Our mission is to get churches Unstuck.

 

We help pastors grow healthy churches by guiding them through experiences to align vision, strategy, team and action. With every tool and consulting process for churches we develop, our priority is to help churches help people meet and follow Jesus.

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Helping churches has always been our story.

For 14 years, Tony Morgan served on the senior leadership teams of Granger Community ChurchNewSpring Church and West Ridge Church. In that season, he started writing about leadership here, while also authoring books and articles featured by Catalyst, Pastors.com and the Willow Creek Association.

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His experience and writing often focused on having a clear strategy for ministry-a word few churches were embracing at the time.

  • The Unstuck Way

    These nine principles characterize the way we think and how we train every member of our team to serve you.

    Bring Hope

    We understand the majority of pastors say they are discouraged. We will take every opportunity to bring your church leaders hope and encouragement.

  • Pray

    Everything we do starts with prayer. We rely on guidance and wisdom from the Holy Spirit, and then trust that God is at work through the process. He is the one who renews minds and changes hearts.

    Come Spiritually Prepared

    When we prepare to serve a church, we aim to empty ourselves, which means we need to be spiritually full going in. We are committed to relying on God's wisdom and strength, rather than our own.

  • Come Practically Prepared

    We use all the tools at our disposal to be prepared for our time with you. This includes devoting time to prep work in advance, and connecting with the other consultants on the team so that we are unified and connected as a team.

    Ask Questions

    We facilitate, asking questions and more questions. We aim to help your church come to your own solutions. We believe our job is to draw out the wisdom of the team.

  • Acknowledge Each Church's Uniqueness

    We recognize every church has unique ingredients. Our desire is to help you discover what's distinctive about your ministry and mission.

    Say the Hard Things

    We aren't afraid of clarifying reality even if it's going to cause some pain initially. Even though leaders in the church might be sensing what is wrong, we know sometimes an outside voice can bring more weight and urgency to the issues you're facing. We won't shy away from that responsibility.

  • Prescribe in Increments

    We believe our role is to bring clarity to what's most important. We don't want to bury you in tasks or leave you overwhelmed. We will help you prioritize what's most important and take strategic action.

    Help Churches Get Unstuck

    We value strategic action. The win isn't the plan. The win is movement, change and execution-helping you make a lasting kingdom impact.

Meet Our Team

Amy Anderson

Amy Anderson

Amy has served as the Director of Consulting at The Unstuck Group since 2016. During this time she has served over 150 churches, helping them design ministry, staffing & multisite strategies that aligns and fuels their mission.

Prior to joining the Unstuck team, Amy served as the Executive Director of Weekend Services at Eagle Brook Church in the Twin Cities, helping the church grow from one location of 3,000 to six locations with over 20,000 gathering each weekend. Her husband is the Lead Pastor at Crossroads Church in Woodbury, MN.

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Benjamin Carbone

Benjamin Carbone

Pastor Benjamin Carbone completed his studies at a Bible college in Australia and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology in 2019. Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s degree in Theology at the “Institut de Théologie pour la Francophonie” in Montreal. He has a deep desire to see the church answer God’s call to reach the world with the message of hope by building a contemporary church dedicated to developing people devoted to Christ and influencing society.

Benjamin is married to Maria, whom he met during his studies at the Bible college in 2016, and they also have the privilege of having a son named Leo and a daughter named Sofia.

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Carlos Cardenas

Carlos Cardenas

Carlos Cardenas serves as the Executive Pastor at Christ Fellowship and leads the Directional Leadership Team. He is also part of the Teaching Team and has been in ministry at Christ Fellowship for over 10 years. During his time at Christ Fellowship, he has served in different capacities such as Pastor of Campuses, and Campus Pastor at the Palmetto Bay and West Kendall Campuses. He holds a Master’s in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity Seminary and a Bachelor’s in Business Management from Florida International University.

Carlos lives in Palmetto Bay, Florida, with his wife Shany, and his children Noah, Nathan and Everly. Aside from spending time with his family, Carlos loves to barbecue and watch his favorite football team, the Miami Hurricanes.

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Chad Hunt

Chad Hunt

Chad has served in ministry for over 25 years, including 18 years as a Senior Pastor. Chad has served urban and rural churches of all sizes through coaching and leadership development. He led coaching networks for the Rural Church Development initiative at Nebraska Christian College and is certified in Strategic Planning.

Chad is passionate about seeing churches of all sizes grow their impact to reach people with the gospel.

Chris Surratt

Chris Surratt

Chris Surratt is currently the Executive Pastor of Discipleship and Groups at Harvest Church in SoCal.

