Board Members

Russ Olmon, President

Russ is the founding President of Ministry Advantage. Russ founded Ministry Advantage as a not-for-profit 501(c3) in 1998 to equip pastors and churches worldwide to reach their full ministry potential. He has served over 1,000 churches in the U.S., Canada and Australia. From 1990 to 2003 Russ served as Founding/Senior Pastor of his church in the Dallas, Texas area.

In 2004, Russ transitioned from his role as Senior Pastor to launch a multi-campus strategy as Pastor of Multisite Ministry at Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall, Texas, which averages over 15,000 per weekend in attendance. Russ helped lead the development and oversaw three satellite campuses with a combined attendance of over 3,000. The development of these campuses included $17 million in land and facilities with over 30 staff. Today Russ serves as the Lead Campus Pastor to the largest satellite campus, Lake Pointe Town East.

Ron Gladden, Director of Church Planting

Ron Gladden has served in ministry for 40 years in various roles including pastor, church planter and founder of Mission Catalyst, a church planting network. He has authored Plant the Future, The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Churches, and The Pivotal Design. Ron’s love is his family (wife, daughters, sons-in-law and grandkids), his hobby is hiking in the mountains, and his passion is equipping entrepreneurial leaders to start churches that reach far-from-God people for Jesus.

Lonnie Gienger, Cofounder/Chair

Lonnie is cofounder/chair of Ministry Advantage. He became President and CEO of Wilkinson Corporation in 2004 after two decades of owning and managing successful entrepreneurial ventures. He was also co-founder and president of a strategic management consulting and executive coaching company, and served as Director of Business Development for Advanced Business Concepts, an entrepreneurial training company that contracted with more than 15,000 small business owners. His business experience includes leading internal sales and marketing efforts as software maker Attachmate Corp. grew from 35 to more than 1,000 employees in six years. He was also founder and president of Ambassador Communications, an advertising and marketing bureau, cofounder and Vice President of Contract Communications of another marketing service bureau, and cofounder of Orion Aircraft Services that owned aircraft and trained pilots.

Jim Brauer, Board Advisor

Jim has served in ministry for over 35 years and still pastors today. He served as president of a Southern Asian missions organization in Bangladesh, and missions director in the Philippines, as well as ministry leadership roles all over the United States. Jim has expertise in conflict management and is experienced at implementing a Biblically based systems approach to church ministry. His personal mission is to find, train, empower, and lovingly hold leaders accountable to grow healthy, disciple-making churches. Jim and his wife live in Tucson, Arizona.

Carol Short, Board Advisor

Carol is a Certified Public Accountant and practiced accounting for 13 years. She was employed by KPMG for five years in the tax department. After that, Carol was employed by Prentiss Properties as an Accounting Manager and then a Controller. For the past 17 years, Carol has been self employed and owns her own business. She is a Sales Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Mike Webb, Board Advisor

Mike is currently president of Transpac Managers, and has been in the insurance industry since 1971. For the past 20 years, Mike has focused on designing and developing insurance programs for directional and horizontal operators and contractors in the oil and gas industry including creating the Downhole Tool Insurance Program in 1991. Mike has been very involved in his church, serving as an elder and as a sixth-grade boys teacher and small group leader.