Mission Team

Willie Nolte

CEO/Mission Lead

Dr. William “Willie” C. Nolte serves as the CEO/Mission Lead, coming to this position with a rich background of training and pastoral experience, first in the mid-West and then in Northern California. Willie received his BA from Judson College, Elgin, IL; an MA in Old Testament Biblical Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL; a Master of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, CA; and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Western Seminary in Portland, OR. With over thirty years of ministry experience, Dr. Nolte has been a mentor pastor and pastor cluster facilitator, and has been highly involved as a community leader in a variety of outreach ministries. Willie has been married to Joy for thirty-eight years. They have four adult children, and four grandchildren.

Contact Willie for help with:

  • Questions about our Mission
  • Pastor Emergency Funds and Offerings
  • Kingdom Advance Grant Fund

626-408-3876

 

 

Willie Nolte

Willie Nolte

CEO/Mission Lead

Dr. William “Willie” C. Nolte serves as the CEO/Mission Lead, coming to this position with a rich background of training and pastoral experience, first in the mid-West and then in Northern California. Willie received his BA from Judson College, Elgin, IL; an MA in Old Testament Biblical Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL; a Master of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, CA; and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Western Seminary in Portland, OR. With over thirty years of ministry experience, Dr. Nolte has been a mentor pastor and pastor cluster facilitator, and has been highly involved as a community leader in a variety of outreach ministries. Willie has been married to Joy for thirty-eight years. They have four adult children, and four grandchildren.

Contact Willie for help with:

  • Questions about our Mission
  • Pastor Emergency Funds and Offerings
  • Kingdom Advance Grant Fund

626-408-3876

 

 

CEO/Mission Lead

Willie Nolte

CEO/Mission Lead

Dr. William “Willie” C. Nolte serves as the CEO/Mission Lead, coming to this position with a rich background of training and pastoral experience, first in the mid-West and then in Northern California. Willie received his BA from Judson College, Elgin, IL; an MA in Old Testament Biblical Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL; a Master of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, CA; and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Western Seminary in Portland, OR. With over thirty years of ministry experience, Dr. Nolte has been a mentor pastor and pastor cluster facilitator, and has been highly involved as a community leader in a variety of outreach ministries. Willie has been married to Joy for thirty-eight years. They have four adult children, and four grandchildren.

Contact Willie for help with:

  • Questions about our Mission
  • Pastor Emergency Funds and Offerings
  • Kingdom Advance Grant Fund

626-408-3876

 

 

Willie is an officer of the ministry, and leads the entire mission in a common vision of a God-dependant movement of churches to help ensure that every pastor is growing, every church is healthy, and every community is transformed for Christ.

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Willie Nolte

CEO/Mission Lead

Dr. William “Willie” C. Nolte serves as the CEO/Mission Lead, coming to this position with a rich background of training and pastoral experience, first in the mid-West and then in Northern California. Willie received his BA from Judson College, Elgin, IL; an MA in Old Testament Biblical Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL; a Master of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, CA; and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership from Western Seminary in Portland, OR. With over thirty years of ministry experience, Dr. Nolte has been a mentor pastor and pastor cluster facilitator, and has been highly involved as a community leader in a variety of outreach ministries. Willie has been married to Joy for thirty-eight years. They have four adult children, and four grandchildren.

Contact Willie for help with:

  • Questions about our Mission
  • Pastor Emergency Funds and Offerings
  • Kingdom Advance Grant Fund

626-408-3876

 

 

Tom Niermann

COO/Director of Ministry Operations

Tom Niermann serves as the COO/Director of Ministry Operations. He comes to this position as a 1978 graduate from the University of Northern Iowa, with 37 years of business operations experiences in both for-profit and non-profit operations. Tom has been very involved in local church ministries throughout his life. He enjoys bicycling and home-improvement projects, and has been married to his wife Patrice for 40 years. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Contact Tom for help with:

  • Operations Management
  • Administrative Management
  • Human Resources

 626-408-3889

Tom Niermann

Tom Niermann

COO/Director of Ministry Operations

Tom Niermann serves as the COO/Director of Ministry Operations. He comes to this position as a 1978 graduate from the University of Northern Iowa, with 37 years of business operations experiences in both for-profit and non-profit operations. Tom has been very involved in local church ministries throughout his life. He enjoys bicycling and home-improvement projects, and has been married to his wife Patrice for 40 years. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Contact Tom for help with:

  • Operations Management
  • Administrative Management
  • Human Resources

 626-408-3889

COO/Director of Ministry Operations

Tom Niermann

COO/Director of Ministry Operations

Tom Niermann serves as the COO/Director of Ministry Operations. He comes to this position as a 1978 graduate from the University of Northern Iowa, with 37 years of business operations experiences in both for-profit and non-profit operations. Tom has been very involved in local church ministries throughout his life. He enjoys bicycling and home-improvement projects, and has been married to his wife Patrice for 40 years. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Contact Tom for help with:

  • Operations Management
  • Administrative Management
  • Human Resources

 626-408-3889

Tom is an officer of the ministry, and directs all operational and administrative activities of the ministry.