Chris served on the Executive Teams at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN., and Seacoast Church in Charleston, S.C., prior to becoming the Discipleship and Small Groups Specialist for Lifeway Christian Resources. He is the author of Leading Small Groups and Small Groups for the Rest of Us, and co-hosts the podcast, Group Answers.

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Daniel Im

Daniel Im

Daniel Im is the Lead Pastor of Beulah Alliance Church, a multi-generational, multi-ethnic, and multi-campus church in Greater Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His latest book is You Are What You Do: And Six Other Lies about Work, Life, and Love. He is also the author of No Silver Bullets and co-author of Planting Missional Churches. He co-hosts the IMbetween Podcast with Christina, his wife. He has an M.A. in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary, and has served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville.

Because of their love for the local church, after pioneering and leading the church multiplication initiative for Lifeway, Daniel and Christina, moved back to Canada in 2019 with their three children. For more information, visit danielim.com and follow him on social media @danielsangi. 

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David Vaughan

David Vaughan

David Vaughan recently concluded a 20 year ministry as the Senior Minister at the Whitewater Crossing Christian Church in Cincinnati, OH. Under his leadership, the congregation changed names and relocated to a new facility where the congregation grew from 350 to over 2500 in size with an even larger online audience. He previously served churches in Chesapeake, VA and Lexington, KY (both small and medium size churches). 

David’s father was also a pastor and he grew up watching his Dad encourage other pastors. David was born in Ashland, KY, and graduated from Cincinnati Christian University in 1983. He also completed studies with Asbury Seminary’s Beeson Institute of Advanced Church Leadership in 2002. David and his wife, Donna, have been married 41 years, have two children and three grandchildren.  David enjoys playing golf, good coffee, coaching pastors, and cheering for the Kentucky Wildcats!

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Derwin Gray

Derwin Gray

Derwin and Vicki Gray have been married 30 years and have two adult children. They met and got married at BYU, where Derwin played football and Vicki threw the javelin. They are the founders of Transformation Church (TC). Launched in 2010, TC is a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped church near Charlotte, NC. Derwin is the Lead Pastor while Vicki is the Executive Director over Spiritual Formation and Staff Development. A former NFL player of six years (Colts and Panthers), Derwin received his doctorate at Northern Seminary and he is the author of several books, including  How to Heal Our Racial Divide and his bestseller The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness. Vicki is currently in graduate school at Wheaton College pursuing an MA in Ministry Leadership.

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Doug Dameron

Doug Dameron

Doug has been in full-time ministry for over 32 years as a student pastor, worship pastor, assistant pastor and lead pastor. In the summer of 2005, he and his family moved to northeast Denver, Colorado to plant Orchard Church. From 2007 until 2017, the church met at Prairie View High School with attendance soaring to over 1,800 each week. In 2014, the church bought 38 acres next to the school. It completed and began meeting in a new 52,000 square foot facility in November 2017. Average in-person attendance topped 3,000 in 2019 and saw over 500 baptized that year! Orchard Church is now a multi-site church with an online location, Latino location and plans to launch another English location by 2023.

While attending Bible college, he married his wife, Shellie in 1992. They are the parents of two children, now young adults in their mid 20’s, Caleb and Katelyn. Their daughter Katelyn and husband Jesse made them grandparents of two amazing little girls Shiloh and Summit.

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Drake Farmer

Drake Farmer

Drake is the Executive Pastor of Ministries at Beulah Alliance Church, which currently spans across four campuses in Greater Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He serves on the senior leadership team, specifically leading and supporting the various ministries and campuses to align resources, strategy, and tactics around their vision to awaken Greater Edmonton to King Jesus.

Growing up in a bilingual military family, he has moved a lot in his lifetime and has had the privilege to travel across Canada and Europe, but he is most at home when he spends time with his wife and four kids. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry and a Master’s in Leadership Management, having served in a variety of different contexts, including rural and urban, small, medium, and large churches as well as the marketplace in management, retail, and sales, Drake brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to every coaching and consulting interaction. 

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Faith Jones

Faith Jones

Faith is a Copy Editor for the Unstuck Group. She holds an MAT in Secondary English Education and has been a writer and editor in digital marketing for over a decade. Faith loves to cook, stay active and be outside with her husband and three boys, exploring and eating their way through their city of Greenville, SC. Growing up as a pastor/camp director’s kid, she’s excited to now be a small part of the Unstuck Group’s work in helping churches reach more people for Jesus.

