About Us

OUR MISSION

BGW's mission is to build God's Kingdom by translating the God-given vision of Christian organizations through innovative, stewardship-driven design, resulting in high quality, cost effective buildings that become dynamic ministry tools.


As we work to accomplish this mission, we seek to honor God by impacting the lives of our clients, our employees, and the communities in which we work. We believe that God owns this business and we are simply His stewards of it for a season. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that all we do in and through the business honors Him.

OUR "WHY"

Since its inception, BGW has been doing things differently than the average architecture firm. The BGW concept was born out of a calling to help ministries address not only the funding challenges they face in facility expansion and remodel, but also some of the fundamental flaws that are inherent to the construction process, in which poor stewardship and conflict are far too common.

From the beginning, BGW and its people have also been deeply committed to showing ministries how to impact workers on the job site with the love of Christ, a firm commitment that has become the heart of the BGW program and has impacted thousands over the years.

THE EARLY YEARS

In 1997, BGW began design on its first project for Lakeland Christian Academy in Winona Lake, Indiana. Growth was slow and gradual during the first few years, but the company experienced tremendous growth in the early 2000’s as ministries around the country began to learn about this unique new approach.


Principal Architect and President Don Mahoney joined BGW as a partner Architect in 2003 and brought a wealth of design experience as the owner of his own firm and former President of the American Institute of Architects local chapter. With an extensive background in church, school and performing arts design, Don has become a leader in the field of faith-based architecture and has been recognized with a number of national church design awards.

BGW TODAY

Now an employee-owned company, BGW has designed more than 850 ministry-based facilities nationally for churches, Christian schools and Christian colleges and has served hundreds of others though its broad network of Kingdom building services and consultants.  Headquartered in Ogden, Utah, BGW is staffed with highly trained architects, engineers, designers, drafters, project managers, as well as personnel in the areas of business development, accounting, and administration.


BGW has also developed strong partnerships with great organizations across the U.S. that share the same heart for supporting the growth of Christian Ministry, including contractors, suppliers and consultants in the areas of funding, development, audio / video / lighting, church health, and more.

AllArchitectsProject ManagersDraftersAdministrationMarketing / Business DevelopmentArchitectural Associates & Designers
AllArchitectsProject ManagersDraftersMarketingDesignersAdministration
ARCHITECT, CONSTRUCTION DOCS & ADMIN

Cynthia Argyle

DRAFTER

JJ Becker

JJ joined BGW in 2017 as part of the Final Design / Construction Documents Team. His specialty is in creating 2D and 3D architectural models and detailing specific spaces in the building. He develops, elevations, sections and plan details such as  annotations, dimensions and finishes.

“My favorite part of my job is knowing that my work matters for God’s kingdom; that even in my cubicle I am somehow a part of the greater mission and calling –
that once these buildings are completed, people will be coming together to seek and savor God in community, learning, and worship. I am happy to be part of the process to design buildings for God’s church to congregate.”

In his free time, you can find JJ producing electronic music with his synthesizers, bouldering in the foothills of the Wasatch Front, or hanging out with his friends.

PROJECT MANAGER, CONSTRUCTION DOCS & ADMIN

Adrian Ben

ELECTRICAL DRAFTER

Johnnie Canova

NATIONAL SEMINAR REGISTRAR

Donna Cullen

ARCHITECT, CONSTRUCTION DOCS & ADMIN

Brian Dixon

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, CONSTRUCTION DOCS & ADMIN

Josh Felix

ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATE, PRELIMINARY DESIGN

Austin Fredrickson

DRAFTER

Ethan Glenn

PROGRAM MANAGER

Scott Griffin

Scott joined BGW in 2002 and is one of the longest tenured employees at BGW. His primary role as Program Manager is to provide excellent customer service and he is typically the first person that churches communicate with when they call in or connect with BGW by email or through the web site. Scott has a servants heart and is adept at assessing a church’s needs, walking them through the unique benefits of the BGW Program, and connecting them with the appropriate resources or personnel. He works closely with BGW Builder partners around the country and provides sales support to their business development staff.

