ECFA Staff

ECFA Leadership Team

Michael Martin, President and CEO

Michael Martin became ECFA’s president in 2020. Both an attorney and a CPA, he had previously served on ECFA staff for nine years, most recently as Executive Vice President.

An accomplished communicator, Michael has written on both scholarly and popular levels. His authorship is probably best known from the annual Zondervan Minister's Tax & Financial Guide and the Zondervan Church and Nonprofit Tax & Financial Guide, both of which he co-authored with former ECFA President Dan Busby, beginning with the 2013 editions.

Michael is passionate about helping churches and Christ-centered ministries maintain high standards of financial integrity through ECFA membership, as well as through addressing legal and tax-related issues. He is a frequent speaker on ECFA’s webinars, videos, and podcasts, as well as a regular contributor to ECFA’s library of ebooks and other written publications.

He has spoken at numerous conferences and workshops across the country, and he has served as guest on webinars, videos and podcasts for numerous Christ-centered ministries and churches.

Michael lives in Winchester, Virginia, with his wife and three daughters.

 

Kim Williams, Senior Vice President

Kim Williams serves as senior vice president of communications and operations at ECFA. She leads an expansive communication program consisting of webinars, podcasts, videos, print and electronic publications, and other resources. Kim also is responsible for ECFA’s human resource area. She is privileged to work with a team of talented individuals who promote ECFA’s brand through advertising, marketing, social media, and website presence.

Kim has used her strengths to serve ECFA since 2008 and with great enthusiasm has overseen the development and launch of a first-ever church website. She provided oversight for several website upgrades, promotion of the ChurchEXCEL program, cloud database projects, and the development of the GiverConnect program.

 

Warren Bird, Senior Vice President

Warren Bird, Ph.D., is ECFA’s senior vice president of research and equipping. He serves ECFA by increasing the scope, impact and depth of our knowledge base while equipping ECFA’s members to apply what ECFA is learning through research. Warren is widely recognized as among the nation’s leading students, researchers, and writers about megachurches. As @lensweet tweeted, “No one knows more about megachurches than @warrenbird.”

An ordained minister with a big heart for the local church, Warren has led in various pastoral positions, taught at several seminaries, and served most recently for 13 years at Leadership Network, overseeing their research department where they’ve released several dozen groundbreaking reports on topics like multisite churches, large-church compensation, church planting, and church internships and residencies. An award-winning writer, he has also co-authored 33 books for church leaders on topics like breaking growth barriers, healthy mergers, and pastoral succession.

 

Staci Brown, Senior Vice President

Staci Brown serves ECFA as senior vice president of member accountability and relations, where she leads a team of CPAs as they work with existing ECFA members in accountability to our standards as well as applicants who desire to achieve ECFA accreditation. Her team also manages the annual renewal process as well as more extensive accountability initiatives such as the Standards Check-In program and formal compliance reviews.

Staci joined the ECFA team after serving on both the launch team and then as Chief Financial Officer of a large church in Florida, also an ECFA member. She uses her experience and passion for the local church to help ministries and churches maintain high standards of accountability and financial integrity, with a belief that this helps them fulfill their purpose of displaying God’s glory to the world.

 

ECFA Compliance Team

Jake Lapp, Vice President Member Accountability

Jake Lapp serves ECFA as vice president of member accountability, where he works mainly with current ECFA members in maintaining compliance with ECFA Standards. Jake enjoys getting to work with members through the annual renewal process, Standards Check-in program, formal compliance reviews, and answering questions regarding compliance with ECFA Standards and best practices.

Jake joined the ECFA team after working in public accounting and denominational leadership. Jake values the opportunity to work closely with ministries and churches of all sizes as they seek to enhance trust in their organization.

 

 

Bruce Ramer, Director of Compliance

Bruce Ramer is director of compliance with ECFA who is grateful for any opportunity to serve ministries and churches in their application of ECFA standards. Engaging with members during their annual membership renewal process and in ongoing compliance efforts is the primary focus of his work.

Prior to joining ECFA in 2015, Bruce worked as a CPA in public accounting and with an ECFA member organization in accounting and human resources. Bruce values highly the people who serve within ECFA member organizations and is most grateful for this opportunity to serve the evangelical community.

 

Nicole Wallenfelsz, Director of Member Relations

Nicole Wallenfelsz joined the ECFA team in 2015 and currently serves as director of member relations, utilizing her background as a CPA. Nicole came to ECFA after earning her MBA and serving in higher education.  

She works with nonprofits and churches through the application and annual renewal process.  Her passion is to come alongside ministries to encourage best practices and equip them to steward the resources trusted to them.

 

Melanie Kwast, Compliance Team Associate

Melanie Kwast is a compliance associate with ECFA and utilizes her accounting knowledge to serve churches and ministries. She assists with new ECFA applicants and existing members during their annual renewal process and in other compliance matters.

Melanie joined the team in 2020 after 10 years working as a state auditor. She also serves in her local church as the Finance Director. Melanie is passionate about equipping churches and ministries with the knowledge and tools they need to operate in integrity and transparency.

 

Emmese Miller, Compliance Team Associate

Emmese Miller serves as an ECFA compliance associate in member relations. In addition to extensive experience in corporate and non-profit sectors, Emmese brings with her a heart to equip organizations to reach their stewardship goals in the areas of Finance, Accounting, and Governance.

Emmese is a graduate of Florida A&M University (Finance) and holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership (Vocational Stewardship) from Moody Theological Seminary - Chicago.

 

 

Emily VerSteeg, Compliance Team Associate

Emily VerSteeg serves as an ECFA compliance associate, utilizing her accounting background to assist both new applicants and existing members with an emphasis on compliance with ECFA standards.

Emily joined the ECFA team after serving over 20 years in church administration and operations. Emily is passionate about leveraging her background as a CPA and her ministry experience to help organizations fulfill their mission while maintaining high standards of financial integrity, transparency and governance.

 

ECFA Communications Team

Brittany Stepp, Director of Communications

Brittany Stepp serves as the director of communications where she oversees marketing and advertising, social media, newsletters, webinars, and other various communication programs.

Prior to joining ECFA in 2019, Brittany served for nine years in higher education where she utilized her BS in Communication Studies and MS in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership. She is passionate about sharing ECFA resources with other Christ-centered organizations and churches as they fulfill the Great Commission.

 

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