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GBHEM is committed to connecting you with highly qualified clergy coaches certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). If you, your church, annual conference or other organization are seeking a coach, this is the place to start.

Below we have provided contact and biographical information for certified coaches who are also United Methodist clergy. Credentials and specialties are included in each coach’s profile. Note: GBHEM’s listing does not indicate endorsement of a particular coach. Every coaching relationship is unique, and we recommend that those seeking a coach carefully assess their needs and interview multiple candidates before selecting one. Email clergylifelonglearning@gbhem.org with questions about the process.


UMC Clergy with Master Coach Certification (MCC)

Val Hastings, MCC
Val Hastings, MCC

Annual Conference: Eastern Pennsylvania
Specialties: Coach training, cross cultural/cross racial coaching and training, leadership development, group and team coaching, creating a coaching culture
Biography: Val Hastings is the founder and CEO of Coaching4Clergy and Coaching4TodaysLeaders. He has a global vision of every leader a coach and currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, its highest coaching designation. He is the author of numerous books and has developed four coach training programs, which are accredited by the International Coach Federation. These trainings are offered globally in four languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese and Korean.
Contact: val@coaching4clergy.com

Jim Robey, MCC
Jim Robey, MCC

Annual Conference: North Alabama
Specialties: Leadership, mentor coaching
Biography: Dr. Jim Robey, a master certified coach (MCC) and an elder in the North Alabama Conference, was the first United Methodist clergy officially endorsed for the Ministry of Life Coaching. His passion is coaching leaders and teams to increase their effectiveness and sense of fulfillment to their calling, even as it unfolds in the pandemic and post-pandemic era. He has proven himself successful in bridging cultures, countries, ages, races, religion and gender. An avid global traveler, Robey once worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, toured extensively in the USSR and studied in Geneva, Switzerland. He lives in the north Georgia mountains where he coaches via Zoom.
Contact: CoachJimRobey@gmail.com


UMC Clergy with Professional Coach Certification (PCC)

Edna R. Andres, PCC
Edna R. Andres, PCC

Annual Conference: Central Luzon, Philippines
Specialties: Life transitions for older adults, hospice patients and families, painful experiences, minority groups in workplaces, helping workers find their full potential
Biography: Rev. Edna Andres is an ordained elder who serves on UMC special appointment in Los Altos, California as chaplain of a continuing care retirement community. She speaks fluent English, a few Philippine languages and dialects and has proficient knowledge of Spanish. Andres is also a hospice chaplain and has served hundreds of patients and families in this capacity. She is passionate about inspiring older adults to overcome their own uncertainties about aging and coaching them to effectively use their God-given gifts and graces.
Contact: erandres@aol.com

Teresa Angle-Young, PCC
Teresa Angle-Young PCC Coach

Annual Conference: North Georgia
Specialties: Emotional intelligence, preaching, church planting, female clergy coaching, success in your first 90 days, leadership development, volunteer recruitment, stewardship, and health and wellness
Biography: Dr. Teresa Angle-Young, is an International Coach Federation PCC certified, United Methodist endorsed coach. She holds a B.A. in creative writing, a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University, and a Doctorate of Ministry in preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Angle-Young has taught preaching and frequently coaches clergy and laity on worship, church planting, leadership development, children’s ministry, relationships and wellness. In addition to theology, Angle-Young is a lover of science and medicine and has studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. She is a former church planter and a practicing clergyperson in the North Georgia Conference.
Contact: tangleyoung@gmail.com

Phillip Ayers, PCC
Phillip Ayers, PCC

Annual Conference: Baltimore-Washington
Specialties: Transition, time management, discipleship, group and team coaching, creating a coaching culture
Biography: Rev. Phil Ayers has served rural, urban and suburban congregations for more than 30 years. The majority of his pastoral ministry has centered on congregational revitalization. Ayers has also served as a law enforcement chaplain for more than 20 years and currently serves with the Maryland State Police. He has an extensive background in sacred music which enhances his ministry. Since January of 2018, Ayers has been actively coaching individuals and groups in congregations establishing a coaching mindset that has proven to be highly effective to spiritual growth.
Contact: payers001@comcast.net

Brenda Buckwell, PCC
Brenda Buckwell, ACC

Annual Conference: West Ohio
Specialties: Coaching through transition, career coaching, and spiritual coaching. Primary focus is clergy, church leadership and addiction recovery.
Biography: Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell, Obl. OSB, is a thoughtful innovator who increases leadership excellence and deepens awareness of the Divine. As an endorsed spiritual director, coach and founder of Living Streams Flowing Water spiritual formation ministry, Buckwell converses with clients from around the world. She teaches coaching, (Coaching4Clergy) and spiritual direction (Garrett, Ashland Seminaries and CenterQuest). She is available to companion you as coach, mentor coach, spiritual coach and spiritual director to elevate personal and professional leadership. Full bio at www.livingstreamsflowingwater.com.
Contact: brenda@livingstreamsflowingwater.com

