Our leadership team

GenerousChurch is led by a team of passionate generosity evangelists who are working to unleash generous disciples throughout today's Christian churches. These are their bios:

  Patrick Johnson,
President and Chief Architect

Patrick is the founder of GenerousChurch and has a passion to see a revolution of whole-life generosity flourish in churches. Over the last 15 years, he’s partnered with Leadership Network, the Wesleyan Denomination, Converge and other church networks to equip leaders to unleash generous disciples. Leveraging the power of Scripture and story, the products and experiences that he’s created have been used by over 2,000 churches to transform the hearts and minds of Jesus-followers toward generosity as a way of living versus an act of giving.  

Currently, Patrick directs the vision of GenerousChurch and lives in Olathe, KS with his wife, Jennifer, and their children.

Sharon Epps   Sharon Epps,
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategist

Sharon is a Christ-following, fun-loving, strategist, communicator and leader.  She brings order to the systems of GenerousChurch by simplifying complex issues into clear action steps.  A former corporate banker, church stewardship pastor and non-profit executive, Sharon speaks and writes with a mission to help people discover God’s purpose for their life and to use their money to accomplish it.  She’s personally counseled hundreds of individuals and families and co-hosted Crown Financial Ministries’ MoneyLife radio program.

Sharon is married to Joel.  They have 4 kids and 4 grandkids. They live and worship in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  

Ray Zuercher   Ray Zuercher,
Vice President

Ray comes to the GenerousChurch team with over 30 years of full-time, vocational ministry experience. His background includes extensive leadership development with a large para church doing training, donor relations, and international missions before transitioning to the role of Executive Pastor of a large church in the Kansas City area. GenerousChurch is thrilled to benefit from Ray's unique blend of pastoral understanding and ministry operations skill as he focuses on expanding the message of whole-life generosity and unleashing generous disciples and churches.

Ray is an avid hunter, outdoorsman and a Master Judge with the Kansas City BBQ society. He likes to say he can’t cook but sure can tell if you can or not. He and his wife Janell serve and reside in Olathe, Kansas where they raised three amazing kids to adulthood and are now enjoying four grand babies.

Cindy Cheeks   Cindy Cheeks,
Administration and Client Services

For thirteen years, Cindy was the managing partner of the Cheeks’ household, stay-at-home mom and home-school teacher. In 2005, she joined a grass roots Katrina relief effort, eventually becoming Executive Director and spearheading efforts for the next two years. Cindy has since worked with several non-profits in various capacities, helping structure their operations for maximum impact.  In service to the clients and team of GenerousChurch, she mobilizes her passion to see churches and individuals utilize their resources to positively impact communities for the Kingdom.

Cindy is living her “Happily Ever After” with husband Keith in Rankin County, MS.  She enjoys time with their 4 grown kids, traveling, and supporting the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

    Catherine Muthey,

Catherine has been part of GenerousChurch as Lead Intercessor since 2016, praying for the team and clients daily.  Four years ago she felt the LORD calling her to leave her job in the market to partner with presidents of companies and ministries in the role of personal and corporate intercessor. When she is not traveling for generosity, mentoring or prayer opportunities, Catherine touches the world through intercession from Wichita, Kansas where she lives and worships. 

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  James Harvey, 

James is Founder/CEO of Blazing Trees, a ministry focused on praying for, encouraging, and equipping mission leaders and teams globally. James grew up in China and the Philippines as a missionary kid and has since traveled to many nations.  James joined our GenerousChurch team in July 2019 as a leader called to pray, encourage, and coach others in how to pray.

He lives with his wife and children in Jensen, FL.  
Want to learn how to pray? Please reach out to

  Brad Brestel
Generosity, Lincoln

Brad Brestel lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife Nancy. Brad’s journey in whole-life generosity began with an invitation to a generosity event in 2003. He was hired by his local church to champion the virtue of generosity and his first experience of a generosity event was arranged by Patrick Johnson! When Brad is not leading Overflow Experiences, he enjoys his grandchildren and serving in the local church.

  Jim Rathbun (1965-2018),
Overflow Experience Facilitator

Jim Rathbun served as a volunteer with Generous Church in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. He had been in full time ministry for over 30 years serving in the local church, Promise Keepers, Wycliffe Bible Translators and Cru. He had a passion to be the hands and feet of Christ and serve people, and we honor his faithful legacy of work through GenerousChurch. 

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Why we exist

Our mission: We exist to equip leaders in churches to unleash whole-life generous disciples.

Our vision: A Church full of people overflowing with care for others in all they know, feel and do.

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