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The ChurchGear Team

Here at ChurchGear, we are a motley crew of current and former worship leaders who have banded together to serve the Church in a unique way. We try not to take ourselves too seriously but we do love what we get to do by helping churches sell their used music, sound and A/V gear and supporting missionaries all over the globe. Here’s a quick bio about each of our goofy staff members.

Toby Walters
Owner & Saint of Sarcasm​

Toby Walters

Founder & Saint of Sarcasm

Toby is our fearless leader and captain of sarcastic, comic relief. He’s been leading worship and selling gear for over 20 years. He has a wife who loves him with the fiery passion of a million suns (and is also currently rolling her eyes) and two kids that Toby is trying his darndest to develop a love and passion for music and the church…or at the very least, turn off the light when they leave a room! Toby has a strong passion for the church and worship/tech staff members. He wants to save you from that scary closet full of old gear that haunts the back hallways of every church in America!

Blake Hodges​

Brand Director & Ninja Skill master

Blake oversees all of our branding, marketing, and content but has hidden ninja skills ready to burst on the scene at any sign of danger. He is married to a woman roughly 78 times out his league and raises an army of cats. Blake’s best friend since 5th grade is a worship pastor so he’s literally been raised to love and serve worship & tech staff. When he isn’t doing our branding, he is calculating the gas and time it’ll take to get across the country to church staff conferences, worship conferences, FILO, etc! We can’t get him on a plane!

Blake Hodges​
Brand Defender & Ninja Skillmaster​
Brian Cigainero​
Lead Gear Guru & Whittling Woodsman​

Brian Cigainero​

Tech Director & Whittling Woodsman

Brian is in charge of each and every piece of gear that comes through the door. His motto is “Raise up a piece of gear in the way it should go and when it is old, it will not depart from it.” He has a family with a beautiful wife and a whole lotta kids…so many that we’ve lost count! Brian has been a church tech director, Christian radio producer, and touring sound engineer for over 20 years. You will find him either at his tech bench with a mysterious piece of gear or sitting on his porch with sweet tea and whittling with his knife.

Frank Sandoval

Director of Operations & Safety Sergeant

Frank oversees all of our operations. From inventory tracking, to warehouse oversight and even the occasional Biliopancreatic Diversion. Originally from CA, Frank has a long history of leading tech divisions at major corporations. He spent several years in the marines and runs our ship with a dogged discipline that keeps us cowered and in line. His lunch hour is our favorite time of the day when we get to act like sugar crazed preschoolers until he comes back and scolds us. Thankfully Frank has us to boss around because as soon as he gets home, his beautiful wife and two boys have a “honey-do” list as long as his life. Did we mention that Frank is the oldest in the company? We certainly remind him of it everyday!

Frank Sandoval
Operations & Safety Sergeant
Sara Day​
Communications & Company Mom​

Sara Day​

Director of Logistics & Company Mom

Sara keeps everything flowing that relates to human interaction. She keeps the rest of us from burning down the house…as any good mom would do. She has been supporting the dreams of her rapper (yes, rapper!) husband and 3 amazing kids for 25 years. Sara worked on a church staff overseeing communications of all ministries. She makes sure that all of our customers feel like they matter…because you do! When the rest of us start acting too immature, she is the adult in the room. On the rare occasion, she joins in with the nonsense, we are all in trouble.

Drew Hester

Church Sales Director & Chief Babymaker

Drew hails from a long line of tobacco farmers in NC. Planning to go into the family trade, he accidentally chose Liberty University and quickly realized their tobacco major was a bit underfunded. Finding his calling in church production, he has a strong passion to help churches find the gear they need and save them money at the same time. He’s young, handsome and healthy and if that wasn’t enough, goes running every morning just to make absolute sure the rest of us feel like slackers! His amazing wife and two young kids are scheming to add at least 10 more children to the clan. Good luck, Drew! Maybe that’s what all the running is about.

Drew Hester
Director of Church Sales & Chief Babymaker
Dave Roediger
Director of Business Development

Dave Roediger

Church Relations Director & Bear Wrestler

Dave is essentially a walking Johnny Cash song…he’s been everywhere, man! A native of Alaska, former resident of CA and even a child model in Japan growing up…seriously! With a long history of being a church tech director and in the Christian touring world, Dave now builds relationships and works with church techs all over the world to buy their gear and advocate for needs. He has a family filled with a beautiful wife and three awesome kids who are still trying to figure out how to pronounce their last name. Just remember…bears and Dave are from Alaska. Both are often child models and just as bear’s say “Grrrrrr”, please pronounce it “RoediGrrrrrrrrrrrrrr”!

Chris Rowell​

Shipping Lead & Alaskan Wilderness Guide

Chris hails from the Alaskan wilderness…or at least a neighborhood in a suburb of a city that is within a short drive of some Alaska wilderness. He is a PK (pastor’s kid…uh oh) and was raised in the church with a passion for music. Chris is the oil that keeps the engine running in our warehouse. From testing, repairs, packing, and shipping gear to fixing everything that breaks around the shop. Not to mention, having to deal with the daily jokes about being a pastor’s kid!

Chris Rowell​
Gear Guru & Alaskan Wilderness Guide
Riley Rager​
Gear Guru & Mustached Magician​

Riley Rager​

Listings and Inventory & Mustached Magician

Riley was hired at ChurchGear to meet our “mustache quota”.  He wears it like a young Burt Reynolds and wows our clients with amazing mustache tricks!  Riley hails from PA and has a love for music and the church.  He plays drums and guitar and will rock your face off if the situation calls for it.  Riley handles all sorts of testing gear, photos and travel at ChurchGear. And after many months of courtship and sweet tea on the porch, he has finally married his betrothed, Maddy. 

