Faculty and Staff
Our faculty are prominent Christian coaches who have helped pioneer and shape this field. All are certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF), and all operate successful coaching businesses.
Christopher McCluskey, MSW, PCC, CMCC, BCC
He served as a primary consultant and contributor to Dr. Gary Collins in his ground-breaking text, “Christian Coaching: Helping Others Turn Potential Into Reality” (2001, NavPress).
In 1998, Chris transitioned entirely out of his ownership of the largest Christian psychotherapy practice in Tampa Bay (Christian Care Counseling Centers, Inc.) into full time coaching as a solo practitioner in his new business, Coaching for Christian Living, Inc.
In the year 2000, he established a Christian track at the Institute for Life Coach Training which grew over that decade into the Professional Christian Coaching Program (precursor to PCCI).
He has presented at more than 50 national & international conferences including the Christian Management Association (CMA), the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), the Association for Marriage & Family Ministries (AMFM) and the Christian Coaches Network (CCN).
A prolific writer, he and his wife, Rachel are best-selling authors of the highly-acclaimed marriage book, When Two Become One (Revell, 2004, 2006), and have co-authored chapters in several popular Christian books. Their articles appear in numerous international magazines and on websites including ChristianityToday.com, FamilyLife.com, and Focus on the Family’s PluggedIn.com. They are frequent guests on popular Christian radio and television shows.
Chris and Rachel operate Professional Christian Coaching Institute and Coaching for Christian Living from their ranch in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in south-central Missouri where they homeschool their seven children. Chris’ passions include music, the performing arts, and nature, but most of all his family.
Cheryl Scanlan, MCC, CPCC
Cheryl began coaching in 2004 after a long battle with a difficult disease served as a Divine incubator for growing a focused love for the Lord and His church body. In 2003, her husband and best friend of 30 years, Tom, was the first to suggest life coaching as a possible vehicle of ministry to the body. Cheryl now mentors other coaches, coaches individuals from all walks of life, develops and teaches curricula and has most recently developed a children’s series. But her passion is for seeing God’s people walk in step with Him. An ardent student of God’s Word, she is a trained Precept Bible Teacher and has studied the Word inductively for over 15 years.
Cheryl has developed two curricula. One for professional development called ACT! with 60 ACSTH approved hours by ICF and one for personal development called Promised Land Living, a 6 month to 1 year process for intense development of top leaders in the church body. Both curricula are used as the primary tools for developing coaches and leaders at her church. Pastors, elders and lay leaders have all benefitted from the skills developed, honed and refined through ACT! and PLL.
For more information about Cheryl, visit her websites:
Michael Pfau, MEd, PCC, CPCC
Michael has spoken at the national Christian Coaches Network (CCN) conference and presented workshops throughout the U.S. on life purpose, career discovery, and skills for life coaching. He has served as the vocational coach for the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
Michael worked and presented with best-selling author Bruce Wilkinson as part of his Dream Giver Coach Network from 2003 to 2005, helping individuals discover and live their dreams. He is a designated Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
Crossways Life Coaching has grown into an international coaching business whose clients are literally changing the world. Michael is passionate about equipping others in distinctly Christian coaching to empower them in fulfilling God’s call on their lives and businesses. For more information, visit his website at www.crosswayslifecoaching.com.
Fran LaMattina, MIR, MCC
Fran draws from 25 years of business experience in the areas of marketing, sales, finance, and operations gained from leadership in several business sectors including telecommunications, financial services and consumer products. Before creating her private coaching practice, she was Director of Marketing & Public Relations and a Partner with Ronald Blue & Co, a Christian personal financial planning firm. She has also been an adjunct professor at Psychological Studies Institute, a post-graduate counseling program, where she taught Leadership Coaching Through Life Transitions.
Fran is presently enrolled in a PhD program in Professional Coaching and Human Development with the International University of Professional Studies. She received her initial coaching education through Coach University. She holds a Masters degree in Industrial Relations from Purdue University. She also attended Dowling College where she graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Business.
