Clergy Coaching, Preaching, Finance and Stewardship, Faith Formation, Staffing, and Healthy Church Initiatives.
The Reverend Dr. Justin W. Tull is a retired ordained United Methodist minister having served 37 years in the North Texas area. During this time he was senior pastor of nine churches ranging in membership from 274 to 2200. He retired from active ministry in 2006. In December, 2008, he was asked to serve six months as interim senior pastor of Suncreek UMC, Allen, Texas. In 2010 he became interim senior pastor of Vista Ridge UMC in Lewisville, Texas.
After being graduated from Hendrix College with a major in literature and philosophy, Dr. Tull attended Perkins School of Theology at SMU. During the next sixteen years he would receive three advanced degrees: a Master of Theology degree (1970), a Master of Sacred Theology degree in Old Testament studies (1971), and a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching (1985).
Dr. Tull is the author of seven books: Wrestlings, Wonders, and Wanderers; Why God Why?: Sermons on the Problem of Pain; Why God Why? A Study Guide; Christmas Journeys: Finding Joy Along the Way; Interim Ministry: Positive Change in Times of Transition; Surviving and Thriving in Ministry and Vital Preaching; Vital Preaching: the Art of Sharing God’s Word (2015). All are available through Amazon.com.
Since retirement Dr. Tull has been teaching a course in preaching to United Methodist pastors in Texas who are taking the course of study curriculum offered by the United Methodist Church. He has also taught eight times an intensive nine-month Disciple Bible Study course which covers eighty percent of the scriptures. Various classes, lectureships and seminars round out Tull’s teaching repertoire including a six-session seminar dealing with human tragedy using his book, Why God Why? Sermons on the Problem of Pain.
Dr.Tull has been actively involved in mentoring pastors over the past twenty-five years. He has supervised eight Perkins interns, worked closely with nine associate pastors and mentored countless others by serving as their supervising pastor. For seventeen years he served on the Board of Ordained Ministry of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist church, chairing both the conference and district committees.
In 2013 he began his work as a clergy coach and received his ACC accreditation from the International Coach Federation in January of 2015. He also serves as clergy coach for the Healthy Church Initiative of the United Methodist Church.
Always involved in community outreach programs, Dr. Tull was the founding president of two non-profit organizations: The DeSoto Community Outreach Council and the Interfaith Ministries of Denton, Inc., the later offering emergency help to people in need. In 2000-2001 he served as chair of the Board of Pastoral Care and Education Center. Concerned about the shortage of low-income housing in the area, Justin has been an active participant in the Habitat for Humanity program having worked on the construction of nine homes and helped construct the 700th Habitat house built in Dallas County.
In his spare time Justin enjoys writing, travel, playing racquetball and tennis, doing grandfather duties, and spending time with family and friends in Cuchara, Colorado. He and his wife Janette live in Carrollton, Texas. They each have two children and enjoy six grandchildren.
Working with church groups to discover where and to what God is calling them.
Rev. Dr. Catherine (Cathy) Davis hails from NC but calls Oregon home. She has been a pastor in the United Methodist Church for 16 years, serving both large and small congregations. As your coaching partner, and aided by the belief that we all hold the tools we need to fully live into God’s story for our lives, Cathy guides you to reclaim your calling, discover your passion, and embrace your strengths through a journey of self-discovery and realization. Allow her to partner with you as you continue to live the story you were created for.
Youngsook Charlene Kang is a coach and trainer credentialed by the International Coaching Federation (PCC- Professional Certified Coach) and endorsed by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist church for the ministry of coaching.
She is also a cultural competency trainer as well as a qualified administrator of Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). The IDI is a cross-cultural tool for assessing intercultural competence at the individual, group and organizational level. She is currently Rocky Mountain Conference Coaching program Coordinator and trainer, providing coaching services to individuals and groups.
She is currently Director of Mission and Ministry, Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church. Previously she served as District Superintendent of the Metropolitan District of the Rocky Mountain Conference. She also served as Deputy General Secretary for Mission Context & Relationship, General Board of Global Ministries.
Leadership coaching, intercultural coaching, coaching training
Amy Gearhart is an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) as she coaches and resources organizations, churches and individuals for transformative learning and living. After thirty years serving United Methodist congregations of all sizes in Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri, she chose to extend her education, executive leadership and coaching experience into higher education and administration. In addition to coaching and consulting, she is completing her doctoral work in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri. She is also an adjunct professor of religion at Central Methodist University and an evaluation researcher for the MU International Center. Each of these roles synchronizes with a focus on personal relationships, individual growth and organizational systems that promote justice, empowerment and transformation. Amy is the proud mom of young adult daughters, Hannah and Chloe. Amy loves traveling, entertaining, and crafting, and looks forward to working with you as a coach! Please visit Amy’s website, at https://amygearhart.com/.