Grant Hagiya, PCC
Grant Hagiya, ACC

Annual Conference or Jurisdiction: Los Angeles Episcopal Area
Specialties: Certified Gallup StrengthFinders Coach
Biography: Bishop Grant Hagiya serves as bishop of the Los Angeles Episcopal Area. He received his education doctorate in organized leadership from Pepperdine University in 2011 and his book “Spiritual Kaizen” was published by Abingdon in 2013. Hagiya recently received certification as a Gallup StrengthFinders Coach.
Contact: granth@flash.net

R. Lee Hayward, PCC
R. Lee Hayward, PCC

Annual Conference: California-Nevada
Specialties: Facilitation, leadership development, organizational assessment and design, succession planning, church planting, church revitalization efforts
Biography: R. Lee Hayward believes that leadership is about the relationships we create. He says that it’s all about the conversations we have with those we lead and conversations we, as leaders, need to initiate. As a coach, he serves his clients by offering a new perspective and observation that focuses on how to “show up” in your relationships with others at work and at home. Hayward and his clients work together in the coaching conversation to align values and vision with actions because he believes when you are able to act and think with clarity and greater intentionality, you become more authentic and are able to achieve the relationships and results needed in new and impactful ways.
Contact: lee@lee-hayward.com

Lonna Lynn Euler Higgs, PCC
Lonna Higgs - PCC Coach

Annual Conference:North Alabama
Specialties:  Making coaching part of a leader’s DNA, professional and personal transitions, newly-appointed female senior and associate pastors
Biography: Lonna Lynn Euler Higgs is a Professional Certified Coach, Certified Coach Mentor and Coaching Supervisor in Training.  She owns coaching4growing, LLC, a leadership coaching practice serving clients across the United States at all levels of church organization.  Euler Higgs is a faculty member for Coach Training for Leaders, an ICF accredited program. She served 25 years in pastoral ministry and non-profit administration before she began coaching in 2011. Euler Higgs is an experienced retreat leader and worship planner. In her personal time, she enjoys walking, practicing yoga and curling up with a historical mystery.
Contact: coachlonnalynn@gmail.com

Chris Holmes, PCC
Chris Holmes

Annual Conference: Baltimore-Washington
Specialties: ICF-approved coach training program, coaching, mentor coaching
Biography: Chris Holmes has been coaching church leaders across many denominations since 2008, with over 2,000 hours coaching laity, clergy, denominational leaders and bishops. He co-owns Coach Approach Skill Training (CAST) for ministry, an ICF-approved training program that has trained over 1,000 church leaders. He published “The Art of Coaching Clergy: A Handbook for Church Leaders, Clergy and Coaches” in 2018. Holmes also does extensive mentor coaching. A founding member of the Maryland Chapter of the ICF, he served as President (2012-2014). He pastored churches for 26 years and served as District Superintendent in the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Holmes is also an accomplished watercolor artist. 
Contact: chris@holmescoaching.com

Mary K. Huycke, PCC
Mary Huycke - PCC Coach

Annual Conference: Pacific Northwest
Specialties: Executive coaching for individuals and teams
Biography: Rev. Mary Huycke was certified as a professional coach in 2003 through the Coaches Training Institute and completed advanced Organizational and Relationship Coaching (100 hours) in 2004. She has been coaching clergy, judicatory and church leaders ever since. Huycke’s primary focus is providing the reflective space needed by leaders to creatively navigate the complexities of ministry in a rapidly changing context. She is also certified in the British Methodist Church to provide reflective pastoral supervision. Huycke is the co-author (as Mary K. Sellon) of three books on congregational development and leadership. In addition to coaching, she’s served in settings ranging from redevelopment and new church starts, to the superintendency.
Contact: marykohl@gmail.com

Youngsook Kang, PCC
Youngsook Kang, PCC

Annual Conference: Rocky Mountain
Specialties: Leadership coaching, intercultural coaching, coaching training
Biography: Youngsook Charlene Kang is a coach and trainer credentialed by the International Coaching Federation. She is also a cultural competency trainer as well as a qualified administrator of Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She currently serves as Rocky Mountain Conference’s coaching program coordinator and trainer, providing coaching services to individuals and groups. She is also director of mission and ministry for the conference. Previously, she served as district superintendent of the Metropolitan District of the Rocky Mountain Conference and also served as deputy general secretary for mission context and relationship for the General Board of Global Ministries.
Contact: youngsook@rmcumc.com

Yong Ja Kim, PCC
Yong Ja Kim, PCC

Annual Conference: New England
Specialties: Individual and group coaching in organizations, personal and group leadership development, time management, stress and conflict management, self-care, empowerment, cultural sensitivity, resiliency, cross cultural and racial ministry, women’s issues, anti-racism, sense of calling, spiritual discernment, pilgrimage, career development and transition
Biography: Rev. Yong Ja Kim has served 15 years in ministry as an ordained elder in the UMC and is a coach, mentor, storyteller, teacher and workshop leader. Creating coaching culture for a better and qualified life, she works for individuals and groups inside and outside church. She currently resides in South Korea and works with young people who make domestic and international transitions in their lives and careers. Yong Ja has a global vision, perspective and wisdom by traveling, living and working in different cultures and languages around the world. She was certified by the International Coach Federation in 2013 and speaks both Korean and English.
Contact: spiritus08@gmail.com

