Scott Ridout, President
Scott Ridout is the president of Converge. A graduate of Virginia Tech and Columbia International University, he and his wife Lisa led Sun Valley Community Church, Gilbert, Arizona, from 1998 to 2014. Sun Valley has grown from 375 to roughly 5000 attendees on three campuses under his leadership. Previously, Scott served six years as a Converge overseer, including two years as chairman. He has been a co-leader of the Vision Arizona church planting team since 1998 and has led Converge Generosity since 2008. He is also a church leadership mentor and will continue his coaching during his presidency. Scott believes Converge is better together. He and Lisa have three children: Jon, Ashlyn and David.
Steve Schultz, Vice President, Finance and Operations
Ivan Veldhuizen, Executive Director of International Ministries
Lee Stephenson, Executive Director of Church Planting
Lee Stephenson has served as the Church Planting executive director for Converge since the spring of 2015. He earned both a bachelor and master’s degree in ministry from Bethel College (Mishawaka, IN). Lee and his wife Melissa started and led Harvest Community Church, Mesa, Arizona, from 2009-2015. He has also served on the Vision Arizona church planting LEAD team and is a go-to coach for church leadership and planting. Lee and Melissa have two children: Aaron and Noel.
Michael L. Henderson Sr., Vice President of National Ministries
Dr. Michael L. Henderson Sr. is Converge's Vice President of National Ministries. He founded New Beginnings Church in 1999, along with his wife and only twelve members. Through his faithful leadership, the church has grown to over 7,000 members.
Henderson is a native of Akron, OH, where he began his ministry work. He earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication and Theology at the International Bible Institute and Seminary, Orlando, Florida. He is also a graduate of the Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio, with a Master of Arts in Church Administration and Counseling. In October of 2009, Dr. Henderson received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from St. Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida.
Henderson has personally trained approximately 100 Ministers through his ministerial licensing training. He is also a Spiritual Covering for several pastors, churches and ministries.
Ryan Emenecker, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
Ryan comes to Converge having worked with three Phoenix-area communications and marketing agencies. He has been involved in all aspects of creative and strategy, and has led teams of designers, copywriters and project managers. Ryan enjoys delivering innovative and persuasive creative work that drives superior results within a collaborative environment.
Ryan has deep roots with Converge as well. He helped Lee Stephenson plant Harvest Community Church in Mesa, Arizona, and also served as chairman of its elder board and communications director from 2009-2015. Ryan is married and has one daughter.
Bruce Hopler, National Director of Church Strengthening
Dr. Bruce Hopler has been coaching pastors and church planters for over 20 years. He now serves as the National Director of Church Strengthening at Converge. Bruce started a church in Maryland against all odds with no core group and no upfront funding but it has grown for 18 years. He then moved to Las Vegas where he was the Spiritual Formation pastor to the 8th fastest growing church in America. After four years there, he moved to Orlando to join Converge. Bruce loves planters and pastors. He longs to help pastors discover what healthy means, within their unique calling and context.