Congregational development and turn-arounds, Strategic Planning, Life goals and career changes, Life transitions, Higher Education administration and faculty
Clergy men, clergy in conflict situations, those beginning new appointments or facing transitions, incl. retirement, those looking to improve their preaching or self-care.
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, DC area, specializing in leadership training, executive coaching and public. A graduate of Yale Divinity School and Wesley Theological Seminary, he served 8 years on the Virginia Conference BOM and 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). Larry enjoys working with clergy men, clergy in conflict situations, those beginning new appointments or facing transitions, including retirement, and those looking to improve their preaching or self-care. See www.linkedin.com/in/larrybuxton and www.mease-buxtonassociates.com. 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. He is a certified Resilient Leadership™ coach, utilizing the organizational insights of family systems pioneers Murray Bowen and Edwin Friedman to improve leaders’ functioning.
Cross-racial, cross-cultural church revitalization, leadership development, and organization development.
Embra currently serves as District Superintendent in the Starkville District of the Mississippi Annual Conference. Embra possess ecclesiastical endorsement from The Board of Higher Education and Ministry. He is also a Certified Coach in the Spiritual Leadership Institute(apprentice), International Coach Federation and Coachnet.
At Center Channel Coaching, Bob 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 a career spanning over three decades in education and business, and now serves as an elder in full connection in the Peninsula Delaware Annual Conference. Bob’s educational background as a gifted teacher, with a master’s degree in business management, a master of divinity degree, and a doctorate in church leadership, coupled with his vast experience in the business world, have given him a unique and valuable perspective, which he brings to bear with his personal coaching clients and in his coaching for organizational development and strategic planning. Bob is also a certified Transitional Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist (TIIMS), and connects his coach approach to the interim ministry for even greater impact. Bob believes that as we gain clarity, and as we better understand who we are and what we believe we are to accomplish, we will have uncovered the key elements to successfully moving ahead to be all we were created to be.
Personal Growth, Leadership Development, Transitional Coaching, Organizational and Team Coaching, Organizational Assessment and Strategic Planning, and Coaching Second Career Clergy.
Facilitation; Leadership Development; Organizational Assessment & Design; Succession Planning; Training; Local church and judicatory experience in new church starts/planters, transformation, and church revitalization efforts both personally experienced as well as a coach
Leadership is about the relationships we create. It’s about the conversations we have with those we lead -conversations we as leaders need to initiate. As a coach, I serve you, my client, by offering a new perspective and observation that focuses on how you “show up” in your relationships with others at work and at home, and with me. Collaboratively you and I work together in the coaching conversation to align your values and vision with your actions. 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.
Discernment of call, seeking ministry orders, transitions in life and ministry, seeking and renewing purpose in life, moving beyond stuck and discipleship formation.
As an ordained minister of The United Methodist Church, I have served in pastoral ministries for over 30 years in both South Africa and the United States. I have a background in social work, especially with children, teens and parents, as well as in business administration and accounting. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, I lived for forty years under the apartheid ideology. Political turmoil, unrest and conflict challenged me to grow a discipleship that is relevant to the social environment. I trained in coaching at the Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, and accredited by the International Coach Federation.
Clergy transitions, working with boards of the church and conference, exploring/ re- exploring one’s vocation
I am formally retired from the Detroit Conference but continue in this stage of life with both my coaching and pastoral counseling. I am a UMEA Endorsed Life Coach and Pastoral Counselor. In 36 of my 46 years of ministry I have been a pastoral counselor/licensed marriage and family therapist. I have worked as supply pastor, administered agencies, been a teacher and supervisor and experienced a great range of life issues through these professional roles and as a therapist, where most of my work has been with pastors and congregational leaders. As a Coach for the last 6 years (currently ACC and working toward PCC) I have worked with leaders around congregational change, change in personal and life goals, and sometimes just figuring out how to make the most of a coaching relationship. I now live in Wisconsin, close to our son and grandchildren. I find enjoyment in music, travel, exercise, and reading.
Individual and group coaching in organizations, personal & group leadership development, time management, stress & conflict management, self-care, empowerment, cultural sensitivity, resiliency, cross cultural and racial ministry, women’s issue, anti-racism, sense of calling, spiritual discernment, pilgrimage, life & second career development and transition, global relocation for studying, living and working, and aging
Yong Ja, with 15 years ministry as an ordained elder in the UMC, 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 for young people who make domestic and international transitions in life and career as a mentor and coach officiated by government. Yong Ja has a global vision, perspective, and wisdom by traveling, living, and working in different cultures and languages around the world. Dealt with issues of culture, race, gender, language, practice of faith, spirituality and leadership, she has made her own life transition four times from South Korea to the Philippines, to USA, to Spain, and to S. Korea again. She was certified by the International Coach Federation in 2013. She fully speaks both Korean and English.
