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

Vice President of Administration

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 Vice President of Administration 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.

Amy Manderscheid

Vice President of Operations

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 Operations. She oversees the care team and consultants 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

Vice President of Technology

Daniel Perez

Daniel has been part of the StartCHURCH team since February 2012. In his role as the vice president of technology, Daniel leads software development and the IT department. He enjoys solving complex problems as a team to make things simpler for StartCHURCH customers and staff.

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.

Lester Ruiz

Vice President of Spanish

Lester Ruiz

Lester Ruiz oversees and provides leadership to the operations and development of the growing Spanish Division at StartCHURCH. Lester and his team have helped hundreds of churches further their vision by supporting them in structuring their organizations in accordance with the state and federal guidelines for nonprofits. He loves working at StartCHURCH because he has the privilege of providing crucial knowledge regarding nonprofit compliance and strategies of church growth.

With more than 15 years of experience in ministry as a staff minister, Lester has a wide range of ministry experience, including church planting, leadership, team building, business management, and missional community strategies.

He enjoys fine arts, networking, reading books, and traveling.