Fran founded and developed the women’s ministry at North Point Community Church in Atlanta, serving on their core staff. She oversaw a staff, and more than 125 community group leaders who provide accountability, belonging and care to more than 1,000 women in the church. During her ten years at North Point, she learned and applied relevant visionary principles of leadership which flow into her day-to-day coaching of both North Point staff and individual clients and teams in her practice.
Fran has been an active member and officer on the boards of several organizations including Ministry Ventures, The Lighthouse Family Retreat, Psychological Studies Institute, Half Time of Georgia, Whitefield Academy, The Christian Coaching Network, Denver Ministries and her neighborhood association.
Fran is single and lives in Roswell, GA, a northern suburb of Atlanta.
Gary Wood, PCC, CMCC, BCC
Since 1998, through his professional coaching firm, G.E. Wood & Associates, Gary has worked with an international clientele of executives, leaders and professionals across a broad range of personal, professional and organizational concerns.
He is frequently retained to help individuals deal with burnout and by corporate, government, small business, nonprofit and ministry leaders to get clarity and find solutions to problems that are impacting progress on causes, projects and programs of importance.
Gary was the past President and Director of Christian Coaches Network International, a support and credentialing organization for professional Christian coaches, many of whom were trained at PCCI.
Gary is a designated Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation, a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education, and a Certified Master Christian Coach through Christian Coaches Network.
Gary works from his office in the beautiful Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada. He is married to Alice who he fell for in Grade 8. Visit his website at www.gewood.com.
Jory Fisher, JD, PCC
A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Southern Methodist University, Jory holds a master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College and a law degree from the University of Virginia. She practiced law for 20 years and served as a founding faculty member and associate dean of Liberty University School of Law. Jory and her husband Dave have a blended family with seven grown children and currently reside in Bel Air, MD.
Kim Avery, MA, PCC
She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Professional Certified Coach, Board Certified Coach and trains coaches at the Professional Christian Coaching Institute. Kim’s mission is to help Christian coaches succeed so they can equip others to live Christ-saturated, joy-filled and purpose-driven lives. You can learn more about her endeavors at www.KimAveryCoaching.com.
Kim is happily married to her husband Ron, and they have two beautiful children, Bethany and Jonathan, two granddaughters, and a poodle named Bob. The Averys enjoy running, biking, hiking, and ministering to the community in which they live.
Dave & Gayle Deur
Dave, a pastor, and Gayle, a ministry director, have been working with marriages for 20 years in the local church. They formed their company, Life Focus Coaching LLC in 2012. They coach individuals as well as married couples and they are unique in that they often coach marriages together as a couple. They are also involved in pre-marital coaching and are trained and certified as SYMBIS and PREPARE/ENRICH facilitators.
Dave and Gayle live in Holland, Michigan close to the beautiful sandy beach of Lake Michigan. In their free time, Dave and Gayle love to spend time at the beach, traveling, biking, and hanging out with their 3 married children and 11 grandchildren.
Anne Denmark, MEd, PCC
Using Relationship Coaching she optimizes interpersonal discoveries to build better relationship dynamics and people skills.
Anne serves on the staff of Speak Up with Confidence Seminars. She teaches both the original and advanced seminars offering specific training in creativity and learning styles. She offers coaching/consulting to speakers.
Anne is a gifted communicator. She loves team-teaching with her best friend and husband, Dr. Don Denmark to strengthen marriages.
Work experience includes both business and ministry. She founded a service company, co-owned and operated a Christian book store and served on staff as Christian Education Director and Family Life Coordinator at several churches.
Anne is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a member of the Christian Coaches Network International (CCNI), a Certified Practitioner, of the Core Values Index assessment, CVI™ and a Certified Discipleship Coach with Blueprint for Life.
She earned a B.A. Sc. in Child Development, at the University of Guelph, Canada and a Master’s of Education degree focusing on Adult Education from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Anne celebrates 43 years of marriage to Don, a gentleman of discipline who continues to use his gift of medical administration even in his Encore years.
