Leadership Team

Scott Ridout

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


Steve Schultz, Vice President, Finance and Operations

Steve Schultz, CPA, has worked at Converge since 1989. He earned a B.A. in business from Bethel University and an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University. He serves as vice president of finance and operations for Converge, president of Converge Cornerstone Fund, plan administrator for Converge Retirement Plan and president of Converge Foundation. Steve’s financial vision and administration have kept Converge in a strong financial position for many years. He has eight children.



Ivan Veldhuizen

Ivan Veldhuizen, Executive Director of International Ministries

Ivan Veldhuizen has served as executive director of International Ministries since January 2012. With missionaries and ministry partnerships around the world, Ivan’s goal is to lead initiatives that will move us toward fulfilling the Great Commission in his lifetime.
Ivan served as a field associate with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for five years (1991-1996), bringing Dr. Graham’s vision for evangelism to 24 countries. He is a graduate of Bethel Seminary and formerly served as a Converge pastor for 25 years. His churches have demonstrated significant progress in spiritual health, community impact and world missions.
Ivan earned his Master of Divinity from Bethel Seminary. He is married to Susan, has three grown children and three grandchildren. The Veldhuizens live in Orlando, Florida.



Lee Stephenson

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 Henderson

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

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

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.



Dr. Harold Lewis

Dr. Harold Lewis, Vice President of Biblical Diversity

Dr. Harold D. Lewis Sr. is Converge’s Vice President of Biblical Diversity. He is a native of Greenwood, Mississippi. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi, a Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia; a Doctorate of Psychology from the University of the Rockies in Colorado Springs, Colorado; an honorary Doctorate of Sacred Theology from the Reformed Methodist Church in Toledo, Ohio; and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Bethlehem Bible College in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Lewis comes to the Converge movement after serving nearly three decades in the United Methodist Church as a turnaround church pastoral leader, Executive Director of Black Churches for Congregation Excellence, which provided leadership to over 85 black churches (63 African-American churches, 17 Haitian churches and five Caribbean churches) with a total membership of over 19,000 members and their 142 pastors through leadership development, pastoral coaching, congregation development, conflict coaching and mediation, and as the Executive Director of Multi-Cultural and Justice Ministries in the Florida Conference, he was responsible for collaborating and resourcing ministries such as the Native American Ministries, Micronesian Ministries, Hispanic Ministries, Korean Ministries, Haitian Ministries, Black Methodists for Church Renewal and the Conference Committee on Religion and Race.

Dr. Lewis and his wife, Janet, have seven children and nine grandchildren.

Dr. Lewis’ personal coined philosophy on life is “Never let anyone else’s negative opinion of you become your reality.”

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