Professional Services Manager
AJ graduated with a BS in Management Science from UCSD and received his MBA from Ashford University. He is passionate about helping ministries connect with people through the use of technology. Prior to coming to MonkDev he served as a Church Communication Director for a large church in San Diego. He also enjoys taking photographs and traveling with his wife Jennifer.
Customer Service Manager
Amanda grew up in San Diego and moved to Azusa Pacific University in order to receive a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. When she moved back to San Diego in 2014, Amanda worked at a local church camp facilitating a high ropes course and running summer camps. When not working, Amanda can be found hiking around Mission Trails, reading all sorts of books, and volunteering with her church youth group and tech team.
Ashley was born in St. Louis Missouri, matured in Austin Texas, and now lives in Chicago, IL. With a B.A. in church communications, Ashley works with designers, developers, admins, and pastors to create communicate strategies. When Chicago weather becomes unbearable, Ashley enjoys new cities and finding the quintessential cup of black coffee.
Carl graduated from Bethel Seminary with a Masters in Theological Studies and he has a Bachelors of Science from Carson Newman College in Economics. He is passionate about partnering with pastors and church leaders and helping them to expand their reach and more effectively communicate their message. He now lives in Nashville Tn with his wife Jamie and two daughters (Spencer Rose and Evelyn). When he is not reading Curious George or watching Moana you can find him studying his Bible or getting tapped out on the Jiu Jitsu mats.
Sr. Full Stack Web Developer
Cary has been involved with church and ministry web design and development for over a decade. His experience includes that of an IT/Web manager for a large church, a church planting pastor, and being the owner of a small web design/development company specializing in church websites. Cary is passionate about helping churches use the internet to engage their congregations, their cities and their culture. Cary and his wife Staci have five kids, two horses, two geese, a duck, a chicken, and an occasional rehabilitating cottontail… When not behind a computer or hanging out with his family you might find Cary acting, singing, and dancing in a local community theater production.
Janis is an artist, graphic designer and photographer. With more than seven years of experience in the graphic design industry, Janis certainly knows her stuff. Beginning her career in the advertising field, she teamed up with SKO Design Lab and Catalyst, with whom she developed her eye for immaculate graphic design. She now works as a graphic designer for faithHighway where she puts her flair for design—and her enthusiasm for what she does—to work for our clients.
Jenn has been professionally designing since 2010. She specializes in responsive web design for churches. She received her BA in Graphic Design from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2010. When Jenn is not creating at work, she is likely enjoying San Diego trails on a run, hike or ride with her husband, Jesse.
Prior to joining Ministry Brands, Kirsten worked in the marketing industry in various roles within Business Development, Sales, and Account Management. Kirsten grew up in the church as her dad served in the ministry for over 40 years. She's excited about the opportunity to combine her professional work with her faith! Outside of work, Kirsten loves spending time with her family/friends outside of Minneapolis, MN, and attending the various activities her children participate in.
Kristine grew up in the Dallas area most of her young life. She's originally from Tampa, Florida and has lived in four different countries. She found her way to Tulsa, Oklahoma by way of Oral Roberts University receiving her BS in Graphic Design and meeting and marrying her husband, Rich. She later found her way to earning her Masters Degree in marketing and discovered a love of working in technology and design. When she's not nerding out about Mac products, design (of all kinds), and finding ways to help people's daily lives be a bit easier through User Experience Design and Research, she is out discovering new parks, restaurants, and coffee shops. She speaks conversational German and is working on her Spanish skills.
Krysti was born and raised in Los Angeles, which means she's a Dodger fan by birth and uses "the" in front of freeway names. She found herself in San Diego for college and, besides a few stints in Malawi, has found it difficult to leave. During her time at various non-profits, she's developed a passion for using her talents to make organizations, systems, and teams more effective - and hopefully the world a little better. She can usually be found reading and writing in a coffee shop on the weekends.
Lance lives in Caldwell, Idaho with his wife and 2 daughters (11 and 9). The family loves to take road trips and visit family, as well as stop at national parks and amusement parks. Lance has been involved with web design and development in some way since 1998, and professionally since 2006. He graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2011 with a BS in IT with a Web Development emphasis. In his free time, Lance likes board sports, such as skateboarding, snowboarding, and wakeboarding. He also enjoy swimming, hiking, and ping pong.
Director of Customer Experience
Martha graduated from George Mason University in 2005 and 2007 with Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the Music and Arts field. Before beginning to work with churches and ministries, Martha served as a development associate at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, DC helping to raise funds for a building presence for USIP on the National Mall. Once that building broke ground, Martha turned her focus back to her true passion which is helping churches and ministries make their vision a reality through online ministry, that journey led her across the country eight years later to San Diego, where she much prefers the never-ending sunshine to the erratic temps of the Mid Atlantic. When Martha is not at work she can be found getting to know the West Coast better, making music, and on the quest for the perfect cup of coffee.
Michelle was born and raised in northern California. She has been involved in ministry for over a decade and has a passion for people wherever she is. On the weekends she can be found baking, reading and spending time with her spunky daughter/partner in crime, 4 year old Ella.
Senior Project Manager
Mikkele (pronounced Mik-kel) Hill has lived in San Diego for 5 years with her wonderful husband and two cats. She likes telling stories, learning new words, and doing puzzles. She loves traveling and also trying new forms of transportation. She has crossed lots of weird ways to travel off her bucket list, but can’t seem to find a blimp to go up in, so if you know of a connection please tell her!
Nat is a 3rd generation San Diego native. He has received an MA in Ministry Practice with an emphasis in Missional Leadership from Bethel Seminary and his BA in Communications with an emphasis in Entertainment Studies from Cal State Fullerton. Nat has a passion for helping people and organizations manage logistics, navigate new territory, and streamline their processes, all in order to better fulfill their mission. Outside of work, Nat loves spending time with his wife, Lizzie, surfing, listening to podcasts, and playing board games.
Scott graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a degree in Information Systems. After working several years for BNSF Railway in various IT departments he started a successful web development business that led to a passion for building church websites. Scott lives in Prosper, Texas and with his wife, Lisa, and three children, Kailey, Abigail and Asher.
Shannon lives in Helotes, TX with her two sons, Noah and Luke. She was born and raised in Texas, where she also stayed for college, studying English and Psychology. She’s a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan and can occasionally be caught referring to a group of people as “y’all.” When she isn’t chasing around two adorable little boys, she can usually be found reading, writing or enjoying time outdoors. Shannon is zealous about helping churches to grow in that amazing place where business and technology meet, and loves helping to solve big challenges. Shannon is a passionate advocates for orphan ministries, and she and her husband were previously foster parents.
Skyler is a San Diego native, who spent time in Los Angeles for College. Skyler has been creating websites since 2005 and has also been involved with a range of ministries revolving around Youth and Children; Both within the church as well as outside youth organizations. On the weekends Skyler can be found enjoying all that San Diego has to offer.
Thought Leader / Bookend
The Monk began his career as a tree. Later in life, he was chopped down and whittled into his current shape to represent St. Francis. At the Monk office his job is to remind us of our service to so many churches and great causes. He likes keeping doors open, preventing papers from flying out of place, and generally making rooms brighter.