As the mother of three young adults and the grandmother of six lively grandchildren, she knows the depths of a mother’s prayers. In order to be active participants in their family, Anne and Don split their time between Franklin, TN and Sacramento, CA.
Visit her website: www.LifeDiscoveryCoaching.com.
Sackeena Gordon-Jones, PCC
Sackeena Gordon-Jones is an executive and leadership coach, speaker, trainer and organization development consultant residing in Raleigh, NC. She works with leaders who want to realize their professional and personal potential, and achieve both success and happiness. She holds the credential of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). Sackeena especially enjoys working with women and leaders who are intentional about bringing their whole life into harmony, while achieving meaningful professional and personal goals. She specializes in transformational coaching and strategic planning. She has coached leaders in the government and the private sectors, throughout five continents.
A leader in the coaching field, Sackeena has served as two-time president of the ICF Raleigh Chapter, leading the chapter to winning the Internationally recognized ‘Breaking Barriers’ award. She is the current Chair of the NC Community Coaching Outreach, leading the chapter to winning the inaugural international ‘Gift of Coaching’ award. Sackeena is also a professional coach trainer, and serves as the director of the Business Coaching Certificate Program at NC State University.
In addition to her coaching experience and credentials, Sackeena has over 20 years of relevant executive level business, leadership and board experience in private, public and non-profit sectors. She has worked with organizations and teams to deliver leadership and talent development focused on creating a sustainable culture of engagement, through leadership agility, emotional intelligence, coaching and communication skills. She has completed advanced studies in leadership, strategy, change management, human development and behavior, theology, neuroscience of coaching, organization development, and Philosophy.
An avid student of Theology, Sackeena completed postgraduate studies in theology through Manhattan Bible College and Tabernacle Bible Institute, before serving alongside her husband, former Pastor of Bethel Christian Life Center and Director of Redeeming the Time Youth Ministries. Sackeena believes we should live on purpose and live fully. She also hosted a radio program “The Abundant Life”, based on John 10:10 “I am come that you might have life to the full”.
When not working, Sackeena enjoys the beach, reading and time with her family. Her favorite quote currently is “Moments Matter”.
Michael J. Marx, MBA, EdD, PCC
Irrepressibly adventurous, Michael and his wife Joy lived and worked in Europe for over two decades. More recently, they traveled the U.S. and Canada in an RV, operating their location-neutral businesses and coaching/teaching via internet video. A patch of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is now called home. Their German golden retriever, “Angel,” writes a blog (in two languages!) about her family’s adventures at TravelsWithAngel.wordpress.com.
A strong advocate for professionalism in Christian coaching, Michael has served on the International Coach Federation ‘Global Ethics & Standards’ committee and on the Ethics subcommittee for educating coaches on ethical practices. He currently serves as the leader of the ICF ‘Global Community of Practice on Ethics.’ Additionally, he is the past president of Christian Coaches Network International. Recently Mount Tabor Media published his book, Ethics and Risk Management for Christian Coaches.
Michael is a sought-after subject matter expert. He often speaks and conducts workshops on trust building, coaching relationships, ethics, evidenced-based coaching, and one-to-one (dyadic) learning. His hobbies include skiing and dog sledding. But his greatest joy comes from mentoring. Learn more about Michael at www.BlazingNewTrailsCoaching.com.
Charles Hooper, MDiv, PCC
Throughout his career, Charles has held several senior level and executive leadership roles in the nonprofit sector. He understands the unique desires, challenges and needs of C-Level Christian leaders. He attended Samford University and studied Human Relations.
After working at Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Campus Outreach, he completed a Masters of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School. He is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America and loves being a “pastor-coach to leaders.”
Charles is also the Director of Life on Life Ministries at Perimeter Church in Atlanta. He trains and coaches senior pastors so they can “ignite a movement of life on life missional discipleship in churches worldwide”. He has had the privilege of equipping and coaching leaders from Kenya, China, Brazil, Poland, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Thailand, Guatemala, England, Kazakhstan, Turkey and United States.
