Staff

Rodney Hobbs lead pastor

Rodney Hobbs

Rodney planted Stonegate Church in the fall of 2009, after spending almost 8 years investing into the lives of students. He received a B.A. in Finance from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rodney enjoys Jesus, family, a good book, catching big bass, and tennis. He is married to Laura, and they have two daughters, Hannah and Eva, and a son, Caleb.


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Ryan Kearns executive pastor

Ryan Kearns

Ryan Kearns got his bachelors in Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He met his wonderful wife, Crystal, in college and got married in 2004. Shortly after getting married, they moved to Denver Colorado where Ryan got his Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Leadership from Denver Seminary. From there, Ryan helped re-plant a church in Denver before moving to Seattle to serve in multiple roles at Mars Hill Church. Before coming to Stonegate Church, Ryan planted a church in Seattle. When not at church, Ryan loves to go for a run, eat BBQ and travel. Ryan and Crystal have two incredibly funny and curious little girls named Grace and Emma. They love getting outdoors as a family and going on adventures.


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Kevin Hill pastor of care

Kevin Hill

Kevin joined the Stonegate staff in September 2014. He grew up in Arlington, TX and at age 20, left for Santa Cruz, CA to attend Bethany Bible College. While in California, he became a full time evangelist and traveled to 42 states and 8 countries preaching the gospel. He was privileged to speak at seven Billy Graham Associate Crusades giving his testimony and ministering to the youth. Kevin moved back to Texas in 1993. Since then, he has served in a bi-vocational capacity as youth pastor and singles pastor. God has birthed in him a great passion for reaching the lost and making His name known. He is married to Elizabeth (who has the biggest heart of anyone he has ever met!) He is blessed to have two sons, Justin and Grant.


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Tony Robinson groups director

Tony Robinson

Tony is a Houston native and proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where he received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering in 2009. It was in the show choir at UT that he met his beautiful and loving wife Sarah, and their family now includes their one son Malachi. Tony has also received his MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012 to deepen his understanding and love for God as well as to better equip himself to equip the saints. His three passions are family, teaching, and music, and he enjoys fantasy football, soccer, traveling, tutoring math and musical theater. He feels so blessed to be given the opportunity to serve alongside an incredible team to minister to and equip the people the Lord has brought to Stonegate.


Geoff Mills groups & care associate

Geoff Mills

Geoff received his bachelors from Texas A&M University in 2009 and soon after moved overseas to the mission field for two years in Eurasia. While there Geoff developed a passion for the underground Church and for the role of discipleship and Christian community that takes place in homes. After returning in 2012 Geoff worked in the business world for five years all while serving in several roles at Stonegate on a volunteer basis. Geoff joined the staff of Stonegate in early 2018 and has a passion to see Jesus made much of through discipleship, multiplication and pastoral care. He married his wife Shelby in June of 2016 and they have one daughter, Penelope, who was born in April of 2017.


Jimmy Needham worship director

Jimmy Needham

Since 2005 Jimmy has been a full time recording artist, working to make the gospel rhyme around the world. He serves in the worship ministry at Stonegate, equipping and developing worship leaders to hone their craft and know their God. Jimmy is married to Kelly Needham, and they have two daughters, and one son.


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Jeff Garner student ministry director

Jeff Garner

Jeff joined the Stonegate staff in 2014. He grew up in Plano, TX and graduated from Ouachita Baptist University with a degree in Biblical Studies. He is currently finishing a Master of Divinity at Southwestern Seminary. He came to Stonegate from Prestonwood Baptist Church, where he served for 3 years as Student Minister; having previously led for 2 years in Houston in the same capacity. Jeff has been in full-time student ministry going on 9 years and he can’t imagine doing anything else! Don’t be surprised if you hear the students call him, “Juice”. He loves to take that nickname from his college football days into his passion for preaching the Gospel. Juice has a passion to make Jesus known, and see others find their joy in the work of Christ. He wholeheartedly believes that students are the most influential generation on the planet, and he desires to tap into that influence to see it unleashed for the glory of God. He has been married to his drop-dead gorgeous wife, Sarah, for 8 years, and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Mclane and Stella.


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Daniel Boterf student ministry associate

Daniel Boterf

Daniel joined the Stonegate Staff in 2018. He grew up in Mississippi before moving to the great state of Texas his freshman year of high school. He graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in Business Administration and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Leadership at DBU. Daniel started attending Stonegate in the fall of 2013, started serving in the student ministry in 2014, and graduated from the Worship Residency in 2016. He enjoys music, good food, anything outdoors, competitive board games, and football. He has seen God move in incredible ways in his own life. His main desire is to see students come to know and grow in Jesus.


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Mark Duckworth technology and facilities director

Mark Duckworth

Mark joined the Stonegate Staff in 2017. He is passionate about seeing people’s lives changed through the power of the gospel. He has many years of experience in IT, audio video, facilities management and church planting. Mark and his wife, Pam, are native Texans and have three children and seven grandchildren.


