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StartCHURCH EXECUTIVE TEAM

Raul & Genel Rivera

Founders

Raul & 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.

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.

Ben Perez

Vice President of Sales and Business Development

Ben Perez

Ben joined the StartCHURCH team in 2016. His background includes over seven years with the Wonderful company as the Retail Sales Merchandiser and Territory Manager, serving the Atlanta area and other parts of the Southeastern United States. Ben has also owned and operated a distributing franchise with George Weston Bakeries. His career began with Publix Supermarkets, where he worked his way up in management for 14 years.

Ben is very passionate about church planting, and in his time with StartCHURCH, he has been directly involved with the process of starting 1,000+ churches and ministries across the US. He and his family have been actively involved in church planting in the Metro Atlanta area, where they have invested over eight years serving in multiple church ministries.

Ben and his wife Laura have been married for 17 years. They are dedicated parents committed to the spiritual, physical, academic, and social development of their five children, Brianna, Benny, Gabriel, Sammy, and Olivia. Ben enjoys being with his family, is an avid reader and sports enthusiast (Go Braves and Go Blue!), and enjoys hiking, camping, health and fitness, and the outdoors.

Playol Shippey

Vice President of Product Strategy

Playol Shippey

Playol comes to StartCHURCH with over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry which has provided him a wealth of knowledge in product/software development. Additionally he brings over 20 years of experience in ministry as a youth director and with not-for-profits.

Playol is excited to be in a role where he can combine his years of ministry experience, legal training, relationship with Christ, leadership skills, and background in product and software development to its fullest potential.

Playol grew up in South Georgia and graduated from Valdosta State University in 1998 with a Bachelors in Telecommunications and from Faulkner Law in 2014 with a Juris Doctorate and is currently a member of the State Bar of Georgia. He lives in Columbus, Georgia with his wife of 17 years, Adrianne, and their three children Baden, Meryn, and Declan. His family also has a dog (Lucy) and two cats (Fred and George).

Playol enjoys spending time with his family, playing board games, reading, playing video games, working out, and Muay Thai.