Your local team

Meet the team that’s ready to support you and your ministry.

As modeled by our Lord, strong relationships are a key to ministry and mission effectiveness. The leaders you meet, get to know and grow with will improve and empower you for greater ministry impact. Across Converge MidAmerica | Southeast | Caribbean, you will meet lifelong friends, engage with co-laborers and share the joys and challenges of following God’s call in your life. Connect with us today to learn more about how we can serve your church.

Gary Rohrmayer

President & Executive Minister, Converge MidAmerica | Southeast | Caribbean

Gary Rohrmayer has a unique focus in mobilizing and mentoring leaders into the harvest field. He specializes in equipping leaders in areas of spiritual formation, church multiplication, and church health. Gary’s vision is to ‘see that no leaders travel their ministry journey alone.’

Gary has been involved in church planting since 1987. He has been involved in over 160 new church plants. He has worked in every area as an intern, pioneer planter, parent church pastor, coach, head coach, regional director, and national leader. He has trained hundreds of church planters, pastors, and missionaries throughout the U.S. and a growing international ministry.

Gary was the founding pastor of White Stone Community Church in Oconomowoc, WI. During his time in Wisconsin, he also worked for Converge Great Lakes by helping start 17 other churches through coaching, training, and overseeing the church plants in this region. Gary served as the Director of Church Planting for Converge MidAmerica from 1998-2010. He was responsible for launching a movement of new churches. During a ten-year period, he mobilized 88 church planters in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas.

Gary has authored seven books and online resources: Church Planting Landmines, FirstSteps for Planting a Missional Church, NextSteps for Leading a Missional Church, and Life Biggest Adventure (Children’s Discipleship Book). Spiritual Conversations describes the evangelistic philosophy of his best-selling spiritual conversation tool, The Spiritual Journey Guide, which has sold 3 million. His most recent books are devotional in nature 21 Dangerous Prayers, 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, and 21 Courageous Prayers (Summer 2018).

On March 1, 2010, Gary became the President of Converge MidAmerica overseeing its business and ministry interests that support regional church planting and ongoing care of its partner churches. In 2020, Gary oversaw the strategic partnership between Converge
MidAmerica and Converge Southeast. He is fully committed to the vision of starting and strengthening churches. Gary and his wife Mary have been married for 36 years, they have three grown children and live in the Chicagoland area.

Ministry Staff

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Bryan Moak
Vice President of Church Strengthening
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Danny Parmelee

Vice President of Church Planting

Ernie Cabrera

Vice President of Church Partnerships

Jessy Padilla
Director of Hispanic Ministries
Fred Obleton
Coordinator of African American Ministries
Ric Doguiles
Ric Doguiles

Director of Filipino Ministries

Bruce McEvoy
Director of Student Ministries Movement
Kendal Anderson

Interim Director of Church Strengthening Southeast

Andrew Ford
Andrew Ford

Director of Church Strengthening Michiana

Gary Ricci

Gary Ricci

Director of Church Strengthening Metro Chicago

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Chris Highfill

Regional Director of Church Planting

Daniel Warren
Daniel Warren

Church Planting Coaching Coordinator

Wanda Manning
Office Manager & Executive Administrator
Eileen Herrera

Director of Finance

Yahaira Landaverry

Finance Team

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Kirsten Andreson

Church Strengthening & Church Partnerships Administrative Assistant

Melissa Herbst
Melissa Herbst

Church Planting Administrative Assistant

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Mary Rohrmayer
Ministry to Pastors’ Wives

District Board

Dr. Timothy Beavis
VP of International Operations, Carey Outreach Ministries
Pastor Norm Byers
Genesis Church, Petosky, MI
Pastor Efren Salonga Carlos Jr.
The Seed of Faith Ministries, Miami, FL
Pastor Brian Coffey
Chapelstreet Church, Geneva, IL
Pastor Chris Dodd
New Community Church, Dolton, IL
Pastor Jeff Forester

Heritage Church Sterling, Heights, MI

Cecil Hollar

Rejoice in the Lord Ministries, Orlando, FL

Watson Jones
Pastor Watson Jones III

Compassion Baptist Church, Chicago, IL

Pastor Tom Messer

Trinity Baptist Church, Hammond and Oak Leaf, FL

Pastor Eric Moore

Tree of Life Fellowship, Royal Oak, MI

Tanya Overdorf
Pastor Jessy Padilla
Iglesia Emanuel, Waukegan, IL
Rev. Gary Rohrmayer

Park Ridge, IL

Pastor Darryn Scheske

Heartland Church, Indianapolis, IN

Pastor Paul Urban
The Journey Church, Muskegon, MI
Pastor Richard Wollard
Springbrook Community Church, Huntley, IL

Converge has been with me on every step of my church planting journey — from learning how to raise support, building a launch team and publicly launching the church. Our church would not have had the success it’s having today without the expertise from Converge.

Chris Highfill, Grace River Church, O’Fallon, Missouri