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Tom Niermann

COO/Director of Ministry Operations

Tom Niermann serves as the COO/Director of Ministry Operations. He comes to this position as a 1978 graduate from the University of Northern Iowa, with 37 years of business operations experiences in both for-profit and non-profit operations. Tom has been very involved in local church ministries throughout his life. He enjoys bicycling and home-improvement projects, and has been married to his wife Patrice for 40 years. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Contact Tom for help with:

  • Operations Management
  • Administrative Management
  • Human Resources

 626-408-3889

Caryn Ryan

CFO Services, Missionwell

Caryn Ryan has provided CFO Services to Transformation Ministries since 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology from Albion College, Albion MI and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. She spent 20 years working for Amoco and BP plc in financial roles with increasing responsibility and spanning the globe. After deciding to refocus on non-profits and ministries, from 2003-07, she served as CFO for World Vision, International. She then founded Missionwell, which provides a variety of professional and office services for ministries, churches and non-profits. She is an elder at her local church and sits on the board of directors of two Christian ministries.

Contact Missionwell for help with:

  • Non-Profit (501c3) Information
  • Accounting and Property Related Issues
  • Finance and Business

 626-578-0001

Caryn Ryan

Caryn Ryan

CFO Services, Missionwell

Caryn Ryan has provided CFO Services to Transformation Ministries since 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology from Albion College, Albion MI and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. She spent 20 years working for Amoco and BP plc in financial roles with increasing responsibility and spanning the globe. After deciding to refocus on non-profits and ministries, from 2003-07, she served as CFO for World Vision, International. She then founded Missionwell, which provides a variety of professional and office services for ministries, churches and non-profits. She is an elder at her local church and sits on the board of directors of two Christian ministries.

Contact Missionwell for help with:

  • Non-Profit (501c3) Information
  • Accounting and Property Related Issues
  • Finance and Business

 626-578-0001

CFO Services, Missionwell

Caryn Ryan

CFO Services, Missionwell

Caryn Ryan has provided CFO Services to Transformation Ministries since 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology from Albion College, Albion MI and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. She spent 20 years working for Amoco and BP plc in financial roles with increasing responsibility and spanning the globe. After deciding to refocus on non-profits and ministries, from 2003-07, she served as CFO for World Vision, International. She then founded Missionwell, which provides a variety of professional and office services for ministries, churches and non-profits. She is an elder at her local church and sits on the board of directors of two Christian ministries.

Contact Missionwell for help with:

  • Non-Profit (501c3) Information
  • Accounting and Property Related Issues
  • Finance and Business

 626-578-0001

Caryn represents Missionwell (TM’s Accounting Partner), and provides CFO Services.

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Caryn Ryan

CFO Services, Missionwell

Caryn Ryan has provided CFO Services to Transformation Ministries since 2010. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology from Albion College, Albion MI and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. She spent 20 years working for Amoco and BP plc in financial roles with increasing responsibility and spanning the globe. After deciding to refocus on non-profits and ministries, from 2003-07, she served as CFO for World Vision, International. She then founded Missionwell, which provides a variety of professional and office services for ministries, churches and non-profits. She is an elder at her local church and sits on the board of directors of two Christian ministries.

Contact Missionwell for help with:

  • Non-Profit (501c3) Information
  • Accounting and Property Related Issues
  • Finance and Business

 626-578-0001

Doug Meye

Developing Pastors Lead

Rev. Dr. Doug Meye serves part-time as the Developing Pastors Lead. He attended Wheaton College and earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies. Later Doug enrolled as a student at Fuller Seminary where he met his wife, Pat, and together they graduated in 1980. His first full-time ministry position was at First Baptist, Chino, CA, where he served as an associate pastor focusing most of his time on student ministries. In 1986, Doug and Pat planted Warm Springs Baptist Church as co-pastors. After three years of ministry together, Doug became the Lead Pastor, and served in this capacity for twenty years. Although he was in the same church for twenty years, he will tell you that he had the experience of pastoring a number of different churches: a church plant, a single-cell church, a multi-staff church, and a plateaued church. He will also tell you he has learned more from his mistakes than success. After leaving Warm Springs, Doug served as the interim Pastor at First Baptist Church of Ventura and pursued his Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Seminary. His project is entitled, “Increasing Ministry Excellence Through Participation in Pastor Mentor Groups.” After his interim ministry at Ventura, Doug joined the staff of Transformation Ministries. In 2012, Doug planted Grace Church in Henderson, NV, and the church is steadily growing. He would love to write a book, but for now contents himself with an occasional blog. Doug and Pat continue to reside in Henderson, NV. They have two grown children.

Contact Doug for help with:

  • Pastor Mentor Groups
  • Pastor Emergency Fund

 626-408-3880

Doug Meye

Doug Meye

Developing Pastors Lead

Rev. Dr. Doug Meye serves part-time as the Developing Pastors Lead. He attended Wheaton College and earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies. Later Doug enrolled as a student at Fuller Seminary where he met his wife, Pat, and together they graduated in 1980. His first full-time ministry position was at First Baptist, Chino, CA, where he served as an associate pastor focusing most of his time on student ministries. In 1986, Doug and Pat planted Warm Springs Baptist Church as co-pastors. After three years of ministry together, Doug became the Lead Pastor, and served in this capacity for twenty years. Although he was in the same church for twenty years, he will tell you that he had the experience of pastoring a number of different churches: a church plant, a single-cell church, a multi-staff church, and a plateaued church. He will also tell you he has learned more from his mistakes than success. After leaving Warm Springs, Doug served as the interim Pastor at First Baptist Church of Ventura and pursued his Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Seminary. His project is entitled, “Increasing Ministry Excellence Through Participation in Pastor Mentor Groups.” After his interim ministry at Ventura, Doug joined the staff of Transformation Ministries. In 2012, Doug planted Grace Church in Henderson, NV, and the church is steadily growing. He would love to write a book, but for now contents himself with an occasional blog. Doug and Pat continue to reside in Henderson, NV. They have two grown children.

