Our Staff

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CHELSEY STRICKLER

Recruiting Coordinator, SEND North America

Chelsey Strickler joined Church Doctor Ministries as a SEND North America graduate. She serves as the SEND Recruiting Coordinator and provides design and marketing assistance where needed. Chelsey graduated from Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in communication, focusing on public relations and English. Since graduating, she has consistently worked in ministry, feeling called to serve God through communication.

In her free time, Chelsey loves to spend time with her family and friends, go on adventures, read crime novels, and play the piano. She is always seeking something new to learn and loves hearing people’s stories.

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SARAH KOLB

Leader, SEND North America

Sarah Kolb joined Church Doctor Ministries in June 2016. Kolb graduated from the 2015-2016 SEND team and returned as an intern with the 2016-2017 team. She is now the leader of SEND North America in Indian River, Michigan.

She received her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Alpena Community college in Michigan. She participated in multiple mission trips including seven in Michigan, two in Guatemala, one in Belize and Nicaragua. Kolb loves playing sports, being outdoors, and spending time with her family. She also enjoys animals, particularly her dog named Copper and her turtle, Todd.

JOHN WARGOWSKY

Marketing Team, SEND North America & Church Doctor Ministries

John Wargowsky serves on the Marketing Team for Church Doctor Ministries and SEND North America and lives in Delaware, Ohio. He attend Northgate Church. He serves in Prison Outreach Ministries that goes into Ohio prisons with a major focus being a weekly prayer ministry at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.

He has called square dances and led line, round, folk and novelty dances for 35 years. He was born and reared on the family farm in north central Ohio with 30 years of experience in agricultural associations.

KENT R. HUNTER

Founder, SEND North America & Church Doctor Ministries

Kent has served as a pastor in Michigan, Indiana, and South Australia. In the past 30 years, Kent has consulted over 1,400 churches from 65 denominations, fellowships, and movements. Kent is the architect of Healthy Churches Thrive!: a 24-month spiritual adventure to prepare churches for the coming revival and SEND North America: a training experience to equip young adults to be missionaries to their culture.

Kent received his Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and the D.Min degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He is the author of 30 books on the subject of church health, vitality, and the effectiveness of the church.

Kent lives on a certified tree farm in northeast Indiana with his wife, Janet. Kent and Janet have two grown children, Laura and Jon.

TRACEE R. SWANK

Leader, Church Doctor Ministries

Tracee J. Swank serves on the executive leadership team for Church Doctor Ministries and is a certified Church Doctor consultant and leadership coach. Tracee has an undergraduate degree in organization development from the University of Toledo. She received a master’s degree in Theological Studies and Spiritual Formation from the Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Her other ministry activities include serving on a taskforce for Cherry Street Mission Ministries, focused on developing discipleship training for pastors and ministry leaders. She is a member of the Community Advisory Committee for Journey of the Heart Ministries, a ministry dedicated to mentoring and developing Christian women. Tracee’s mission field experience includes regular trips to Guatemala and participating in the St. Thomas’ Church Pilgrimage in Sheffield, England.

Tracee’s spare time is usually filled with reading, writing, and studying trends in Christianity. When not traveling for ministry work, she can be found in her kitchen adapting and trying new recipes or outside vegetable gardening. She lives in northwest Ohio with her husband, Matt, and their black lab, Jimmie. Together, Tracee and Matt (and Jimmie) train assistance dogs for Assistance Dogs of America.

Jason Atkinson

Consultation Team Coordinator and Ministry Leadership Support, Church Doctor Ministries

Jason Atkinson joined the Church Doctor Ministries team in October 2005. A few of his roles are coordinating ministry consultations and coaching services, survey scoring, data analysis, and videography. Prior to serving with Church Doctor Ministries, Jason graduated from Huntington University with a B.A. in Mass Communication.

In his spare time, he is an active member and serves on a worship team at his church, St. Joseph UMC, in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In addition to that, he enjoys reading legal thrillers, hiking, traveling, and enjoys spending time with his family. Jason has been married to his wife Laura since 2004 and they have two daughters.