Andy Bowersox is one of the founders of this ministry and has served as our Executive Director since 2009. Known as a friend to all, he is gifted at reaching others with encouragement and facilitating unique experiences for them. He devotes his time to developing new and creative ways to encourage and support our spiritual leaders, inspiring others to do the same. He likes coffee, has an insatiable appetite for adventure, and is passionate about caring for those who share the gospel and spend their lives spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. His dedication to this ministry is evidence of that God given passion.
Andy is married to Elizabeth and they have three beautiful children, Jake, Allie, and Sophie. Together they enjoy traveling, spending time at the lake, visiting with friends and family, and always trying new restaurants! Andy is accountable to our Board of Directors which includes local pastors and business leaders. He is responsible for upholding our vision, overseeing our retreats and all day to day operations of this ministry.
Pastor to Pastors/Leadership Coach
After serving more than 30 years in Pastoral Ministry, Robert joined Energize Ministries in the role of Pastor to Pastors/Leadership Coach. He has the practical experience of serving churches in Texas, North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia which range in size from a church plant to over 3,000 members. He also shares a love for pastors and church leaders, and enjoys working with them during times of transition and growth.
Robert’s education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting , a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary. He has also been a certified Leadership Coach for almost 10 years and is completing a Doctor of Ministry degree in Leadership Coaching from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.
Robert has been married to Jennifer for 30 years. They continue to have a burden for marriages and families, and are regularly sought out to do marriage or family seminars in addition to Robert’s preaching schedule. He and Jennifer have a passion and heart for mission work throughout the world. They have four adult children…They are also affectionately known as Poppy and Gigi to their grandchildren.
Van & Ressie Nelson
International Pastor Support
Both Van and Ressie Nelson were reared in Christian homes. Van grew up in a pastor’s home and was led to Christ by his dad. Growing up Ressie was encouraged to be involved in her church. They met in college and have served in missions together for over 20 years.
Van has previously served as a senior pastor, has been trained in Intentional Interim Ministry, and has served three churches as an interim pastor.
Van and Ressie serve with Energize Ministries as international pastor care partners. Their love for those in ministry grew out of their own experience, seeing the need first-hand. Today, they focus on caring for pastors and their wives and Christian leaders in Norway, Sweden, and the Caribbean but travel the world to minister to those who are often forgotten, pastors. The result is seeing pastors and Christian leaders with a renewed vision to “press towards the mark” (Philippians 3:14).
The Nelsons make their home in Winston-Salem, NC. When they are not traveling they minister here in the USA. They have four grown children who with their families are all walking with the Lord.
Chief Operating Officer
Joel has been on the board of directors with Energize Ministries since its inception. He has an entrepreneurial spirit and had a small business for 11 years doing a variety of science programs for kids. In the following 9 years, he created and implemented the STEM program at Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point, NC. He plans to bring that spirit of initiative, vision and growth to the next phase of Energize Ministries.
In the church, his primary calling has been as a teacher. He spent 20 years as a board member, taught many classes and small groups, was a youth sponsor and helped with as many various odds and ends as needed. He thinks of himself as an amateur apologist but has a long way to go in that area. He is a baseball fan and was an assistant, JV or fall league coach at Wesleyan Academy for 13 years.
Joel grew up in Western Pennsylvania and graduated from Houghton College in western New York with a BA in math, then from Southwestern College in Kansas with his Masters in theology. He has lived in North Carolina with his wife Kathleen and their two children Bre and AJ for 28 years.
Pastor to Pastor
Jack was born in Urbana, Illinois and his family came to know Christ when he was four years old. It was the result of his miraculous healing from a rare kidney disease. In the summer of his fourteenth year, at a youth camp, he committed his life to full time ministry. Upon completion of this theological degree in 1969, he married his wife, Gayle and they have one daughter and two grandchildren.
Jack and Gayle have spent the last 50 years in ministry serving the Lord as youth pastors, children’s pastors and senior pastor (pastoring a growing church for 30 years with a full-time pastoral staff of eight). They also served on a Denominational Mission’s Counsel with extensive overseas ministry. They love serving pastors, congregations, and doing Bible teaching for men’s and women’s ministries.
Jack served for seven years as head police chaplain and as a sworn officer. He also served city government in a variety of appointed positions including Prescient of the Human Rights Commission.
The Chandlers enjoy travel, entertaining, and serving people. Jack enjoys fishing, golf and a variety of other sports.
Director of Hispanic Pastor Care
Andy Solis grew up as a PK and has served in the church in various capacities his whole life. Having personally experienced the grueling reality of ministry and the intimate challenges that pastor’s and their families face day to day, God has given him a heart to serve and be a confidant to our spiritual leaders. After praying for God to show him the next step in serving Him, God allowed Andy Solis and Andy Bowersox to cross paths, simultaneously answering both of their prayers. Andy answered God’s call to join the Energize team and serve the Spanish speaking community.