Brian Boggs

Audio Tech & Soldering Sensei

Boggs is our in-house service technician.  He knows more about the innards of our gear than most of us know about what’s on the outside. We met Boggs one day when ChurchGear bought a large scale audio console and he literally came crawling out of one of the circuit boards. On an unrelated note, we may be a bit iffy on the definition of the word “literally.”  He serves as a production director at his church and has a storied history of touring as a FOH and monitor tech for some of the biggest names in the entertainment world. You’d have to sign an NDA in order to hear those names!  His adoring wife, Natali, as well as his amazing daughter, are the reasons he gets up in the morning.

Brian Boggs
Gear Tech Guru & Soldering Sensei
Jonah Day
Gear Guru & Whale Sound Savant

Jonah Day

Photographer, Tech Team & Whale Sound Savant

Jonah comes from a long lineage of ChurchGear employees. He is one of at least two generations of “Day’s” to come aboard the company. Originally from Northern CA, he leads worship and uses guitar effects pedals to make whale sounds at many modern churches. Jonah does all things in our warehouse. From testing gear, packing and shipping and taking photographs to providing a strong competitor for the in-house “moustache-olympics”, he is an indispensable crux of our crew. Newly married to his beautiful wife, Steph, we are slowly but surely convincing them to start working on the third generation of Day’s to come aboard at ChurchGear.

Ryan Montgomery

Customer Support, Shipping Team & Near Death Expert

Ryan comes to us from across the pond. The pond being Percy Priest Lake in Nashville. When he’s not creating custom packaging presentations, he’ll tell you wild tales of being on a fishing boat in Alaska and almost dying…twice! With a jawline that’s able to make any young girl swoon, he’s actually a nerd at heart. Whether it’s coaching youth football, serving on the production team at his church or playing video games, he’s the cliché of the lovable nerd in every 80’s romantic comedy that always ends up winning the pretty girl in the end!

Ryan Montgomery
Shipping team & Near Death Expert
Charlie Howery
Customer Support & Steadfast Smiler

Charlie Howery

Driver, Customer Support & Steadfast Smiler

Charlie is all smiles. Like, it may be permanently affixed to his face. Charlie has been serving churches at ChurchGear for years as one of our front line drivers and handles all of our customer support. He is a worship leader at a church plant in Austin, TX and married to the beautiful Laura who has provided him with two adorable children. Now, if he’d just grow that beard a bit longer, he could function as David Crowder’s stunt double!

Ross Black

Podcast Editor, Tech Team & Swiss Army Knife

Ross is often referred to as a walking “swiss army knife” and proves to be indispensable amongst our operations team. Whether it’s his knife skills, can opener skills or corkscrew skills, Ross knows that girls only like guys with skills. A graduate of Liberty University and fantastic guitarist, he is currently awaiting word on his application to join the ChurchGear band. Whenever something needs to be done at ChurchGear, Ross takes his skills, dashing good looks and long history of working at Chick-fil-A, puts a smile on his face and shouts, “My Pleasure”!

Ross Black
Driver and warehouse utility player
Jared DePolo
Driver/Ambassador & Captain America

Jared DePolo

Driver/Ambassador & Captain America

Jared is our front lines soldier traveling to churches all over, loving on their production crew and picking up their gear. He is referred to by our team as Captain America. Now, don’t just dismiss us, let us lay out the case. First off, look at the guy! Handsome as a fox and chiseled out of granite. He literally captains a truck full of production gear all over America. And, if that wasn’t enough, he has a twin brother. We’re not saying it’s Chris Evans, but we’re also not saying it’s NOT Chris Evans. A composer, audio engineer and married to a beautiful artist, he’s got us all asking what the secret sauce is. Apparently, broccoli. He loves it like Popeye and his spinach!

Nathan Knudsen

Video Tech/Content & Fountain of Youth

Nathan is our “young” hire at ChurchGear. We all looked at each other, realized how old we were and decided we needed someone who could connect with the youths. We were able to hire Nathan right out of elementary school and put him to work. Don’t tell the TN labor force! He hails from the Columbus, OH area and is working on his degree through Liberty University. He’s the smartest kid in our class so naturally he deep dives into all of our complicated video gear and also has a great talent at shooting and editing video as well as photography. He’s an accomplished musician, the tallest one in the company and has boyish good looks. Darn youths!!!

Nathan Knudsen
Video Tech/Content & Fountain of Youth
Oak & Nick
The Bubble (W)Rap Boys

Oak & Nick

The Bubble (W)Rap Boys

The Bubble (W)Rap Boys hail from the mean streets of suburban Franklin, TN. Rescued out of a hard life of homeschooling and youth group, each one of them is a member of a gang of four brothers in their cribs and usually blow their wages on indulgent trips to Wendy’s. Whenever Chris isn’t yelling at them to get off their phones, they are laying down funky bubble wrap beats and packing boxes like beasts.

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What is "Certified Church Owned" Gear?

You can now purchase Certified Church Owned gear exclusively at churchgear.com. When a piece of gear receives our CCO badge it is a very special item. It is sourced from a single owner church. It’s gear that’s never toured or been used outdoors. It’s been kept in a climate controlled environment and used for only a few hours each week. Most pieces have received regular servicing by church tech directors. Each piece of CCO gear is fully tested and approved by ChurchGear techs and comes with our exclusive 6-month warranty for churches. Never before has there been a more trustworthy option for churches to buy pre-owned gear.

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