About Tekton Ministries

In 1996, Tekton Ministries’ founder, Richard Sontag found himself in a predicament. Having built a successful sales empire, the Lord “knocked him over the head” in what Richard calls his “St. Paul” moment – making it clear that the life he had built around fancy houses and fast cars was not what God wanted for him. Following a great deal of prayer and several pilgrimages, Richard sold his company and began planning and promoting the thing God had laid on his heart – pilgrimages.

From that very first pilgrimage, Tekton has become a ministry focused on providing journeys which build relationships with Christ and community. While providing pilgrimages to parishes and other non-profit organizations, the need for improved tools for organizational management, marketing, and communications became apparent. In response, a new division of Tekton was created. With a goal to help Catholic parishes and non-profits flourish, this Tekton effort is called “Thriving Parish.



Tek·tōn: /tek-tahn/ (Greek-τέκτων) (noun):

A worker or craftsman, esp. carpenter, wood-worker, or builder.

St. Joseph was a skilled tekton whose hardwork, dedication, and devotion to Jesus Christ we seek to emulate.

The Tekton Mission

To provide authentically Catholic pilgrimages which ignite faith and change lives through encounter with Christ, community and culture.



Our Ministry Team

Our Ministry Team

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RICHARD

Founder
& President


JOSH

Director of Outreach


STEPHANIE

Director of Marketing
& Communication


LEX

Director of Media

Richard

Founder
& President

Contact Richard

Richard has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business owner. He began Tekton Ministries in 1996, serving the Catholic community as a Pilgrimage Provider and in Catholic Non-Profit Business and Development Management. Richard has oversight of all Tekton activities. He lives in Carmel, Indiana, with his wife and their children.

Favorite Catholic Quote:

“Without the WAY there is no going; without the TRUTH, there is no knowing; without the LIFE, there is no living.”Thomas A. Kempis

Richard

Founder & President

Richard has more than 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business owner. He began Tekton Ministries in 1996, serving the Catholic community as a Pilgrimage Provider and in Catholic Non-Profit Business and Development Management. Richard has oversight of all Tekton activities. He lives in Carmel, Indiana, with his wife and their children.

Favorite Catholic Quote:

“Without the WAY there is no going; without the TRUTH, there is no knowing; without the LIFE, there is no living.”Thomas A. Kempis
Contact Richard

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NIK

Director of Technology
Integration

BRI

Graphic Designer
& Donor Specialist

LAURA

Project Manager

Krista

Office Manager

NIK

Director of Technology Integration

Contact Nik

Nik works in different areas of media outreach for Tekton Ministries, including graphic and web design. He also has responsibility for the integration of Tekton’s technology systems. Nik earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Media and New Evangelization at John Paul the Great Catholic University. He lives in Carmel, Indiana, with his wife and their son.

Favorite Catholic Quote:

“Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.”St. Augustine

Nik

Director of Technology Integration

Nik works in different areas of media outreach for Tekton Ministries, including graphic and web design. He also has responsibility for the integration of Tekton’s technology systems. Nik earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Media and New Evangelization at John Paul the Great Catholic University. He lives in Carmel, Indiana, with his wife and their son.

Favorite Catholic Quote:

“Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.”St. Augustine
Contact Nik

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ANDREA

Pilgrim Relationship
& Coordinator

SHEILA

Accounting Manager

KEN

Print Specialist

Andrea

Pilgrim Relationship
& Coordinator

Contact Andrea

Andrea spends most of her time managing pilgrim and client relations, while also assisting the Communications and Media teams. She holds a degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and lives in Westfield, Indiana. In her spare time, she enjoys performing aerial arts but also bakes, crochets and gardens. Andrea is an avid traveler who has taken numerous pilgrimages, including walking the Camino twice.

Favorite Catholic Quote:

This is the day that that Lord has made; let us be glad and rejoice in it!Psalm 118:24

Ann

Retreat & Pilgrimage Leader

Ann was born in a village 2 miles from Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina (place of alleged Marian apparitions since 1981) her family moved to the USA when she was 2 years old.  In the summer of 1981, she returned to her homeland and was a witness to the beginning days and months of Our Lady’s apparitions in Medjugorje, which profoundly changed her life.  In 1999, after many years of working in the field of Social Work, she was called by the Lord into ministry: leading pilgrimages to Medjugorje and other Catholic sites; interpreting for Medjugorje visionaries and priests throughout the United States and beyond; working extensively with Fr. Zlatko Sudac (a Croatian priest with the stigmata) at Bethany Retreat House in Croatia; sharing her testimony and speaking on matters of faith and spirituality at retreats and conferences throughout the USA. Ann received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work, all from Loyola University Chicago. She resides in the Chicago area.

Favorite Catholic Quote:

“Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you.”St. Augustine
Contact Ann

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