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Explore your God-given identity & purpose.
The seeds of our ministry and vision are found in Ephesians 3:14-20, which talks about “being rooted and established in love” and that God offers us all “immeasurably more.”
The image of a tree has always been meaningful to us, because it reminds us that God invites our identity to be rooted in his love—and that growth happens from there. Today’s culture can distort this promise, making us think that we need to earn love or hide mistakes. At We Want More, everything we do is designed to help your identity be deeply rooted in what is already true: that you are fully loved and accepted by God. From this foundation, you can grow in the “immeasurably more” he promises you.
“We Want More”
Our name is inspired by Ephesians 3:20, which promises that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Our ministry is a community of people who hunger for that “more” in our lives, relationships, ministries, and families. The more God promises isn’t what we achieve, but what his power allows us to receive.
Our Home Base:
The More House
Our headquarters is a 120-year old historic home in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Thousands have come through our doors, whether to join us in The Worship Room, receive prayer, experience rest, be treated to a beautiful meal, or spend time in Scripture. In the More House, as well as any online event we lead from here, we strive to make you feel like royalty—because, as God’s sons and daughters, you are.
Meet our Team
Bruce is one of the founders of We Want More, helping incubate the ministry in 2011. Bruce serves as the Executive Director, providing oversight and strategic leadership to the organization. He is also actively involved in the day-to-day ministering and coaching aspects of WWM. Being wired entrepreneurially, he loved the idea of being able to help build a ministry framework where people could more fully capture and experience, in deep and meaningful ways, their unique value, identity, and purpose as God’s sons and daughters.
Bruce brings over 35 years of business and ministry leadership experience to WWM, including a career in New York City as a Network Consultant, a city, national, and global leader with Cru, and as Executive Director for The Gabriel Foundation, a family foundation with a high value on partnerships and leveraging resources for Kingdom efforts. During this time, he also helped give leadership launch to Giving Wisely, now part of the Global Generosity Movement. Bruce served as an Elder at Redeemer church in NYC and Lake Baldwin church plant in Orlando, Florida. Bruce is as an ordained minister with concentrated studies in Transformational Leadership and will soon also hold a master’s in Pastoral Counseling with a Marriage & Family focus.
WWM grew out of a confluence of the spiritual renewal he experienced seeing God’s amazing work in countries world-wide. Concurrently, he was experiencing personal pain with his own family. His combined spiritual renewal and parenting gaps led to growth and learning “simple” tools that helped deepen his ability to connect with God, one another, and others – most especially his family. This resulted in an ardent desire to come alongside others (especially families) in the body of Christ to share ways that can lead to needed healing, hope, and encouragement. He loves to see people experience transformation and profound lives of joy, depth, and wonder when fully knowing their unique identity, purpose, and calling.
Bruce lives and serves with his beautiful wife, Cindy, in the Brooklawn area of Bridgeport, CT and shares her pride in and fervent love for their adult children - Christina, Anna, Pierce, and daughter-in-law, Siena. Some of Bruce’s “fun” outlets include being near or on water, pickleball and tennis, hiking, golf, and skiing. He also enjoys a good book, movie, or a night in NYC at the theater. Most of all, though, is the joy he gets to experience when spending time with his family and his friends.
Cindy Halsted is one of the original founders of We Want More and currently serves as the Associate Director. Cindy is uniquely involved in every aspect of what WWM does as a ministry and provides vision and direction as they continue to grow.
Cindy brings 30 years of city and national leadership experience in various ministry, church and foundation contexts. Cindy was a National Leader for Cru and a VP with Generous Giving, helping launch the women’s side of the organization. Cindy is finalizing a master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling with a Marriage & Family focus.
Cindy loves that she is able to exercise and communicate her passions about giving, prayer and awakening “sons and daughters” to their identity and purpose in Christ. She is energized by serving with a team that sees first-hand how God unearths the treasure inside of people, sets them free, and affirms them in knowing who they are and whose they are.
Cindy and her husband, Bruce, live in Bridgeport, CT and enjoy spending time with their children, now all “launched” into amazing adults - Christina, Anna, Pierce and his wife, Siena. Cindy enjoys watching movies, playing tennis and golf, making crochet gifts for others, and most of all loves spending time with family and friends.
Ryan Burnham is one of the founders and the Co-Director for We Want More. Ryan began to experience the reality of God’s love in a new way during college, and this passion is what inspired him to help start the ministry. Ryan’s role at We Want More is to shape the strategic vision of the ministry, disciple men and youth, and cultivate unity through partnerships with local church leaders. Ryan also manages the WWM Podcast, leads retreats and trainings, and speaks at local churches and schools.
