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Get To Know the Church Rescue Team

The Church Hoppers have paid a visit to the Freedom Biker Church to help Pastor Greg get back on track.

Meet the three Church Hoppers: Gladamere, Rev Kev and Doc. (View larger version)

Photograph by T Group Productions

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On "Church Rescue," three faith experts team up to travel the country, helping churches of all sizes and backgrounds grow and thrive. America is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world, as people from all walks of life worship in their own community of faith - from biker churches to traveling rodeo parishes and everywhere in between.

Unfortunately, running a successful parish isn't as easy as just gathering your neighbors in praise. Forty percent of new churches fail within the first year and eighty percent go under in five years. 

So what happens when a church is failing to thrive? Enter the Church Hoppers. The team is comprised of Kevin “Rev Kev” Annas, Anthony “Gladamere “ Lockhart, and Jerry “Doc” Bentley.  Rev Kevin is the resident business guru, who applies his entrepreneurial experience to churches' finances and operations to make sure they're running smoothly. Gladamere is the crew's sales and marketing specialist, helping refine churches' brands and promote their message to the community. Doc is a counselor, motivational speaker and the Hoppers' Church Systems Analyst, getting to know each individual parish's faith to help the church meet its goals.

In their quest to save America's churches, the three-man Hopper team travel from a North Carolina "Bapticostal" sanctuary to a synagogue on Venice Beach, doling out tough love and wisdom along the way.

19 comments
Jake Mason
Jake Mason

Can individuals unite through the heart and soul that embodies all faith traditions and can we resolve growing religious conflict? After searching and exploring for a religious "home" I feel there is a great need to heal the divisions that exist amongst individual people within faiths and between the world faith traditions themselves. www.newmessage.org

victor Del valle
victor Del valle

Dear Wise Men ,

I am so encouraged by what you are doing for the body of Christ.

i hope that one day the Lord will guide you to visit our churches here in Norway , Spain and Philippines

i will surely include you in my prayers.


In Christ Alone,

Ptr.Vic DV.


CHARLES FROST, SR.
CHARLES FROST, SR.

Rev. Bladamere, Rev. Kiev, Doc;


We need your help. I need your help. I am a proud pastor to a small congregation in a rural area just outside North Little Rock, Arkansas. I would like to invite you to come and help us reach our potential.  We are located in a blighted area where many of the people are poor and ill equipped to succeed. Many of the houses are vacant, We only have a handful of young people and I fear that we will not be able to hold onto them much longer.  The majority of our active members are in their late 50 and above. Our plant looks nice but due to location can be easily passed by.  My membership are willing to get up and go, but it appears that most of the get up and go, got up and went before I got here.  We are a denominational church but have a lot of latitude on thing we can do.  To see more about us, here is our Web Site: www.hollygroveamec.com   we are also on facebook. The things I saw you do with so diverse church lets me know that you are for real. And we need your help, for real!

Tony Eckard
Tony Eckard

Rev Kev.....yeah right!  I am one of the subcontractors that Mr. Annas cheated out of money for work performed.  I have taken him to court and have a judgement against him for the money he owes me.  He has filed bankruptcy and is trying to get out of repaying the money he stole.  If this is the type people that you employ on your shows, then I know I will never watch them.  National Geographic like many people in the Foothills of North Carolina have been swindled by Mr. Annas.  I can tolerate a lot of wrong doing, but being screwed in the name of the Lord is one thing I can not tolerate.  The churches Mr. Annas helps should do fine if they follow his business model.  Collect all the deposits possible, have the subcontractors provide the materials and labor to get the job done on time.....then sneak out of town and file bankruptcy.   Yeah, they should do fine.  Maybe I can get a job with National Geographic  since apparently you don't do any type of background checks.  I am very disappointed in a once fine organization....National Geographic.

Garry Lankford
Garry Lankford

I am a pastor of a small congreagation in a nice huge building.  Average age is about 55, with just a handful of teen agers.  I earnestly looking for ways to get more community into the Church.  It seems difficult to go door to door these days, so I'm looking for ways to build the attendance, especially the 30 to 45 age working class.

I have thought of trying to get some home bible studies as a door opener, but I'm certainly open to good suggestions.       garrylfordyahoo.com                                                            Garry L.

Garry Lankford
Garry Lankford

I am a Church pastor, and have caught three episodes, and gleaned some good ideas, but every Church is different in their need.  If anyone could help and share some information on how to jump start Church growth, I would certainly be interested.  I have a large church building, very well maintained, but my membership has

dropped since before I came as pastor to about 40-50 regualr members, with an average age of 55.  I have

just a handful of teens in the Church, and limited budget.  I contemplating trying to get a few home bible study group going, to get the word out, and hopefully get interest in Church attendance.  I can be contact directly through garrylfordyahoo.com

.                                                                       Thanks Garry L.