Charles has authored three group coaching workbooks: Foundations for Life, The Ignition Guide, and The Life on Life Guide.
He is happily married to Jill and has six sons. They live in Johns Creek, Georgia. For more information visit his website at www.HooperCoaching.com.
Vicki Corrington, M.Ed, PCC, CPCC, BCC
Waking up one day feeling as though “there were nothing left of her”, life coaching, combined with praying the word, was the process God used to transform Vicki’s life and to restore her excitement about making a difference helping others live more fully themselves, fully alive. She currently does this through one-on-one or group coaching, training and retreats… all bathed in prayer. She is a Certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner offering temperament assessment coaching services to clients and partnering with other coaches to offer temperament assessments to theirs. This tool fits well with her purpose to live in a way that her actions line up with who she is and what’s important to her… and to help facilitate that process for others.
You can learn more about Vicki’s Life Coaching, Mentor Coaching, and Retreat Coaching (as well as access her Readiness Checklist to determine readiness for coaching) at www.coachvicki.com.
Vicki has been married to Dr. Ben Corrington since 1986 and currently lives in Camden, Maine. Together, they have been happy to serve people through professional chiropractic and coaching services as well as bringing leadership input to several churches throughout the years. Their son, daughter-in-law, and the two most adorable grandchildren ever live in Victoria, British Columbia. Too far away!
Bryan Brown, MDiv, PCC
Bryan studied Human Resource Management at Samford University then received his M.Div. from Birmingham Theological Seminary. As a missionary, pastor, entrepreneur, husband and father, he has learned to apply the principles of Biblical leadership and team development in multiple contexts.
Bryan currently serves as the International Leadership Director at Perimeter Church in Atlanta, working with pastors and church leaders who seek to ignite movements of Life on Life Missional Discipleship around the world. In this role, he has the privilege to regularly train and coach leaders in Australia, South Africa, and Brazil among others.
Bryan also engages leaders through his private coaching practice, www.coachingtolead.com, to clarify and intentionally pursue their callings. His passion and experience is coming alongside leaders to accelerate their growth and influence, while at the same time maintaining their personal health and enjoying the opportunities before them.
He has been happily married to Jackie for 22 years. Together they have three children – Abbie, Lindsey and Barker – and live in Johns Creek, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta.
Andrew Gorter, D.Min., ACC
He is a trained and licensed as a Marriage and Family therapist and has practiced family therapy through a non-profit counseling practice he established in 2002. He is an expert in healthy interpersonal communication, and since establishing Plus One Coaching, LLC he has brought together his passion for coaching and his expertise in family therapy to establish a niche coaching family business leaders.
Throughout his career Andrew has endeavored to lead and serve people and organizations as they face necessary challenges to move forward and to do that in healthy creative ways. From his early career in pastoral ministry to his development of a non-profit counseling ministry and, most recently, Plus One Coaching, Andrew has gained a wealth of experience joining with people to solve problems.
Andrew and his wife, Karen, live in Holland, MI, near the beaches of Lake Michigan. They have two married daughters and three grandsons. He enjoys hiking, watercolor painting, reading and woodworking. He and Karen love just hanging out, especially in beach chairs with their toes in the sand. You can explore further at his website, www.plusonecoaching.com
Nathan Kreger, MDiv, MA, CPLC, ACC
Nathan has been a small business owner for over 8 years — sometimes successfully, other times not so much. Today, his business consists largely of coaching and consulting.
Nathan is devoted to seeing independent service professionals succeed and build the business of their dreams, and seeing healthy environments created in small businesses. He constantly learns and reads on business, marketing, and leadership, and works through several high-end programs every year, always hungry to expand his knowledge, skill, and ability.
Nathan is a zealous believer in free enterprise and entrepreneurship. What he loves about his work the most is that it allows him to help clients design businesses and lives that truly work best for them, giving them the freedom and flexibility that they desire.