Brandon Bergvall ministry associate

Brandon Bergvall

Brandon joined Stonegate in January of 2018. He is married to Lauren and they have three children: Quinn, Madden & Lincoln. Brandon received his undergraduate in Advertising at the University of Texas at Arlington, and he is currently completing his Masters of Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming on staff at Stonegate, Brandon was the Pastor to Students at The Community at Lakeridge and before that the Area Director for Younglife in Mansfield. He has a passion sharing the Gospel, his family and woodworking. Brandon and his family are planning to enter the mission field later this year to start a church planting movement in San José, Costa Rica.


Lisa Mitchell kids' ministry director

Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southern Nazarene University. During her 21 years as a public-school educator, she taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, including 6 years as a bilingual teacher. Lisa stayed home for several years when her kids were young, but even during her time away from the classroom, she still continued educating children by teaching for a homeschool co-op and conducting Spanish classes out of her home. Lisa spent the last 10 years of her teaching career working for Midlothian ISD, earning the title of “Mt. Peak Teacher of the Year” during her last year on staff. Lisa and her amazing husband, Kyle, were married in 1997. They have four incredible children: Makenzie, Ian, Caed and Braedan. When she’s not playing Taxi Mom or sitting in the stands watching her kids’ band performances, Lisa enjoys Bible journaling and scrapbook planning. All these things are made even more enjoyable if she has a mug of coffee in her hand!


Amy Beth Powell childrens ministry associate

Amy Beth Powell

Amy Beth received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and taught first grade for several years before she married her husband, Nick. After getting married, she joined him on staff with Avant Ministries serving at a Bible camp near Juneau, Alaska. In 2016, they moved back to Texas and began attending Stonegate. Amy Beth has a passion for young children and a deep desire to see them give their lives to Jesus! She enjoys spending quality time with her family, being at the beach and cooking.


Brandon Vaughn childrens ministry associate

Brandon Vaughn

Brandon joined the Stonegate staff in December of 2017. He is working on his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a minor in Children’s Ministry with Dallas Baptist University. Prior to joining Stonegate, Brandon was the Children’s Ministry intern for The Church On Rush Creek and First Baptist Grand Prairie. Brandon has a deep love for seeing children come to understand who Jesus is, to see families restored by the power of the gospel, and loves orphan care. He enjoys reading, spending time with friends, and going on fun adventures.


Cortni Henke preschool ministry associate

Cortni Henke

Cortni joined the Stonegate staff in March 2017, and has been part of the Stonegate family since 2012. She and her husband, Adam, have 3 beautiful children; Braden, Avery, and Brewer. Cortni graduated from Abilene Christian University in 2001 with a degree in Elementary Education and has spent the past 15 years teaching. She is passionate about teaching children, and is praying that Stonegate's preschool ministry will lay a strong foundation for many to come to know and love Jesus!


Jessica Wiseman orphan care & counseling

Jessica Wiseman

Jessica joined Stonegate's staff in August 2013. She and her husband, Lincoln, married in November 2013. Her passions are far-reaching, allowing her the privilege to serve and seek after Jesus in different ways. After receiving her degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University, she went on to then receive her Master's degree in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor at Christian Counseling of Mansfield and joyfully serves people in providing Biblical counseling simultaneously with her responsibilities at Stonegate. Jessica has a passion for adoption and orphan care and God has also placed within her a love for the Ugandan and Sudanese people. Jessica strongly desires to use the skills and experiences she has been gifted with for the benefit of all those placed in her life.


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Evan Bialk ministry coordinator

Evan Bialk

Evan joined the Stonegate staff in January 2017. He holds an Associates Degree in Emergency Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Memphis and is currently completing his Master of Theology (ThM) from Dallas Theological Seminary. Evan served in the Air Force for 5 years before being called into ministry. He married his amazing wife, Kelly, in 2011. They have two kids Evan Jr. and Lily Grace. Evan loves Jesus, spending time with his family, being outdoors, and reading.


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Jansen McDonald ministry associate & orphan care

Jansen McDonald

Jansen joined the staff at Stonegate in August 2017. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Dallas Baptist University in 2016, and is currently working on his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Jansen is passionate about serving people, especially the orphaned and refugees. He hopes to one day work internationally with the intention of living out the gospel in a foreign country.


Sheri Lee worship ministry admin

Sheri Lee

Sheri joined the Stonegate staff in July 2017. She grew up in Oklahoma, moving to Texas during her high school years. In 2003, she began serving as a worship leader for a local church, developing many programs to reach the community through music. Sheri has been involved in worship ministry for many years and God has grown in her a deep passion to share with others who God is and why worshiping Him is so important. Besides loving music, Sheri enjoys reading and spending time with her husband of 29 years, Joe, and their 3 beautiful girls.


Morgan Sokolove kids ministry admin

Morgan Sokolove

Morgan joined the Stonegate staff in February of 2017, and as been a member of the church since 2016. She is newly married to her sweet husband, Christopher. Morgan was born and raised in Waxahachie, TX and she graduated from Navarro College with her Associates in General Business. Before becoming part of the Stonegate staff, Morgan interned with a ministry called Axis, based in Colorado Springs, CO. During this time, she traveled with a team of 3 other people across the US and Canada presenting to junior high and high school students about how to have life-long faith in Jesus, culture and technology. Morgan has a passion for seeing people of all ages understand the Gospel of Jesus. She loves adventuring with her husband, making coffee, game nights with community, homegroup, and exploring the great outdoors.


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