Elizabeth Sindona
Elizabeth Sindona

Hi I work for a construction company that restore church's I would love to speak to the producers of this show if anyone can send me in the right direction please contact me elysin33@yahoo.com 

Thank you

Chris Gragg
Chris Gragg

"Rev Kev"...hahahaha! They had to add an extra sewage treatment plant in Caldwell county for all the people he crapped out of money. I hope he's had a change of heart, but his history sure doesn't leave him with a good testimony in running a "church business". I believe he may have a better career as a politician considering he has never run a business effectively. Personally, I wouldn't let him get his hands on my monopoly game money. NatGeo you guys need to do some background checks before buying a reality show.

Freyja Markee
Freyja Markee

how do i get the church hoppers to help my church?

Amanda Philapy
Amanda Philapy

I seen this TV show the other day, and thought it was wonderful. The Church that my family and I go to was built in 1909. The basement always floods and has several more needed repairs that our church just can not afford. I was wondering if anyone knew how to get ahold of the producers so I can talk to them and see if they can help us.

Barbara Pennell
Barbara Pennell

I have known one of these gentlemen for many years and can attest to the fact he has a true heart for God. After watching the first episode of Church Rescue I was thrilled to see how he and the other two gentlemen on the show reached out to minister to the body of Christ.  The compassion, "tough love" and magnetic energy shown in their efforts to help this church move forward was nothing less than contagious!  Thanks guys for moving forward with your God given desire to help fellow Christians in the furtherance of the Gospel.  WELL DONE!!!

Justin Taylor
Justin Taylor

I can't speak for many of the other churches on this show. But I can speak for Jesus Christ Full Gospel Church in Charlotte, NC with Pastor Hedgecoe. Our church was mislead into this TV show. We were told that we'd be given the chance to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ on this TV show. We were sold on lies about this TV show. Rather it's the producers of this show or the "Church Hopper" group, you will pay a price for trashing the men of GOD of these shows. I'm sure the other pastors and churches were lied too to get them involved.

MJ L
MJ L

I don't know anything about the guys hosting it, but I know the show itself is great! Finally a show that treats Christians and their faith respect. And finally a reality show that isn't annoyingly repetitive and over-sensationalized! Great job NG!

Bobby Barnes
Bobby Barnes

Rev. Kevin Annas, resident business guru???  One in the same, Kevin Annas as former President and Licensed Residential Contractor for Providence Home Builders, Inc. based out of Granite Falls, NC?  One in the same, Kevin Annas who silently filed for bankruptcy with that business while at the same time collecting full payments from unaware house-building clients on the works being performed by his subcontractors, all the while leaving his many subcontractors unpaid and out many 10's of thousands of dollars for the work they had responsibly and honestly performed?  One in the same, Kevin Annas who ran and hid, refusing to respond to anyone who had performed subcontracted work or provided countless materials and goods for his own profits while leaving so many who performed their work in good faith were left at significant financial loss by his actions?  Really, one in the same Kevin Annas who is now touted as an expert in helping churches handle their finances and operations responsibly and with faithful stewardship to their congregation and their fellow man?  Surely, can this be the same Kevin Annas whom so many here in western NC, Caldwell County in particular, now have only their frustrations, anger and financial hardship left behind after having been dealt with so dishonestly, disrespectfully, and in bad faith?

Sandra Shumaker
Sandra Shumaker

@Justin Taylor

Hi Justin:  I watched the show and saw your episode.  I don't know what you were told but it came across that your church did share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I am sure that they took a lot of footage and edited it down to fit into a hour show.  I live in NC and found your church was sincere in its beliefs and had wonderful outreach ministries.  Do not feel that your church was not portrayed in whatever way you feel slighted -- the prison ministry and the baptisms all showed your deep commitment into wanting to lead others to Christ.  With the short time constraints on any show, it is difficult to get everything in those minutes that you felt didn't happen.  I hope this will make you feel a little better about what was projected.  I honestly think that your congregation, its mission and love for the Lord came across.  Leading others to Christ is all our calling by Jesus.  Your church was given a wonderful opportunity and I am glad that you were chosen.

Dan Dillon
Dan Dillon

@Bobby Barnes @Bobby Barnes And don't forget about the several that he took deposits from to have their houses built. Some of them Kevin just walked away with their deposit and didn't finish their house. One house that he did complete and they were suppose to get their deposit back, they never did. In this case alone, your talking of over $130,000.00 that Kevin owes a home owner who, not once, was ever late paying the invoices Kevin sent them while their house was being built.