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Our Team

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Rob Lauer

Founder & President

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

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 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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Tom Tunnicliff

Senior Director of Ministry Relationships

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.


Arbra Bailey

Senior Director of Ministry Relationships

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 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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Mark MacKay

Senior Director of Ministry Relationships

With over 40 years of Christian-educational experience as an administrator, teacher, and coach, Mark is driven to train and inspire servant leaders for Christ.  He is a graduate of San Diego State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Leadership.  God has richly blessed Mark through his wife, Sandra, their three children, and nine grandchildren.  His greatest desire is to build relationships that reflect a passion for Christ and effective leadership.


Steve Alderete

Senior Director of Ministry Relationships

For the past 35 years, Steve has led worship at churches in Idaho, Washington and California. He is passionate about building healthy teams and equipping others to use their gifts in serving the Kingdom. Steve and his wife Jenny love to hike and explore the outdoors. Together they have two grown children. 

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Brent Libby

Chief of Staff

Brent brings many years of relationship management experience to his role at AGORA, having worked in supply chain management for Intel Corporation, Collins Aerospace and Compassion International. Outside of AGORA, Brent keeps busy with ski patrol and helping friends and family buy and sell homes. 

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Gina Smits

Administrative Assistant

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.

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