Church administration, preaching and teaching, mentoring and counseling
Rev. John A. Guliano is an Ordained Elder in the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has been in pastoral ministry for the past fifteen years. Prior to this, Rev. Guliano served as a professional musician and educator in northeast Ohio. He is an accomplished organist, pianist and soloist. Rev. John 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. He is currently employed at UC Health, Cincinnati. Rev. John and his wife, Lisa, have been married over twenty-five years. They have two children, Robert (23), a law student at Case Western Reserve University, and Marietta (22), employed by KAO in Cincinnati. Rev. John and Lisa relocated to southwest Ohio when Lisa assumed the position as Superintendent of the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
HiRho is currently serving as Director of Clergy Lifelong Learning and directs the Clergy Coach Training: Preparation for ICF Certification program at The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. As a practical theologian and Ph.D 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.
Coaching around Christian faith and contemporary life, cross-racial and cross-cultural relationships, gender issues, immigration communities, parent as a coach, and leadership development within an organization, especially for pastors and clergywomen.
Ministry candidates, new ministry starts
Young clergy, ministry innovators, mentor coaching, discernment, and transition
Ministry candidates, clergy, church leadership
Leadership, life purpose, ministry candidates
Multicultural, clergy transition, growth in grace and ministry
Clergy and transitioning congregations
Authentic Leadership, Transition, Peer Group Coaching
Change leadership, organization development
Employee Assistance, Candidacy, Ministerial Assessment
Professional Coach, individuals, or groups
Any – Also a Certified Gallup StrengthFinders Coach
Loss, end-of-life, bereavement
Multcultural clergy and clergywomen
Coaching for Clergy
Leadership, life coaching, pastors
Life Coach; Career Coach
Organization & Leadership Coaching, Discipleship Coaching
Leaders in business or church, ministry candidates, women, groups, collaboration
Clergy couples, ministry candidates, clergy in transition
Executive Leadership Development, Women in Ministry
Coach Training, Cross Cultural/Cross Racial Coaching and Training, Leadership Development, Group and Team Coaching, Creating a Coaching Culture
Val is the Founder and CEO of Coaching4Clergy.com and Coaching4TodaysLeaders.com. Val has a global vision of Every Leader a Coach. Val 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. Graduates have received all three coaching credentials: ACC, PCC and MCC.
Kathryn McElveen is a professional leadership coach (PCC) and Courage & Renewal® facilitator with the Center for Courage & 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. Kathryn 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. Kathryn and her husband, also a UMC clergy person, have four young children with whom they enjoy a variety of sports and outdoor activities, reading, organic gardening and learning new things.
Sharon L. Vandegrift, Executive Director and Coach for Bridge-the-Gap Life Coaching Services, LLC (www.btglifecoaching.com ), is a clergy member of the Eastern PA Conference and a Life and Leadership Coach whose ministry focus is to empower clergy to excel. Having served as campus minister, pastor of small congregations, and head of staff of larger congregations, Sharon’s special affinity for the work of the professional pastor makes her an extremely effective coach for seasoned pastors as well as for those just beginning their professional journey.
Karen serves as an Extension Minster with Living Tall, Inc., www.livingtall.com. Since 2005, Living Tall has offered coaching, teaching, and speaking services. Karen partners with people in transition to explore new opportunities, find clarity, and experience a life rich with purpose. When she looks in the mirror at her 4’7″ tall self, she is reminded she has plenty of room for growth. She loves to read, learn, play in the dirt and plant flowers from seeds. Orchids fascinate her. She likes to grow and she likes to see things and people grow. She is a graduate of Young Harris College, Maryville College, Emory University and The Institute of Life Coach Training.
Dr. Jim Robey is the Executive Director for Attentional Growth Inc., a non-profit organization he founded in 2004. He is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and a United Methodist Elder in the North Alabama Conference, and was the first United Methodist clergy to be officially endorsed for the Ministry of Life Coaching. Jim is a renowned speaker, seminar leader, teacher, minister and coach with a profound commitment to help others grow in their work and life. His practice takes him across the United States and the world to work with a variety of groups, organizations and businesses.
