In a society where Christian living is less than popular, the concept of growing a church is simply "AUDACIOUS"! With the daily increasing number of ministers walking away from pulpits across the globe, more than prayer is needed to support those who have answered the call to carry the Gospel. Today, there MUST be STRATEGY!
We believe it. That's why we named it: Your Church CAN Grow! Not might; not maybe; but CAN! Our professional endeavor is to find, expose, and develop potential: in leaders, in congregations, and in communities. And we don't just talk the talk, we walk the walk. Our concepts and innovations have been designed and tested through years of practical experience in planting and rehabilitating churches. Now, we're offering these lessons and resources to provide
leadership and support for churches, ministries, universities and non-profit organizations. From our perspective, we've learned some hard lessons so you don't have to!
A creative professional, Roderick J. Stevenson, affectionately known as "RJ", has emerged as a trailblazer in music, media, and ministry. Offering fresh perspectives on ministry innovation, he is often invited to serve as a preacher, speaker or workshop clinician at various conferences throughout the US. RJ has pastored successfully in both denominational and non-denominational contexts and launched successful church plants in both Raleigh, NC and Conway, AR.
He is currently a Guest Instructor for Palmer Theological Seminary at Eastern University leading a 7-week intensive course of study entitled, "Online Ministry Tools"! This class is preparing participants to do ministry in the digital age! He is also in the beta-testing stages of "The Kreative Church", an interactive ministry model and working with Virginia Theological Seminary to develop, "Faith-Filled Families", a Lilly Foundation funded program!
As the Kreative Director of "My Church Can Grow", he has extended his reach beyond providing marketing and design solutions to empowering churches and ministries to stretch toward their potential. He currently resides in Tampa, FL.
Rev. Dr. Christal L. Bell – known as Rev. Dr. Christal – is a preacher, public speaker, Christian educator, writer, and chaplain.
She is the founder of Uplifted LLC, a consulting practice that specializes in spiritual formation and spiritual care. Ordained an Itinerant Elder in the AME Church, Rev. Dr. Christal currently serves as the Director of Christian Education for the Fourth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church which includes Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Canada, and India.
Dr. Christal serves as a Pediatric Chaplain at Advocate Children’s Hospital of Chicago where she provides not only spiritual care but leadership in the areas of grief and bereavement for families. Her passion for teaching and learning carries over in the classroom as an Adjunct Professor at McCormick Theological Seminary.
Dr. Christal has also excelled academically having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/Television from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, a Master of Divinity specializing in Youth Ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Payne Theological Seminary.
Dr. Christal is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid, Leadership Coaching, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Angela Marks is a passionate children’s ministry leader with 12 years of experience serving in various churches and ministries. She resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina where she has yielded to the call of reaching young people inside and outside the walls of the church. Angela is Holy Spirit filled and believes that young people "Do not have a junior Holy Spirit!" She is dedicated to seeing young people taught, equipped and released to operate in their spiritual gifts. Angela founded With His Hands Puppets in 2009, which produced Christian, educational and themed puppet shows. She has traveled and performed over 100 puppet musicals and skits.
Angela travels across states, training children ministry leaders and youth leaders on how to disciple and equip this generation. Angela ministers at various churches, children revivals, youth conferences and on multiple virtual platforms. She is a Virtual Bible Teacher for Root Bible Academy and co-contributor as a content creator for The Bitmoji Church and is the media contributor to the AME Zion Church School Literature Department for the Beginner and Primary Curriculum where she served as co-writer since 2017. Angela is dedicated to partnering with parents in teaching children the word of God and experiencing his presence.
Angela has taught various workshops and breakout sessions from KidzMatter Mega-Con in Nashville, TN to serving children as an evangelist alongside Pastor Ricardo Miller at the 2021 Morris Cerullo Conference in San Diego, CA., and as a virtual kids minister of Apostle Ryan LeStrange Midweek GROAN, just to name a few. Angela has appeared on many virtual conferences and live webinars as a guest speaker. Angela has written two published articles and is in the process of publishing her first children's book.
God has given Angela a vision to connect with community organizations and ministries to see God's Kingdom grow using the gifts. With His Hands Outreach is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. He has given her to show His Glory and making an impact in the world.
knowing your purpose in life,
growing to reach your maximum potential, and
sowing seeds that benefit others.”
― John C. Maxwell
Here's what they've said about us...
Rev. Shonda Gladden
Pastor, St. Paul AME Church
"The Your Church Can Grow Session" led by Rev. RJ was jam-packed with informative and innovative content. In addition to the practical resources he shared, his candid and lighted approach was disarming and moved the entire audience to truly believe in our capacity to grow. I could not wait to return to our congregation to begin implementing the ideas he shared. Although it's only been a month since I participated in his session, we are seeing fruit - we just read-in four new members! I'm not suggesting this workshop was the sole reason for the growth; but I truly believe that applying what we learned in [the] session has contributed to how our congregation has been convinced that our church can indeed grow!"
Rev. Gregory C. Nettles
Pastor, Bethel AME Church
"The anointed and excellence in spirit and truth which comes through the teaching is outstanding and relevant to the times in which we live, work, and play.
It speaks to the multiple generations in the church and allows the Spirit of God to direct the flow of the teaching. I would strongly recommend any serious clergy leader to open your congregation and leaders to receive and then to become doers, as well as hearers."
Rev. Dr. Christal L. Bell
Director of Christian Education
4th Episcopal District AMEC
"This is NOT your typical church growth workshop! The Your Church Can Grow experience provides interactive and innovative insights on church growth and development! Their approach, utilizing practical tools and skills, is a fresh way to re-imagine evangelism in the local church and beyond. The engaging session allows participants to leave with "take-aways" and tools to truly help your church grow!"