MACKENZIE “KENZIE” RITCHIE
Leader, SEND North America | Special Projects Team Leader
Kenzie joined Church Doctor Ministries in February 2014. She received her B.A. in Arts Management from Adrian College in Michigan, and recently served as director of music and student ministries at First Christian Church in Traverse City, Michigan. Kenzie has held several positions in marketing, sales and customer service.
A Michigan native, she now resides in Angola, Indiana with her husband, Zack. In her spare time, Kenzie enjoys singing, running, relaxing on Lake Michigan, figure skating, and playing with her Siberian Huskies, Titan and Kopitar.
Mission and Discipleship Coordinator, SEND North America
Jonathan joined the Church Doctor Ministry staff in November 2015. Hunter’s ministry focus is to further advance the SEND network, work with young adults on mission and outreach projects, multiply SEND Teams, and develop future SEND Team Leaders. He is a SEND teacher and leads weekly accountability groups with the young adults. Jon and his wife, Esther, most recently served as missionaries to Malaysia serving as teachers in an international school and assisting with a church plant in Kuala Lumpur. Jon and Esther previously served in ministry in England.
Young Adult Leader, Intern, SEND North America
Sarah Kolb joined Church Doctor Ministries in June 2016. Kolb assists with day-to-day operations of SEND, marketing, recruiting, and facilitating teaching and mission training. She received her Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Alpena Community College in Michigan. Kolb graduated from the 2015-2016 SEND team and is returning as an Intern with the 2016-2017 team. She participated in multiple mission trips, including seven in Michigan and two in Guatemala.
A Michigan native, Kolb now resides in Corunna, Indiana. Kolb loves playing sports, especially basketball and volleyball. She also enjoys animals, particularly her dog named Espn (yes, like the sports channel!) and her turtle, Todd.
Marketing Team Leader, SEND North America & Church Doctor Ministries
John Wargowsky serves as the Marketing Team Leader for Church Doctor Ministries and SEND North America and lives in Marion, Ohio. He recently completed five year as lay leader of communication efforts with the Delaware City Vineyard church plant and serves in Prison Outreach Ministries that goes into Ohio prisons.
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.
DAVID M. BEARE
Ministry Operations Manager, Church Doctor Ministries
David M. Beare joined Church Doctor Ministries in December 2014 as the Ministry Operations Manager. He comes to us from Trinity Church United Methodist in Kendallville, IN where he was Discipleship Coordinator and Business Manager. After graduating from General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Dave held several Engineering posts until being transferred to Detroit as the original Wiring Engineer for Saturn cars. Later, he was named Engineering Group Manager for GM’s Small Car Group and then North American Automotive Sales Manager for Delphi Connections System after Delphi was spun off from GM. His final position before retiring from Delphi in 2008 (after 38 years) was the Wiring Program Manager for Toyota. He then went to work at his Church in Clarkston, MI as unpaid staff coordinating their “Growth Groups” Ministry. As he puts it: “You can retire from your day job, but I believe we are called to do God’s work until He takes us home.”
Upon moving to Kendallville in 2010 with his wife Rhonda, Dave was soon working at Trinity Church as their Financial Secretary. He has also served on the Board of Directors at Life and Family Services, a Christian based, pregnancy center in Kendallville.
Dave describes himself as a “numbers guy” and has taught both Crown Financial Study and Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University at various Churches and Chain O’ Lakes Correctional Facility. Dave is also a Certified Counselor through Dave Ramsey and enjoys helping people get out of debt and provide hope using biblical principles. Rhonda and Dave have 3 grown children but no grandchildren yet! Dave enjoys camping, boating, fishing, snow shoeing, and researching his genealogy in his spare time.
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.