Reverend Dee Dee 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 of the United Methodist Church and the International Coaching Federation. That distinction, coupled with her professional ministry experience, well-qualify her to guide other pastors. She’s pastored congregations from 5 – 2,000, worked with new church starts, and has launched successful new ministries. Dee Dee has facilitated the relocation of existing church buildings and new building construction. She has also journeyed with congregations having to make difficult decisions for the future and navigate cultural change. Her passion is guiding persons to discover their fullest potential; whether in the church or the world. She’s committed to empowering those who desire to be the very best God has created and be successful in doing so.
Grace Pak is an Ordained Elder in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference and has over 20 years experience in the Local Church ministry. She has served various size churches and has always been passionate about moving the church forward. 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, like preparing soil for new growth. She is also passionate about coaching and training individuals and leaders develop as disciples of Jesus Christ.
Grant is currently serving as the Residential Bishop of the Greater Northwest Area. He received his Education Doctorate in Organized Leadership from Pepperdine in 2011. His book “Spiritual Kaizen” was published by Abingdon in 2013. He recently received certification as a Gallup StrengthFinder Coach.
Dr. Wilson is a visionary leader, motivational speaker, wife, mother, pastor, author, children’s advocate, educator, executive coach, and professional who loves people and God. Dr. Wilson resides in the Maryland /District of Columbia area and desires to coach highly driven professionals who dare to better the world. With God, all things are possible!
Rev. Dr. Brenda Buckwell, Obl. OSB, is a coach, spiritual director and seminary faculty. Brenda is adjunct faculty at Ashland Theological Seminary and online instructor for Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and UMC Cyber Campus. With 18years experience as a spiritual director, Brenda has expanded her skills to coaching through the International Coaching Federation and provides spiritual coaching for result oriented spiritual growth. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Tradition for nearly 30 years, Brenda has served as local church pastor, co-founder of Hearts on Fire: The Fellowship of UM spiritual Directors and Retreat Leaders and is founder of Living Streams Flowing Water, LLC.
Dawn Young is an ordained deacon in the UMC, and is moving towards full-time coaching ministry. Dawn is only a few hours short of reaching PCC, and she has been accepted for interview by the UMEA.
My training includes a BA in psychology; a Master in Counseling; a Masters of Divinity and I have an ACC status with the International Coach Federation. I worked ten years as a teacher and have been in active pulpit ministry since 1995. As a result of being a “Navy brat” and “Navy wife,” I have an exposure to a wide range of life situations which aid in my work as a coach.
Annette Flynn ACC, is the Founder and President of A Flynn Partnerships, which empowers today’s spiritual leaders through teaching them how to lead change. Additionally, Annette equips leaders through coaching, consulting and coach training. Annette is also the author of “How to Lead Change In the Church Without Getting Chewed Up,” an introduction to change management curriculum. Annette is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and has served churches of varied sizes for 20+ years. She has a passion for learning and for helping others succeed.
Rick is a former special educator, specializing in behavioral/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 currently acting 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, working with pastors and church teams to help them reach the goals they have identified. He has received his ACC certification through the ICF and is continuing to build hours toward the PCC level.
With the opportunity to accomplish a long-held passion to become a coach with ICF certification and UMEA endorsement, 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. Denice is married to Kim Leslie, a retired Elder and Worship Space and Liturgy Consultant. They have three terrific kids and two grandchildren. Her interests include gardening, graphic arts and fabric arts, singing and….coaching!
Suzan (Sue) Carter is an ordained UMC elder, recently retired after 20 years of local church ministry. She served as Director of the conference Intentional Interim Ministry program for ten years. Coaching clergy and church leaders through various transitions was a big part of her job. For more information, please visit her web site: suecartercoach.com
As a wife, mother and full Elder in the UMC, pastoral ministry is an amazing calling by God, but it can also be a difficult and lonely profession. There are times when you’re not sure who to trust or what to do. Quite frankly the ministry journey can seem down right frustrating. A pastor begins to get discouraged and feels stuck. Now, imagine having your very own cheerleader, someone to walk alongside you helping you be the best pastor you can be using your God given gifts and the resources around you. That’s coaching! Let me be the one who journeys with you and moves you from good to great. Coaching worked for me and it can work for you too! Contact me for a free consultation.
Emily Hagan is ready to listen and lead through coaching. She is excited to coach individuals or groups to discover the gifts of tomorrow, today. People often notice her enthusiasm. In addition to being an Associate Certified Coach, she is an Elder in the United Methodist Church and has served in various leadership roles since 2004. She is blessed by her family, and enjoys spending time with her little one. In her spare time she works toward greater human dignity.
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 call. As a chaplain, Beverly 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.
Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Sebring is an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation. Dr. Sebring’s formal training as a clergy coach through the 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. Dr. Sebring is an ordained elder with 16 years of ministry. Sebring received her M. Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2000 and her D. Min. in 2006 from Wesley Theological Seminary in Church Leadership Excellence.