Bob Kirby, PCC
Bob Kirby, PCC

Annual Conference: Peninsula Delaware
Specialties: Personal Growth, leadership development, transitional coaching, organizational and team coaching, organizational assessment and strategic planning, coaching second career clergy
Biography: At Center Channel Coaching, Rev. Bob Kirby is a professional leadership coach, working with individuals and organizations, credentialed as a PCC through the International Coach Federation. He is a second career pastor, with experience spanning three decades in education and business. Kirby now serves as an elder in full connection in the Peninsula Delaware Annual Conference. He has a master’s degree in business management, a Master of Divinity degree and a doctorate in church leadership. Kirby is also a certified transitional intentional interim ministry specialist (TIIMS), and connects his coaching approach to the interim ministry for even greater impact.
Contact: kirb3d@gmail.com

Sungho Lee, PCC
Sungho Lee, PCC

Annual Conference: California-Nevada
Specialties: Small Group Ministry, spiritual formation
Biography: Rev. Sungho Lee is an ordained pastor of the United Methodist Church. He has been in ministry for more than 30 years and is interested in small group ministry and coaching ministry. Lee was born in South Korea and moved to the U.S. in 1987. He graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he earned his M.Div. in 1990. He continued his study of the Hebrew Bible in the Garrett/Northwestern Joint Ph. D. program and earned his Ph.D. in 1996 from Northwestern University.
Contact: rev.sungholee@gmail.com

Barbara Lemmel, PCC
Barbara Lemmel, PCC

Annual Conference: New England
Specialties: Adaptive Change, anxious congregations, conflict mediation, leadership development, wise and resilient leadership
Biography: Rev. Barbara Lemmel is the director of Tending the Fire, empowering wise, resilient leadership for changing times. She coaches clergy and secular leaders, offering a systems perspective that engages and transforms the anxiety that can paralyze groups moving through deep change. As an ordained United Methodist pastor, she has served churches in Vermont and upstate New York. As a conference minister for the Troy Conference, she facilitated development and revitalization for clergy, churches and judicatory settings. Lemmel coordinates the Parish Consultants for the New England Conference of the UMC and has worked with corporate clients through the Coaching Center of Vermont.
Contact: barblemmel@mac.com

Kathryn A. McElveen, PCC
Kathryn A. McElveen, PCC

Annual Conference: Western North Carolina
Specialties: Young clergy, ministry innovators, mentor coaching, discernment, transition
Biography: Rev. Kathryn McElveen is a professional leadership coach and Courage & Renewal® facilitator with the Center for Courage and Renewal. Since 2006, she has specialized in coaching leaders from a wide range of serving professions and facilitating formational experiences that help leaders integrate “soul” and “role” for personal, organizational and cultural transformation. She especially appreciates working with diverse groups whose different backgrounds, experiences and world views enrich and inspire mutual formation. McElveen co-authored “Faith Coaching: A Conversational Approach to Helping Others Move Forward in Faith” (2008) and “The Faith Coaching Toolkit” (2009). A graduate of Duke Divinity School and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she is appointed to extension ministry in the United Methodist Church.
Contact: kathrynmcelveen@gmail.com

Richard McKinley, PCC
Richard McKinley, PCC

Annual Conference: New England
Specialties: Leadership, life coaching, pastors
Biography: Rev. Rick McKinley is a former educator, specializing in behavioral and emotional disturbance. He is currently an elder in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, having been in full-time ministry since 2001. He is the director of congregational development for the New England Conference. Part of this work is to identify and deploy leaders to start new churches in new ways in new places. He also oversees the systems for revitalization and renewal for existing churches. Coaching is a growing part of his work with pastors and church teams to help them reach the goals they have identified.
Contact: scituatedrev@mac.com

Larry Ousley, PCC
Larry Ousley - PCC Coach

Annual Conference: Holston
Specialties: Large church pastors, superintendents, leadership teams, and staff groups
Biography: Rev. Dr. Larry Ousley began his coaching career in 2000 and is a recognized leader in bringing coaching to organizations and to leaders. Prior to coaching, he served as senior pastor of three large UMC churches. Ousley holds multiple coaching certifications including being a Certified Organizational Relationship Systems Coach. He is co-owner and a lead trainer with the ICF approved coaching school, Coach Training for Leaders (empowercoaches.com). Ousley has led numerous long-term group and team leadership coaching projects and has over 3,000 hours of coaching experience. Since 2008, Ousley has trained more than 250 people to be credentialed life coaches (ICF) through two different coaching schools. 
Contact: Larry@LarryOusley.com

