapolis and as a Communications Strategist with Fishhook, an innovative creative services company that consults with churches of all sizes across the country. She has worked with church planting teams in Manchester, CT, and Miami, FL, and a wide-spectrum of non-profit organizations, including Exponential Network, the American Diabetes Association and Kappa Delta Sorority. She and her husband, Matt, live in Zanesville, OH, with their two sons, who they adopted from Taiwan.
Marketing Services Coordinator
Abby is a 2016 Milligan College graduate, and a native of Johnson City, TN. During her time at Milligan, she served in the Student Government Association, competed as part of the Model United Nations team, and helped to foster civic interest on campus through her leadership in political clubs and at various events. In addition, Abby worked in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Milligan, first in Alumni Relations, and then as Phyllis Fox’s assistant in Church Relations and Youth in Ministry. During her final semester of college, Abby studied in Washington, D.C. as part of the American Studies Program, where she specialized in strategic communications and interned on Capitol Hill for Senator Bob Corker.
Assistant Director of Information Services
Liz has served in various roles for Stadia since 2008. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Information Services, ensuring the Stadia team has the tools they need to help others start churches that care for children. She says she never dreamed she would work for a company where she sees God work in amazing and unexpected ways every day.
Stakeholder Engagement Specialist
Laurie received her Bachelors of Science in marketing and immediately started working in the travel industry. Her first marketing experience involved marketing to clients internationally around the world. The position was closely related to the technology side of the business so with this exposure, her experience became a mixture of sales, marketing and technology. As Stakeholder Engagement Specialist Laurie uses this marketing and technology experience to support the Stadia team.