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Faculty & 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.
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.
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.
Rachel McCluskey serves as Chancellor for Professional Christian Coaching Institute. She is a life coach specializing in work with women around parenting and vision for motherhood.
Rachel 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. She and Chris are best-selling authors of When Two Become One and are contributing authors to 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 finding ways to turn the simple things of life into celebrations.
Cheryl Scanlan, MCC, CMCC
Cheryl Scanlan, MCC, CMCC 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, to facilitate the development of confident ambassadors for Christ in both corporate and ministry environments.
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 34 years, Tom, was the first to suggest coaching as a possible vehicle of ministry to the body. Her work began in her local church of 4000 where she continues to serve as a coach, and leadership developer/trainer after formerly serving in the capacities of Women’s Minister and Care Director.
Cheryl is primarily a business and executive coach, having worked with hundreds of C-Levels 1-1 and trained over 1000 CEOs. Examples of work over the past 15 years includes developing high performance organizations, fostering executive health and preparing organizations for critical transitions. For more information visit www.c3advantage.net. She has clocked over 10,000 hours of coaching.
Her core passion is to see 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 20 years. She has recently developed a one year and six month Bible reading plan that will be made available through her non-profit, Promised Land Living beginning in 2020. https://www.facebook.com/PromisedLandLiving/
Currently, Cheryl serves as Provost of PCCI (professional Christian Coaching Institute) where she has partnered with Chris McCluskey for 8 years and oversees the instructors, mentor coaching, CPLC certification process and curriculum management. Cheryl mentors other coaches primarily through her membership platform, Coach’s Edge (www.mentorcoachinsights.com).
Cheryl has developed ICF certified training curricula for several organizations including Professional Christian Coaching Institute and Franklin Covey. She is founder of two non-profit organizations, Professional Christian Women (www.professionalchristianwomen.com) and Promised Land Living (www.promisedlandliving.com) and has sat on several boards serving the local community.
For more information about Cheryl and her story of how God has humbled her under His mighty hand in order that she might live a life that glorifies and pleases Him, please visit:
Michael Pfau, MEd, PCC, CPCC 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.
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 Master Certified Coach (MCC) 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.
Kim Avery, MA, PCC
Kim Avery MA, PCC, is Founder and President of Kim Avery Coaching, a coaching and mentoring firm that helps Christian coaches market successfully and coach masterfully.
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.
Bryan Brown, MDiv, MCC
Bryan Brown, MDiv, MCC is the President and Founder of Coaching To Lead, LLC. With 25 years experience in developing leaders, Bryan enjoys increasing the capacity and confidence of emerging leaders as well as coaching established leaders to maximize their influence. Bryan also enjoys using his experience to work with teams on strategic planning and team development.
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., MCC
Andrew Gorter, D.Min., PCC is the owner of Plus One Coaching, LLC and has more than 25 years experience working with people to help them clarify what’s next for themselves and to take action to fulfill their calling and achieve their goals.
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, PCC, CPLC
Nathan Kreger is a business coach and consultant to independent service professionals andleadership coach and consultant to small businesses with 10-100 employees. He’s a small business change agent, student of marketing, speaker, and above anything else, a passionate entrepreneur.
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.
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.
Brent O'Bannon, MCC
Brent O’Bannon is an MCC 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.
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.
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.
Kelli Porcaro, PCC, EQAP
Kelli brings 30 years of Organizational Development experience to her work as a Consultant and Coach. She works in a wide range of industries partnering with organizations to develop leaders, navigate change, and unlock infinite possibility. Using a combination of assessment, training, and coaching, Kelli will equip you to reach your professional and personal goals.
Kelli is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Master Certified Emotional Intelligence Assessor and Practitioner, and a Hogan Certified Assessor.
She is on faculty with Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and Professional Christian Coaching Institute.
Kelli earned her degree in Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University. Learn more about her consulting and coaching practice at EQuipStudios.net.
Jessica Fall, ACC, 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, CPCC, 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, MCC
Todd Kemp, MCC 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.
Michael Powers, MBA, PCC
Michael works with others on their next best step upward. With a background that includes engineering, corporate strategy, and marketing, admittedly, he’s a bit of a strange combination of left and right brain thinking. His blend of creative and analytical skills enables him to assess complicated, multi-disciplinary issues, and help create the right path to success.
As a marketing and sales executive, he designed and implemented complex corporate strategies, and has a track record of solid results. The companies he has been a part of have grown by more than four times in five years.
He’s now focusing his efforts on assisting even more companies learn how to grow through executive coaching, asking the tough questions, and joining clients across the country as they move their businesses upward. He’s learned to play to his strengths, and help others do the same.
Michael feels blessed to be married to his best friend, and a father to four children, ages 26 to 11, two daughters-in-law, and one grandchild. He and his wife have also developed a passion for Haiti. He counts faith, family and friendships as his greatest treasures. He feels fortunate to have had great mentors along the way, and hopes to pass along a bit of what he’s learned to others to help them in their journey.
Wende Gaikema, MBA, PCC, CPLC
Wende is a Professional Certified Coach, a Certified Professional Life Coach, Certified Professional Leadership Coach as well as a Certified Career Management Coach, Certified Brain-Based Success Coach and Certified Professional Resume Writer. She is longtime mentor, coach, speaker, and trainer with a passion to encourage people to live intentionally.