Grace Pak, PCC
Grace Pak, PCC

Annual Conference: Greater New Jersey
Specialties: Organization, leadership coaching, discipleship coaching
Biography: Rev. Grace Pak is an ordained elder in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and has more than 20 years of experience in local church ministry. She has served various sized churches and has always been passionate about moving the Church forward. Pak believes that coaching is all about helping a person or an organization move forward by discovering new awareness and creating shifts in thinking and behavior. She offers coaching for transformation for churches by helping to clarify vision, mission and purpose and helping to create coaching culture within the organization. She is also passionate about coaching and training individuals and leaders to develop as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Contact: pastor.gracepak@gmail.com

HiRho Park, PCC
HiRho Park

Annual Conference: Baltimore-Washington
Specialties: Coaching around Christian faith and contemporary life, cross-racial and cross-cultural relationships, gender issues, immigrant communities, and leadership development within an organization, especially for pastors and clergywomen.
Biography: Based in the United States, Rev. Dr. HiRho Park is the vice president for international relations and advancement at Huree University in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. As a practical theologian with a doctorate from Boston University, she has worked with leaders and institutions from around the world relating to faith, education and leadership development. She is fully bilingual in Korean and English.
Contact: hryp@live.com

Karen Prevatt, PCC
Karen Prevatt, PCC

Annual Conference: South Georgia
Specialties: Transitions, leadership, life purpose
Biography: Rev. Karen Prevatt is an executive coach who specializes in enabling clients to identify and magnify their strengths. She has worked with leaders at nonprofit and for-profit organizations including Procter & Gamble and Beck Group. Prevatt provides a confidential presence with the opportunity for exploration through personal and team development. At 4’7″, she understands the importance of growth and living tall in the midst of life’s challenges. Circumstances do not define us but provide the opportunity to grow in ways that can enrich our lives. Prevatt is masterful at helping her clients get to the heart of the matter, inspiring designed action while overcoming obstacles along the way. 
Contact: karen@livingtall.com


UMC Clergy with Associate Coach Certification (ACC)

Joel L. Adkins, ACC

Annual Conference: East Ohio
Specialties: Local Church Leadership, Transitions, Preaching, Pastoral Role(s).
Biography: Rev. Joel L. Adkins has been an elder in the East Ohio Conference serving local churches since 1985. He has served on a variety of district and conference committees but loves the local church. He desires to work with local church leaders who want to move their Christian communities to a more authentic expression of Christ’s kingdom. Adkins is an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation and a graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary (M.Div and D.Min).
Contact: adkins.joel@gmail.com

DeeDee Autry, ACC
DeeDee Autry, ACC

Annual Conference: Arkansas
Specialties: Ministry candidates, new ministry starts
Biography: Rev. DeeDee Autry has developed unique pastoral skills over her 20-year ministry that help her excel as both a respected ordained pastor and a trusted mentor for fellow clergy. She was one of just 16 pastors, nationally, to earn an Associate Certified Coach accreditation in 2014 through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and the International Coaching Federation. That distinction, coupled with her professional ministry experience, makes her well-qualified to guide other pastors. She’s pastored congregations from five to 2,000 members, worked with new church starts and has launched successful new ministries. DeeDee has facilitated the relocation of existing church buildings and new building construction. She has also journeyed with congregations through difficult decisions and cultural change. Her passion is guiding people to discover their fullest potential and she is committed to empowering those who desire to be the very best God has created.
Contact: deedee.autry@arumc.org

Larry Buxton, ACC
Larry Buxton, ACC

Annual Conference: Virginia
Specialties: Clergymen, clergy in conflict situations, those beginning new appointments or facing transitions (such as retirement), those looking to improve their preaching or self-care
Biography: Rev. Dr. Larry Buxton is an ordained elder in the Virginia Conference and has served 41 years under appointment. He is principal and vice president of Mease-Buxton Associates LLC, a consulting firm in the Washington D.C. area. A graduate of Yale Divinity School and Wesley Theological Seminary, Buxton served 8 years on the Virginia Conference BOM and more than 30 years on six different district committees on ordained ministry. He taught “The Practice of Preaching” for 9 years in the UM Course of Study program and was the Founder and Dean of the Goodson Academy of Preaching (Virginia Conference). In addition to the ACC credential from the International Coach Federation, he is a Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing and Education and is also a certified Resilient Leadership™ coach.
Contact: LarryBuxton@vaumc.org

Suzan (Sue) Carter, ACC
Suzan (Sue) Carter, ACC

Annual Conference: Texas
Specialties: Clergy and transitioning congregations
Biography: Rev. Suzan (Sue) Carter is an ordained UMC elder, recently retired after 20 years of local church ministry. She served as director of her conference’s Intentional Interim Ministry program for 10 years. Coaching clergy and church leaders through various transitions was an essential part of her job. For more information, please visit her website: suecartercoach.com
Contact: sue@suecartercoach.com