Ryan’s leadership experience began at Northeastern University where he was captain of the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer team. It was during these formative college years that God began stirring in Ryan a love for discipleship. After completing a BA in Communications, Ryan’s discipleship journey led him to start the ministry with Bruce and Cindy. Since the inception of WWM in 2011, Ryan has helped develop, grow, and shape the ministry. Ryan completed a master’s degree in Christian Ministry in 2016 and continues to coach and disciple many groups and individuals across Fairfield County.
Ryan’s desire is to be defined and fueled by an intimate relationship with Jesus in order to lead change that inspires hope in the world around him. Ryan believes that people are hungry to know God in real-life contexts and he sees it as a privilege that his work at WWM allows him to create authentic experiences for people to meet God, personally.
Ryan lives in CT with his wife, Cherisse, and his 3 children (Laurien, Everly, and Brooklyn). Ryan can often be found polar plunging, climbing anything in sight, building furniture, playing sports, or traveling.
Kim Tingler is the Managing Director for We Want More and joined the team in 2019 with a focus on restructuring the growing ministry. Kim left her corporate career in New York City to join the WWM team after attending a women’s retreat in 2018. Kim now manages the overall operations of the organization, focusing on accountability, deliverables and output, while also looking for new and creative ways to meet the needs of the people WWM serves.
Kim brings over 15 years of corporate leadership in Human Resources to WWM. Kim served as Senior Vice-President of Human Resources at A+E Networks and Vice-President of Human Resources in the Cable Entertainment division of NBCUniversal. Kim held various HR positions within NBCUniversal for over ten years, except for three years in China where she launched a non-profit organization to help children and families in underserved communities. Her career began in the Financial Management Program at General Electric. Kim holds a BA in Account & Management from Hartwick College where she played soccer.
Kim believes that her life calling is to affirm significance in others, and at WWM, she is able to awaken people to their true purpose, not according to the world’s standards, but according to God’s. Kim loves being on the front lines, watching and partnering with God, as people start to understand just how amazing they are.
Kim lives in NY with her husband, Brion, and their three children (Joel, Jude and Elliana). She is an avid athlete, known to be at the top of the leader board for her 5am workouts. Kim skis, plays soccer, and loves the outdoors. Her favorite place in the world is the Adirondack Mountains.
Care Ministry Coordinator
Sunnie Jones Herold
Sunnie Jones-Herold is the Care Ministry Coordinator for We Want More, who started with the ministry after volunteering with teen girls at the More House in 2012. Sunnie started with WWM primarily ministering to youth, and has evolved throughout her tenure. Sunnie is now at the forefront of facilitating and training on WWM’s Releasing Prayer, leading retreats, speaking at local churches and schools, cultivating unity with local youth pastors, and ministering to teens in crisis.
Prior to coming to WWM, Sunnie was a preschool and elementary school teacher, a private tutor, and nanny. Sunnie provided crisis counseling for teens, partnering with Young Life and local youth groups to serve students across Fairfield County. Sunnie is certified as a lay counselor through the Allender Center at the Seattle School, where she learned to facilitate trauma-focused narrative therapy for abuse survivors. She also holds a Crisis Response Training Certification from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Sunnie holds a BA in Human Services from Endicott College, followed by studies in Elementary Education at Sierra Nevada College.
Sunnie considers it a privilege to be used by God to speak truth over and into individuals who have yet to be awakened to their God-given identity so they can catch hold of hope and experience healing and freedom.
Sunnie was born and raised in CT and lives with her husband, Andrew, and two adorable stepchildren. Sunnie’s favorite non-human is her goldendoodle, Calvin. Sunnie loves to do anything outdoors, and her favorite activity is dancing!
Jill Egan is the Office Manager for We Want More, who began with the team in the fall of 2020. Jill wears many hats for the organization, from handling the day-to-day operations to running events, managing renovation projects for the More House, and coordinating communications (to name a few).
Before starting at We Want More, Jill was a corporate event planner for Bridgewater Associates in Westport, CT. Jill planned both intimate events for individual teams, as well as large-scale, company-wide events for thousands of attendees. Jill served as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Council and was on the leadership team for the Women’s Influence Network. Prior to her event planning role at Bridgewater, Jill managed events for several non-profit organizations in addition to building her own interior design business. Jill attended Gordon College where she studied Psychology and Business.
Jill’s passion is to “create beautiful experiences” that help people feel connected to both themselves and to others. At WWM, Jill is able to combine her love for aesthetics & design with her desire to see people grow spiritually, find balance, and to live freely in the love of God.
Jill has lived in CT with her husband, John, and 3 children (Maggie, Tessa, and JMar) since 2012. Jill loves being outdoors as much as possible, whether it’s paddle boarding at the lake, running on the local trails, or enjoying the beaches in Maine.
