Faculty and Staff
Christopher McCluskey, PCC
Often cited as ‘The Father of Christian Coaching’, Chris is a visionary thought leader who pioneered this field in the late 1990’s through journal articles, conferences, keynotes, and as a founding board member of both the Christian Coaches Network and Christian Coaching Magazine.Read more…
Cheryl Scanlan, MCC
Dean of Faculty
Cheryl is a former executive with a multi-million dollar firm in New York, and combines a strong business acumen with a passion for the Christian coaching industry. She has a desire to see God’s people walk in step with Him.Read more…
MEd, PCC, CPCC
Michael is Founder and President of Crossways Life Coaching, specializing in life mission, vocation, and wellness coaching. He began coaching in 2002 after serving 16 years as assistant pastor of a church he co-founded in Philadelphia.Read more…
Fran is President and Founder of Strategies for Greatness, a consultative coaching practice. Over the twelve years she’s been coaching, Fran has achieved her MCC and established a niche with organizational leaders, especially in the areas of business and life plan development.Read more…
PCC, CMCC, BCC
Gary Wood has decades of experience and expertise in business, non-profit and ministry environments. Over that time he has played a respected role in training, developing and building into the lives of hundreds of leaders who make significant contributions worldwide.Read more…
Jory is Founder and President of Jory Fisher & Associates, Inc., a coaching and mentoring firm. Jory specializes in helping Christian leaders and entrepreneurs gain clarity, confidence, and optimal health so they can make the difference they’re called to make and glorify God through success.Read more…
Kim is Founder and President of Kim Avery Coaching, a coaching and mentoring firm that helps Christian coaches market successfully and coach masterfully.Read more…
Susan is a prominent figure in the world of career management, job search, and Christian career coaching. She brings 20 years’ experience to the table in supporting people in discovering their career calling.Read more…
Anne Denmark sees every day as a ‘gift of discovery’ from God, encourages the self-discovery of the inner world in order to maximize effectiveness in the outer world, and has a passion for public speaking.Read more…
Bryan is a 3rd generation ordained minister and former missionary with the Assemblies of God. He has a passion for seeing healthy leaders and focuses his attention on coaching leaders.Read more…
Michael J. Marx
MBA, EdD, PCC
Michael specializes in business coaching and corporate consultation, is a strong advocate for professionalism in Christian coaching, an serves as President of the Christian Coaches Network.Read more…
Charles is the President of Hooper Leadership Coaching LLC, and has a passion for coaching leaders according to their unique design so they can maximize their character, calling and competency.Read more…
MEd, CPCC, PCC
Vicki lives with her husband, Dr. Ben Corrington, in Camden, Maine, and is a professional coach committed to encouraging and equipping others to bear much fruit.
Bryan has 25 years experience in developing leaders and enjoys increasing the capacity and confidence of leaders and coaching them to maximize their influence.
Mary is a professional coach who specializes in life and leadership coaching, coaching writers, and coaching for spiritual formation. She is also an author, spiritual director, leadership mentor, and speaker.Read more…
Julie is a coach and marketing expert who partners with purpose-driven professionals and entrepreneurs to help them find their path, build their own vision of success and reach their goals with clarity, focus and action.Read more…
Heather is Founder/President of Coach.Discover.Grow., a life and leadership coaching practice for women. Her talents include graphic design, pre and post production media design, creative course development, strategic learning design, and blended and distance instructional solutions.Read more…
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 is the immediate Past President and Director of Christian Coaches Network, 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
Jory earned her law degree from the University of Virginia, her master’s degree from Middlebury College, and her bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University. She practiced law for fifteen years before joining Liberty University School of Law as a charter faculty member and serving as Associate Dean for Career & Professional Development. From 2003 to 2006, she also served as a faculty member for the Virginia State Bar’s Mandatory Course on Professionalism.
Jory is certified as a Christian coach, life coach, health coach, career management coach, marketing coach, True Purpose™ coach, and as an administrator of the Myers-Briggs (MBTI®) assessment. Visit www.JoryFisher.com to be inspired by hundreds of blog posts and interviews.
Blessed by a blended family of seven grown children, Jory and her husband Dave live with their three pups in Bel Air, MD (near Baltimore). She invites you to connect with her on LinkedIn.