William T. Chaney Jr., ACC
William T. Chaney Jr., ACC

Annual Conference: Baltimore-Washington
Specialties: Clergy well-being, new church pastors, lay ministry team coaching, strengths-based leadership, Clifton Strengths Discovery
Biography: With over 500 coaching hours, Rev. William T. Chaney Jr. has been coaching pastors and lay leaders since 2005. Chaney is an International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach, a Clifton Strengths Certified Coach, Clifton Strengths Discovery Course Trainer, Work-i-tude Employee Engagement Consultant and a DISC facilitator. Chaney is also a team member with the Holmes Coaching Group. He has served in full-time ministry for 25 years as a pastor, minister of music and district superintendent in the United Methodist Church. Chaney currently serves as a new church strategist in the North Central Jurisdiction and his portfolio includes African American churches, pioneering new faith communities and assessments.
Contact: CoachChaney@outlook.com

Francis Daniel, ACC
Francis Daniel - ACC Coach

Annual Conference: North Carolina
Specialties: Leadership coaching, church consultation, public speaking
Biography: Rev. Francis Daniel entered the United Methodist ministry in June of 1978 and served local congregations until 2020. In those four decades, he served as pastor for various types of congregations, from multiple point charges to large membership churches. For six years, he served as a district superintendent and has been trained as an intentional interim, leadership coach and church consultant. In 2015, he started Compass Point of North Carolina, a dedicated coaching company. Now officially retired, he devotes his time and attention to his coaching practice while also maintaining an availability for interim service.
Contact: compasspointcoaching.org/services

Sarah B. Dorrance, ACC
Sarah Dorrance - ACC Coach

Annual Conference: Baltimore-Washington
Specialties: Clergy coaching, fresh beginnings, leadership, clergy well-being, women in leadership, grief, goals and career changes, and spirituality
Biography: Rev. Dr. Sarah B. Dorrance is an ICF Associate Certified Coach who works with pastors and laity. She received both her Master of Divinity and her Doctorate of Ministry in church leadership from Wesley Theological Seminary. Dorrance has served as lead pastor in both small and large congregations. She also served as a guide on the Western Region of her conference where she regularly coached other pastors for the next faithful step. Her passion lies in empowering leaders to reach their full potential and helping them find a preferred future both for their ministry and their personal lives. She is co-author of “Reclaiming the Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today.” Her other published works include a seven-week sermon series and devotional helping people share their “God Stories,” and “One Pilgrim of Many on the Camino de Santiago: In Search of Spiritual Renewal.” She recently implemented a 24-7 Prayer House in her town as an initiative to provide peace for the troubled soul. Visit her website at sarahdorrance.com.
Contact: Sarahdorrance@gmail.com

Annette Flynn, ACC
Annette Flynn, ACC

Annual Conference: Holston
Specialties: Leader Self-awareness, increasing church effectiveness
Biography: Rev. Annette Flynn is on a mission to help clergy get lit up about ministry. Flynn combines coaching and consulting to fill in the learning gap between seminary and real-world leadership. She is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, has served churches of varied sizes for more than 20 years and has a passion for supporting clergy. Flynn is a senior coach with ConvergenceUS, and believes a well-supported and lit up pastor is a force for change in the Church and the world. She received her M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and her MSOD from Pepperdine University.
Contact: annette@aflynnpartnerships.com

Marcus Freeman, ACC
Marcus Freeman, ACC

Annual Conference: Rio Texas
Specialties: Navigating crisis situations, developing mission and vision, engaging leadership development paths, cultivating intercultural competency skills
Biography: Rev. Marcus Freeman is district superintendent of the Crossroads District of the Rio Texas Conference. He formerly served as director of Leadership Vitality on Conference Staff, an appointed local church pastor for 24 years, has served on numerous district and conference committees and organizations and is an Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI) Administrator. His goals are to help others discover and explore new horizons of possibility and hope in any situation.
Contact: mfreeman@riotexas.org

J. Jason Fry, ACC
Jason Fry - ACC Coach

Annual Conference: Rio Texas
Specialties: Coaching pastors and other ministry leaders with a focus on leadership, organizational structure for missional effectiveness, financial stewardship, and staff development and supervision
Biography: Rev. J. Jason Fry retired from active pastoral ministry in July 2019 after 39 years, having served both rural and urban congregations of all sizes. He has a passion for growing disciples who can disciple others. Fry holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from McMurry University, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary.
Contact: revjasonfry@gmail.com

Amy L. Gearhart, ACC
Amy L. Gearhart, ACC

Annual Conference: Missouri
Specialties: Organizational transitions, staff development, congregational development and turn-arounds, strategic planning, goals and career changes, life transitions, higher education administration and faculty
Biography: Amy Gearhart is an ICF Associate Certified Coach who coaches and resources organizations, churches and individuals for transformative learning and living. She is currently serving as the assistant to the Bishop of the Mountain Sky Conference of the UMC in the position of senior executive of transition and conference culture. She has experience as a local church pastor for 30 years in rural, suburban, university and urban ministry and holds certificates as a nonprofit executive leader and college educator. Gearhart constructed her doctoral dissertation about the adjunctification of ministry, focusing on the United Methodist Church’s growing need and use of part-time local pastors. Visit Amy’s website at amygearhart.com.
Contact: amy@amygearhart.com

