Nancy Moore

Founder & Lead Consultant

Since 2006, Nancy has served churches, Christian schools and faith-based organizations to take the guesswork out of the most important leadership decisions. Whether discovering the right individual to guide the organization to the next level or planning for the succession of a long-term pastor, Nancy and her team are an effective resource for the tools and processes that help decision-makers get it right.

Nancy is passionate about seeing the local church thrive and effectively move forward. She brings more than 20 years of ministry service and experience to her clients. Prior to launching NL Moore & Associates, she spent 7 ½ years with SIMA International Minneapolis as a senior consultant specializing in the search and selection of Senior Pastors, Executive Pastors and Heads of Christian Schools. She began her ministry career in the local church, serving as a Ministry Director and senior staff member at a large in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota church.

A graduate of Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota, Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ministries. In addition to being certified in succession planning by Russ Crabtree, a nationally recognized expert in that field and co-author of the succession planning guide: The Elephant in the Boardroom, she is currently completing her Executive Coaching certification with International Coach Federation. Nancy serves on the Board of Directors of SIMA International and on the Governing Council of New Life Academy in Woodbury, Minn.

Nancy is married to Keith, and they have two grown daughters. They enjoy travel, fantasy football and relaxing by the water.

Kara Bubar

Search Associate

Kara brings an extensive background of human resources/recruitment to her role as a Search Associate at NL Moore & Associates. As an HR professional, devoted Christian and the wife of a pastor, Kara brings a blend of life experience, faith perspective and professional training that serves our clients well. Kara sources strong candidates for the various roles we represent. She has a warm, sincere personality with a gift to actively engage others in honest communication. Kara is experienced in evaluating potential candidates and is passionate about bringing the right individual to a position for the right reasons.

Megan Estelle

Search Associate

Megan is a driven, enthusiastic, people-oriented search associate who brings a lot of energy to the NL Moore & Associates team. She is committed to helping others develop their full potential and connect them with positions where they will not only utilize their strengths, but thrive! Megan’s educational background is in counseling and developmental theory, but her professional experience is largely in Christian higher education. Graduating with a BA in Psychology from Anderson University and an MA in Student Affairs Administration from Ball State University, prepared her with the executing and interpersonal skills required to source high quality candidates for our clients.

Abby Knowles

Assessment Director

As our candidate assessment specialist, Abby uses her experience and expertise with a variety of personal assessment tools to discern the best prospective fit and compatability with the clients we represent. Since 2005 Abby has honed her skills in Christian higher education, denominational settings and the local church. Abby is trained and qualified in several tools including StrengthsFinder, Ministry Insights, EQ-i, among others. She is passionate about helping pastors and Christian leaders better understand their gifts and to be empowered into their calling.

John and Ruth Ann Larson

Succession Coaches

John and Ruth Ann Larson have committed themselves to pastoral ministry teams and leadership throughout their lives. They desire to come alongside pastors and spouses who are navigating transitions between ministries or out of pastoral ministry. Having been ministry partners for more than three decades, they understand the unique challenges, both vocationally and relationally, of transition and succession planning in such a context, and have most recently experienced their own transition out of church leadership into retirement.

Ann Paulson

Client Relationship Manager

Ann brings her organizational skills and communication background to her role at NL Moore & Associates. Ann is an excellent resource who is dedicated to her role of providing support for the entire NL Moore team and its clients. Ann has worked in the marketing, communication and public relations fields for one of the largest hospitals in Minnesota as well as the Minnesota Department of Health. Most recently, she worked as the communication director at a large evangelical church in the eastern suburbs of St. Paul.

Megan Lawrence

Lead Research Specialist

As lead researcher for NL Moore and Associates, Megan is committed to identifying potential candidates who bring the right kind of background and experience to meet the expectations of our clients at the highest level. She enjoys serving as a strategic, behind the scenes partner in the search and selection process to facilitate the right connections between people and leadership opportunities. Her varied degrees in international business, marketing, and Christian education as well as her experience editing Sunday school curriculum give her unique insight into the many different roles within church life. Megan and her husband and two young boys are also church planters in the Pittsburgh, PA area.

Jamie Sipsma

Senior Ministry Consultant

Jamie’s heart for vitalized ministry and maximum impact are what drive his passion for walking alongside churches, schools and organizations during seasons of leadership transition and assessment. Jamie participates in and provides value to all searches, but also brings further benefit to clients as an Associate Pastor specialist, with more than a decade of experience serving churches and organizations in various associate roles. Jamie excels in communication, facilitating focus groups, identifying leadership and maximizing teams within various ministry communities. A strategic thinker with an outgoing personality, Jamie effectively leverages his strengths to grow ministries, complete projects, and walk alongside churches and organizations.  

Emily Swanson


Emily is the owner and president of Holy Cow! Consulting and is committed to its mission of using an evidence-based discernment process to help organizations determine their next steps toward becoming healthier, more vital parts of the communities they serve. Since 2008, HC!C and NL Moore & Associates have been strategic allies in leveraging the evidence-based approach in church consulting and succession planning. HC!C helps NL Moore & Associates’ clients make better decisions in less time with more confidence. We value this professional relationship.