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 and The Academies. 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.
Susan Whitcomb, PCC
Susan is the founder of The Academies, Inc., including Career Coach Academy, Christian Coach Academy, Job Search Academy, and Leadership Coach Academy. Her coach training organizations have trained and credentialed hundreds of professionals worldwide.
Known as the Career Coach’s Coach, she is the author of seven popular careers books, including Resume Magic, Interview Magic, Job Search Magic, 30-Day Job Promotion, The Christian’s Career Journey and The Twitter Job Search Guide.
A regular guest expert on career coaching for Crown Financial Ministries’ MoneyLife™ broadcast, Susan’s career wisdom has also been heard on hundreds of radio stations nationwide, as well as several NPR affiliates. A popular speaker, she has also keynoted at multiple careers conferences, including Crossroads Career® Network, the nation’s leading career/jobseeker ministry.
Susan has earned her Professional Certified Coach designation from International Coach Federation and holds credentials as a Certified Career Management Coach, Certified Professional Christian Coach, Certified Job Search Strategist, Certified Life Coach, Certified Leadership Coach, Certified Personal Branding Strategist, Certified Online ID Strategist, and Certified G3 Coach (Get Clear, Get Found, Get Hired!). Her brand revolves around inspiring and equipping coaches with the tools, tenacity, and truths that will transform their passions into profit while also making a dramatic difference in the world!
Anne Denmark, MEd, PCC
Through her business Life Discovery Coaching, Anne encourages the self-discovery of your inner world – where life really simmers – in order to maximize effectiveness in your outer world.
Using Relationship Coaching she optimizes interpersonal discoveries to build better dynamics and people skills.
Anne is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a member of the Christian Coaches Network (CCN) 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.
She 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.
Anne is a gifted communicator registered with Speak Up Speaker Services. 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.
As the mother of three young adults and the grandmother of three lively grandchildren, she knows the depths of a mother’s prayers. Anne celebrates 38 years of marriage to Don, a gentleman of discipline who uses his gift of medical administration to improve the delivery of healthcare.
They recently relocated to Tucson, AZ, and are planning their first hot air balloon ride over the high Sonoran Desert.
Visit her website: www.LifeDiscoveryCoaching.com.
Bryan Pettet, MA, ACC
Bryan is passionate about partnering with pastors, executives and leaders who desire to perform at higher levels and remain healthy in the process. He also partners with many mentor-coaching clients who are interested in learning about leadership coaching and relational marketing. Additionally, Bryan enjoys finding creative ways to bring coaching into churches and corporations.
Bryan serves and ministers through his own private practice, bryanpettetcoaching.com. He also co-owns a group practice, Synergy3.com, with Nathan Kreger and Laura-Catherine Etheridge. Together they provide coaching to corporate clients and large leadership teams.
Bryan is a musician, avid reader, and has many outdoor passions (from archery, to falconry, to 100 mile long bike rides). He and his wife, Traci, an award winning public school teacher, live in Albuquerque, NM with their two daughters, Audrey and Rachel.
Michael J. Marx, MBA, EdD, PCC
Michael and his wife, Joy, lived in Germany for 23 years where they worked as “tent making missionaries” and they have only recently moved back to the United States. Irrepressibly adventurous, they travel the U.S. and Canada in an RV, working their virtual businesses and coaching/teaching via distance.
A strong advocate for professionalism in Christian coaching, Michael served on the ICF Global Ethics & Standards Committee and on the Ethics subcommittee for educating coaches on ethical practices. He also serves as president for the North American division of International Neuroscience Management Education (INME), providing access to the latest research on learning, coaching and the brain. A noted expert on the effects of fear on adult learning, his doctoral dissertation was on the promotion of learning in adult mentoring & coaching dyadic settings.
Michael often speaks and conducts workshops on trust building, conflict management, time management, and one-to-one learning. Hobbies include RC helicopters, snow skiing, and dog sledding. He can be found on the web at www.dyadic-coaching.com. Information on his neuroscience resources is at www.inme.us, and you can follow his adventures with Joy and their dog, Angel, at www.travelswithangel.wordpress.org.
