Staff at New Church Ministry are called to train, equip, assist, and multiply emerging and affiliating congregations and leaders.

Jose Martinez

Minister for New Church Strategies

Jose Martinez serves as the Minister for New Church Strategies.

He also created a ministry as an Incubate participant with the National Benevolent Association called StoryWagen. Additionally, he is co-planter of Multi Nation Christian Church, which is the largest and only Haitian Ministry in the Midwest for the Disciples of Christ and along with planting MissioKC Church. Co-vocationally, he is an endorsed Protestant Chaplain, at the 139th Airlift Wing in St. Joseph, Missouri and a chaplain with Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.  

He has served in different capacities in ministry from the regional level to local congregations by bringing innovative and entrepreneurial ideas about the shifting paradigm of church. His mixture of talent, tenacity, and experience has helped him in all contexts of ministry, which was recognized by the Air National Guard in 2016 by awarding him the Samuel Stone award.  

Joi Robinson

Associate Minister for New Church Strategies

Joi Robinson oversees Water the Plants and the coaching program for our ministry. In this capacity, she recruits and trains coaches that reflect the demand for New Church Ministry and the diversity of Disciples, walking alongside New Church pastors and leaders as they move through the various stages of the launch process. To help them remain on track and accountable for the goals they have set for themselves and their new faith community, Robinson matches New Church pastors and leaders with experienced coaches who – through prayer, encouragement, active listening, and strategic questioning – provide support as they encounter the various aspects of church planting.

Wesley King

Program Coordinator

Wesley King supports the ministry with administrative tasks including calendaring/scheduling, travel arrangements, reports, contacts, and project management, note-taking, expense processing, event logistics coordination, metrics oversite, research, and more.

New Church Coaches

Steven Smith, Joey Cotto, Chad Delaney, Martin Tapia, Soriliz Ramos, Francisco Ramos

Disciples Church Extension Fund Staff

Katy McFall

Director of Development

William J. Singer, Jr.

Vice President

Rhonda J. Hopewell

Vice President

Theresa M. Schneider

Executive Assistant to the President & Corporate Secretary

Kimberly A. Watkins

Annual Funds Manager

Deborah J. Williams

Director of Marketing – Production

Nadine A. Compton

Creative Writer/Digital Media Specialist

Glenda Survance

Information Systems Director

Michelle DeFields-Gambrel

Services Support Manager

Rosario Ibarra

Building and Capital Services Advisor – holy places grants