Welcome to Rookie Preacher.

Our hope is that this website will be a resource for pastors who want to preach and lead better.

The role of a pastor is demanding. Some weeks you probably find yourself wondering how you are going to get your sermon prepared or wondering how you are going to lead through a problem. We want to help you in those areas.

If you’re on Twitter, we’d love to connect with you. You can follow us and we’ll follow you: @Rookie_Preacher

Why “Rookie Preacher”?

We chose the name Rookie Preacher because it represents what we’re about. As a rookie in anything, you are in a position of being a learner. We believe that all pastors should be learners. That you are never to a place where you can simply coast through your craft of preaching or leadership. There is always something new to learn. We hope to encourage you in that.

Who is “We”?

Rookie Preacher was started by two guys: Joe Hoagland and Brandon Kelley.

Joe Hoagland

My name is Joe. I am the Lead Pastor at Rise Church in Marion, Ohio.

I am a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University. I love to preach and lead, I love to talk about preaching and leading, and I love to hear you talk about preaching and leading

So find me on Twitter and let’s connect!

Brandon Kelley

Hi there. I’m Brandon.

I get to serve as the Lead Pastor at First Church of Christ in Bluffton, Indiana.

I strive to be a lifelong learner and as a pastor, the areas of preaching and leadership are ones in which we can never stop growing. 

I am so excited to go on this journey with you!

Connect with me on Twitter or feel free to email me: Brandon@rookiepreacher.com

Grow as a Preacher and Leader

Want to grow as a preacher and leader? We’ll help you do it. Just subscribe to the blog. And to get you started and as a way of saying thank you, we’ll include 5 free resources: Pre-Formatted Sermon Notes Template, Sermon Evaluation Worksheet, 56 Weeks of Preaching TopicsSermon Series Planning Evernote Template, and the Weekly Productivity Evernote Template. All this for free when you subscribe.

Free Preaching Resources


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  1. Hi, just reading your book Preaching Sticky Sermons. As a 70 year old I am trying out Evernote for the first time following your advice. In Chapter 7 it gives a link to Evernote downloads. Unfortunately it will not work. Just tried to click onto the Evernote series on this page and again I get error messages.
    Your book is really driving me to update and move forward both in my preparation and sermons.

    I would really appreciate your templates.

    God bless.

    Joan White in UK.

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