Jacinta Livingston

Jacinta Livingston

Jacinta Livingston

Jacinta is the Client Experience Manager for The Unstuck Group. She ensures the churches The Unstuck Group serves are well-equipped to have an excellent experience. She is the member of our team who keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and two children and is active in her local church.

Jenny Surratt

Jenny Surratt

Jenny has over 24 years of accounting experience with churches, nonprofits and for-profit businesses. She has a degree in accounting from the University of Houston. As a former church staffer and church planter’s wife, she is passionate about the local church. Jenny is on the board of All for HIM Ministries, a ministry that serves the homeless in the downtown area of Nashville, TN where she lives with her husband, Chris, and her two daughters.

Jesse Tink

Jesse Tink

Jesse is the Lead Pastor at Prairie Lakes Church, which currently spans across eight campuses in northeastern and central Iowa. In his current role he serves on the teaching team, oversees campus pastors, and leads Prairie Lakes’ Executive Team to align resources around their vision to reach Iowa. 

Married to Erin, they have their son, Jude, and their daughter, Ellie. He’s outside in the colder months hunting deer and turkey at their family-owned ground, and roots for the Iowa Hawkeyes and New York Yankees.

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Jimmy McLoud

Jimmy McLoud

Jimmy McLoud is the Lead Pastor of First Christian Church in Canton, Ohio. He has served in local church ministry for nearly 20 years. His passion and the vision of First Christian is to share the good news that Jesus is for all people by helping them find hope, experience community, and live with purpose. In addition to his role at FCC, Jimmy serves on the Board of Directors for The Solomon Foundation, a church extension fund focused on helping churches get to the next step.

Jimmy and his wife, Ashley, live in North Canton with their four kids: Braylon, Carter, Ellie, and Grace. To connect with Jimmy, find him on social media (@jimmymcloud) or visit jimmymcloud.com.

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Kevin R. Murriel

Kevin R. Murriel

The Reverend Doctor Kevin R. Murriel currently leads over 7,000 members as the senior pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church, a multi-site ministry that includes campuses in midtown and southwest Atlanta, Georgia. He is a biblical scholar and one of the leading visionaries and orators of this generation. A native Mississippian, he is a 2008 graduate of Jackson State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, also being named as the 2008 “Student of the Year” for the College of Business. Dr. Murriel received his Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Duke University. He was named by the Dean and doctoral committee of Duke Divinity School as the Degree Marshal of the 2014 Doctoral Cohort–the youngest person and first African American in the program’s history to receive such a designation. 

Dr. Murriel is the author of two books. His latest book, Breaking the Color Barrier: A Vision for Church Growth through Racial Reconciliation was named to the 2015 Hot New Releases list on Amazon. It addresses the need for churches to model reconciliation in a racially divided society. In 2019, Dr. Murriel was appointed by Dean Jan Love to the faculty of Candler School of Theology at Emory University as Assistant Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology and Director of the Black Methodist Seminarians Program. 

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Mariann Edgar Budde

Mariann Edgar Budde

Mariann Edgar Budde serves as spiritual leader for 86 Episcopal congregations and ten Episcopal schools in the District of Columbia and four Maryland counties. The first woman elected to this position, she also serves as the chair and president of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, which oversees the ministries of the Washington National Cathedral and Cathedral schools.

When not working, you’ll often find her riding her bicycle, cooking dinner for friends, or visiting family. Bishop Budde and her husband, Paul, have two adult sons, Amos, married to Erika, and Patrick. The Buddes welcomed their second grandchild in the late winter of 2021.

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Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston is the founder and lead pastor of The Journey. He and his wife Susie have two kids, Madeline and Conner. Fueled by a passion to reach unchurched people, Mark and Susie began The Journey in 2007, creating an engaging community of faith where people can experience the life-giving message of Jesus. In addition to his role at The Journey, Mark partners with the Association of Related Churches to coach pastors and leaders nationwide, providing insight on church growth, organizational structure, and leadership.

Outside of pouring his passion into ministry, Mark enjoys boating, skiing, driving, and exploring new places with his family. Also, he climbed a mountain. (If you get a chance, ask him about that – he’s always happy to describe it.)

Michael Moore

Michael Moore

Michael currently serves as Executive Pastor at Faith Chapel Christian Center, a non-denominational church in Birmingham, AL. In full-time ministry since 2006, Michael has served on senior leadership teams in multiple capacities including strategic, operational, and financial roles. He is passionate about helping local churches maximize their impact and potential.

Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander

Paul has more than 28 years experience serving in the local church, the last 23 of which have been on the Senior Leadership Teams of some of the nation’s leading mega-churches. Currently, Paul is serving as the Executive Pastor at Sun Valley Community Church, a large multi-site church located in the Phoenix area.

