Trusted ministry development and growth.

Bringing ministry leaders side by side with experts, experiences, and each other.

Our Services

We would love to come along side your ministry or organization through these services.



We will help leaders identify their current reality through coming along side the organization with in person interviews, written surveys, data collection, in which the outcomes and next steps will be shared in a final report.



With the direction of the leaders we will walk side by side with those working with and around the ministry, team, or leader to develop a personalized goal oriented training event based on the Colocate Ministry Consulting assessment.



We work side by side with a leader to develop a relationship based around measurable goal oriented coaching. The goals will be based on past evaluations, professional growth goals, and Colocate Ministry Consulting assessment.



We will aid in developing relationships among leaders in similar fields to share best practices and applicable tools. These side by side relationships allow for long-term health and growth.

About Us

Colocate is the simple process of putting like items side-by-side. This is what makes “the cloud” work. Putting finance data from one company on the same server a design firm puts graphics. The server company is offsite and offers great service and protection for data by putting them side-by-side on this top notch server. This concept is also why you find fast food restaurants sharing space. You know you love getting a small personal pan pizza with a quesadilla.

Colocate Ministry Consulting’s (CMC) mission is to bring ministry leaders side by side with experts, experiences, and each other to advance God’s Kingdom.

The Colocate co-founders, Benji and Brent, met working as youth pastors side by side on the westside of Cincinnati. Over the years, they went from meeting for lunch to leading joint events, retreats, and mission trips together. These adventures led them to launching a youth workers network. Their experiences and networking organically led into coaching and consulting with churches looking to improve their student ministry systems and ability to reach their communities. Through these experiences, as well with meeting with leaders in the business world, Benji and Brent created the Colocate process of assessment, coaching, training, and networking to help churches and organizations develop and grow.


We aim to become a recognized and trusted leader in the area of ministry development and growth through assessment, coaching, consulting, and training leaders already in the mission field.

Contact us to discuss pricing and packages to match your needs.


We are only as good as those we help

    I want to thank Colocate for their help at Westwood UMC in Cincinnati. We took a congregational survey and discovered what we needed and how much work was ahead of us in student ministry. This helped inform our search team, develop interview questions and keep us focused on prayer. Thanks guys.

    Rev. ‎Lee Strawhun, Lead Pastor

    Brent has done an amazing job pouring into the youth director at Grand Lake. His ability to coach using technology and phone interactions have made him an ideal coach for us. His experience in ministry, willingness to share ideas, ability to ask hard questions and give honest feedback have helped our youth ministry to be stronger and reach out to more youth.

    Rev. Matt Overman, Pastor of Children and Family Ministries

    I went through 2 youth ministry internships with Brent as my mentor, and I cannot speak highly enough of the value gained from both experiences. Brent taught not only the effective strategies to reach youth and bring Christ to them in a relevant and impactful way, but also how to live a disciplined life and be the example leader your youth will need. I highly recommend anyone exploring the possibility of being a youth leader (professionally or voluntarily) to seek Brent's guidance. I am beyond excited to see his leadership take this next step and become accessible to so many more current and potential leaders!

    Michael Wedig

    I had the opportunity to work with Brent when I was one of the summer interns for his youth ministry. That summer I learned more about ministry, students, and my own faith than I did in most of my college classes. Brent equipped us to live out our passion for students. He challenged us to excellence. He encouraged us to continue to learn as ministers and grow in Christ. I am grateful for the experience and the wisdom he shared!

    Kasey Stinson

    I personally had the pleasure of spending time as an intern with Brent as I spent time sorting through my calling. As a youth intern working directly with Brent I was able to be directly poured into and grow as a Christian and a leader. I have always enjoyed leading and my time in my internship helped me to learn proper ways to lead and strengthened my weaknesses so that I could become the best leader possible. Brent spent countless hours mentoring me and ultimately helped pray over me and my career choice. Although I did not go into ministry I was able to learn how to minister to others in my current career choice as a Registered Nurse. Still to this day Brent is open to praying for me, coaching me, and helping me to continue to grow as a Christian leader!

    Alison Rebennack

Our Team

Meet the Colocate Team

Rev. Brent Dearnell

Coach, Trainer, and Youth Ministry Network Coordinator

I have served as a volunteer, interim, and full-time youth pastor, discipleship pastor, and executive pastor. Before going into ministry full-time I was a middle school teacher in an urban environment as well as a varsity soccer coach. I have directed a growing student ministry, experimented in a multisite church student ministry, facilitated a large after school program, developed leadership pathways, and led the local church to become a missional partner to area schools. I am passionate about helping young people live into their passion, faith, and call.

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Rev. Benji Sayre

Coach, Trainer, and Youth Ministry Network Coordinator

I have served as a youth pastor, associate pastor, executive pastor, and campus minister. Before entering ministry, I worked at an outdoor education center facilitating leadership development for high school and college groups.I have helped to develop and launch an after school program for high school students in a large suburban district in partnership with the community and facilitated youth ministry in various contexts. I am passionate about helping young people discover their God given purpose.

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Rev. Kate Smith

Coach and Trainer

I have served as a youth ministry intern, ministry assistant, and children, student, and young adult pastor. Most recently, I’ve stepped into the role of Pastor of Mission and Outreach which includes being the Director of Summer Impact. In each of these roles I have focused on engaging lifelong disciples through service, leadership, and worship locally and globally. Specifically I have mentored high school and college interns as well as create discipleship and service pathways based on age (birth through young adult) and interest which has led to growth in discipleship and engagement of youth, parents, and adults in each context. I am passionate about bringing generations together to learn, grow and serve, as well as trying new and innovative ideas to reach new people for Jesus.

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Teresa Roberts & Dianna Sheely

Children's Ministry Network Coordinators

We have both served as volunteers and in full-time Children’s Ministry roles. We have over 40 years of combined experience in Children’s Ministry and we are both very passionate about helping children and their families grow in their faith. We look forward to connecting with other Children’s Ministry leaders and offering support and encouragement to help move all of our ministries forward. In my spare time, I (Teresa) love spending time with family, reading and going to the beach. I (Dianna) also love spending time with my family, cooking and outdoor photography.

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