One of the best things that ever happened to Nathan is his marriage to Erin. They met in a small sugar beet town in the thumb of Michigan, and have been married for over 3 years now. She has been his biggest supporter and cheerleader from day one.
Together they have a home in Noblesville, Indiana, that they built a few years back, and where Nathan fights the constant battle of weeds in his yard. Aside from his passion for his clients and their work, Nathan’s family is what matters most to him.
Education & Credentials
- M.A. Organizational Leadership, Regent University
- M.Div. Practical Theology, Regent University
- Certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner, G.S. Consultants
- Over 400 hours of ICF-approved coach training.
- Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation
- Certified Professional Coach (CPC), International Coach Academy
- Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC), PCCI
- Certified Executive & Leadership Development Coach (CELDC), The Academies
- Laser Coach Certification, Life Coaching Group
- International Coach Federation (ICF) Member
- Christian Coaches Network (CCN) Member
Kinsey Oglesby, CPLC
As a preacher’s wife and preacher’s kid, Kinsey’s whole life has been in the service of the King. Through a series of painful losses and shattered dreams, Kinsey has learned to relate to God in a deeper, more joyful way. She claims, “I was a servant of the King before, but now I am the beloved daughter of an adoring Father. The difference is incredible and I want everyone to experience this!”
Kinsey has a BS in Psychology and Christian Counseling from Liberty University. She is a Certified Spiritual Director through Larry Crabb’s New Way Ministries, the author of God’s Big Story: A Biblical Worldview, and is a Certified Professional Life Coach through Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI). You can learn more about Kinsey at her website: www.listeningtoabba.com.
She and her husband, Chris speak at national conferences, churches, and marriage retreats and have been interviewed on numerous radio programs and magazines on marriage, sexuality, parenting, and life coaching. Rachel and Chris are best-selling authors of When Two Become One and are contributing authors in several Christian books on marriage and parenting. A former public school educator and now homeschooling mom of seven children, her greatest enjoyment is spending time as a family and learning together. Rachel’s interests include reading, theology, health, gourmet cooking, animals, and enjoys finding ways to turn the simple things in life into celebrations.
Barb Loftin, ACC, CPLC
President and Founder of B Loftin Cosmetics LLC, Barb got her feet wet in the entrepreneur world in 2000 when she converted her experience in retail cosmetic sales into her own eCommerce business providing premium skincare and color for women. This business translated into the philosophy of beauty from the inside out.
In 2013, Barb felt God call her into training to be a Christian Life Coach. She received her CPLC from the Professional Christian Coaching Institute in 2015 and her ACC in 2017. She loves to encourage and walk alongside women to help them become Gods intended best and invite them to pursue and deepen a love relationship with the Father. With a heart for hurting people, she wants to help others move forward gaining perspective, clarity and hope and helps accomplish that goal with her coaching business, New Pathways Coaching.
Forty-six years ago, Barb married her high school sweetheart, Denny and they live in Florence, Kentucky. Together, they raised two wonderful daughters, who have blessed them with 4 delightful and adorable grandchildren. Her daughters and families live at opposite ends of the country which calls for much travel time.
She has a BA in Communication and a minor in Psychology from Northern KY University and lovingly
serves her local church in the capacities of prayer, worship and hospice ministries.
Dale Young, CPLC
Dale Young, CPLC, is the Founder and President of Coach Dale. He helps transform leaders and teams to accelerate business results. Dale is an executive coach, writer, speaker, trainer, business consultant, and mentor. He has more than four decades of experience in corporate America with firms — from large corporations to startups. Additionally, Dale is a member of the International Coach Federation and Christian Coaches Network.
Dale began coaching in 2011 and was drawn to Leadership and Teamwork coaching. Dale is an authorized partner of The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and The Everything DiSC, both by Wiley. These are great assessments to use in conjunction with teamwork and/or individual training and coaching.
Dale lives in McKinney Texas and attends Frisco Bible Church where he volunteers in helping new members understand their SHAPE (Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, & Experiences) to get them involved in their giftedness within the church.