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Ramon Medina

Ramon Medina

Ramon Medina has shepherded the Spanish congregation at Champion Forest Baptist Church since 2006 as their Lead Pastor. As the son of a Baptist pastor who grew up in Cali (Colombia-South America), Ramón was always in church. At the age of 10 he had an encounter with Jesus that marked his life forever. In his youth years, he led groups of children, youth and actively participated in different ministries of his church, Primera Iglesia Bautista of Cali, Colombia. Pastor Medina earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from ICESI University in Cali, Colombia, a Master of Arts in Missiology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, and has completed additional graduate studies in theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. He graduated with his Doctorate of Ministry degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City.

God has used Ramon to help many churches in North America start their ministries in Spanish. Under his leadership, the Spanish congregation of Champion Forest grew from 60 to over 3,000 every Sunday. Ramon’s passion is missions and multicultural ministries, evangelism, and building healthy families grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ramon is married to his wife, Nhora, who shares Ramon’s passion for ministry. Ramon and Nhora reside in Spring, Texas with their two sons, Daniel, and Mateo.

Ron Baum

Ron Baum

Ron has served three southern California churches for over 30 years in various roles from Youth Ministry to Adult Ministry. Currently, Ron serves as the Executive Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in the Temecula Valley. Ron is part of the teaching team, as well as, a guest speaker at leadership conferences and marriage retreats.

Sarah Bouma

Sarah Bouma

For more than 12 years, Sarah has focused on leadership training, human resources and organization effectiveness. She has had a breadth of experience with positions at Granger Community Church, the University of Minnesota and the Kellogg Company. She also has experience in local church leadership including staff performance and structure and capital campaigns.

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Sarah Jenkins

Sarah Jenkins

Sarah is our Sales and Marketing Intern. She is a born-and-raised Texan living in Nashville, Tennessee where she is a senior communication studies major and public relations minor at Belmont University. She leads worship at Way Church and on campus for Delight Ministries. Sarah’s heart is ultimately for the church and making the gospel known. 

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Sean Bublitz

Sean Bublitz

Sean has spent time over the past two decades at Community Christian Church (Naperville, IL) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN) serving in weekend service, arts, and senior leadership roles. He now serves full time as part of the Unstuck team and lives with his wife and 5 kids in Granger, IN.

Shany Cardenas

Shany Cardenas

Shany is our Client Experience Coordinator. She’s a pastor’s wife, mother of three, and a Miami native. She and her husband serve at Christ Fellowship Miami. They love and champion the local church and have been in vocational ministry for 12 years.

Tiffany Deluccia

Tiffany Deluccia

Tiffany is our Director of Sales & Marketing. She graduated from Clemson University, and before joining The Unstuck Group, worked in public relations with major national retail brands, nonprofits and churches on content creation, strategic planning, communication consulting, social media and media relations.

Tony Morgan

Tony Morgan

Tony is the Founder and Lead Strategist of The Unstuck Group. Started in 2009, The Unstuck Group has served 500 churches throughout the United States and several countries around the world.

Previously, Tony served on the senior leadership teams of three rapidly growing churches including NewSpring Church in South Carolina. He has five published books including, The Unstuck Church, and, with Amy Anderson, he hosts The Unstuck Church Podcast which has thousands of listeners each month.

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Tracey Bianchi

Tracey Bianchi

Tracey Bianchi serves as the Adult Ministries Pastor at Christ Church, a multi-campus church located in the Chicagoland area where she is a member of the pastoral and preaching team. Tracey also serves as an adjunct professor at Northern Seminary where she teaches preaching and worship courses. She serves on the Board of Trustees at Denver Seminary and is pursuing a doctoral degree at Duke Divinity School.

Tracey and her husband Joel have three teenage children and live in the Chicago suburbs.

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Vicki Gray

Vicki Gray

Derwin and Vicki Gray have been married 30 years and have two adult children. They met and got married at BYU, where Derwin played football and Vicki threw the javelin. They are the founders of Transformation Church (TC). Launched in 2010, TC is a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped church near Charlotte, NC. Derwin is the Lead Pastor while Vicki is the Executive Director over Spiritual Formation and Staff Development. A former NFL player of six years (Colts and Panthers), Derwin received his doctorate at Northern Seminary and he is the author of several books, including  How to Heal Our Racial Divide and his bestseller The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness. Vicki is currently in graduate school at Wheaton College pursuing an MA in Ministry Leadership.