Contact Doug for help with:

  • Pastor Mentor Groups
  • Pastor Emergency Fund

 626-408-3880

Developing Pastors Lead

Doug Meye

Developing Pastors Lead

Rev. Dr. Doug Meye serves part-time as the Developing Pastors Lead. He attended Wheaton College and earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies. Later Doug enrolled as a student at Fuller Seminary where he met his wife, Pat, and together they graduated in 1980. His first full-time ministry position was at First Baptist, Chino, CA, where he served as an associate pastor focusing most of his time on student ministries. In 1986, Doug and Pat planted Warm Springs Baptist Church as co-pastors. After three years of ministry together, Doug became the Lead Pastor, and served in this capacity for twenty years. Although he was in the same church for twenty years, he will tell you that he had the experience of pastoring a number of different churches: a church plant, a single-cell church, a multi-staff church, and a plateaued church. He will also tell you he has learned more from his mistakes than success. After leaving Warm Springs, Doug served as the interim Pastor at First Baptist Church of Ventura and pursued his Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Seminary. His project is entitled, “Increasing Ministry Excellence Through Participation in Pastor Mentor Groups.” After his interim ministry at Ventura, Doug joined the staff of Transformation Ministries. In 2012, Doug planted Grace Church in Henderson, NV, and the church is steadily growing. He would love to write a book, but for now contents himself with an occasional blog. Doug and Pat continue to reside in Henderson, NV. They have two grown children.

Contact Doug for help with:

  • Pastor Mentor Groups
  • Pastor Emergency Fund

 626-408-3880

Doug is in charge of designing and developing conferences and learning opportunities for Pastors.

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Doug Meye

Developing Pastors Lead

Rev. Dr. Doug Meye serves part-time as the Developing Pastors Lead. He attended Wheaton College and earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies. Later Doug enrolled as a student at Fuller Seminary where he met his wife, Pat, and together they graduated in 1980. His first full-time ministry position was at First Baptist, Chino, CA, where he served as an associate pastor focusing most of his time on student ministries. In 1986, Doug and Pat planted Warm Springs Baptist Church as co-pastors. After three years of ministry together, Doug became the Lead Pastor, and served in this capacity for twenty years. Although he was in the same church for twenty years, he will tell you that he had the experience of pastoring a number of different churches: a church plant, a single-cell church, a multi-staff church, and a plateaued church. He will also tell you he has learned more from his mistakes than success. After leaving Warm Springs, Doug served as the interim Pastor at First Baptist Church of Ventura and pursued his Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Seminary. His project is entitled, “Increasing Ministry Excellence Through Participation in Pastor Mentor Groups.” After his interim ministry at Ventura, Doug joined the staff of Transformation Ministries. In 2012, Doug planted Grace Church in Henderson, NV, and the church is steadily growing. He would love to write a book, but for now contents himself with an occasional blog. Doug and Pat continue to reside in Henderson, NV. They have two grown children.

Contact Doug for help with:

  • Pastor Mentor Groups
  • Pastor Emergency Fund

 626-408-3880

JD Pearring

Church Planting Lead

Rev. JD Pearring serves part-time as the Church Planting Lead. JD’s vast experience includes planting churches, leading growing congregations and assessing potential new church planters. He also currently serves as the Director of Growing Healthy Churches Network, the Vandelay Network and pastor of Discovery Church in Elk Grove, CA, a church he planted in 1998. JD is a graduate of UCLA and Denver Seminary. JD and his wife, Lori, have four children and three grandchildren.

Contact JD for help with:

  • Church Planting

 626-408-3883

JD Pearring

JD Pearring

Church Planting Lead

Rev. JD Pearring serves part-time as the Church Planting Lead. JD’s vast experience includes planting churches, leading growing congregations and assessing potential new church planters. He also currently serves as the Director of Growing Healthy Churches Network, the Vandelay Network and pastor of Discovery Church in Elk Grove, CA, a church he planted in 1998. JD is a graduate of UCLA and Denver Seminary. JD and his wife, Lori, have four children and three grandchildren.

Contact JD for help with:

  • Church Planting

 626-408-3883

Church Planting Lead

JD Pearring

Church Planting Lead

Rev. JD Pearring serves part-time as the Church Planting Lead. JD’s vast experience includes planting churches, leading growing congregations and assessing potential new church planters. He also currently serves as the Director of Growing Healthy Churches Network, the Vandelay Network and pastor of Discovery Church in Elk Grove, CA, a church he planted in 1998. JD is a graduate of UCLA and Denver Seminary. JD and his wife, Lori, have four children and three grandchildren.

Contact JD for help with:

  • Church Planting

 626-408-3883

JD uses his vast experiences to plant churches and assess potential new church planters.

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JD Pearring

Church Planting Lead

Rev. JD Pearring serves part-time as the Church Planting Lead. JD’s vast experience includes planting churches, leading growing congregations and assessing potential new church planters. He also currently serves as the Director of Growing Healthy Churches Network, the Vandelay Network and pastor of Discovery Church in Elk Grove, CA, a church he planted in 1998. JD is a graduate of UCLA and Denver Seminary. JD and his wife, Lori, have four children and three grandchildren.