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, MEd in Counseling, CPCC, PCC
Life Coaching, combined with praying the Word, was the process God used to transform her life and to restore her excitement about making a difference through one-on-one and/or group coaching, temperament and strength assessments, coach training, workshops and retreats. She is committed to encouraging and equipping others to bear much fruit. Vicki is passionate about coaching and praying with you for great results both in leadership and in life. For more information about Vicki, visit her website at www.coachvicki.com.
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.
As a serial entrepreneur, starting her first business in high school, Laura-Catherine eagerly serves other entrepreneurs, business owners, and leaders through her private coaching practice, www.lcetheridge.com. She also serves large corporate clients through www.synergy3.com, a coaching firm she co-owns with Bryan Pettet and Nathan Kreger. Together they assist executives and managers who are seeking to increase EQ, leadership and organizational health, and team capacity.
Her love for people development has led her to be involved in young adult discipleship ministry for over a decade, cross cultural missions coaching, mentoring of millennials who are entering the coaching profession, and orphan care.
Laura-Catherine serves as the COO of Coaching for Christian Living, Inc., the parent company of Professional Christian Coaching Institute and ChristianLifeCoaching.com. Additionally, Laura-Catherine serves as one of the academic advisors for Professional Christian Coaching Institute.
Laura-Catherine lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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
Mary J. Yerkes, CPLC
Clients and colleagues describe her coaching as transformational. One coaching client put it this way: “Mary’s voice and heart shape and transform the souls she touches.” A colleague writes, “Her compassion, intuition, and artful skill in personal transformation make her a powerful ally in the journey of life and leadership.”
A widely published author, Mary specializes in writing for the inspirational and general markets. Her articles have appeared in popular print and online magazines, including Christian Coaching Magazine, Conversations Journal: A Forum for Authentic Transformation, and Focus on the Family’s flagship website, to name just a few. She writes regularly on such topics as coaching, spiritual formation, women’s issues, and more. Mary also serves as content developer and editor for ChristianLifeCoaching.com.
Mary serves on staff with Leadership Investment Intensives as a leadership mentor and spiritual director, working with church and marketplace leaders around the globe. In that capacity, leads 52-week spiritual formation mentoring encounters focused on cultivating sustainable intimacy with God and coaches around issues of spiritual formation.
Prior to joining the PCCI staff, Mary spent 18 years in the financial services industry, the last ten of which were spent as senior writer and editor for marketing and communications. Her bylined and ghostwritten articles have appeared in numerous print and online magazines and on multiple websites. Her work as program leader on a national web design project, earned her an honorable mention in the PR Web Design Awards.
Mary is a Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) with the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), and a member of Christian Coaches Network (CNN).
Julie Smith, MPA
Her corporate background includes twelve years in Human Resources management with Wells Fargo and Principal Financial Group. Julie’s entrepreneurial career began nearly twelve years ago, leading virtual teams and managing marketing for numerous multi-million-dollar business coaches and speakers. Later, she began working with entrepreneurs and nonprofits as a marketing coach and consultant. Julie still loves to help coaches build an online presence for their business.
Over time Julie discovered that she was called to coaching at a deeper level and began coach training including life, leadership and career coaching. She is also a certified health coach.
Julie is nearing completion of her coach training through Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI) and is anticipating her achievement of the CPLC designation. She is also a member of Christian Coaches Network. You can learn more about Julie at her websites: www.JulieSmithCoaching.com, www.NetMarketingNavigator.com, and www.NavigatorWebsiteDesign.com.
Heather Witherspoon, MA
Heather has 15 years’ experience in the field of Talent Management and Professional Development. Her talents include graphic design, pre and post production media design, creative course development, strategic learning design, and blended and distance instructional solutions.
With a master’s degree in Adult Learning and Professional Development, she has been involved with all aspects of the adult learning life cycle.
When asked what drew her to coaching, Heather explains, “I was drawn to coaching to discover more about myself and where I am being led. That desire overflowed into a business and ministry for helping others start their own journey, get in touch with their own souls, and experience the incredible feeling of living that out.”
The desire to share that experience with as many women as possible led Heather to create her unique business model which enables women who are financially blessed to share the opportunity of personal growth with others: for every paid coaching session, Coach.Discover.Grow. offers a session free of charge to another woman in need.
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.