John A. Guliano, ACC
John A. Guliano, ACC

Annual Conference: East/West Ohio
Specialties: Employee Assistance, candidacy, ministerial Assessment
Biography: Rev. John A. Guliano is an ordained elder and has worked in pastoral ministry for the past fifteen years. Guliano also has a diverse background in counseling and mental health. He is licensed as a professional clinical counselor with supervisory designation. He has worked extensively in private practice as well as with the Cleveland Clinic Health System and is currently employed at UC Health, Cincinnati.
Contact: john@cornerstoneccs.com

Emily Hagan, ACC
Emily Hagan, ACC

Annual Conference: Rocky Mountain Conference
Specialties: Professional coaching of individuals or groups
Biography: Rev. Emily Hagan is ready to listen and lead through coaching. She is excited to coach individuals or groups to discover the gifts of tomorrow and people often notice her enthusiasm. In addition to being an Associate Certified Coach, Hagan is an elder in the United Methodist Church and has served in various leadership roles since 2004. She is blessed by her family and in her spare time she works toward greater human dignity.
Contact: emilylhagan@gmail.com

David P. Harris, ACC

Annual Conference: Eastern Pennsylvania
Specialties: Teams and coaching from a spiritual direction perspective
Biography: Dr. Dave Harris is a coach, husband, father, grandfather, preacher’s kid, musician, idea adventurer, pastor and Pennsylvanian. His motto is “Live Love”, a summary of Matthew 22:37-40. Relationships and stories have fueled his life more than degrees, but he holds a B.S. in music education, an M.Div and a D.Min. Harris also has certificates in coaching, conflict intervention, spiritual direction and Christian education ministry. A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, Harris loves meeting new people, exploring new places and engaging new challenges. He has previously taught in Kenya, served building homes in Alaska and retreated in the Smoky Mountains.
Contact: HodosCoaching@gmail.com

Melinda Harwood, ACC
Melinda Harwood, ACC

Annual Conference: Great Plains
Specialties: Fulfilling mission and purpose in the faith community, self-care, spiritual discernment, life goals and personal satisfaction, transition in work and aging, managing grief
Biography: Melinda Harwood is an associate member of the Great Plains Conference and has served a dozen years in this second career for a county seat church. Her background is in self-care and wellness and she believes in the phrase, “Be a first rate you, not a second rate someone else.” Harwood offers coaching for individuals and churches looking for clarity and focus to accomplish their purpose and mission of making disciples for Jesus Christ.
Contact: mharwood@greatplainsumc.org

Kyung Hee Sa, ACC
Kyung Hee Sa, ACC

Annual Conference: Peninsula-Delaware
Specialties: Leadership development through strategic planning processes, congregational development, prayer team ministry, cross-racial cross-cultural ministry, church conflicts, spiritual guidance for clergy renewal
Biography: Rev. Dr. Kyung Hee Sa is currently the Dover District Superintendent of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference, the first Korean American woman to hold the position. She has empowered the clergy and the laity of the 100 churches in her district and has grown the churches’ vitality. Through her 20-year ministry in cross-racial and cross-cultural appointments, she has developed the skills of how to increase intercultural competency in the life of each congregation. She believes in peacebuilding in an active, proactive manner and has been raising the movement of the restoration of corporate prayer life in the churches, as well as facilitation and mediation for the transformation of church conflicts. She is continuing to practice coaching toward the level of Professional Certified Coach (PCC).
Contact: kyungheesa@gmail.com

Donna Holder, ACC
Donna Holder - ACC Coach

Annual Conference: Virginia
Specialties: Clergy in transition to new appointments or retirement
Biography: With 20 years of experience in large and small local churches, Rev. Donna Holder finds joy in working with those who are navigating transitions in life and ministry. She is completing a master’s degree in leadership and organizational development. Holder has three young adult children, loves hiking and has a goal to visit all the national parks in the U.S. She is available for online meetings.
Contact: donnaholder@vaumc.org

Beverly Hume, ACC
Beverly Hume, ACC

Annual Conference: West Ohio
Specialties: Loss, end-of-life, bereavement
Biography: Rev. Beverly Hume is an elder in the West Ohio Conference serving as a chaplain with the Department of Veteran Affairs. Her passion is working with people and churches coping with loss and life transitions and the ensuing grief that often follows. As a church pastor, she’s had the opportunity to serve small churches finding themselves at a crossroad as they consider how best to live out their callings. As a chaplain, Hume journeys with veterans as they recalibrate their lives after difficult experiences. As a coach, she creates a safe place for people to grow as they untangle life’s difficult knots.
Contact: revbev97@yahoo.com

Embra K. Jackson, ACC
Embra K. Jackson, ACC

Annual Conference: Mississippi
Specialties: Cross-racial, cross-cultural church revitalization, leadership development, organization development
Biography: Rev. Embra Jackson is currently at Tupelo First UMC. He possesses ecclesiastical endorsement from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry and is also a Certified Coach in the Spiritual Leadership Institute (apprentice), International Coach Federation and Coachnet.