Hannah Guinta joined the We Want More team in 2020 as the House Manager. As the ministry expanded, the need for a House Manager became apparent and Hannah was the perfect fit. She manages the More House décor, contract management, and ensures the house is in tip-top shape for all the retreats. Hannah’s creativity extends beyond house management to graphic design as well, providing significant lift to communications.
Hannah had the privilege of visiting the More House prior to moving to CT and had dreamed and prayed of working here years before being hired. Hannah brings a wealth of ministry experience, including her internship at an anti-human trafficking organization, Hope for Freedom; serving middle school and high school students at Black Rock Church; and most currently, serving the young adult community of Black Rock Church alongside of her husband. Hannah holds a BA in Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Hannah feels that her contribution to the aesthetics of the house is perfectly fitting because it’s what first struck her when coming here. She loves being able to set the stage for the retreats as it enables her to help people see God’s heart for them in a way that’s fresh and revitalizing. Hannah treasures being part of a team that can take the intellectual and turn it into a transformative experience that people can feel.
Hannah grew up in Wisconsin and Southeast Asia where her family served as missionaries. Hannah’s missional heart led her to study missions and social justice in college, where she met her husband, Rob. They now have two beautiful boys, Líon and Blaze. Hannah is infatuated with the ocean, loves being outdoors, rock climbing, traveling, and expressing herself creatively though painting and writing.
Head of Intercessory Prayer
Cherisse was part of the original team that started We Want More and serves as the Head of Intercessory Prayer, uplifting and supporting the team behind the scenes. Cherisse began praying for the ministry even before its inception, feeling led to pray and dream about what the ministry could look like.
Cherisse graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin with a double major in Theatre Performance and English with a Secondary Education minor. After deciding to intentionally and passionately pursue Christ during her junior year of college, her career trajectory gradually changed from acting to ministering. During the time WWM was beginning to take root, Cherisse discovered the gift of intercessory prayer, and she has been supporting the ministry through prayer ever since.
Cherisse’s calling is to create passion and inspire excellence in others. Cherisse is in awe when she hears the voice of God, and she loves to step out in faith to share what she’s heard with others. She also loves to teach others to pray and listen for God’s voice and leadings. She never stops being amazed that God desires to speak to us, connect with us, and speak to our heart’s needs for what we need each day.
Cherisse grew up in Wisconsin and enjoys meeting people from other places. She loves cooking and baking and is always willing to experiment with new recipes. Cherisse currently lives in CT with her husband, Ryan, and is busy chasing her 3 kids, Laurien, Everly, and Brooklyn.
Karin is a ministry partner to We Want More, serving in various key capacities. Karin’s primary focus since joining the ministry in 2016 has been organizational management and discipleship. Karin enjoys speaking at parenting classes, leading releasing prayer sessions, women’s retreats, and releasing prayer trainings.
Before coming to WWM, Karin spent over 12 years working for major corporations such as Motorola, Kraft Foods, and The Chicago Mercantile Exchange in Supply Chain Management. Karin's industry experience has stretched across travel, telecommunications, food, financial services and aviation, where she has led multiple large-scale client engagements, given presentations to senior executives and implemented sourcing applications. Her noteworthy experience in organization and management has served as a tremendous benefit for WWM. Karin attended Bowling Green University where she received a Bachelor of Business with a focus in Supply Chain Management.
Karin loves being a part of a ministry that creates safe places for people to come just as they are, with all their bumps and bruises, to experience the realness of how much God loves them. She believes it is both humbling and exhilarating to have a front row seat to watch Jesus come into people’s lives, whether for the first time or welcoming Him back.
Karin and her husband, Andy, live in New Canaan with their two children, Alexis and Carter. At the core of everything they do as a family, their main priority is to have fun! Whether watching movies or playing outside, there is always lots of laughter. Karin also enjoys playing tennis, golfing, walking, reading, and bringing women together in community.
Steve joined the WWM team in the fall of 2014. Working in pastoral ministry and as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at The Greenwich Center for Hope and Renewal. Steve has a calling to see individuals and families touched and transformed by the power of Christ. Once having met Bruce and Cindy, it became clear to them that forming a partnership would serve to expand this work of the Kingdom.
Steve has over 25 years of ministry experience serving in youth ministry with Young Life for 14 years where he was Trainer, Area Developer, and Regional Director for CT, Westchester County, and Long Island. He has also served as director of a non-profit counseling center and as a teaching pastor in the local church. He has a Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in addition to his counseling degree from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. Steve has first hand experience with the transformative healing power of the Holy Spirit and as a wounded healer loves being a conduit of Christ's love and power for others. He lives in Redding, CT with His wife Mary Beth and their two children Piper and Jack.