Contact JD for help with:

  • Church Planting

 626-408-3883

Mark Bargaehr

Church Health Lead

Pastor Mark is an ordained minister and adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. He grew up in southern California and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at the age of 10. He trained and worked for 25 years in various business marketing, administrative and executive positions until answering God’s call to ministry leadership in 2000. For the last 15 years Mark has served in various ministry roles, but has specialized in three areas: 1. Training the next generation in organizational leadership, faith integration and business ethics. 2. Serving in various ministry leadership capacities including intentional transitional pastoral leadership preparing churches to hear and follow God’s mission while searching for a new Senior Pastor and what’s next. 3. He is the President and CEO of MBA (Mark Bargaehr and Associates), a consulting firm serving Christian ministries to help them have maximum impact for the Kingdom. Mark describes himself as a Christ-First communicator, coach and catalyst for change. He enjoys helping people and organizations find their roles of purpose and significance in Christ. Mark also serves as an Associate Director on the Board of the Christian Community Credit Union in San Dimas, California. He and his wife Vikki live in West Covina, CA. They are blessed with their family of one daughter, three sons, one granddaughter, as well as two fabulous daughter-in-laws. Mark enjoys surfing, music and being with his family.

Contact Mark for help with:

  • Church Consulting and Assessment
  • Transition and Succession Planning
  • Pastoral Coaching and Mentoring
  • Pastor Emergency Fund

626-408-3875

Mark Bargaehr

Mark Bargaehr

Church Health Lead

Pastor Mark is an ordained minister and adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. He grew up in southern California and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at the age of 10. He trained and worked for 25 years in various business marketing, administrative and executive positions until answering God’s call to ministry leadership in 2000. For the last 15 years Mark has served in various ministry roles, but has specialized in three areas: 1. Training the next generation in organizational leadership, faith integration and business ethics. 2. Serving in various ministry leadership capacities including intentional transitional pastoral leadership preparing churches to hear and follow God’s mission while searching for a new Senior Pastor and what’s next. 3. He is the President and CEO of MBA (Mark Bargaehr and Associates), a consulting firm serving Christian ministries to help them have maximum impact for the Kingdom. Mark describes himself as a Christ-First communicator, coach and catalyst for change. He enjoys helping people and organizations find their roles of purpose and significance in Christ. Mark also serves as an Associate Director on the Board of the Christian Community Credit Union in San Dimas, California. He and his wife Vikki live in West Covina, CA. They are blessed with their family of one daughter, three sons, one granddaughter, as well as two fabulous daughter-in-laws. Mark enjoys surfing, music and being with his family.

Contact Mark for help with:

  • Church Consulting and Assessment
  • Transition and Succession Planning
  • Pastoral Coaching and Mentoring
  • Pastor Emergency Fund

626-408-3875

Church Health Lead

Mark Bargaehr

Church Health Lead

Pastor Mark is an ordained minister and adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. He grew up in southern California and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at the age of 10. He trained and worked for 25 years in various business marketing, administrative and executive positions until answering God’s call to ministry leadership in 2000. For the last 15 years Mark has served in various ministry roles, but has specialized in three areas: 1. Training the next generation in organizational leadership, faith integration and business ethics. 2. Serving in various ministry leadership capacities including intentional transitional pastoral leadership preparing churches to hear and follow God’s mission while searching for a new Senior Pastor and what’s next. 3. He is the President and CEO of MBA (Mark Bargaehr and Associates), a consulting firm serving Christian ministries to help them have maximum impact for the Kingdom. Mark describes himself as a Christ-First communicator, coach and catalyst for change. He enjoys helping people and organizations find their roles of purpose and significance in Christ. Mark also serves as an Associate Director on the Board of the Christian Community Credit Union in San Dimas, California. He and his wife Vikki live in West Covina, CA. They are blessed with their family of one daughter, three sons, one granddaughter, as well as two fabulous daughter-in-laws. Mark enjoys surfing, music and being with his family.

Contact Mark for help with:

  • Church Consulting and Assessment
  • Transition and Succession Planning
  • Pastoral Coaching and Mentoring
  • Pastor Emergency Fund

626-408-3875

Mark leads a team of experienced ministry leaders that walk beside and assist pastors and churches with systemic and individual issues related to church health, vitality, and pastoral transition.

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Mark Bargaehr

Church Health Lead

Pastor Mark is an ordained minister and adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University. He grew up in southern California and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at the age of 10. He trained and worked for 25 years in various business marketing, administrative and executive positions until answering God’s call to ministry leadership in 2000. For the last 15 years Mark has served in various ministry roles, but has specialized in three areas: 1. Training the next generation in organizational leadership, faith integration and business ethics. 2. Serving in various ministry leadership capacities including intentional transitional pastoral leadership preparing churches to hear and follow God’s mission while searching for a new Senior Pastor and what’s next. 3. He is the President and CEO of MBA (Mark Bargaehr and Associates), a consulting firm serving Christian ministries to help them have maximum impact for the Kingdom. Mark describes himself as a Christ-First communicator, coach and catalyst for change. He enjoys helping people and organizations find their roles of purpose and significance in Christ. Mark also serves as an Associate Director on the Board of the Christian Community Credit Union in San Dimas, California. He and his wife Vikki live in West Covina, CA. They are blessed with their family of one daughter, three sons, one granddaughter, as well as two fabulous daughter-in-laws. Mark enjoys surfing, music and being with his family.

Contact Mark for help with:

  • Church Consulting and Assessment
  • Transition and Succession Planning
  • Pastoral Coaching and Mentoring
  • Pastor Emergency Fund

626-408-3875

Jim Kennon

Director of Development and Stewardship

Rev. Jim Kennon serves Transformation Ministries as Director of Development and Stewardship Resources. With over 30 years of pastoral experience, Jim has a passion for adding value to pastors and helping churches grow. A 1980 graduate of The Ohio State University, Jim is an avid Buckeye fan. He received his MDiv from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in 1984 and has served three churches: two in California and one outside of Philadelphia. Jim and his wife, Sue, have been married 33 years and have two adult children.

