Lauren lives in Hernando, MS with her husband and two (soon to be three) children. She loves being a mom and supporting her husband who serves as a pastor at their church. After taking a break from the corporate world to be a stay at home mom, Lauren has used her wide range of experience and skills (journalism, public relations, event planning, admin assistance, and much more!) to transition into work with Ministry Architects and Virtual Ministry Assistants. Lauren loves to support those in ministry with the skills God has blessed her with. In her (rare) spare time, Lauren loves to run, exercise, and go to the beach.
Martha Whitesides grew up in a house divided in the heart of college basketball promise land: North Carolina. A life-long Tar Heel fan, she completed her undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill, a BA in Political Science. But, she’s about to flip over to the dark side for an MA from Duke Divinity. Rest assured, she will always say “Go Heels!”
A life-long Episcopalian, Martha found her passion for ministry with teens and tweens first through childhood summer camp, where she eventually worked for six years. Working for the church, though, that was scary. Taking the leap soon after college, it took less than a year to realize it was more than a job, it was her calling. She loves exploring the intersection of faith and popular culture, as well as tactile and tangible practices that can connect children, youth, and their families to faith at home and in their daily lives.
After six years at Christ Church in Raleigh, Martha joined Ministry Architects to help connect hungry churches and candidates for incredible relational ministry partnerships. She lives in Wilmington with her husband Tucker and fluffy golden doodle Cotter. He has been formally blessed twice in a Blessing of the Animals service, and might say Christ Church is his favorite place to play. In her spare time, Martha enjoys cooking, needlepointing, and all things Taylor Swift.
Terrance Vickerstaff is a highly energetic and passionate ministry leader. As an intergenerational servant leader, he is drawn to serve today’s generation of experienced and emerging church and institutional leaders. He is a highly sought-after practitioner because of his experience in children, youth, young adult, and intergenerational ministry, ministry mentoring, leadership development, and church/ministry strategic development.
Terrance holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Alabama A&M University. He holds a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH, the Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and is a graduate of the Certificate in Youth and Theology program at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
For over 15 years, he has served in ministry at the First Missionary Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL. Terrance has a heart for ministry and is dedicated to serving God’s people. He has served as workshop/seminar facilitator, panelist, ministry consultant, and ministry strategist. His professional and faith-based work in ministry provides great inspiration for his work as a writer for the Sunday School Publishing Board of the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc. He is actively involved in his community.
Terrance leads with a shepherd’s heart that is God-led, family focused, ministry minded, and empowers others to live boldly through the application of the Word of God.
Margaret is a pastor, a baker, a vision-maker. She has served as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1997 and always has a passion for what “CAN be.” She earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and her M.Div from Columbia Theological Seminary.
In her first call as an Associate Pastor for Youth and Children, Margaret guided the church to grow a family-based ministry and created a family-based outreach ministry. In her second call as an Associate Pastor for Outreach and Mission, she worked alongside church members to build a structure for ministry that increased both outreach capacity and member involvement. Through her role as a pastor for outreach, Margaret helped the church session discern God’s call to what was “next” for the church. Out of that process the church birthed a new nonprofit to expand its care for children and families in Memphis. As the founding director of the nonprofit, the Children and Family Enrichment Center at Idlewild, Margaret helped shape a fee-free parent counseling/enrichment program, along with an early childhood enrichment center. A team-builder, strategist, and visionary, Margaret bubbles with creative and out-of-the-box opportunities for faithful growth.
Currently Margaret coaches through her own practice, The Art of Resilience, where she walks alongside people as they discern God’s call, make life transitions, and develop courage for whatever life brings. She is a retreat leader, a consultant for nonprofit leaders, and a clergy mentor.
Margaret lives in Memphis, TN with her husband Jason Wolfkill, their children, Brandon and Kate, and two funny dogs: the big one, Mia, is terrified of her shadow and the tiny one, Perrier, imagines herself to be a fierce wild beast! Margaret loves Memphis Grizzlies basketball games and relaxes by baking cupcakes, cookies, and all kinds of chocolate creations.
Heath Bennett has been in full time ministry for over 20 years. He is currently the Pastor of Development at Foothills Church in Maryville, TN where he oversees Family Ministry, Guest Services, and Small Groups. Prior to Foothills, Heath spent over 20 years on staff with North Point Ministries in Atlanta, GA as a Student Pastor, Groups Director, Family Ministries Director, and a Lead Pastor. During this season of ministry Heath was part of one of the fastest growing and largest churches in America and loves being able to share this experience and knowledge in helping other churches and ministries grow and thrive. Heath co-authored the book Up 2 U: It’s Your Life, Choose Wisely with Andy Stanley.
Heath was ordained in 1998 and received his Masters of Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2007. He married the most wonderful woman in the world in 1998 and he and Kerri have 2 amazing kids, Luke and Kailey. In their spare time they love spending time as a family and in the outdoors.
Philip has been part of Church ministry for over 50% of his life, serving as a youth minister for a majority of that time. In that capacity he created 50-member college internship programs, service camps with 400+ participants each summer, and has eaten more pizza than humanly necessary. Philip has also taken on roles in his parishes as Director of Adult and Children Formation.
Philip is a graduate of University of Saint Francis with a bachelor’s in ministry and is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a master’s in social work. These degrees have allowed Philip to facilitate counseling groups at his churches and with other organizations.
Philip has a daughter whom he spoils, and a wife who has lovingly tolerated him for over 20 years. Philip loves ministry and feels that by being a good minister of God in his community Church, this hopefully makes him a better husband and father at his domestic church. He lives in Grand Rapids, MI.
Nate Davis is a husband, father to four little girls, and a pastor. He currently serves by leading the Next Gen team at Christ Community Church in Greeley, Colorado. He is also in the final stages of finishing a Doctorate of Ministry in Youth, Family, & Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary with his research focusing on the issues of anxiety and depression amongst adolescents.
Jeff Cochran is a consultant, writer, speaker and pastor who loves helping people people and organizations get unstuck and start living out the future they were designed for. He has over 15 years of experience in ministry, and is the both the host of the Next Level Leader podcast and the author of the “Next Level Leader” book. Jeff currently resides in Knoxville, TN with his wife and two boys, Malachi and Imri.