Contact: jacksonekj@gmail.com

Rodolfo Alfonso Juan, ACC
Rodolfo Alfonso Juan, ACC

Annual Conference or Jurisdiction: Davao Episcopal Area, Philippines
Specialties: Church administration, preaching and teaching, mentoring and counseling
Biography: Bishop Rodolfo Alfonso Juan entered the ministry in 1981, served as a military chaplain for 14 years with the rank of major and was a part time professor at Union Theological Seminary. He was bishop for two quadrennia in the Baguio Episcopal Area and later the Manila Episcopal Area. Juan has also served on the board of directors for many organizations, including GBGM and GBOD. He graduated from Philippine Christian University in 1981, earned a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in 1985, a Doctor of Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary in 1991 and Advanced CPE at Emory University.
Contact: chapsrudy@yahoo.com

Denice Leslie, ACC
Denice Leslie, ACC

Annual Conference: California-Nevada
Specialties: Multicultural clergy and clergywomen
Biography: With the opportunity to accomplish a long-held passion to become a coach with ICF certification and UMEA endorsement, Rev. Denice Leslie retired from pastoring as an elder in the local church after 36 years. Her interest in coaching was fueled by work as chair of the Residence in Ministry committee for the Board of Ordained Ministry where her motivation for the work was seeing candidates fulfill hopes and dreams.
Contact: pdkleslie@sbcglobal.net

Robyne Mayer, ACC
Robyne Mayer, ACC

Annual Conference: Greater New Jersey
Specialties: Clergy coaching
Biography: As a full elder in the UMC, Rev. Robyne Mayer believes that pastoral ministry is an amazing calling by God, but it can also be a difficult and lonely profession. She knows that there are times when you’re not sure who to trust or what to do and that the ministry journey can seem downright frustrating. She aims to be a cheerleader, someone to walk alongside you and help you be the best pastor you can be using your God given gifts and the resources around you. Mayer wants to be the one who journeys with you and moves you from good to great.
Contact: robynemayer5@gmail.com

Paul J. Melrose, ACC
Paul Melrose - ACC Coach

Annual Conference: Michigan
Specialties: Coaching around call, transitions, and short- and long-term goals/needs
Biography: Rev. Melrose has 45 years of experience in ministry. He has worked in local church appointments, in pastoral counseling as a therapist, as an interim pastor, in part time pastoral care positions, and as a coach. As a therapist and coach, Melrose has worked with many clergy and congregational leaders, helping them to resolve issues and find places of satisfaction and peace. Coaching relationships can be powerful, and Melrose learns through listening, asking questions, challenging and working with others to build trust. He works by phone, in a number of virtual platforms or in person.
Contact: paul.melrose@gmail.com

Denise Millett, ACC
Denise Millett, ACC

Annual Conference: Baltimore-Washington
Specialties: Life Coach, career Coach
Biography: Rev. Denise Millett’s training includes a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s in counseling and a Master of Divinity degree. She also has an ACC status with the International Coach Federation and has worked ten years as a teacher. Millet has been in active pulpit ministry since 1995 and has been exposed to a wide range of life situations that aid her work as a coach.
Contact: dndmillett@msn.com

Dan Randall, ACC
Dan Randall - ACC Coach

Annual Conference: New England
Specialties: Coaching executive directors, teachers, authors, pastors, missionaries and people experiencing life transitions
Biography: Rev. Dan Randall loves helping others connect more deeply to God’s presence and God’s love on their life journeys. He currently serves with Global Ministries as a coordinator for the Methodist Liaison Office in the Middle East. Randall has cultivated his gifts of listening and compassion by practicing the ministry of presence, encouraging the importance of mutuality in mission, and training others to approach discipleship as being with and for others. He’s had the opportunity to live, work, and study in 15 international settings in areas of campus ministry, camping ministry, with refugees in war zones, chaplaincy, community outreach, community organizing and coaching.
Contact: revdanrandall@gmail.com

Jeff Ross, ACC
Jeff Ross - ACC Coach

Annual Conference: North Georgia 
Specialties: Coaching pastors, staff and teams. Working one-on-one and with groups to define areas of need, practical solutions and next steps.
Biography: Dr. Jeff Ross is a United Methodist elder with 36 years of pastoral experience at churches from 100 to 5,000 in size. He has served as a youth minister, an associate pastor and a lead pastor. Ross has led rural, urban, and suburban congregations and has helped found new churches. He transitioned at age 60 to focus on coaching and encouraging ministers and ministries. Ross also helped create the Faithful Future Initiative to lead congregational change. He has experience working with conferences, districts, churches and individuals around growth, long range planning, change, conflict management and finances. He is the founder Dry Bones Coaching.
Contact: jeff@drybonescoaching.com

Owen K. Ross, ACC
Owen Ross - ACC Coach

Annual Conference: North Texas
Specialties: Spanish-language ministries, church planting, cross-cultural ministries, holistic ministries
Biography: Since 2017, Dr. Owen K. Ross has served as the church developer for the North Texas Conference. Prior to this, Ross served as the founding pastor of La Fundición de Cristo/Christ’s Foundry United Methodist Mission. As a true “parachute drop” church plant, Christ’s Foundry grew to be the largest Spanish-language congregation in United Methodism. Ross’s doctoral thesis was “Ministry with the Poor: The Role of Social Services in Evangelism.” He has a passion of assisting leaders in cutting-edge ministries in non-traditional settings to reach their full potential. Ross is fluent in English and Spanish.
Contact: owenkross@gmail.com