Contact Jim for help with:

  • Church Planting Processes
  • Development and Stewardship questions

559-813-0733

Jim Kennon

Jim Kennon

Director of Development and Stewardship

Rev. Jim Kennon serves Transformation Ministries as Director of Development and Stewardship Resources. With over 30 years of pastoral experience, Jim has a passion for adding value to pastors and helping churches grow. A 1980 graduate of The Ohio State University, Jim is an avid Buckeye fan. He received his MDiv from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in 1984 and has served three churches: two in California and one outside of Philadelphia. Jim and his wife, Sue, have been married 33 years and have two adult children.

Contact Jim for help with:

  • Church Planting Processes
  • Development and Stewardship questions

559-813-0733

Director of Development and Stewardship

Jim Kennon

Director of Development and Stewardship

Rev. Jim Kennon serves Transformation Ministries as Director of Development and Stewardship Resources. With over 30 years of pastoral experience, Jim has a passion for adding value to pastors and helping churches grow. A 1980 graduate of The Ohio State University, Jim is an avid Buckeye fan. He received his MDiv from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in 1984 and has served three churches: two in California and one outside of Philadelphia. Jim and his wife, Sue, have been married 33 years and have two adult children.

Contact Jim for help with:

  • Church Planting Processes
  • Development and Stewardship questions

559-813-0733

Jim recently planted a church in Phoenix AZ, and continues to assist Transformation Ministries in the areas of Development, Stewardship and Church Planting.

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Jim Kennon

Director of Development and Stewardship

Rev. Jim Kennon serves Transformation Ministries as Director of Development and Stewardship Resources. With over 30 years of pastoral experience, Jim has a passion for adding value to pastors and helping churches grow. A 1980 graduate of The Ohio State University, Jim is an avid Buckeye fan. He received his MDiv from the American Baptist Seminary of the West in 1984 and has served three churches: two in California and one outside of Philadelphia. Jim and his wife, Sue, have been married 33 years and have two adult children.

Contact Jim for help with:

  • Church Planting Processes
  • Development and Stewardship questions

559-813-0733

Elenna Poppin

Communications and Resource Specialist

Elenna grew up in Australia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the Flinders University of South Australia. Her administrative background includes several years in the healthcare industry as well as coordinating and fundraising services to various students’ and women’s ministries. She is mom to two sons, Gregory and Nicholas. In her spare time, she enjoys socializing with family and friends, participating in Bible study groups, reading, movie watching and catching up with long-lost friends on Facebook.

Contact Elenna for help with:

  • Church News
  • Conferences
  • Donor Relations
  • TM Church Mission Giving
  • E-Formation Newsletter
  • Events
  • Pastor Mentor Groups
  • Publications

 626-408-3878

Elenna Poppin

Elenna Poppin

Communications and Resource Specialist

Elenna grew up in Australia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the Flinders University of South Australia. Her administrative background includes several years in the healthcare industry as well as coordinating and fundraising services to various students’ and women’s ministries. She is mom to two sons, Gregory and Nicholas. In her spare time, she enjoys socializing with family and friends, participating in Bible study groups, reading, movie watching and catching up with long-lost friends on Facebook.

Contact Elenna for help with:

  • Church News
  • Conferences
  • Donor Relations
  • TM Church Mission Giving
  • E-Formation Newsletter
  • Events
  • Pastor Mentor Groups
  • Publications

 626-408-3878

Communications and Resource Specialist

Elenna Poppin

Communications and Resource Specialist

Elenna grew up in Australia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the Flinders University of South Australia. Her administrative background includes several years in the healthcare industry as well as coordinating and fundraising services to various students’ and women’s ministries. She is mom to two sons, Gregory and Nicholas. In her spare time, she enjoys socializing with family and friends, participating in Bible study groups, reading, movie watching and catching up with long-lost friends on Facebook.

Contact Elenna for help with:

  • Church News
  • Conferences
  • Donor Relations
  • TM Church Mission Giving
  • E-Formation Newsletter
  • Events
  • Pastor Mentor Groups
  • Publications

 626-408-3878

Elenna coordinates all event activities and communications for the ministry.

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Elenna Poppin

Communications and Resource Specialist

Elenna grew up in Australia, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the Flinders University of South Australia. Her administrative background includes several years in the healthcare industry as well as coordinating and fundraising services to various students’ and women’s ministries. She is mom to two sons, Gregory and Nicholas. In her spare time, she enjoys socializing with family and friends, participating in Bible study groups, reading, movie watching and catching up with long-lost friends on Facebook.

Contact Elenna for help with:

  • Church News
  • Conferences
  • Donor Relations
  • TM Church Mission Giving
  • E-Formation Newsletter
  • Events
  • Pastor Mentor Groups
  • Publications

 626-408-3878

Michele Chapman

Executive Operations Specialist

Michele Administratively supports the work of the CEO/Mission Lead, COO/Director of Ministry Operations, the Church Health Lead, the Board of Directors, all Board of Directors’ Committees, and the TM Team.

Contact Michele if you need help with:

  • CEO/Mission Lead
  • Board of Directors
  • Churches Seeking Pastors
  • Pastor Seeking Churches
  • All General Administrative Needs

 626-408-3877

Michele Chapman

Michele Chapman

Executive Operations Specialist

Michele Administratively supports the work of the CEO/Mission Lead, COO/Director of Ministry Operations, the Church Health Lead, the Board of Directors, all Board of Directors’ Committees, and the TM Team.

