Our teams at FaithNetwork are comprised of people just like you. We have people that served in their churches as media managers, music leaders, church secretaries, pastor's assistants, bookkeepers, board members and more and they bring their talents and experience to FaithNetwork for your benefit. Our staff literally becomes an extension of our client's teams of volunteers and paid staff members. We are here to help in any way we can, anytime you need us.
We believe that certain people are gifted by God in certain areas. Our internal teams are designed to help maximize and strengthen those gifts of our employees while ensuring the right person is doing the right job for the success of our client. All too often a web company may have a highly technical person doing customer service, or a customer service person who does some design, or a designer trying to write code. What you often will get from this type of cross work is an incomplete web experience lacking in some critical area. FaithNetwork is a firm believer in having people specialize in each task they perform, from client management and support, to design and development. This ensures the highest level of excellence for our clients.
Meet Some Team Members
John Stewart, President and Founder
John Stewart, a USAF veteran, has been working in internet based technology since the early 1990's. While living in Southern California he got his start creating small footprint, internet based video games and developed web based solutions for clients such as Billabong, Kenwood, Cedar Sinai and others.
In 1995 John accepted Christ and had a vision that one day he would be used to advance the use of technology in spreading the word of Christ.
In 1997 John was called to the Northwest to start the interactive division of a technology marketing company, Imagio MarComm, that is now a division of J Walter Thompson. John gained valuable experience in brand marketing and how that extends to an organization's web presence.
Always an entrepreneur at heart, John left the agency to form his own company. In 1999 John co-founded a Seattle based internet start-up called DailyShopper.com that provided a consumer sales comparison engine and a hosted sales display application for major retailers like Best Buy, Target, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Nordstrom and many others. John built DailyShopper, later known as DS Retail Technologies, into a large company, serving most of the top retailers in the United States.
John bootstrapped this company through the tough times of the dot bomb and through the 9-11 economic down turn and eventually led this company to be a profitable and successful entity. DS Retail Technologies was purchased in 2004 by the newspaper giants of the day -- Tribune, Gannett and Knight-Ridder. These were the same entities that owned Cars.com, CareerBuilder.com and many other well-known internet brands. ShopLocal.com was then formed and still exists today as a valuable tool for consumers and a service to retailers world-wide.
After his success in the retail space John realized it was time to pursue his vision of earlier years and he created a new company called FaithNetwork. FaithNetwork is focused solely on reaching the world for Christ through new and innovative uses of technology. John is living his dream now, passionate about his work and eager to do his part for the Kingdom!
Gary Helmers, Director of Marketing and Business Developement
Gary has always been a teacher and worked for 10 years as a public school music teacher. Then, with a Masters in Music Education from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Business Administration from the UCLA Graduate School of Management, Gary became the Executive Director of an international trade association of recording studios called SPARS.
With the experience and relationships he developed in the music business, Gary saw the opportunity for a new publishing venture and formed a publishing company with his wife. They launched 3 magazines within the first 12 months; Home Studio Recording, Music Technology and Rhythm. Following the successful launch of these magazines and the sale of the publishing company, Gary focused on the rapidly expanding electronics assembly industry.
Gary attributes his success in sales and marketing to the fact that he has never lost his passion to teach. He believes that the best marketing approach is to teach and inform clients. He joined Faith Network in 2009 to continue that focus.
Cece Hernandez Helmers, Director National Sales Region 1
Cecilia has been in sales for over 25 years. She began working with a National Magazine in the recording studio industry, Mix Magazine as the Sales representative for Southern California and the SouthWest. She began a new publishing venture bringing magazines from the UK to The United States. Along with her husband, Gary Helmers, they launched 3 magazines within the first 12 months. Home Studio Recording, Music Technology and Rhythm. Following the successful launch of these magazines and the sale of the publishing company she took time off of sales to help her local church as the church administrator for 10 years.
Hearing that FaithNetwork was looking for a sales rep in the church industry it seemed like a natural fit to bring her experience in sales and working in churches to FaithNetwork. Cecilia came to FaithNetwork in 2008.
Kristin Burford, Director National Sales Region 2
Kristin has been in sales for 17 years. She began her sales career with Ingersoll Rand, then quickly moved to into the pharmaceutical field. She worked as a Representative then District Manager for Aventis Pharmaceuticals, becoming the youngest District Manger in the company. In 2002, Kristin and her family moved from California to Texas where she decided to take time off to raise her two children. In 2008, the Burford family was blessed with a third child. In addition to being a mother, Kristin has served in various capacities in her church where she is a current member of the mission team, Lamplight. Kristin recently returned from a fourteen day mission to an orphanage in Nigeria and a remote village Bassa land.
Being able to combine her background in sales with her love of Christ seemed a wonderful opportunity! Kristin joined the FaithNetwork team in 2008.
Steve Beren, Director of Client Services
Steve Beren is a Seattle-based consultant and businessman, and joined FaithNetwork as Director of Client Services in 2011. He was west coast Director of Operations for the internet marketing company ShopLocal, where he worked from 2003 to 2008. Since 2009, Steve has been the owner of One Spark Marketing, specializing in publicity, social media, and political campaigning. A native of New York City, since 1987 Steve has lived in Seattle, where he and his wife are members of Christian Faith Center. He is active in local politics, having run for congress in 2006 and 2008.
Summing up his client service philosophy, Steve says, "It is enjoyable to help my client achieve what they actually want to achieve. I don't want to try to convince or coerce someone to do what I think they should be doing - I find out what they really need and want to do, and I help them achieve it. If that can be accomplished, I've done my job. My clients reach their goals - they're happy, and I'm happy. With FaithNetwork, I can help a church or Christian ministry reach more people for Christ, and nothing tops that."
Our Development Team
Our development team is completely U.S. based. Our teams are comprised of top talent in web development technologies and are designed to meet the vast array of technical challenges we face on a day to day basis.
Our Design Team
Our design team consists of in-house and contract designers. Many of FaithNetwork's designers have done work for major retail companies and other corporations. They are proven brand marketers with exceptional design and user interface creation skills. Some of our designers have done work for companies such as Apple, Verizon, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Target, Best Buy and many other recognized and trustworthy brands.