The New Church Ministry team is called to train, equip, assist, and multiply emerging and affiliating congregations and leaders.

Terrell McTyer

Minister of New Church Strategies

Terrell McTyer is Minister of New Church Strategies at New Church Ministry, a call he accepted in August 2016. Terrell oversees the recruiting, assessing, and equipping of new church leaders and is responsible for Leadership Academy and other training activities.

After a transformative experience at Leadership Academy, Terrell started Manifestation Christian Center in the Kansas City area in 2014, which was named the 2016 Outstanding Mission Partner for restart Transitional Housing Facility via One STEP Worldwide Ministries. Terrell is also the chair for the new church ministry effort for the Greater Kansas City Region, for which he developed a strategic plan for teaching, equipping, and multiplying new pastors and churches and where he has been influential in helping several new churches begin to affiliate with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Joi Robinson

Associate Minister

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

Jose Martinez

Assistant Minister

Jose Martinez serves as Assistant Minister of New Church Ministry.

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.  

Jose looks forward to bringing that same energy to his role as the Associate Minister of New Church Ministry and edifying the missional culture in the teaching, equipping, assisting, and multiplying of leaders within the CC (DoC) movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.

Laura Ginn

Services Support Assistant

Laura Ginn supports the Minister of New Church Strategies at New Church Ministry with administrative tasks. In this role, she schedules travel arrangements, manages reports, contacts, and projects, processes expenses, and coordinates event logistics. Laura also assists in maintaining digital assets and social media content.

New Church Coaches

Steven Smith, Joey Cotto, Ron Greene, Esther Robles, Judy Cummings, Sandy Harvey, David Manuere, Rogelio Martinez, Chad Mattingly, Martin Tapia, Soriliz Ramos, Francisco Ramos, Tony Rodriguez

Disciples Church Extension Fund Staff

Erick D. Reisinger

President

Jennifer R. Gallagher

Chief Financial Officer

William J. Singer, Jr.

Vice President

Rhonda J. Hopewell

Vice President

Theresa M. Schneider

Executive Assistant to the President & Corporate Secretary

Bethany Watkins Lowery

Director of Development

Kimberly A. Watkins

Annual Funds Manager

Deborah J. Williams

Director of Marketing – Production

Joe Whitman

Director of Marketing – Strategy & Messaging

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