For more information about Dale, visit his website: http://CoachDale.com
Brent O'Bannon, PCC
Brent O’Bannon is a PCC and the first GALLUP-Certified Strengths Coach in the world.
He coaches and leads entrepreneurial leaders, teams, coaches and multi-million dollar companies to maximize, mobilize, and monetize their strengths for Breakthrough success.
Brent teaches the PCCI Strengths Based Coaching course and is a recent Amazon #1 best-selling author of Selling Strengths: A Little Book for Executive and Life Coaches About Using Your Strengths to Get Paying Client. His vision is to champion strengths for global excellence.
He’s a top rated StrengthsFinder keynote speaker & workshop facilitator who is playful, engaging and insightful on strengths based application. Brent has delivered workshops onsite and online to more than 100+ organizations around the world.
Some of his raving fans include Harley Davidson, Microsoft, Cigna, Kaiser Permanente, Novartis, Shire, Merck, Vistage, Convene, Hydrotex, and Dow Chemical.
As a follow up to his workshop programs, Brent offers a Strengths Champion Train-the-Trainer program for companies who want to create an engaged strengths-based organization from the inside out.
He earned an MBS from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, is a Licensed Professional Counselor & Convene, Vistage, and Achieve Global Certified speaker.
Brent enjoys workations and being a foodie with his wife Rhonda, team tennis, golf, and giving back to non-profit organizations.
Jenn Williams, CPLC
Jenn Williams serves as an Academic Advisor for PCCI, and is a Certified Professional Life Coach with Compel Coaching. As a Life & Business Coach, she is passionate to help others who dream of starting something new, or at a point of transition, make the changes they want to see happen in life. She wholeheartedly believes God has so much more for us than we could ever imagine, and we are meant to grow, flourish, and thrive in life!
Early on in life, Jenn earned her BS in Criminal Justice where she worked a few years in law enforcement before staying at home with her children for a stint of 13 years. She is a wife to an outdoorsmen, and mom to 3 adventurous, fun-loving teens & a tween. She is an ambitious visionary and avid coffee drinker! Her favorite quote is by Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t–you are right”. To learn more about Jenn you can connect with her at CompelCoaching.com.
Mindy King, CPLC
Mindy King is a Certified Professional Life Coach who specializes in relationship building, restorative, and conflict resolution coaching in her private practice at Creekside Coaching.
She also has a coaching partnership at Women Connect the DOTS, offering individual and group coaching opportunities, as well as coaching services to churches who desire to expand their ministry to women growing through separation and divorce.
Mindy has enjoyed integrating the “coach approach” throughout her career in public service, mediation, and training.
She can often be found in southeastern Ohio overlooking the creek; visiting with family and friends and watching the bright shades of evening gently fade into the possibilities of another new day.
Steve Cromer, DMin, PCC, CPLC, CELDC, CBBSC
After 30 years of pastoral ministry in thriving churches, Steve took up the calling of a coach to focus on the aspect of ministry he loved most – helping others to deepen their emotional maturity in Jesus so as to significantly alter the way they engage their family, social and work settings. His specialty is in helping those who lead in those settings to better manage their anxiety so they can function at a high level without the stress of overfunctioning.
An entrepreneur from his childhood days, Steve launched Steve Cromer Coaching, Inc in 2013 while still a student at PCCI. While growing this life and leadership coaching company to a six-figure business in less than two years, one of Steve’s clients – a restaurant chain called Eggs Up Grill – so impressed him that he bought a franchise that he operates with his wife alongside of his coaching practice!
Steve enjoys leading workshops for churches, state agencies, and for a number of companies, including Edward Jones Investments, as well as companies in the areas of manufacturing, medicine and education (these feed his ever-present preaching/teaching bug).
He is credentialed as Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and is also a Certified Executive and Leadership Development Coach and a Certified Brain-Based Success Coach from ICF accredited schools. As an Authorized Partner of Everything DiSC and a certified administrator of the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis, Steve uses these powerful tools to create awareness and further learning with individuals and teams.
