Meet the Team

Mike Flink

Executive Director

Mike loves to listen to ministry leaders and help them reach the dreams that God has given them for their ministries. Having grown up in China, Mike is passionate about diversity and creativity both in people and in thinking. He loves to use his keen listening ear to understand the struggles his clients face and enjoys the challenge of working with multiple stakeholders (executive leadership, board, staff, etc.) to bring creative solutions that maximize Kingdom impact.

Prior to coming to Ministry Ventures, Mike spent nearly ten years in the financial services industry as a Financial Planner and Wealth Manager, the last six of which were with Ronald Blue Trust. Mike is an active member of The Church at Brook Hills. In his spare time he enjoys playing tennis. Mike resides in Birmingham with his wife Christine and children Madison, Miles, and Morgan.

Arnold Kimmons

Director of Operations and Finance

After more than thirty years as a sales and marketing executive, Arnold left the corporate world to join Ministry Ventures as Vice President of Strategic Development. Based in Greenville, South Carolina, he equips nonprofit leaders to strengthen their organizations and develop their leadership skills. He also leads the business development process for Ministry Ventures and recruits new coaches to join the MV team in strategic US cities. His Vision is for all ministry leaders to be equipped for service and working in unison to build up the body of Christ. (Eph. 4:12-13)

Arnold’s partner in this and all ventures is his wife Kristie. Her main role is support and encouragement, and she assists with many of the administrative tasks necessary to support their ministry. She is active in Bible studies and ministry to single moms through their church. They have two grown children, Rebecca and Andrew, and a daughter-in-law Allison.

Their Mission is: To help the people who help people

Beth Bennett

Director of Coaching

Beth is passionate about helping ministry leaders enjoy God and enjoy leading their causes. She helps them create systems and rhythms for maximum kingdom impact as they steward their own lives, their mission, their people and their resources.

Beth is a certified Life Coach with Christian Coaches Institute and a graduate of Central Michigan University. She has been coaching and mentoring for over 30 years as a licensed minister, pastoral counselor, leadership coach, and retreat leader, while currently working on her certification as a Spiritual Director with the School of Sustainable Faith.  She is an active board member of Perspective Ministries and coaches women at North Point Community Church.  Beth lives in Alpharetta, GA with her wonderful husband and family. You can visit her blog at www.bethbennett.org.

Melodie Stoligrosz

Ministry Coach

Melodie has served in ministry for over 25 years, both in para-ministry and the church. She enjoys assisting ministries to further develop a “business mind” with a “ministry heart” to serve their community in ways that glorify the Lord and impact the kingdom. She loves to use her god given coaching and consulting gifts to help ministry leaders go above and beyond and reach their full potential.

Prior to coming on to Ministry Ventures, Melodie spent the last two years serving at the National Christian Foundation South Florida as the Director of Ministry Services, and prior to NCFSF, 16 years on staff at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale.

Melodie has a strong passion for the unborn and helping others see God’s perfect plan for their lives. She has been involved with HIS Caring Place, a crisis pregnancy ministry, serving three years as a house parent, and has been an active volunteer for the past 15 plus years. She resides in Deerfield Beach, Florida with her husband Michael and is the proud mom of her daughter, Jodi, son in-law Nick, and grandbaby Steven Michael.

Cindy McDaniel

Ministry Coach

Cindy’s heart’s desire is to develop ministry leaders who dream big and achieve even more than they imagine. Her gifts of encouragement and mercy make her a natural coach, especially in the world of pregnancy resource centers. This is where she ministered for 22 years, first as a volunteer, then a staff counselor, and then over 19 years as executive director. She walked the road of guiding a small PRC from mission drift and financial struggle to being an effective, healthy, innovative center, which continually found new ways to bring God’s truth and love to each unique client situation. She is convinced that God’s heart is to equip the often-under-valued PRCs to be the thriving, eternal impact ministries that their communities need them to be.

Jason Leming

Online Fundraising & Technology Coach

Jason is passionate about helping ministries develop and implement fundraising strategies for their organizations through the use of technology. With over 20 years of ministry and nonprofit experience, he has worked with large and small organizations to develop custom strategies tailored for their specific fundraising and technology needs.

