SERVING MINISTRIES THAT FOLLOW JESUS
Luke 9:23 Ministries strives to be the one-stop administrative service provider for churches and faith-based ministries around the country. We partner with you each step of the way through our professional and cost-effective services from navigating through legal paperwork and creating a targeted marketing strategy to assembling a core team and record keeping.
As it says in Luke 9:23 to "take up your cross daily and follow Jesus," our goal is to come along side and support our partners, so that they can focus on what they do best — utilizing their God-given gifts to spread the love of Jesus Christ.
Click the buttons below for an in-depth look at our Statement of Faith and Partnership Agreement:
Luke 9:23 Ministries is a para-church ministry that provides supportive services to churches and faith-based ministries that desire to fulfill the Great Commission.
We seek to bridge the gap between ministry and administration as we equip and empower healthy, dynamic, and sustainable ministries as they take up their cross daily and follow Jesus. (Luke 9:23)
We provide essential knowledge, resources, and
professional services unique to the needs of ministries
by providing a path to achieve their mission through establishing a firm foundation and adhering to the principles of transparency, compliance, and best practices.
We work toward the long-term growth and success of those we serve, our ministry, and our team members by encouraging and honoring through our efforts the Biblical principles of charity. (Matthew 22:39, I Corinthians 13:13, Philippians 2:3, 1 Peter 3:8)
MEET THE TEAM
MATT HARRIS | Founder & Sr. Behavioral Consultant
Matt is the shepherd of Luke 9:23 Ministries with over 25 years of full-time ministry experience, including being a Youth Pastor for 17 years, church planter and Lead Pastor for 7 years, and adjunct professor of youth ministry for 5 years. Besides being our Founder and Senior Officer, he is the Spiritual Formation Pastor at Crossview Ministries and serves as an Adjunct Professor for Crossroads Bible College teaching a wide range of ministry classes.
Hobbies & Fun Facts - For his free time, Matt enjoys doing life with his wife, kids, and grandkids. He enjoys playing his acoustic guitar, camping, kayaking, biking and has a crazy obsession with the Chicago Cubs, 80's music, and Aurelio's Pizza.
ANDREA HARRIS | Ministry Operations Director
When it comes to overseeing our operations, Andrea serves as our strategic point leader. She performs training and consulting in the area of business planning, governance, nonprofit finance, grant writing, impact metrics, and fundraising for churches and faith-based nonprofit organizations throughout the country. Andrea has over 22 years of nonprofit experience, serving as the Operations Director for 10 years, Residential Director for 9 years, and a Senior Programs Director for 5 years at community based nonprofits. She's also proud to have been a children’s ministry leader and women’s ministry director.
Hobbies & Fun Facts - When she's not coordinating the supportive services for an empire of churches, Andrea enjoys doing life with her husband, kids, and grandkids. She enjoys camping, kayaking, biking, and has a crazy obsession with UK Basketball, avocados, and Flea Market Flip.
JAKE BRAUNER | Marketing & Communications Officer
Receiving his bachelors in Advertising from Ball State University, Jake serves as the team's go-to for everything marketing with 5 years of experience in ad agencies, corporations and nonprofits. He oversees the development and implementation of support materials and services for our ministry and those we serve, including marketing, strategic communications, and public relations.
Hobbies & Fun Facts - When he's giving the creative juices a rest, Jake loves tackling life with his wife McKenna and going on adventures. He enjoys anything competitive from sports and video games to tabletop games and yard games. If you like random facts about music and drinking Mt. Dew Kickstart, you may have just become best friends.
DUSTIN CRAWFORD | Network Development Manager
Dustin develops and oversees external partnerships with church planting networks and denominations. He has a B.S. from Indiana University, and he is in his last semester of completing his M. Div. from Southern Seminary. Dustin is the founding pastor of Refuge Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-generational church family located in the inner-city of Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, Dustin is the lead pastor of Origins Church, which is a multi-campus church family located in the Cincinnati/Dayton Metroplex.
Hobbies & Fun Facts - Dustin loves spending time with his wife and children, and in his free time, he enjoys running, reading, sports, traveling, and watching movies.
ANGIE SAYLOR | Accounts Administrator
Angie has a BS in Accounting from Indiana Institute of Technology. She has several years of experience in accounts administration including bookkeeping, managing payroll for over 500 employees, and serving as a Treasurer for Westview Alliance Church.
Hobbies & Fun Facts - Angie enjoys making memories with her husband, Al and 5 children, AJ, Collin, Aliyah, Isabella, and Owen. She loves to go camping in the summers and vacation whenever she can with them. When she’s not running her kids to volleyball, tennis and piano lessons, she likes to workout or play tennis with her husband. She also enjoys meeting up for coffee with her friends.
KATHRYN CLOSE | Accounts Administrator
Kathryn has a BS in business and MS in leadership from Trine University. She is currently in the dissertation phase of an EdD in educational psychology from Regent University. She has several years experience in various ministry roles including executive assistant and youth director. Kathryn desires to see the church flourish as a whole and has a passion for missions and youth in ministry.
Hobbies & Fun Facts - Kathryn enjoys reading, spending time with her friends and family, and music. She plays the piano (and flute from back in her high school days) and enjoys playing whenever she has a chance.
SARAH WAGER | Accounts Administrator/PRN
Beginning her career as the secretary for a family granite and tile business, Sarah has seven years of bookkeeping experience including five years of self-employed work with clients from construction to multi-level marketing.
Sarah and her husband have been married for 6.5 years with four daughters. Their dream is to lead worship together full-time someday.
Hobbies & Fun Facts - Her passions are Jesus, family, music, healthy cooking and baking, and staying active. She also enjoys a fresh cup of coffee, flowers, and a good book.
MCKENNA BRAUNER | Accounts Administrator/PRN
McKenna Brauner is a board certified Physician Assistant with a Master’s Degree from the University of Saint Francis and a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science from Ball State University. For the Luke 9:23 team she serves as an accounts administrator when needed.
Hobbies and Fun Facts - McKenna enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially with her husband Jake and their cat. She enjoys riding her bike, listening to music, a cup of coffee with a good book and spending time outside.
NATALIE WALKER | Intake Administrator
Natalie Walker has her Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Tri-State University. She has over 18 years of experience in administration roles, with nine of those in the life insurance industry. Natalie has also served one year serving in church ministry in a custodial role, while handling special events among other projects needing completed by the church.
Hobbies and Fun Facts - Natalie enjoys doing life crazy with her husband and three kids. One of her favorite things to do with her toddler boys is "jam out" to music they all love and making memories for life. She loves to read on her free time and enjoys learning and implementing minimalism in her life. It's never boring in her household and she couldn't love it more.
BAILEY BIRELEY | Intake Administrator
Bio coming soon!