Our Team

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Rob Lauer

Founder & President

rob@agorasearchgroup.com

Rob brings nearly 30 years of consulting and recruiting experience, a unique 4 phase process, and a broad variety of professional backgrounds into his role as President of AGORA. He founded it in 2000 out of his personal desire to bring a more relational approach to the executive search process, rather than a transactional one that continued to frustrate him, his clients, and his candidates. 

Malcolm Schaad

Vice President of Operations & Recruiting

malcolm@agorasearchgroup.com

For over 20 years, Malcolm has been serving the church in senior leader roles. He served as an Executive Pastor, Community Pastor, and Lead Pastor. During the last 5 years, he was part of the leadership team at Outreach, Inc. Malcolm’s experience in recruiting, marketing, and communications helps fuel his passion to fill high level leader roles within the local church and Christian organizations. Malcolm has been married to his wife, Rebecca, for 24 years. They have three wonderful kids, Emily, Andrew, Olivia and a spoiled Golden-doodle named Honey. 

 

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Ryan Church

Vice President of Ministry Relationships

ryan@agorasearchgroup.com

Ryan is a seasoned consultant that bring nearly 20 years of experience in working with churches and non-profit organizations. Much of his career has been spent in pastoral ministry. Ryan is passionate about the local church and desires to help churches and organizations change at the right speed to meet the needs of the community as they unceasingly serve God.

 

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Ted Miller

Vice President of Ministry Relationships

ted@agorasearchgroup.com

For the past 25 years Ted has been involved in church leadership roles in Arkansas, California, Colorado and Oklahoma. This diversity of experience allows Ted to serve organizations and help them identify the leader that is the right fit for their needs and dreams. Ted has been married to Tami for 25 years, and together they have 3 children. Ted is excited and honored to serve with AGORA so that God’s Kingdom will continue to grow.

 

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Tom Tunnicliff
Senior Director of Ministry Relationships
tom@agorasearchgroup.com

For over 30 years Tom has served in multiple church and seminary leadership roles. As a former architect, he brings a designer's mindset to the pastoral search process. Having also served in intentional interim pastor roles, Tom has a sensitivity to the unique needs of churches in transition. He holds an EdD in Educational Leadership and continues to teach as an adjunct professor.  He and his wife Kirsten love to mountain bike and have three adult children and three grandchildren.

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Arbra brings over 25 years of leadership experience to AGORA, spanning the Church, non-profit, and academics. His unique ability to develop people and networks fostering community serves as an asset in the executive search process. Arbra has a passion for God, people, creation, and the Church. During the last five years, he served as the National Director of African American Relations at Compassion International. Arbra and his wife, Helena, have three adult children. He enjoys listening to jazz, watching sports, and Friday night movie nights with the family.

Doug Stevens
Senior Director of Ministry Relationships
doug@agorasearchgroup.com

Doug has served as a senior pastor and a youth pastor in the San Francisco Bay Area, and seven times as a transitional pastor in California, Arizona, Kansas and Texas. He has led two parachurch ministries that provide coaching and consulting to churches in different denominations and cultural settings, as well as to non-profits, schools and businesses across the country. Doug is a graduate of Cal Berkeley and Fuller Seminary, and has taught at the college and graduate levels. He now lives with his wife in Austin, and is blessed to have all of his adult children and grandchildren living nearby. Doug is committed to identifying and developing high-capacity leaders who are catalysts for ministry ventures in this challenging season. He is a people-lover, culture-watcher, mountain bike rider and avid world explorer

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Tuck Bartholomew
Senior Director of Ministry Relationships

 

Tuck brings 30 years of church leadership experience to his work with AGORA. He has planted and led a church for the last 14 years, and served on the executive staff teams of churches in New York, Virginia and South Carolina. Tuck is a seasoned mentor of pastors and desires to help churches find and develop leaders for the next generation. He holds a PhD in Sociology and has taught in several seminary programs. He and his wife Stacy have three adult children. 

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Brent Libby
Chief of Staff
brent@agorasearchgroup.com

Brent brings many years of relationship management experience to his role at AGORA. He is passionate about helping people find the work they are called to do. Brent worked in supply chain management for Intel Corporation and Compassion International. Outside of AGORA, Brent keeps busy with ski patrol, white-water rafting and helping friends and family with real estate. Brent and Lisa have been married over 30 years, raising five children – Megan, Chase, Tatum, Christopher and Anthony – as well as an extended family that includes many USAF Academy cadets. Brent is honored to be a part of the AGORA team! 

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Gina Smits
Administrative Assistant
gina@agorasearchgroup.com

Gina has a been supporting AGORA's searches for over three years. She makes sure our recruiters have the tools and support they need to exceed our client's expectations. Gina and her husband Jason have three biological children and two through international adoption. She manages keeping up with all five kids and all of us at AGORA without breaking a sweat.