ECFA Staff

ECFA Leadership Team

Michael Martin, President

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 Sandretzky, Executive Vice President 

Kim Sandretzky serves as an executive vice president 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 ServantMatch program.

 

Warren Bird, Vice President of Research and Equipping

Warren Bird, Ph.D., is ECFA’s 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 30 books for church leaders on topics like breaking growth barriers, healthy mergers, and pastoral succession.

 

Dan Busby, President Emeritus

Dan Busby is the president emeritus of ECFA.

2020 marked Dan’s 31st anniversary year of serving ECFA – 10 years as a volunteer, 9 years as a senior staff member, and 12 years serving as president. In his new role as president emeritus, Dan will bring his passion and wealth of experience to serving as an ECFA ambassador and will continue to write and speak on issues of importance to ECFA members.

Dan served as a member of the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, a national legislative advisory commission convened to address legislative proposals for the nonprofit sector.

Dan received a Master of Business Administration degree from Emporia State University, Emporia Kansas. The University also named him as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2014. Nonprofit Times named him as one of the 50 Most Powerful Nonprofit Leaders from 2010-2015.

ECFA Compliance Team

Staci Brown, Compliance Team Lead

Staci Brown serves ECFA as a compliance team lead, where she assists applicants and existing members alike, with a particular emphasis on the annual renewal process and more extensive compliance initiatives. In 2019, she helped pioneer the new Standards Check-In program.

Staci joined the ECFA team after serving on both the launch team and then as Chief Financial Officer of a large church in Florida. She uses her experience and passion for the local church to help organizations 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.

 

Jake Lapp, Compliance Team Lead

Jake Lapp is a compliance team lead with ECFA. He serves ECFA by working with both new and renewing members as they strive to maintain high standards of financial integrity through ECFA membership.

Prior to joining ECFA, Jake worked as a CPA in public accounting and spent seven years working in denominational leadership. Jake has a passion to serve ministries as we all work together to fulfill the great commission.

 

Nicole Wallenfelsz, Compliance Team Lead

Nicole Wallenfelsz joined the ECFA team in 2015 and currently serves as compliance team lead 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.

 

 Katie Peyton, Compliance Team Associate

Katie Peyton is a compliance associate with ECFA. She serves ECFA through her work on ECFA’s annual State of Giving report and through the annual membership renewal process. Her primary role is in assisting and educating nonprofit applicants on compliance with ECFA’s Seven Standards.

Prior to joining ECFA in 2017, Katie worked as a CPA in public accounting and in the finance department of an ECFA member organization. Katie enjoys engaging with ministry leaders across the evangelical community as they faithfully carry out the work the Lord has placed on their hearts.

 

Bruce Ramer, Compliance Team Associate

Bruce Ramer is a compliance associate 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.

 

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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