Scott and his wife Joy have been married for 35 years. He enjoys fly fishing, fly tying, golf, smoking meat and spending quality time with his wife, four children and three granddaughters.

SENIOR DRAFTER + CAD MANAGER

Casey Grimley

SENIOR MECHANICAL DRAFTER

Joel Holder

ARCHITECT, CONSTRUCTION DOCS & ADMIN

Brad Huizenga

ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATE

Kathryn Husar

Kathryn joined BGW in 2015 after earning her Master’s Degree in Architecture from Judson University in Elgin, IL. As a member of the Final Design Team, she specializes in design development, interior renderings, coordination of interior design and interior finishes, construction document development and project coordination.

Kathryn grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and moved to Utah after graduating college. An avid snow skier and hiker, Kathryn is also an experienced Irish Dancer and a big fan of her hometown Chicago Blackhawks.

CHIEF MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Derek Johnson

Derek joined BGW in 2009. He directs the organization’s strategic marketing & business development efforts, focusing on new opportunities for expansion, innovation and partnership. Derek specializes in developing targeted marketing strategies and campaigns to expand our reach to the church and Christian school market and works closely with regional BGW construction partners.

 

Prior to joining BGW, Derek worked in the sports marketing industry for 12 years, developing corporate sponsorships for minor league sports organizations across the country and leading the marketing team for the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues. He earned a bachelors degree in Business Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Masters Degree in Sports Management / Marketing from the University of Florida.

 

“My passion is in finding new ways to communicate our message and our unique approach to ministries nationwide. I love how Seth Godin defines marketing in his book, This is Marketing: You Can’t be Seen Until You Learn to See, “Marketing is not a war or a battle. It’s a generous act of helping people solve a problem. Their problem. It’s a chance to change culture for the better. It involves very little in the way of shouting, hustling or coercion. It’s a chance to serve”. 

 

Derek enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters and his dog Jack. He loves the outdoors of Utah and enjoys playing golf, snow skiing, hiking and mountain biking.
MULTI-MEDIA DESIGNER

Meagan Johnson

Meagan joined BGW in 2016. She works in the marketing department and specializes in website design and graphic design material. She graduated cum laude from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business/Multimedia. She has a dog named Jazzy and loves to attend sporting events (especially the Utah Jazz). She also likes to travel, camp, swim, bowl and play pinochle.

ACCOUNTING + HR

Ruth Kingston

Ruth joined BGW in 2001 and is one of the company’s longest tenured employees. She is responsible for bookkeeping and payroll processing, overseeing all accounts payable and receivable for BGW accounts. Ruth also serves as the coordinator for the company health care plan and manages other human resource activities. She attended Northern Arizona University and Mesa Community College and has 38 years of experience in accounting and payroll.
 
In her free time, Ruth enjoys traveling with her loving husband and their 2 dogs. “It’s a joy to be surrounded by other Christ-centered people at work every day”.

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION

Mark Kopp

Mark joined BGW in 2013 after previously serving as Chief Facilities Management Officer for Bob Jones University (BJU), where he was on staff since 1996. During his tenure at BJU, Mark oversaw the construction of Davis Field House, an 88,000 sf athletic facility, working closely with the BGW Design team to reduce construction costs by more than $4 million from local estimates.
 
Mark has more than 40 years of experience in construction and is a valuable asset to the BGW Construction Documents team, providing expert oversight in the areas of project management and construction administration. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Technology and an AAS in Architectural Technology from Purdue University.
 
Mark and his wife are first generation Christians. After he was saved, his brother and his parents also came to a personal relationship with the Lord. His children are now followers of Christ and two of his sons serve as pastors in Utah. Mark enjoys snow skiing, golf, and is a big sports fan of MLB, NFL, and NBA.

PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT & PRESIDENT

Don Mahoney

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER / CHEIF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Mike Mclntosh

ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATE

Rebecca Moeller

Rebecca joined BGW in 2015 after earning her Master of Architecture Degree from Judson University in Elgin, IL. As a member of the Final Design / Construction Documents Team, Rebecca assists in managing projects from the start of the construction document phase all the way through the completion of construction. Her specialty is in coming alongside ministry clients to discuss the intricate details of what the building will look like inside and out, and then translating those discussions into detailed design drawings. She especially enjoys the process of designing interior spaces, selecting final finishes and seeing a conceptual idea become a reality.

