Church Doctor Ministries is a global nonprofit ministry serving Christians, local churches, denominations, associations, and church networks with dynamic consulting and coaching services.We serve as partners in ministry to help Christians and the local church bring about transformational change of the Christian Church toward the effective implementation of the Great Commission. We are passionate about discipleship multiplication,  spiritual formation, Christian movements, and the Great Commission.

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Tracee J. Swank

Leader, Consultant and Leadership Coach

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Tracee J. Swank serves as the leader of Church Doctor Ministries, and is a certified Church Doctor consultant, certified leadership coach and certified Building a Story Brand Guide. Tracee is committed to helping local churches and ministry organizations discover their purpose and mission in the communities they serve. Tracee is passionate about resourcing and releasing Christian leaders to help fulfill the Great Commission through coaching, consulting, and teaching. Tracee leads the ministry staff team, supervises the training and development of Church Doctor Coaches and Consultants, and oversees the advancement of the mission of the ministry. 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. 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, Beckett. Together, Tracee and Matt (and Beckett) train assistance dogs for Assistance Dogs of America.

Kent R. Hunter

Founder, The Church Doctor

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Kent R. Hunter is the founder of Church Doctor Ministries. He has served as a pastor in Michigan, Indiana, and South Australia. In the past 40 years, Kent has consulted more than 1,700 churches from 78 denominations, fellowships, and movements. Kent is the architect of Healthy Churches Thrive!: a 36-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 32 books on the subject of church health, vitality, and the effectiveness of the church. Kent says his reason for being on this earth is to help Christians and churches become more effective for the Great Commission, to make disciples of all peoples. He recognizes that America is the third largest mission field in the world (behind China and India). His passion is to come alongside pastors and church leaders to provide encouragement, direction, and focus and turn challenges into opportunities for mission through the local 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.

Consultants and coaches

Rev. Dennis Kutzner

Risk Management Specialist

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Dennis Kutzner is certified in Risk Management for churches and schools by Cambridge University and serves as the Risk Management Specialist with Church Doctor Ministries. His ministerial experience enables him to easily relate and be a blessing as he works extensively with churches and ministers, often assisting each during the candidature process. Dennis is called upon to minister numerous churches across the nation each year.

Dennis and Carol often travel together, offering a challenging and tender approach to teaching ministry. They are widely known for their motivational, leadership, and marriage conferences.

Dr. Christine A. Timm


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Christine A. (Chrysanne) Timm is Senior/Lead Pastor of Olivet Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sylvania, Ohio. Prior to that, she served as Associate Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church, both in Toledo, Ohio. She received an M.Div. from Trinity Lutheran Seminary and a B.A. in Japanese Language and Literatures from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Chrysanne lives in Sylvania with her husband, Craig. They have one daughter, Holly, and two sons, Matthew and Brian. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with family and friends, reading, knitting, antique shopping, boating, and Taekwon-Do (she is a first-degree Black Belt).

Dr. Barry Kolb


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Prior to entering the pastoral ministry, Dr. Kolb served as a teacher and coach in Indiana, Illinois, and Hong Kong for 20 years.  Since becoming a pastor, he has served five different churches in Illinois and Texas. He has earned three Master’s degrees and a Doctorate. He has also taught in Russia, Kazakhstan, India, South Africa, Nigeria, Botswana, Jamaica, Thailand, Brazil and Haiti.

In addition, Barry serves as:

  • A field consultant for Church Doctor Ministries
  • Workshop teacher for inmate pastors for 13 years at the largest maximum security prison in America, Louisiana State Prison in Angola, LA, using Crossways materials (Biblical Timeline, See Through the Scriptures, Divine Drama, and various short courses).
  • Vice President of Christ for India (org). He has led pastor’s conferences, taught seminary courses, and preached extensively in India on many occasions.
  • President of India Missions Foundation.

Barry and his wife Nancy have two grown children: Eric (Sheryl) & Terri and one grandson: Joshua (Kristina) all who live the Dallas/Ft Worth area. His personal mission statement is: See the VISION…Live the MISSION…Feel the PASSION. Barry’s life verse is: Proverbs 3:5-6.

Tom Schaeffer


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Tom has over 30 years of experience in ministry. Over that time, discipleship and leadership development have been a hallmark of his ministry. He has had the privilege of mentoring dozens of lay and professional church leaders over the years. He has also led churches through nearly every significant transition including birth, redevelopment, and merger.nced settings.

Todd Stocker


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For the past 20 years, Todd has begun, developed, and led church organizations ranging in size for a few dozen to a few thousand. He continues to provide coaching for business and ministry leaders and most recently led a six-month cohort of new pastors who’d just graduated from the seminary. He excel in keynote speaking, mission/vision formation, and strategic planning with a focus toward discipleship and multiplication.

Team Members

Chelsey Strickler

Marketing Team

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Chelsey Strickler joined Church Doctor Ministries as a SEND North America graduate. She serves as the SEND Recruiting Coordinator and on the Marketing Team for Church Doctor Ministires, providing design and marketing assistance. 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.

Jason Atkinson

Ministry Leadership Support, Assistant to Founder

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Jason Atkinson joined the Church Doctor Ministries team in October 2005 and serves as the  Ministry Leadership Support, and Assistant to Founder.  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.

Matt Genszler

Marketing and Analytics Team

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Matt Genszler serves the Church Doctor Ministries Team in the role of Marketing and Analytics Team Lead and is a great asset to our team. He graduated a 3-year accelerated program from Grace college with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

Moving frequently as a child to and from four different states, he currently resides in Fort Wayne, IN. Matt has a strong rooted faith that started as a child and has grown deeper as he watched and admired his father become a pastor in 2016.

While in his free time Matt loves watching and playing sports, especially soccer. Spending time with his family and friends playing board and card games, hiking, and watching movies is also another favorite of his. Matt especially enjoys the Star Wars franchise where he collects memorabilia and can quote the movies.

Bethany Helmkamp

Assistant to the Leader

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Bethany joined the Church Doctor Ministries team in March of 2020 and serves as the assistant to the leader. Prior to this position she operated a daycare in her home for 7 years. She felt a call to ministry as a teen and enjoys any opportunity to help lead others toward Christ. She assists her husband, Todd, in leading the youth at their local church and is involved in the Mops ministry there. She has three children and lives at her childhood home in the country. In her spare time she likes to go on hikes, work in her garden, bake, and read.

John Wargowsky

Marketing Team

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John Wargowsky serves on the Marketing Team for Church Doctor Ministries and SEND North America and lives in Delaware, Ohio. He attends 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.

Jonathan Hunter

The SEND Movement Leader

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Jonathan Hunter joined the Church Doctor Ministry staff in November 2015 as SEND North America’s Mission and Discipleship Coordinator. He currently serves as The SEND Movement Leader for Church Doctor Ministries. 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.

Emily Widdowson

Marketing & Content Strategist

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Emily joined the Church Doctor Ministries team in June of 2020 and serves with the marketing team and all things social media for Church Doctor Ministries. Growing up in the United Methodist Church, she knew she was called to be in ministry but did not feel the same calling to pastoral ministry as her dad, mom, and sister all have. 
Emily is an alumnus of Otterbein University (’15) and Asbury Theological Seminary (’19) and is looking forward to using both her BA in Communications and her MA in Leadership in her calling to CDM. In her spare time, she enjoys creating art, crochet projects, being in nature, and more recently spending too much time in the kitchen baking.