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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Ted Miller

Vice President of Ministry Relationships


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

Vice President 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.

Josh Ellis

Vice President of Ministry Relationships


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.

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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 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 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.