Patricia L. Sebring, ACC
Patricia L. Sebring, ACC

Annual Conference: Baltimore-Washington
Specialties: Leaders in business or church, ministry candidates, women, groups, collaboration
Biography: Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring is an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. Sebring’s formal training as a clergy coach through GBHEM was provided by Cockerham Coaching and Coaching4Clergy. She is presently completing her training to become a Professional Certified Coach and is a part of Coaching4Clergy’s Faculty in Training and Mentor in Training programs. Sebring is an ordained elder with 16 years of ministry experience. She received her M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2000 and her D.Min. in church leadership excellence from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2006.
Contact: patriciasebring@msn.com

Martha Taylor, ACC
Martha Taylor, ACC

Annual Conference: Arkansas
Specialties: Deacon and extension ministries
Biography: Rev. Martha Taylor is an ordained United Methodist deacon. Prior to responding to her call to deacon ministry, she had a successful career in healthcare marketing and public relations. She served from 2006-2017 on the Arkansas Conference staff as the director of communications and conference storyteller. In 2018, she began serving outside the church walls in a ministry of her own design that combines two of her passions: horses and helping clergy and laity become better leaders and communicators. EquiDiscovery engages clergy, laity and ministry teams in transformative leadership development utilizing proven assessment tools, professional coaching and experiential equine facilitated learning activities. Taylor is a certified Equine Experiential Education Specialist and a certified clergy coach through Coaching4Clergy and the International Coach Federation (ACC level).
Contact: mstaylor@arumc.org

Sara Thomas, ACC
Sara Thomas - ACC Coach

Annual Conference: West Ohio
Specialties: Discipleship, courageous leadership, CliftonStrengths
Biography: As a coach, Rev. Dr. Sara Thomas partners with busy pastors, local church leaders and overwhelmed teams to overcome everyday leadership challenges with courage. Her coaching credentials include ICF (ACC), Brené Brown’s Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coach. Having served in large congregations, as a solo pastor, and at the district and denominational levels, Thomas understands the competing values and adaptive challenges we’re all facing. She can help you develop brave leaders and create a courageous church culture. Thomas will shine a light on what makes you amazing and ask you tough questions, all so your life and leadership reflect the love of God we know in Jesus.
Contact: coach@sarathomas.net or connect@transformingmission.org

Stacey Watkins-Griffith, ACC
Stacey Watkins-Griffith - ACC Coach

Annual Conference: Western North Carolina
Specialties: Women finding their voice or facing leadership challenges, people discerning God’s call, processing grief and loss, finding greater life balance
Biography: Dr. Watkins-Griffith is an endorsed life coach and a pastoral psychotherapist and life coach at Sanctuary Counseling Group. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from Garrett Evangelical Seminary and Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. She available for Zoom or in-office appointments.
Contact: dr.staceywg@gmail.com

Graham West, ACC
Graham West, ACC

Annual Conference: Wisconsin
Specialties: Discernment of call, seeking ministry orders, transitions in life and ministry, seeking and renewing purpose in life, moving beyond stuck and discipleship formation
Biography: As an ordained minister of The United Methodist Church, Rev. Graham West has served in pastoral ministries for over 30 years in both South Africa and the United States. He has a background in social work, especially with children, teens and parents, as well as in business administration and accounting. He trained in coaching at the Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, and is accredited by the International Coach Federation.
Contact: gnwestumc@gmail.com

Kristen D. Williams, ACC
Kristen D. Williams, ACC

Annual Conference: North Carolina
Specialties: Ministry candidates, new ministry starts, church leadership teams, strengths-based leadership development, leader as coach, appreciative practices in leadership
Biography: From an early age, Rev. Kris Williams has been a cheerleader and a challenger to many. From friends, to family, to colleagues, to churches and even an occasional perfect stranger, she brings encouragement and passion. She has served as an elder in North Carolina in a variety of local church settings including 3-point charge, 2-point charge, station church, multi-staff church and church planting. Williams has served in rural and suburban settings and, since 2015, she has been fully committed to coaching and deepening her skills as a coach. Her heart’s desire is to play a small part in nurturing others toward lifelong fruitful ministry and resilient leadership, whether in the church, the community or the marketplace.
Contact: kwilliams@nccumc.org

Stacey Cole Wilson, ACC
Stacey Cole Wilson, ACC

Annual Conference: Baltimore-Washington
Specialties: Executive leadership development, women in ministry
Biography: Dr. Stacey Cole Wilson is a visionary leader, motivational speaker, wife, mother, pastor, author, children’s advocate, educator, executive coach and professional who loves people and God. Wilson resides in the Maryland /District of Columbia area and desires to coach highly driven professionals who dare to better the world.

Contact: StaceyColeWilson@me.com

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