Contact Michele if you need help with:

  • CEO/Mission Lead
  • Board of Directors
  • Churches Seeking Pastors
  • Pastor Seeking Churches
  • All General Administrative Needs

 626-408-3877

Executive Operations Specialist

Michele Chapman

Executive Operations Specialist

Michele Administratively supports the work of the CEO/Mission Lead, COO/Director of Ministry Operations, the Church Health Lead, the Board of Directors, all Board of Directors’ Committees, and the TM Team.

Contact Michele if you need help with:

  • CEO/Mission Lead
  • Board of Directors
  • Churches Seeking Pastors
  • Pastor Seeking Churches
  • All General Administrative Needs

 626-408-3877

Michele Administratively supports the work of the CEO/Mission Lead, COO/Director of Ministry Operations, the Church Health Lead, the Board of Directors, all Board of Directors’ Committees, and the TM Team.

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Michele Chapman

Executive Operations Specialist

Michele Administratively supports the work of the CEO/Mission Lead, COO/Director of Ministry Operations, the Church Health Lead, the Board of Directors, all Board of Directors’ Committees, and the TM Team.

Contact Michele if you need help with:

  • CEO/Mission Lead
  • Board of Directors
  • Churches Seeking Pastors
  • Pastor Seeking Churches
  • All General Administrative Needs

 626-408-3877

David Steinkraus

Technical Support Specialist

David Steinkraus helps Transformation Ministries with technical support. David received his BA from Biola University in Biblical and Theological Studies, and his MA in Theology from Talbot School of Theology. He is a trained Biblical Counselor through the Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship.

Contact David if you need help with:

  • Website and Technology

 626-408-3891

David Steinkraus

David Steinkraus

Technical Support Specialist

David Steinkraus helps Transformation Ministries with technical support. David received his BA from Biola University in Biblical and Theological Studies, and his MA in Theology from Talbot School of Theology. He is a trained Biblical Counselor through the Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship.

Contact David if you need help with:

  • Website and Technology

 626-408-3891

Technical Support Specialist

David Steinkraus

Technical Support Specialist

David Steinkraus helps Transformation Ministries with technical support. David received his BA from Biola University in Biblical and Theological Studies, and his MA in Theology from Talbot School of Theology. He is a trained Biblical Counselor through the Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship.

Contact David if you need help with:

  • Website and Technology

 626-408-3891

David Steinkraus helps Transformation Ministries with technical support.

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David Steinkraus

Technical Support Specialist

David Steinkraus helps Transformation Ministries with technical support. David received his BA from Biola University in Biblical and Theological Studies, and his MA in Theology from Talbot School of Theology. He is a trained Biblical Counselor through the Institute of Biblical Counseling and Discipleship.

Contact David if you need help with:

  • Website and Technology

 626-408-3891

Samantha Enriquez

Church Planting & Pastor Support Specialist

Samantha’s primary role is to support the Church Plant Lead’s efforts to facilitate the Church Plant process., to directly provide administrative support to Church Planters, and to provide administrative support for TM’s Ordination and Pastor Placement programs.

Contact Samantha if you need help with:

  • Church Planting
  • Ordination
  • Pastor Placement
  • Pulpit Supply

626-408-3883

Sam Enriquez

Samantha Enriquez

Church Planting & Pastor Support Specialist

Samantha’s primary role is to support the Church Plant Lead’s efforts to facilitate the Church Plant process., to directly provide administrative support to Church Planters, and to provide administrative support for TM’s Ordination and Pastor Placement programs.

Contact Samantha if you need help with:

  • Church Planting
  • Ordination
  • Pastor Placement
  • Pulpit Supply

626-408-3883

Church Planting & Pastor Support Specialist

Samantha Enriquez

Church Planting & Pastor Support Specialist

Samantha’s primary role is to support the Church Plant Lead’s efforts to facilitate the Church Plant process., to directly provide administrative support to Church Planters, and to provide administrative support for TM’s Ordination and Pastor Placement programs.

Contact Samantha if you need help with:

  • Church Planting
  • Ordination
  • Pastor Placement
  • Pulpit Supply

626-408-3883

Samantha’s primary role is to support the Church Plant Lead’s efforts to facilitate the Church Plant process.

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Samantha Enriquez

Church Planting & Pastor Support Specialist

Samantha’s primary role is to support the Church Plant Lead’s efforts to facilitate the Church Plant process., to directly provide administrative support to Church Planters, and to provide administrative support for TM’s Ordination and Pastor Placement programs.

Contact Samantha if you need help with:

  • Church Planting
  • Ordination
  • Pastor Placement
  • Pulpit Supply

626-408-3883

TM Camp Leads

Mike Pate

Executive Director of Camping

As Executive Director of Camping, Mike shepherds our three great camps and outdoor education LLC. Mike’s strength is leadership. He has navigated the camps through fires, natural disasters and economic challenges. Our camps minister to tens of thousands of people of all ages every year. Under Mike’s leadership, the camps have doubled in impact, size and revenue in the past 10 years. Mike’s emphasis on great camping programs and hospitality toward guests helps each of these ministries achieve their mission of helping people “see, know and experience God.” Mike lives at Thousand Pines with his bride, Shell, and their four children. He enjoys travel, options trading, Molokai, playing the drums, boats and being with his family. His favorite books are The Success Principles by Jack Canfield and Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum.

