Our Team

Rob Lauer

President

rob@agorasearchgroup.com

Rob brings over 20 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. 

Mark Johnson

Senior Vice President 

Mark@agorasearchgroup.com

Mark has a long history of coming along side churches and ministries – most notably during his 18 years at Evangelical Christian Credit Union as Executive Vice President – working closely with church and ministry leadership teams across the country.  Mark has a passion for the spiritual health and vitality of ministry leaders, convinced that a healthy leader pays attention to their own soul care - and, as a result, can be more attentive to and fully present with those they serve.

Joe Farrell

Vice President 

joe@agorasearchgroup.com

Joe worked in leadership and ordained pastoral roles for churches in North Carolina, California and Colorado for over 17 years. Most recently, he helped lead the Church Mobilization Team for International Justice Mission, where he connected with hundreds of churches, community organizations and student groups across the country. His desire is to see the local church flourish and fulfill its Mission.

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. 

 

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.

 

Ted Miller

Senior Director 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.

 

Josh Ellis

Senior Director of Ministry Relationships

josh@agorasearchgroup.com

Josh has spent many years serving within church and para-church ministries, most recently as an Executive Pastor. He brings to AGORA a passion for people, a love for culture, and a desire to help churches make the love of God known to all.  He and his wife Holly are the proud parents of three very active boys.  When not serving in the church they can be found on a soccer field, hiking and camping, reading together, or enjoying time with family and friends.

Elizabeth McGowan

Executive Administrator

elizabeth@agorasearchgroup.com

Elizabeth brings over 10 years of administrative experience to her role at AGORA. She is passionate about helping people find the work they are called to do and the place they are called to serve. Her role at AGORA calls her to support and participate with each and every search.  Elizabeth is honored by the opportunity to ensure AGORA's clients and candidates consistently receive the personal, thorough, and comprehensive support that makes AGORA an industry leader. 

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.