 

Rebecca and her husband enjoy experiencing God’s creation through hobbies like hiking, backpacking, rock climbing and ice climbing. She also enjoys touring through cities to see the works of human hands and the creativity of people and loves to capture nature and buildings through watercolor, drawings and photography. “I love using the gifts God has given me to shape the human environment. I love how God, the original architect, crafted so much beauty into this world. It’s so neat to work for a company where I get to play a part in shaping space for churches and schools that will affect people’s lives, their surrounding communities and the world”.
ADMINSTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Michelle Mooney

Michelle joined BGW in 2017 and is responsible for providing administrative support to BGW’s architectural staff, including data management, scheduling, and tracking of important project metrics. Currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Michelle provides additional support to each team member as needed to ensure the highest level of customer service.

 

Michelle and her son attend Alpine Church and she loves to read, explore the beautiful outdoors of Utah, and volunteer in the local community. Her favorite Bible Verse is 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect
ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATE

Marvin Reyes

Marvin joined BGW in 2017 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architecture and a Master of Architecture with a concentration in Sustainable Design from Judson University. As a member of the Construction Documents Team, Marvin specializes in creating plans, drawings, layouts and color boards, as well as coordinating the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, civil, landscape, interior design, and other specialty areas of the project.

 

“The most gratifying experience is when you see the enjoyment of the church and the community’s involvement in the construction of the building. It lets you see how much a new facility can mean to them and how it will help grow the congregation”.

 

Marvin grew up in Mexico and still has family living there. He enjoys snowboarding in the winter and has recently taken up mountain bike racing during the warmer months.
INTERIOR DESIGNER

Stacia Stuart

Stacia was brought onto the BGW staff in 2017 to fill the crucial role of supporting our architecture team, our builder partners and our clients with her interior design expertise. Stacia’s passion for exploring new spaces and her intrinsic creativity fuse into a powerful skill set that has brought a fresh perspective to BGW designs. With her eye for detail, she brings a unique stylistic flair to every project. Including Stacia in the design process has helped our partner contractors and clients see the big picture at an earlier stage, which translates to less field changes and construction schedule conflicts.

Originally from Virginia, Stacia came out West to study Interior Design, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University. She brings a wealth of experience in a variety of areas, including commercial, residential, healthcare, corporate, and remodeling projects. During free time, Stacia enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new places, home improvement projects, swimming, volunteering in kids programs at church, photography, and roller coasters.

SENIOR DRAFTER

Zach Thurn

ARCHITECTURAL INTERN

Jonathan Tiedemann

Jonathan joined BGW in 2017 as an intern after earning his bachelors degree in Architecture from Judson University in Elgin, IL. As a member of the Preliminary Design Team, Jonathan specializes in creating 2D and 3D renderings and animations that can help ministries cast a clear vision for their future facilities. Jonathan is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys rock climbing, snow skiing and photography.

ARCHITECT, PRELIMINARY DESIGN

David Tyson

ARCHITECT, CONSTRUCTION ADMIN

John Wetendorf, RA, NCARB

John joined BGW in 2005 as an intern architect after earning his Bachelors Degree in Architectural Studies from Judson University. He returned to Judson University in 2006 and earned a Master of Architecture Degree in 2007. Over the years, John has continued to broaden his design skills with every new project and in 2016, he became a licensed architect.

 

John specializes in multi-use & office building projects and has designed a broad range of projects for churches, credit unions and shared workspace facilities. He has a keen understanding of building codes and is adept at quickly and efficiently implementing the vision of ministry leaders and business professionals. He enjoys walking alongside clients and guiding them through the process from initial programming thru project completion.

 

In his free time, John loves spending time with his family and being in the outdoors of Utah. An avid snow skier, he also enjoys landscaping and working outside.
ARCHITECT, CONSTRUCTION DOCS & ADMIN

Ned Wright