About Us

Sam Hamstra, Jr.

Sam Hamstra, Jr., Founder

Sam Hamstra, Jr. is the founder and leader of ChapterNext, a Chicagoland-based pastor search and church staffing consultancy.  Since 2007, Sam has been helping congregations turn the page so that they can begin writing new chapters of dynamic and life-transforming ministry.Sam has been prepared for this work by nearly forty years of service to the local church. He has served five unique congregations and one Christian college. Through it all, he has experience as a youth pastor, solo pastor, senior pastor, worship leader, church planter, and college chaplain. As a consultant, his ministry is now expressed through teaching, writing, consulting, and coaching.Sam is the author of several publications, including Pastor Search Team Guidebook (2020), Questions to Ask Before Searching For Your Next Pastor (2020), What’s Love Got To Do With It? How the Heart of God Shapes Worship (Wipf & Stock, 2016), a professor of Worship and Co-Director of the Master of Arts in Worship program at Visible Music College (Memphis, TN). In addition, he has been trained as an interim pastor and is affiliated with Interim Pastor Ministries. Sam and his wife, Debbie (Ploegman), reside in the Chicago area. They have enjoyed over forty years of marriage; they have been blessed with four married children and a growing number of grandchildren, all of whom live in the Chicago area. In his spare time, you will find Sam hanging out with his family, watching a baseball game, playing piano, or fishing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


Brittany Janiszewski, Director of Candidate Relations

Brittany Janiszewski began working with ChapterNext in 2017.  She is a graduate of Northern Seminary, and currently serves in the local church as a worship pastor.  Brittany comes from a family of pastors; she is the third generation in her family to go into ministry! She has served in various churches in the areas of worship and youth ministries. She is passionate about training and equipping church leaders.Brittany lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Jeff.  She enjoys performing music with Jeff (check out https://soundcloud.com/reason-and-rhyme), spending time with friends and family, reading, camping, and coffee!

Sandy Hamstra

Sandy Hamstra, Communications Director

Sandy Hamstra graduated from Trinity Christian College with a degree in Communication Arts. Over the last fifteen years, she has worked for Morale Welfare & Recreation (MWR), the Texas Workforce Board, Rooted Chicago, and Resource Global.Sandy lives in the city of Chicago with her husband, Mark, and their four children. As a military spouse and foster parent, she seeks to expand her understanding of God’s Kingdom and the world through proximity to people and their stories. She now spends most of her time raising her family and serving her community and local church. She loves date nights with her husband, weekend trips with her family, cheering on her kids in sports and music, and learning about interior design.