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 helped successfully launch 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 a number of 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. In the two decades since they answered God's call on their lives, Raul and Genel have taught thousands of pastors and church leaders how to start right and stay right, and sometimes...how to get 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 the new StartCHURCH online university.His passion is to empower pastors and ministry leaders to protect their dreams.

Raul and Genel have five amazing 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 poultry, implementing sustainable practices.

Scott Ritzheimer

Chief Executive Officer

Scott Ritzheimer

As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Scott Ritzheimer oversees all business operations at StartCHURCH. Scott has used his leadership skills, administrative acumen, and understanding of systems and processes both to spark growth at StartCHURCH and to provide the tools that ministry leaders need to grow their organizations.

What Scott likes most about working for StartCHURCH are the people with whom he works. One thing he hopes all StartCHURCH clients know is that he truly wants them to succeed. Scott lives in Peachtree Corners, GA with his wife, Hilde Marie, and their two sons.

Nathan Camp

Vice President of Strategy

Nathan Camp

Having experience as a church planter and staff pastor, Nathan brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the StartCHURCH team through his role as Vice President of Marketing & Sales. He desires to see churches and ministries equipped and inspired to pursue the dreams that God has put in their hearts. Nathan has helped over 10,000 churches get started with StartCHURCH and 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 3 wonderful children and a very codependent chocolate lab named Mac.

TJ Hawkins

Vice President of Sales

TJ Hawkins

TJ was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and re-located for college. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology of Christian Counseling from Louisiana Baptist University. TJ is passionate about team building and equipping pastors and churches with the tools they need for success.

He enjoys hiking with his family, traveling, and serving at his church. He lives in Lawrenceville with his wife, Lyndsi, and his four children, Elliana, Quin, Fiona, and Penelope.

Amy Manderscheid

Vice President of Operations

Amy Manderscheid

Amy was born and raised in GA and graduated from the University of Georgia in 2006 (Go Dawgs!). She joined the StartCHURCH team in 2013 and is the Vice President of Operations. She oversees our team of consultants that create the documents for StartCHURCH services.

Recently, when asked about her role at StartCHURCH, she said, “Working here has blessed me in so many ways. It fuels me everyday to know that we have the ability to play a small role in the vision God has given to His leaders. We have very talented team here, and I’m encouraged to work with the brilliant minds everyday.” She has been married to her husband, JV, since 2007. They have two children, Alyssa and Aaron.

Lester Ruiz

Vice President of Spanish

Lester Ruiz

Lester Ruiz, a native of Nicaragua, joined the StartCHURCH team in 2016 and currently serves as the Vice President of Spanish Division. He oversees and provides leadership to the operations and development of the growing Spanish Department at StartCHURCH. Lester and his team have helped hundreds of churches further their visions by guiding them in establishing their organizations in accordance with the state and federal guidelines for non profits.

He loves working at StartCHURCH because he has the privilege of providing crucial knowledge regarding nonprofit managements to benefit pastors. Lester with more than 15 years of experience in the ministry, has served in different areas; from church planting, leadership and music production.

He enjoys creative activities, networking, reading books, playing music and traveling.

Allan Armitt

Vice President of Administration

Allan Armitt

After graduating from The University of South Alabama with a degree in Economics, Allan relocated to Dacula, Georgia and currently serves as the Vice President of Administration. Allan is an exceptionally gifted individual who strives to see his team thrive.

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 April of 2011. They have a daughter, Beth Eryn.