StartCHURCH EXECUTIVE TEAM

Raul & Genel Rivera

Founders

Raul and Genel Rivera

Raul and his wife Genel bring unique voices into the church planting arena. Their journey began in the 1990s when they successfully launched a new church that Raul and his parents built from the ground up. This is the church Raul and Genel would later serve as senior pastors over for many years.

During their later years of pastoring, God inspired Raul and Genel to pursue a different type of ministry: equipping pastors and ministry leaders with the legal knowledge necessary to build life-changing churches and organizations. Since this calling 20 years ago, Raul and Genel have taught thousands of pastors and church leaders how to start right and stay right.

Raul leads a growing staff that has helped plant thousands of churches. He has also authored over 80 effective manuals to help churches and ministries stay compliant with the IRS, and he has spearheaded the creation of cloud-based software programs and StartCHURCH online university. His passion is to empower pastors and ministry leaders to protect what God has called them to lead.

Raul and Genel have five children and live in the metro Atlanta area. When they are not helping plant churches, they enjoy spending time at their farm where they ride horses and raise cattle, swine, sheep, and chickens, implementing sustainable practices.

Nathan Camp

Chief Executive Officer

Nathan Camp

Nathan Camp gives directional oversight and strategic leadership to StartCHURCH through his role as the Chief Executive Officer. Drawing from his unique experience in for-profit and nonprofit sectors, Nathan brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to the StartCHURCH team. He desires to see churches and ministries equipped and inspired to pursue the dreams that God has put in their hearts. He never tires of seeing the look of joy on pastors' faces when they are empowered to start right and stay right.

Nathan lives in Lawrenceville, GA with his wife, Lisa. He has three wonderful children and a very codependent chocolate lab named Mac.

TJ Hawkins

Chief Operations Officer

TJ Hawkins

TJ has a diverse background ranging from experience in ministry as a pastor to years of executive leadership experience in multiple industries. He holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Ph.D. in Psychology of Christian Counseling. TJ is passionate about leading people and developing organizational excellence at StartCHURCH which is represented in our faithful devotion to equipping pastors, churches, and ministry leaders to secure and protect what God has called them to lead.

TJ is blessed to be married to his wife Lyndsi and to raise their four children together in Lawrenceville, GA. They love spending their time together serving in their local church and hiking in the North Georgia mountains.

Allan Armitt

Chief Financial Officer

Allan Armitt

After graduating from The University of South Alabama with a degree in Economics, Allan worked in International Trade before becoming the Finance Director at a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. Allan relocated to Georgia and now serves as the Chief Financial Officer for StartCHURCH. Allan is an exceptionally gifted individual who strives to see his team thrive and grow.

Allan enjoys working at StartCHURCH because of its “great people and great mission.” After working for years administrating nonprofits, he knows the challenges they face are vast and varied.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and playing competitive video games. He and his wife, Ranae, met in college and have been married since 2011. They have a daughter, Beth Eryn.

Lester Ruiz

Chief Business Officer

Lester Ruiz

Lester provides leadership to the business development aspects of StartCHURCH, including Sales, Marketing, Product Development, and International Business.

He enjoys working at StartCHURCH because his priority is serving churches to be equipped, strong and active as they start and lead their ministries.

With over 15 years of experience in ministry as a pastor, conference speaker, and church planter, Lester truly understands what pastors face every day when serving in ministry.

Personally, he enjoys spending time with his family, meeting new people, reading, playing music, and traveling.

Amy Manderscheid

Vice President of Accounting

Amy Manderscheid

Amy was born and raised in Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2006 (Go Dawgs!). She joined the StartCHURCH team in 2013 and is the Vice President of Accounting. She oversees the bookkeeping team and tax team who prepare documents for StartCHURCH services. Amy is driven in her work each day knowing that the team at StartCHURCH has the ability to play a small role in the vision God has given to His leaders. She enjoys working with the very talented team at StartCHURCH and is encouraged to work with everyone in the company.

She has been married to her husband, JV, since 2007. They have two children, Alyssa and Aaron.

Daniel Perez

VP of Business Intelligence and Project Management

Daniel Perez

Daniel has been a part of the StartCHURCH team since February of 2012. As vice president of BI and PM, he serves as advisor to the leadership team on strategies, processes, applications, data analysis and technology. He also provides leadership and management over cross-departmental and company-wide projects.

Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Daniel has a wide range of experience. He served as a Spanish interpreter at Victory World Church for five years, has a degree in Business Administration from Mercer University, and served two combat tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.

Daniel and his wife, Evelyn, have three children: Cael, Colette, and Caden. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys running and spending time with his family. He is also a lifelong learner.

Lou Reynolds

Vice President of Sales and Business Development

Lou Reynolds

Born on the island of Jamaica and raised in New Hampshire, Lou has a very diverse background. He graduated with his Master's Degree from Troy University and has taken countless leadership development courses over the years. Lou brings a wealth of church ministry, corporate sales, and educational leadership experience to the StartCHURCH family.

As an assistant pastor and youth pastor, his passion is supporting people to pursue God's purpose for their lives. He brings that same passion and energy to our StartCHURCH clients in his role as the Vice President of Sales.

Lou enjoys spending time and playing board games with his wife Sabrina and their incredible children Kendrick and Gabrielle. He also enjoys cheering for his favorite basketball team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Stevonne German

Vice President of Operations

Stevonne German

Stevonne was born and raised in the Metro Detroit area as one of eight children. Holding a bachelor's degree from Oral Roberts University and a master's degree from Ashford University, she brings a vibrant heart for ministry and business to the StartCHURCH team.

She is extremely passionate about excellent customer service, efficient processes, and quality work. Even more so, she is passionate about helping leaders effectively run their organizations so they can focus on the ministry God has called them to lead.

She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Stanton German, for 15+ years. Together they have four beautiful children.

She enjoys spending quality time with her family playing sports (i.e., basketball, cheerleading, and track and field) and staying involved with her church to build kingdom businesses and help the community.

Jason Hardy

Vice President of Technology

Jason Hardy

Jason brings over 25 years of software development, IT, DevOps and leadership experience to the StartCHURCH team. His journey to this point includes Fortune 100 corporate support, national advertising agencies, e-learning platforms, digital marketing, content management systems, and financial technologies.

Jason guides our software, web applications, and IT support teams to stay in current technologies and running effectively. He also pairs with Product Team to deliver top caliber web products to the market. Working at StartCHURCH is a career dream of matching his God-given talents to his passion for growing God’s Kingdom.

Jason grew up in the South Carolina upstate area and graduated from Clemson University in 2002 with a Computer Science B.S. degree, with an emphasis in Business Administration. He and his wife, Jenni, have three children: Spencer, Grayson, and Evalynn.

Jason enjoys traveling with his family, volunteering with his local church, reading, playing board games, and roast/brew/drinking coffee.