Our Story

Who's Behind Spark?

We’re a group of thinkers, designers and coders who have a passion for bringing innovation to churches. We also believe that innovation shouldn’t be exclusively available to ministries with large budgets.

We are an official 501©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 open-source solutions for churches. While initially sponsoring a single project, Rock RMS, we at Spark hope to launch and support other projects in the future.

What Makes Spark Unique?


We’re committed to making technology accessible for ministries of all sizes and have modeled our organization after the early church to help provide for the needs of small ministries.


We believe the community of churches we shepherd is at least as important as the products we build, and we invest accordingly.


We are dedicated to building elegant, simple solutions to the complex problems of ministry.


We don’t sit around waiting for inspiration and we don’t seek to do what’s already been done. Our team is leading the charge in new technology and new insights specific to ministry.

Meet the Board

The Spark non-profit was started by leaders with years of experience in implementing leading-edge technology in churches across America.

Jon Edmiston


Jon Edmiston is a developer, lead architect and vision caster of Spark Development Network. Jon was an E-Commerce Program Manager at Honeywell International where he oversaw corporate e-commerce programs and developed enterprise standards for Internet technologies for 7 years. Jon then joined the staff of Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona for 13 years where he led the Creative Technologies team and developed a leading custom church management system that was released to a third-party software company and installed at over 100 of the largest churches in the US.

Emily Forman

Vice President and Treasurer

Emily Forman is a leader in communications and business building. She worked in marketing and communications inside the commercial real estate and engineering industries for several years before entering entrepreneurship in the automobile industry, building and managing operations and growth for eight years. Before joining Spark, she worked at Christ’s Church of the Valley as the Communications Director where she developed the communications, marketing and in-house print shop strategies for four years.

Nick Airdo


Nick Airdo is a developer and co-creator of Refresh Cache, an annual conference dedicated to developers of church management systems. He started his career at Motorola where he worked on email systems infrastructure, monitoring systems software and the IT data warehouse. After 12 years with Motorola he became a developer at Central Christian Church in Arizona, dedicating his programming skills to the church and pursuing his dream to collaborate and share software with other Christian developers.

Jeremy Hoff


Jeremy Hoff is the Administrative Pastor at Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch, California. He has been in ministry for 18 years and has extensive experience in the church management industry as well as a passion for building the crossroad of technology and ministry.

Robert Wild


Bob has been the Director of Finance and Administration and Risk Management for both Vineyard Christian Fellowship of North Phoenix and Christ's Church of the Valley over the past 25 years. Bob has served on several boards including the local Phoenix NACBA chapter, CCV Youth Sports Inc., and Financial Planning Ministry. Bob wrote and self published an instruction manual for church planters called "Growing Your Church From The Ground Up: The Corporate Side," and has been published in multiple magazines. In 2009 Bob joined his current team at Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company as the Sr. Director-Strategic Alliances.

John Pitzaferro


John Pitzaferro is Chairman and CEO of TransNational Payments, a leading privately held payments technology company and processor for merchants, financial institutions and large corporations. Passionate about community involvement and faith, Jon founded two other organizations, MyWell Ministries and Party with a Purpose, which have collectively saved churches and ministries over $13 million. In 2013, John co-founded Vision96, an independent consulting firm that develops customized solutions for businesses. John is also a member of the board of directors at Orphan Network and a supporter of various charities.