Contact Mike for help with:

  • Camps and conferences

 909-338-2705

Mike Pate

Mike Pate

Executive Director of Camping

As Executive Director of Camping, Mike shepherds our three great camps and outdoor education LLC. Mike’s strength is leadership. He has navigated the camps through fires, natural disasters and economic challenges. Our camps minister to tens of thousands of people of all ages every year. Under Mike’s leadership, the camps have doubled in impact, size and revenue in the past 10 years. Mike’s emphasis on great camping programs and hospitality toward guests helps each of these ministries achieve their mission of helping people “see, know and experience God.” Mike lives at Thousand Pines with his bride, Shell, and their four children. He enjoys travel, options trading, Molokai, playing the drums, boats and being with his family. His favorite books are The Success Principles by Jack Canfield and Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum.

Contact Mike for help with:

  • Camps and conferences

 909-338-2705

Executive Director of Camping

Mike Pate

Executive Director of Camping

As Executive Director of Camping, Mike shepherds our three great camps and outdoor education LLC. Mike’s strength is leadership. He has navigated the camps through fires, natural disasters and economic challenges. Our camps minister to tens of thousands of people of all ages every year. Under Mike’s leadership, the camps have doubled in impact, size and revenue in the past 10 years. Mike’s emphasis on great camping programs and hospitality toward guests helps each of these ministries achieve their mission of helping people “see, know and experience God.” Mike lives at Thousand Pines with his bride, Shell, and their four children. He enjoys travel, options trading, Molokai, playing the drums, boats and being with his family. His favorite books are The Success Principles by Jack Canfield and Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum.

Contact Mike for help with:

  • Camps and conferences

 909-338-2705

Mike shepherds Transformation Ministries’ three camps and outdoor education centers.

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Mike Pate

Executive Director of Camping

As Executive Director of Camping, Mike shepherds our three great camps and outdoor education LLC. Mike’s strength is leadership. He has navigated the camps through fires, natural disasters and economic challenges. Our camps minister to tens of thousands of people of all ages every year. Under Mike’s leadership, the camps have doubled in impact, size and revenue in the past 10 years. Mike’s emphasis on great camping programs and hospitality toward guests helps each of these ministries achieve their mission of helping people “see, know and experience God.” Mike lives at Thousand Pines with his bride, Shell, and their four children. He enjoys travel, options trading, Molokai, playing the drums, boats and being with his family. His favorite books are The Success Principles by Jack Canfield and Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum.

Contact Mike for help with:

  • Camps and conferences

 909-338-2705

Steve Garcia

Director, Thousand Pines Christian Camp

Steve Garcia serves as the Camp Director at Thousand Pines Christian Camp. His education and early background experience include completing his bachelor’s degree at Fresno State, working as a lifeguard several summers at Hume Lake, and seminary training at Fresno Pacific University. After serving for five years as a youth pastor in the Central Valley, Steve began his career at Thousand Pines in 2002, working in leadership roles. By 2011 he was promoted to Camp Director and is currently studying for his MBA at Redlands University. Steve enjoys his family, his wife and three kids, and any opportunity to crack a good pun.

 909-338-2705

Steve Garcia

Steve Garcia

Director, Thousand Pines Christian Camp

Steve Garcia serves as the Camp Director at Thousand Pines Christian Camp. His education and early background experience include completing his bachelor’s degree at Fresno State, working as a lifeguard several summers at Hume Lake, and seminary training at Fresno Pacific University. After serving for five years as a youth pastor in the Central Valley, Steve began his career at Thousand Pines in 2002, working in leadership roles. By 2011 he was promoted to Camp Director and is currently studying for his MBA at Redlands University. Steve enjoys his family, his wife and three kids, and any opportunity to crack a good pun.

 909-338-2705

Director, Thousand Pines Christian Camp

Steve Garcia

Director, Thousand Pines Christian Camp

Steve Garcia serves as the Camp Director at Thousand Pines Christian Camp. His education and early background experience include completing his bachelor’s degree at Fresno State, working as a lifeguard several summers at Hume Lake, and seminary training at Fresno Pacific University. After serving for five years as a youth pastor in the Central Valley, Steve began his career at Thousand Pines in 2002, working in leadership roles. By 2011 he was promoted to Camp Director and is currently studying for his MBA at Redlands University. Steve enjoys his family, his wife and three kids, and any opportunity to crack a good pun.

 909-338-2705

Steve leads a team of dedicated camp staff that provide camping groups of up to 450 guests from Southern California, Nevada and Arizona, with an opportunity to rest, regroup and refocus on their personal relationship with Christ.

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Steve Garcia

Director, Thousand Pines Christian Camp

Steve Garcia serves as the Camp Director at Thousand Pines Christian Camp. His education and early background experience include completing his bachelor’s degree at Fresno State, working as a lifeguard several summers at Hume Lake, and seminary training at Fresno Pacific University. After serving for five years as a youth pastor in the Central Valley, Steve began his career at Thousand Pines in 2002, working in leadership roles. By 2011 he was promoted to Camp Director and is currently studying for his MBA at Redlands University. Steve enjoys his family, his wife and three kids, and any opportunity to crack a good pun.

 909-338-2705

Jason Lekas

Director, San Marcos Christian Camp

Jason grew up in a little town near San Diego called Ramona. As a young person, he was very involved in his local church. Jason worked in the building trades in high school, through college and beyond, and carpentry is his primary trade. After receiving a B.A. from Biola in 2004, he went into business for himself and then went to work for Citigroup. After three years at Citigroup, Jason felt God calling him into ministry and through a series of incredible events was called to this ministry position. Jason is married to Katie.

