About

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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Leadership

Dr. Tracee J. Swank

Leader, Consultant and Leadership Coach

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Dr. Tracee J. Swank serves as the leader of Church Doctor Ministries. As a certified church consultant, Christian leadership coach, Building a StoryBrand Guide, and Business Made Simple Coach, Tracee serves as a strategic guide and coach for pastors, ministry leaders, and Christian entrepreneurs. Tracee is committed to helping others carry out their vision and mission in the Kingdom using the gifts, skills, and resources God has provided.

Tracee enjoys helping others discover and implement creative new ideas for Kingdom projects, speaking at conferences and gatherings, and leading ministry immersion trips with Christian leaders. Tracee currently helps lead a microchurch plant and works with local marketplace Christians on community development projects. She lives in northwest Ohio with her husband, Matt, and their black
Lab, Beckett.

Tracee is a graduate of Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, Ohio, and holds a master’s degree in theological studies and a Doctor of Ministry degree in Kingdom entrepreneurship. While not traveling and serving the ministry, Tracee enjoys gardening, cooking, watching Toledo Mud Hens baseball, and all things related to the Ohio State University. (Go Bucks!)

 

Dr. Kent R. Hunter

Founder, The Church Doctor

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Kent R. Hunter is the founder of Church Doctor Ministries. He believes that God has called him to help Christians and their churches become more effective for the Great Commission, to reach unbelievers and to make them disciples of Jesus Christ. Dr. Hunter is the author of 32 books. He has consulted more than 1,700 churches from 78 denominations, as well as nondenominational and independent churches. He developed the SEND Movement, which trains congregational members to become missionaries to those who are unchurched in their social networks. Kent writes the bimonthly Church Doctor Report and also has a podcast, Prescriptions from a Church Doctor, both found on www.churchdoctor.org.

 Kent lives on a 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. Chrysanne Timm

Coach/Consultant

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Chrysanne brings 40 years of pastoral leadership experience in congregations from rural/small town to suburban metro settings as a solo pastor, staff pastor, and head of staff. She has significant training in ministry transitions, growth through conflict management, and developing clergy and lay leadership that is vital and visionary. She currently serves as pastor of a Lutheran congregation and rector of an
Episcopal congregation in Northport, Michigan.

Dr. Barry Kolb

Consultant

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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

Coach

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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

Coach/Consultant

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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 excels in keynote speaking, mission/vision formation, and strategic planning with a focus toward discipleship and multiplication.

Dr. Rupert Loyd

Coach/Consultant

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Rupert Loyd Jr. has a B.A. in History from Miami University Oxford Oh, an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Boston Mass. and a Ph.D. in Leadership from Union University in Cincinnati. He has over 40 years of pastoral experience in both urban and suburban churches, including multi-ethnic, multi-congregational churches. Throughout his career he has maintained a presence in both the church and the academy. Dr. Loyd currently teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in the College of Business and Leadership at Lourdes University and he holds the post of Lead Pastor at Marketplace Community Church in Toledo, Ohio.

Team Members

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.

Dr. Katie Erickson

Special Projects Team Leader

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Katie Erickson joined Church Doctor Ministries at the beginning of 2021 as the Special Projects Team Leader. Prior to this, she worked for almost 17 years as an electrical engineer. Katie earned her Masters of Divinity degree in 2010 and her Doctor of Ministry degree in 2023 from Winebrenner Theological Seminary. Katie also serves a few other ministries through writing weekly blog posts, speaking engagements, video editing, podcast publishing, and book publishing.

She has a passion for teaching and tutoring, especially the Biblical Hebrew language. She enjoys helping authors publish their books with her editing and graphic design skills, and you can often find her crocheting and knitting in her free time. She lives in northwest Ohio.

Beth Knoll

Proofreader & Social Media

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Beth Knoll began contributing to the Church Doctor Ministries team in June 2004 as a proofreader and now also serves on the social media team. She grew up in the United Brethren denomination and attends a Brethren in Christ church where her family has attended for six generations. Beth discovered her passion for church health before she even knew Church Doctor Ministries existed.

After earning an English degree from Huntington College (now Huntington University), Beth spent nearly a decade in reporter and editorial roles at newspapers in Indiana and Pennsylvania. She enjoys reading nonfiction, gardening, canning, crocheting, and sewing. Beth has played the piano in churches and at home for more than 30 years and currently serves her church worship teams on keyboard. She and her husband, Chris, homeschool their three children in rural Orrstown, Pennsylvania.

Chelsey Genszler

Designer/Creative Guide

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Chelsey currently serves as the Creative Guide for Church Doctor. She was called to the team in 2018 after completing 10 months of the SEND Movement discipleship training. Through Church Doctor, she has had the opportunity to travel to England, South Africa, Colorado, Washington, Arkansas, Arizona, and around the Midwest for mission trips, immersion excursions, and conferences. She feels truly blessed to be a part of the CDM team. 

Chelsey is married to Matt, and they live in Alexandria, Minnesota, where they enjoy being surrounded by so many beautiful lakes and trails. Chelsey and Matt spend their free time caring for their young son Jeremiah, adventuring to new places, hanging out with Chelsey’s family, and making new friends.

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