Why Stadia?

We want more people to know Jesus. We’ll help you start a thriving church, no matter where you’re at in the journey.


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Our time together was so valuable! We’re already looking forward to next year.

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We always want to know how we can serve you better. Your experience and perspective is valuable to us.

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Whether you want to explore church planting or learn more about how you can partner with Stadia, we’d love to talk! Click below to email Ashley Stegeman, our Director of Church Relationships. You may have met her during a workshop!

Workshop Recaps

Session Notes & Summaries Provide by Church.Tech

Workshop 1: How Can My Church Raise Up The Next Generation of Church Leaders?

Speakers: Jeff Bennett & Sean Sears

Workshop 2: What Kind of Leaders Plant Thriving, Growing, Multiplying Churches?

Speakers: Heidy Tandy, Joshua Chavez, Sam Chacko, Betsy Spring

Workshop 3: How Do You Shift From “I” to “We” to Plant a Church With a Thriving Team?

Speakers: Janie Mehaffey, Matt Murphy, Sergio and Beatriz Torres, Brian Hofmeister

Workshop 4: How Do You Start a Church That Actually Grows and Multiplies?

Speakers: Tim Celek, Sergio and Beatriz Torres, Rob Davis


For Preconference Sessions & Workshops

Sean Sears

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Sean and his wife, Billie, started Grace Church in 2005 with a couple of their spiritually disconnected neighbors and 3 college students. It took four years to reach 100 people, but then they began to grow rapidly. Grace is now in four locations, has sent out 9 church plants since 2009, and baptized more than 1,200 people in the Boston metro area. They just sent out their latest planting resident and are now interviewing for their next one.

Heidy Tandy

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Heidy Tandy serves as the Senior Director of Discovery for Stadia. Through her experiences in 18 years in higher education and church leadership, Heidy helps guide leaders to discern, in the context of community, their calling, competencies, readiness and role in starting a new church. She also is passionate about empowering women to thrive on the journey of starting a new church. Heidy has been married to her husband Josh for 17 years and they have 2 rambunctious and awesome children.

Joshua Chavez

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Joshua Chavez serves as West Regional Director for Stadia and as a pastor of Revive Church, a rapidly growing multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi–site church in Los Angeles, CA. Joshua has also served as a traveling Worship Leader and has led worship nationwide with organizations such as Promise Keepers, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Urban Youth Workers Institute, Maranatha Music, and others. Joshua is passionate about serving the local church. He is dedicated to partnering with local churches, church planters, and church planting teams to strengthen and train them in creating healthy Gospel-Centered, Community Engaging, Kingdom Advancing Churches and Ministries. Joshua his wife Noemi and two boys live in Long Beach, CA. They are passionate Jesus freaks and live on mission to make Jesus more famous everywhere they go.

Beatriz Torres

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Beatriz Torres, together with her husband Sergio, planted SOMOS Church in El Paso, Texas. (www.somoschurch.cc). In addition to pastoring, Beatriz is the founder of “SOMOS Girl,” a women’s organization committed to empowering women of all ages and backgrounds. Beyond her impactful work, she cherishes her role as a loving mother to three children and as a devoted wife to Sergio. 

Sergio Torres

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Sergio Torres is the lead pastor at Somos Church (www.somoschurch.cc) Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Juárez, Mexico, Sergio brings a unique perspective to his role. Beyond his dedication to the church, he is a loving husband to Beatriz and a proud father of three wonderful children. Sergio is passionate about building a multicultural and multigenerational church that reaches those who are far from God.

Rob Davis

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Rob is the planter and lead pastor of Living Branch Church, a growing and multiplying church in Vail, AZ. As a pastor for over 20 years, Rob has experience working with students, leading cross-cultural mission trips, serving individuals and families impacted by disabilities, and church planting. Rob has a deep passion and commitment to reaching those who are unchurched and far from Jesus. Since launching Living Branch Church (LBC) in Vail, LBC has experienced exponential growth, and seen many who are far from Jesus, turn toward Jesus. Rob and Kendrah’s daughter Hadleigh lives with Autism, which God has used in powerful ways to connect many to the church who are otherwise isolated in the disability community.


Tim Celek

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Tim Celek lives in Costa Mesa, CA with his wife of 40+ years, Sue. In 1988, Tim planted The Crossing Church, and over 30 years had the opportunity to see the Crossing grow, reflect, and impact the coastal community of Orange County. On the church’s 30th birthday, Tim intentionally handed off leadership of The Crossing Church. During Tim’s tenure, The Crossing Church resourced 5 new churches, which makes Tim’s role of Senior Director of New Church Growth with Stadia (www.stadia.org) the perfect fit for this Harley-loving church planter. Tim enjoys sailboat racing, and when he isn’t on boats or motorcycles, he loves to spend time biking and building Legos with his grandsons (and their moms, who happen to be Tim’s daughters.)


Jeff Bennett

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Jeff’ is Stadia’s VP of Church Multiplication. He focuses on increasing Stadia’s capacity to make a greater impact in U.S. church planting. He has partnered in planting churches in Georgia, across the U.S. and globally. Jeff lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Madison and Macy.

Matt Murphy

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Matt serves as Stadia’s Chief Operating Officer. He lives in North Beach, MD and is married to Becky Murphy with two kids, Ariella & Rex, and one dog: Ravenclaw. Matt has been a part of four church plants in the DC/Baltimore metro area. Matt was previously the Executive Pastor for Revolution Church in Annapolis, MD, and before that, was the Project Manager for the Siemens Center for Applied Medical Imaging MRI R&D group at Johns Hopkins University.

Betsy Spring

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Betsy Spring is a teacher, speaker, singer, songwriter, musician, consultant, advocate, and carrier of Good News! She believes that every person has a unique community where their gifts and talents are discovered, cultivated, and then implemented to create space for others.

She loves to encourage and work with youth and young adults who have a passion or desire to create through the arts, where they learn discipline, practice, creativity, and develop community.

Betsy also thrives in creating community with women at various stages of life, professionally, academically, financially, and spiritually.

Sam Chacko

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Sam Chacko serves as a Startup Coach at Stadia as well as the Lead Pastor at LOFT City Church in Richardson, TX. He helped plant the church in 2011 and has seen the church become a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural church community. Sam is a second-generation Indian American and a third-generation pastor. He’s also been a bi-vocational church planter, having served 15 years on staff at Marketplace Ministries. Church planting is something near and dear to Sam and his family. He has a heart to see more minority-led multi-ethnic church plants and to see bi-vocational pastors flourish in ministry.