 805-967-5773

Jason Lekas

Jason Lekas

Director, San Marcos Christian Camp

Jason grew up in a little town near San Diego called Ramona. As a young person, he was very involved in his local church. Jason worked in the building trades in high school, through college and beyond, and carpentry is his primary trade. After receiving a B.A. from Biola in 2004, he went into business for himself and then went to work for Citigroup. After three years at Citigroup, Jason felt God calling him into ministry and through a series of incredible events was called to this ministry position. Jason is married to Katie.

 805-967-5773

Director, San Marcos Christian Camp

Jason Lekas

Director, San Marcos Christian Camp

Jason grew up in a little town near San Diego called Ramona. As a young person, he was very involved in his local church. Jason worked in the building trades in high school, through college and beyond, and carpentry is his primary trade. After receiving a B.A. from Biola in 2004, he went into business for himself and then went to work for Citigroup. After three years at Citigroup, Jason felt God calling him into ministry and through a series of incredible events was called to this ministry position. Jason is married to Katie.

 805-967-5773

Chris leads a team of dedicated camp staff to provide camping groups of up to 225 from Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, with an opportunity to rest, regroup and refocus on their personal relationship with Christ.

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Jason Lekas

Director, San Marcos Christian Camp

Jason grew up in a little town near San Diego called Ramona. As a young person, he was very involved in his local church. Jason worked in the building trades in high school, through college and beyond, and carpentry is his primary trade. After receiving a B.A. from Biola in 2004, he went into business for himself and then went to work for Citigroup. After three years at Citigroup, Jason felt God calling him into ministry and through a series of incredible events was called to this ministry position. Jason is married to Katie.

 805-967-5773

Chris Walsh

Director, Tonto Rim Christian Camp

Chris’ very first experience in ministry was at a Christian camp some 30 years ago. His educational background includes a BA from Fresno Pacific University in Education and Christian Ministries and a Master of Divinity in Church and Family Ministries from Fresno Pacific’s Biblical Seminary. He has served in several churches throughout California and Kansas in a variety of roles, including every age group from children through adults, and most recently left an Executive Pastor position to come and serve as the director of Tonto Rim Christian Camp. Along with many summers of involvement with Christian camping, Chris served as the Executive Director of Sugar Pine Christian Camps in central California for nine (9) years. Chris feels so blessed to have such a wonderful wife and partner in ministry, Lori, who serves as the Guest Relations Coordinator at Tonto Rim. Their daughter, Taylor, is a registered nurse in Wichita Kansas, and their son, Jordan, is a sophomore at Azusa Pacific University in California.

 928-478-4630

Chris Walsh

Chris Walsh

Director, Tonto Rim Christian Camp

Chris’ very first experience in ministry was at a Christian camp some 30 years ago. His educational background includes a BA from Fresno Pacific University in Education and Christian Ministries and a Master of Divinity in Church and Family Ministries from Fresno Pacific’s Biblical Seminary. He has served in several churches throughout California and Kansas in a variety of roles, including every age group from children through adults, and most recently left an Executive Pastor position to come and serve as the director of Tonto Rim Christian Camp. Along with many summers of involvement with Christian camping, Chris served as the Executive Director of Sugar Pine Christian Camps in central California for nine (9) years. Chris feels so blessed to have such a wonderful wife and partner in ministry, Lori, who serves as the Guest Relations Coordinator at Tonto Rim. Their daughter, Taylor, is a registered nurse in Wichita Kansas, and their son, Jordan, is a sophomore at Azusa Pacific University in California.

 928-478-4630

Director, Tonto Rim Christian Camp

Chris Walsh

Director, Tonto Rim Christian Camp

Chris’ very first experience in ministry was at a Christian camp some 30 years ago. His educational background includes a BA from Fresno Pacific University in Education and Christian Ministries and a Master of Divinity in Church and Family Ministries from Fresno Pacific’s Biblical Seminary. He has served in several churches throughout California and Kansas in a variety of roles, including every age group from children through adults, and most recently left an Executive Pastor position to come and serve as the director of Tonto Rim Christian Camp. Along with many summers of involvement with Christian camping, Chris served as the Executive Director of Sugar Pine Christian Camps in central California for nine (9) years. Chris feels so blessed to have such a wonderful wife and partner in ministry, Lori, who serves as the Guest Relations Coordinator at Tonto Rim. Their daughter, Taylor, is a registered nurse in Wichita Kansas, and their son, Jordan, is a sophomore at Azusa Pacific University in California.

 928-478-4630

Jason leads a team of dedicated camp staff to provide groups of up to 100 campers from Central and Southern California, with an opportunity to rest, regroup and refocus on their personal relationship with Christ.

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Chris Walsh

Director, Tonto Rim Christian Camp

Chris’ very first experience in ministry was at a Christian camp some 30 years ago. His educational background includes a BA from Fresno Pacific University in Education and Christian Ministries and a Master of Divinity in Church and Family Ministries from Fresno Pacific’s Biblical Seminary. He has served in several churches throughout California and Kansas in a variety of roles, including every age group from children through adults, and most recently left an Executive Pastor position to come and serve as the director of Tonto Rim Christian Camp. Along with many summers of involvement with Christian camping, Chris served as the Executive Director of Sugar Pine Christian Camps in central California for nine (9) years. Chris feels so blessed to have such a wonderful wife and partner in ministry, Lori, who serves as the Guest Relations Coordinator at Tonto Rim. Their daughter, Taylor, is a registered nurse in Wichita Kansas, and their son, Jordan, is a sophomore at Azusa Pacific University in California.

 928-478-4630

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