Spark Development Network
The Spark Development Network (Spark) is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes collaboration, innovation and openness for
church technology. We're tired of watching churches struggle to afford the quality software they need to fulfill their vision. We're passionate
about bringing the latest technology, matched with great design, to free open-source solutions for churches. While initially sponsoring a single
project, Rock, we at Spark hope to launch and support other projects in the future. If you have a project you would like to
work on in the Spark community drop us a line.
Meet the Board Members
The Spark Development Network non-profit was started by individuals with years of experience in implementing leading-edge technology in churches
across America. It was initially founded by Jon, David, Nick and Jeremy but is currently made up of these volunteer or part-time
- Nick Airdo
Nick Airdo is a developer and co-creator of RefreshCache, an annual conference dedicated to
developers of Church Management Systems (ChMS). He has been writing custom ministry software for
Central Christian Church of Arizona since 2004. For the twelve years prior, Nick's career began
at Motorola where he worked on email systems infrastructure, monitoring systems software and the IT data warehouse. In 2004, Nick gave up
his career at Motorola to dedicate his programming skills to the Church and to pursue his dream to
collaborate and share software with other Christian software developers.
- Tony Burgarello
Tony works on staff at Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) in Peoria, Arizona and
has been a great source of guidance for the Spark Development Network.
- Jon Edmiston
Jon Edmiston was on staff at Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) in Peoria, Arizona for 13 years,
where he lead the Creative Technologies team. After joining the CCV staff in 2002 he led the development of a custom church management system
that has since been released to a third-party software company and installed at over 100 of the largest churches in the US. Before his tenure
at CCV, Jon was a E-commerce Program Manager at Honeywell International where he oversaw
corporate e-commerce programs and developed enterprise standards for Internet technologies.
- Emily Forman
Emily was on staff at Christ's Church of the Valley (CCV) in Peoria, Arizona,
as the Director of Communications. Not only is Emily the Spark Treasurer, she also brings a wealth of experience in
the communications, public relations and marketing domains. You can hear Emily as our faithful moderator
in the ROCKCast podcasts where she talks the team through upcoming happenings at Spark.
- Jeremy Hoff
Jeremy Hoff is an Administrative Pastor at Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch, CA, and has a broad
experience in the church management world.
- David Turner
David Turner was the Senior Developer at Christ's Church of the Valley for 12 years. During this time
David was the lead architect of CCV's church management solution, which is now in use at over 100 other churches. David has been
instrumential in helping other churches implement best-practices in solving ministry problems through appropriate technology. Before joining
CCV David was a programmer at EDS and
- Bronson Witting
Bronson is the Director of Information Technology at NewPointe Community Church and
joined our board in January of 2016. Bronson has been actively promoting and using Rock since its earliest days and was a
natural fit for our recently expanded board.