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.

Why Stadia?

We want more people in the world to know Jesus. We believe new churches are the most effective way to make that happen.


Stadia at Exponential

It’s our favorite time of the year! Join us in Orlando, Florida, March 4-7, 2024 at Exponential — the worlds largest church planting conference!

Network & Connect

Meet Stadia’s team, partners, other new-church leaders, and hundreds of ministry leaders while hearing from noteworthy speakers. Throughout the conference, you’ll have time to network, connect, find like-minded community, and be encouraged by people who just “get it”.

Children singing and dancing in Kids Ministry at a church

Learn & Discuss

Maximize your schedule by attending preconference sessions and workshops hosted by Stadia! 

Conference Schedule


11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Registration Opens for Pre-Conference Attendees

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch/Networking

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Pre-Conference Sessions


8:00 – 11:30 AM Pre-Conference Sessions

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Registration Opens for Main Conference

12:30 – 2:00 PM Main Session 1

2:00 – 2:30 PM Break

2:30 – 3:30 PM Workshop 1: How Can My Church Raise Up the Next Generation of Church Leaders?

3:30 – 4:00 PM Break

4:00 – 5:30 PM Main Session 2

7:30 PM Stadia Pool Hang at the Rosen Plaza Hotel Pool


7:30 – 8:15 AM Bible Study

8:45 – 9:45 AM Workshop 2: What Kind of Leaders Plant Thriving, Growing, and Multiplying Churches?

9:45 – 10:15 AM Break

10:15 – 11:45 AM Main Session 3

11:45 AM – 2:00 PM Lunch / Networking Lunches

2:00 – 2:30 PM Break

2:30 – 3:30 PM Workshop 3: How do you Shift from “I” to “WE” to Plant A Church with a Thriving Team?

3:30 – 4:00 PM Break

4:00 – 5:30 PM Main Session 4


7:30 – 8:15 AM Bible Study

8:45 – 9:45 AM Workshop 4: How Do You Start a Church that Actually GROWS and MULTIPLIES?

9:45 – 10:15 AM Break

10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Main Session 5


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.)

Courtney Wright

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With a degree in business, Courtney spent almost 30 years in corporate America and has held many officer and managerial-level positions. She worked for a Fortune 100 company, for 26 years and for a Georgia-based domestic insurance company, where she held the positions of Vice President of Sales and President for several years. Her list of accomplishments is numerous and her performance stellar, in her field.  She was ranked in the top 2% of all Managers and Leaders for over 20 years.

After much deliberation, Courtney made the pivotal decision to leave corporate America to work with her husband in their family-owned business, the Wright Financial Group, LLC as a licensed Principal, Stockbroker, and Financial Advisor. The Wright Financial Group offers financial counseling, retirement planning, and investment advising to consumers and small to mid-size corporations.

Courtney has always served in ministry, in her local church. In 2012, Courtney began to follow her life’s purpose and became the Pastor of Apostolic Ministries at Word of Faith Family Worship Cathedral and the Chief Operating Officer of Christian Alliance of Pastors, Inc. (CAP).  In this capacity, she is responsible for providing strategic oversight and creating organizational programming and structure for CAP which supports Church Planters and incumbent Pastors of churches. She is the Dean of the Dale C. Bronner Institute of Ministry and Leadership Development, which provides theological and spiritual formation education to Pastors, Ministers, and Church Leaders. She is also a Certified Life-forming Leadership Coach, who does Executive Coaching with selected clients.

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.


MONDAY 4/4 @ 12:30-5:00 PM  and  TUESDAY 4/5 @ 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Stadia’s 2024 pre-conference schedule features four sessions designed to help you start and multiply thriving and growing churches for the next generation. Learn from experienced Kingdom workers and church leaders who Stadia has the honor of serving and collaborating with.


Stadia’s 2024 Exponential Workshops

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

TUESDAY 4/5 @ 2:30 to 3:30 PM

Speakers: Jeff Bennett & Sean Sears

Right now, there are potential church planters within your church. What can you be doing to identify, inspire, and develop them? Come learn from the experiences of Stadia partner organizations like Christian Alliance of Pastors and Grace Church, Boston, that have created proven systems for raising up and multiplying new-church leaders.

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

WEDNESDAY 4/6 @ 8:45 to 9:45 AM

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

With decades of experience helping planters explore their calling to plant churches, this panel of experts will guide you through the core competencies to look for when identifying a church planter.

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

WEDNESDAY 4/6 @ 2:30 to 3:30 PM

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

The odds of a church growing and multiplying increase when the church is started with a team approach. But building that team requires discernment and intentionality far beyond bringing together an inspired group of people. Hear stories about thriving teams and learn from their strategies and struggles from Stadia-supported church planters.

Workshop 4: How Do You Start a Church That Actually GROWS and MULTIPLIES?

THURSDAY 4/7 @ 8:45 to 9:45 AM

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

New churches have the highest potential to reach people far from God. So how do you start churches that are focused on leaving the “99” to go after the “one”? Hear inspiring stories about life-changing churches and gain practical strategies for starting that kind of church.

Let’s Get Together!

This year, we’re not hosting formal ticketed events. We will, however, still find time for a few casual get-togethers throughout the week, so find us at Exponential for the full scoop or contact us!

Join us on Tuesday evening 4/5 at 7:30 PM around the pool at The Rosen Plaza Hotel!