Steve holds a doctorate from Erskine Seminary in the area of Bowen Family Systems Theory and Trinitarian Theology. He completed clinical work at Duke University Medical Center, Wake Medical Center, and Virginia Baptist Hospital. He currently resides in Rock Hill, SC with his wife, Geneva. They have four sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.
Visit his coaching website at: www.stevecromercoaching.com and come eat at his restaurant!
John Ramstead, ACC
There are those rare moments when substance, subject matter and a personal story coalesce and create inspiration. John Ramstead’s is one such story. A native Minnesotan, John attended St. Thomas Military Academy where he developed a love for military history (especially WWII) and became immersed in ROTC. Graduating at the top of his class in high school, a theme repeated many times in his academic and professional life, John was accepted into the Naval Academy, but opted for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. At RPI, John studied electrical engineering. Again, John made Dean’s List and graduated RPI in the top of his class.
It was clear through his college career and young-adult life that John wanted to serve his country. John was the 1 in 10,000 to apply to the US Navy Flight School that got in. Like several other important milestones this changed John’s life. When he arrived at flight school surrounded by extraordinary competitive peers, his father made a suggestion. “Find the best, the ace of the base, and get to know him. Then ask him how he does it.” John followed his father’s advice and this approach helped John to go on to graduate #1 in his class and #1 in Naval Aviation Training Command allowing him to be the only graduate to get his choice of aircraft.
John went on to serve our country by flying combat sorties in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm. Over the following few years, John became a flight instructor, teaching America’s “best + brightest” to fly as he did. Of 40 elite pilots, John was selected for one of two spots at TOPGUN, the most advanced, competitive and elite fighter pilot training program the world over. He continued his aviation career until it was cut short by a softball accident where he sustained nerve damage to his eye.
Things happen for a reason: John would go onto a highly successful career as an entrepreneur in the tech space, spending time at Focus Technology, Synera Systems in the data mining field and then EMC, focusing on their $1B and below client portfolio where he managed a $100 million P&L. Regular 70 to 80 hour a week work schedules were common. Long days away from family and other important things began to take their toll. John began to ask a lot of penetrating questions about what he was good at and re-evaluated how to accomplish those goals. Transitioning from tech into financial services and planning, John has held several senior positions at Bernstein Global Wealth Management and Financial Designs, where he was a respected colleague and major contributor to those firms’ success.
Then came the accident. In 2011, John was thrown several feet from a galloping horse, impacting a fence. His doctors have told him he is nothing less than a living miracle. Twenty surgeries, six titanium plates later, and the likelihood that he would not live, John is not only here, he is thriving. His thinking and analytical capacity is operating at the same advanced level as before, but the accident shifted something profound in John and his outlook.
A calling: John believes that his life has been spared so that he can pursue his life work – to give back to other leaders what has been given to him. Having been a successful, proven leader of men and women, whether as part of executive teams or as a combat veteran, John has a unique perspective on establishing a template for success that goes beyond achieving financial goals and the mission.
John’s perspective is unique in that it not only encompasses critical performance metrics, but also critical life aspects of balance, family, happiness, joy and laughter. John was born to lead. He has proven his valor and ability on the battlefield and in the boardroom. His aim is to apply those skills to other leaders struggling to find clarity and happiness in the pursuit of their own success, and enjoy those things that matter most.
Strategic thinking, leadership skills, development and execution – these form the framework for John’s approach. But John’s coaching style and methods go well beyond how to write and execute a brilliant plan. His message is about living life fully, making a lasting contribution, and understanding not only the how, but the why we are driven to achieve. He helps uncover these truths for his client-leaders and helps them to establish their own priorities to achieve what William James called “the life worth living.”
John has worked with hundreds of leaders in nine countries. His clients range from CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, to start up entrepreneurs and leadership teams of non-profits.
John has been interviewed on leadership, creating high performing teams and corporate coaching strategies multiple times on radio, TV, summits and podcasts. John is also a frequent speaker on these topics and was asked to speak at the Jim Collins, author of Good To Great, Finishing Great event this summer.