Having served in both English and Spanish speaking ministries, as well as on international mission trips, allows Andy to provide specialized care and service to Energize Ministries’ Spanish speaking community.
Andy serves locally at his home church playing guitar on the worship team, leading the church’s singles group, and is a member of the men’s leadership team.
Andy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship and minor in Economics. As a business professional, Andy has a background in banking, marketing, multi-national non-profit organizational leadership and currently works full-time in Human Resources where he leads with God’s love at the forefront of every interaction.
Andy resides in Winston-Salem, NC and on his downtime enjoys playing music, riding motorcycles, camping on the Outer Banks, longboarding, and enjoys visiting new local coffee shops.
Bob & Bev Uber
Chaplains to Chaplains
Bob and Bev focus on support for our military and 1st responder chaplains. They live in High Point, NC. They have been married three years. Bob has three grown children and so does Bev.
Bob is a combat officer from Vietnam where he received a Bronze Star for valor. Bev is from the U.K. and her background is nursing and social work with an emphasis on mental health. Bob brings a background of ministry to the military; particularly with military chaplains as an international speaker, conducting over 30 military marriage seminars on military bases. “Stop the unraveling of military marriages” was the request of almost every chaplain, since 72% of marriages do not survive their initial deployment to a combat zone. Bev’s background and experience in social work and mental health was often directed to the British Special Forces particauly post Gulf War and the War in Afghanistan. She met frequently with veterans experiencing combat trauma. Her experience and faith have enabled her to help countless veterans with their depression and anxiety as she assists them in transitioning into civilian life.
Together they host special restorative marriage retreats for military and 1st responder chaplains and their spouses at the Energize Lodge.
Cindy grew up as a PK and then spent 40 years as a pastor’s wife serving churches in PA, OH and then NC. She and her husband, Dave were high school sweethearts and raised seven children—6 girls and 1 boy-together. They are now blessed with 8 grandchildren. From a young child, Cindy knew she wanted to be a teacher and followed that dream by getting her degree in elementary education. She used those skills teaching in a Christian school and then homeschooling her children. She has spent the last 20 years directing a church preschool.
Being in ministry, their family experienced both the highs and lows of ministry and some of those lows inspired Dave to help found Energize Ministries. Dave passed away in 2018 after a four year battle with melanoma. Helping to carry on Dave’s dream here at Energize Ministries has brought much healing and joy on this new journey of widowhood.
Pastor's Wife Support
Charlotte’s role at Energize Ministries is to provide support for our pastors’ wives. Charlotte has been involved in mentoring for many years and currently serves as a leader in her church’s mentoring ministry. She served four years as a caregiver in the Stephens Ministry program where she met her husband. Her passion is to serve women, inspiring and encouraging them so they realize that they are never alone. We serve a God rich in mercy, and his great love is never withheld from us.
In 2019, she went on a mission trip to the UBTS Baptist Seminary in L’viv, Ukraine, where she taught, encouraged, and mentored women pursing degrees in ministry. It was this experience that opened up her eyes and created in her a desire to do more for God in her retirement years. God was working in her heart and stirring the desire for something new – something that used her gifts to glorify Him. She is excited about connecting Pastors’ wives so that they can come alongside one other in prayer and encouragement; not only sharing in each other’s joys and blessings, but also in life’s challenges.
Charlotte is married to Stephen, who is serving as the North America Mission’s Coordinator for International Commission. Together they have three daughters and four grandchildren. She loves traveling with her husband, being outdoors, gardening, and playing golf with friends. In her spare time, she loves to read, write, and work on various projects.
Lodge Reservationist & Special Events
Melissa enjoys being a mother and wife. She has a son in college and a daughter who is ten. She lives in the country along with all of their chickens, rabbits, dog, cat and fish.
She especially enjoys working with children at a preschool during the mornings hours loving on them and sharing with them about Jesus. After working with her class she enjoys helping Energize Ministries in her afternoons. Melissa grew up in a pastor’s home and so brings a lot of insight into the blessings and challenges of growing up as a PK. She has a tender and willing heart to serve and loves helping others, especially pastors and their families.
Katrina is the daughter of Energize Ministries co-founder, pastor Dave Annan. She is one of seven children and growing up in a pastors family, she is fully aware of the internal and external pressures of spiritual warfare and what it’s like to live in a fishbowl with the sometimes unrealistic pressures placed upon our spiritual leaders.
Katrina loves the outdoors and loves to travel. She has unique experience living with international culture, most recently as she lived several months in Puerto Rico. She has a passion for fitness and studied Health and Wellness at the University of North of North Carolina. For a number of years she served Energize Ministries as the Executive Director’s Assistant. She now works full time with Samaritan’s Purse, but still loves contributing and supporting Energize as she can with her specialized skill set.