Jason resides in Johns Creek, Ga with with is wife Sarah, and their 3 (soon to be 4) children, Rebekah, Micah, and Eliana. He attends Passion City Church where he works on the IT Team.

Michael Johnson

Coach and Regional Consultant

Michael Johnson gets fired up about connecting with every type of person. In particular, he loves to connect with ministry leaders, learning their stories and equipping them to make a greater impact for Christ. His 21+ years in ministry, business, and education have prepared him to do just that.

Early in life, Michael’s parents instilled in him dual passions for God’s Word and travel. After high school, he attended Capernwray, a Bible school in England. Following that formative year, Michael immensely enjoyed a month long trip to Israel, and regularly revisits those memories with his children. After seeing the world, Michael “buckled down” and completed his Bachelor’s degree in education from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Even better than a degree, it was here Michael met and married the love of his life, Nancy. As partners for the gospel in the truest sense of the word, they heard God’s call to enter full-time ministry. God used a small group Bible study, hours of prayer, and the wise counsel of many Godly servants, positioning them to cast vision for two Community Bible Study classes and a Youth for Christ chapter in their small Minnesota community. For 12 years, Michael served as Executive Director of Martin County Youth for Christ. During that time he pioneered a thriving ministry, aided by a strong focus on Board Development, Ministry Model, and Fundraising. He launched an innovative year-end capital campaign that is still in use today. The work that God continues to do in that community gives Michael and his family great joy.

As of July 2013, Michael and his family call Colorado Springs their home. Michael and his family attend Woodmen Valley Chapel and are privileged to serve on the National Team for Community Bible Study (as volunteers). Each Tuesday evening, Michael can be found leading a college-aged core group for a Colorado Springs Community Bible Study class. He enjoys reading, hiking and exploring the great state of Colorado with his family. Even with a lifetime of ministry to kids of all kinds, he still considers being called Dad the highest of callings. Danica, Andrew, Josiah and Lauren Johnson make that calling a reality.

Emily Fitchpatrick

Director of Client Services and Coach

Emily Fitchpatrick is the Co-Founder of Flagship Equip, based out of Florida. Flagship Equip offers leadership coaching, consulting, and specialized programs to provide faith based leaders with rest and renewal. Prior to launching Flagship Equip in 2016, Emily spent 10 years as Founder and Executive Director of an anti-trafficking organization serving sexually exploited teen girls. Her work in the fight against human trafficking has been featured in Christianity Today magazine, CBN’s 700 Club, and other media outlets. She has presented to members of Congress in Washington D.C., and received numerous awards including a community leadership award from former FBI Director Robert Mueller. She was a founding member of the NC Governor’s Human Trafficking Commission and an expert speaker with the U.S. Department of State International Information Program.

Emily has a degree in Hospitality Management and has worked for companies such as Marriott, Hilton, and the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove. Most importantly, Emily is the mother of two children. She and her husband Josh live in Ocala, FL and homeschool their two children.

Stuart Wallace

Finance Support Specialist

When it comes to keeping the team up to date with details, Stuart Wallace is our man. His can-do attitude allows him to play an integral role in both program and operational details. We’re grateful to have him on the team part-time as he pursues a degree in accounting.

Andrew Jones

Research Analyst

Originally from Roswell, Georgia, Andrew studied History at Wheaton College before heading to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary to study Church History. After living in Scotland of three years, he’s currently back home wrapping up his PhD from the University of Edinburgh. He and his wife, Margaret Rose, live in Woodstock, Georgia with their son, Knox (4 months).

Andrew loves to converge his academic experience in research and writing with the creativity and real-world impact afforded by his role at Ministry Ventures.

Taylor Finley

Program Support Guide

Taylor is from Marietta, Georgia where he has lived most of his life. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. degree in Telecommunication Arts in May of 2011. After college he began to work as a freelance video producer but felt the call to youth ministry. In 2013 began work on his Masters of Divinity from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Always wanting to be learning new things, Taylor enjoys studying everything from languages to electric circuits and can quite easily lose track of time when reading wikipedia.com. When not working or studying, Taylor can be found playing his guitar, looking at photography blogs, researching new video equipment, cooking or binge watching Netflix, often all at once. Without hesitation Taylor is always ready for an adventure and trying new things.

Taylor also serves his home church in Marietta in both the youth ministry and as Technical Director over the worship services.

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