Jessica Fall, CPLC
Jessica brings 20 years of professional experience in process creation/improvement, project management and training. A true “activator” & “connector” at heart, she is fueled by helping people and processes work well together. She currently serves as the Dean of our Admissions department and oversees the Academic Advisory team.
Alongside of her professional pursuits, ministry leadership has always played a strong role in Jessica’s life. From the early days of youth ministry to more recent roles as Director of Women’s Ministry and MOPS Ministry, she holds a deep passion for helping others grow in their spiritual life.
After a break from the business world to begin a family, the Lord prompted her to begin coach training with PCCI. Now a Certified Professional Life & Leadership Coach, she is privileged to partner with Christian women seeking to walk out the fullness of God’s calling on their life.
Jessica and her husband James are southern-California transplants, now living in the Knoxville, TN area. There they are raising two elementary-aged sons and living the minivan dream. Jessica enjoys coffee, life-giving friendships, and little adventures with her family.
Linda Hedberg, PCC
Linda Hedberg is the author of The Complete Guide to Christian Coach Training, a unique resource that features top professional Christian coach training programs and helps Christians make effective decisions about entering the profession and choosing a training program. As an ICF credentialed coach, she is a coach and mentor to aspiring and new Christian coaches and provides information and resources at www.ChristianCoachingResources.com. She is the presenter for the regularly scheduled Christian Coaching Network International teleseminar, “Becoming a Coach: What You Want to Know.”
Since her initial coach training in 2003, Linda has received certifications from three top Christian coach training programs. In her life and leadership coaching practice, Greater Purpose Coaching, she helps those asking “what’s next?” align their vision and plans with their unique purpose so they can have more meaning, satisfaction and joy.
Todd Kemp, PCC
Todd Kemp, PCC is Principal of NorthWise Group (northwisegroup.com), a leadership growth coaching and facilitating firm that inspires leaders to ignite flourishing. Todd is a Professional Certified Coach and also serves as a Chair for Convene (convenenow.com), a peer advisory group of Christian CEOs and Business Owners.
After a 12-year career of systems engineering and management roles at a Fortune 150 technology company, and earning considerable scar tissue from 3 different entrepreneurial ventures including a business brokerage, a software firm, and a retail disaster, Todd sensed a clear calling in 2008 to coach business leaders who wish to grow exceptional organizations and honor God with their leadership.
A graduate of Stanford University, Todd is married to his college sweetheart, Julianne. They have two children and live near Denver, Colorado where Todd enjoys mountain biking and hiking in the majestic Rockies, investing time with family, and being a lifelong learner.
Pamela Weaver, MA, ACC
As a life coach, Pamela’s passion is to help women live intentionally and become whom God created them to be in all areas of their life.
Having personal experience with miscarriage, stillbirth, and the loss of a child shortly after birth, God has also given her a passion to work with those who are grieving. As a grief coach, she encourages and supports her clients through the process of mourning their loss and starting their journey to creating a new normal.
Pamela has earned a BS in Psychology from Liberty University and a MA in Counseling from Missouri Baptist University. She is a certified coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is also trained and certified as a facilitator for the SYMBIS pre-marital assessment and DISC, an assessment tool used to understand behavior, temperament, and personality.
Besides coaching, Pamela enjoys teaching, leading seminars and workshops, and speaking at ladies’ ministry events and conferences on a variety of topics.
She has spent her whole life in the ministry, having grown up as a pastor’s daughter and being both a missionary and pastor’s wife as an adult. As career missionaries with the International Mission Board (IMB), she and her husband lived and served with their children in Brazil, Costa Rica, and Mexico.
She and her husband have been married for more than 25 years and currently live in the St. Louis area with their 7 children and 5 pets. Their two youngest children are blessings from God through adoption and both have Down syndrome. As you can imagine, her life is quite an adventure and there’s never a dull moment!
For more information, visit her website at www.pamelaweaver.com.