Wende coaches clients in her private practice through the next step in their career and business journey. She is also the Director of ReBoot Accel Houston, helping women get current, connected, and confident to return to work or pursue new goals.
Wende has a BE from Vanderbilt University and a MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She worked with Procter & Gamble in multiple functions, from marketing and brand management, to operations, field marketing and sales roles. She has also worked and served extensively in the nonprofit world, holding numerous leadership roles in school, church, community, and ministry settings. She currently volunteers as leader and teacher in community job search programs, her local church and with her therapy dog.
Wende enjoys exercising outdoors and traveling with her husband and three sons.
Jennifer comes from a background in Marketing and served as the Communications Specialist for a multi-campus church of nearly 8,000 weekend attenders. She used her skill in communication to gain social media traction, manage marketing campaigns, and develop engaging content. In this role, she enjoyed helping people from all walks of life connect with the church
She transitioned to coaching because of her love of people and her passion for connection. She is driven to help people connect to their own lives and the people around them.
She lives in Michigan with her husband of nearly 20 years and two wonderful kids. She is a true extrovert, an avid learner, and a lover of all types of music. She loves meeting new people and would be thrilled to connect with you at jenfreemancoaching.com.
Emily Eichstadt, PCC
Emily established EmilyLifeCoach LLC to bring opportunity, energy and excitement to those she coaches. Being a natural encourager, Emily offers hope through coaching by meeting her clients right where they’re at and helping them to unlock their purpose, potential and passion in life. Emily provides a safe environment for individuals and teams to explore possibilities for growth, strive to move forward and dare to take action!
By building community in the real world as well as virtually, her heart for people is evident. Emily is passionate about fostering healthy relationships and loves to see individuals, families and organizations thrive. With her 1:1 private coaching and in her role as an internal coach, Emily strives for optimizing her clients’ talents and skills.
On a personal note, Emily and Chad have been happily married for over 20 years and make their home in Wisconsin with their two energetic, young-adult daughters. To connect with Emily, find her on the web at www.emilylifecoach.com.
Jordan Mercedes, MCC
Jordan Mercedes is the founder of Jordan Mercedes, LLC Coach Training for Mission Inspired Coaches & Leaders, she knows that every leader has a vision, sometimes they need a little help & support to get there! Jordan believes the power and impact of coaching can change a company, a city or even a nation. She enjoys helping leaders and coaches use coaching skills to move their people, projects and missions forward. She is the creator of Leaders Coach Forward training for C-Level leaders. Jordan is a program developer who often helps her clients create progressive workshops & live events for the demographic they serve. She is the author of two 30-hour curricula approved by the ICF for entry level coach training & development.
In her dedication to support women in their personal/professional growth and development she speaks for various organizations and churches. She’s known for her fun and inspiring presentations such as The Flight Plan, Love in the Workplace and Greet the Gift.
Jordan comes from a family of ministers and was herself ordained in 2014 by Servant Ministries. She is a life-long student of coaching and believes a great instructor never stops being a dedicated student. She’s an accomplished glass artist and will tell you that she has the best family, friends and clients in the world. She is the newly appointed President of 31 Crowns Unusual Leadership Development.
Teresa McCloy, ACC, CPLC
Teresa McCloy is the CEO of Professional Christian Coaching Institute. She works closely with the Core Team of PCCI to help develop and improve processes that direct the company’s overall growth and strengthen the culture of the organization.
She lives with her husband, Dale, on their 3rd generation family grain farm in South Central Illinois. They have a daughter who is a Radiation Therapist, a dog, and one grand-dog. When she’s not on the road speaking or working with clients, Teresa enjoys cooking, gardening, sharing a great cup of coffee with a friend, and traveling as much as possible! Connect with Teresa at therealifeprocess.com.
Erica Vinson, CPLC
Erica Vinson, M.S.Ed., is the Dean of Academics for Professional Christian Coaching Institute. She serves as a part of the PCCI Core Leadership Team and oversees Class Implementation, as well as working in tandem with the Provost to oversight Curricula and Credentialing. Erica serves as the main contact and support to the PCCI Faculty.
She lives in South Central Illinois and loves playing golf, waterskiing, traveling, spending time with friends and family and is especially fond of being an Auntie to her nieces and nephew.
Dr. Charles Stone has been a pastor for 40 years in both the U.S. and Canada, has authored six books, and blogs at www.charlesstone.com. A lifelong learner, he has earned four degrees and pursued postgraduate study in his passion, intersecting Biblical truth with neuroscience insight to apply to life and leadership. He has an ACC coaching designation with the ICF. He’s been married to the love of his life, Sherryl, for 39 years and has three grown children, three grandchildren, and one canine.
Debi Zaas, PCC
I am married 30 years to my husband, Brian; have 2 daughters, Jenna & Kayla; and twin 9-month old grandsons, Noland & Nash.
I graduated from University of Colorado and spent the first part of my career coaching gymnastics from club level to University level. During my time coaching at University of Maryland, I earned a masters in sports psychology.
After raising my children, I became an ICF certified coach after studying over 360 hours with a secular program. I was not aware of PCCI or Christian Coaching at that time.
Shortly afterwards (8 Years ago), my husband Brian and I were called to join the National Leadership Team for Navigator Church Ministries (NCM) Life and Leadership Coaching. God has grown our team of certified coaches to 49 strong with over 25 more nearing certification this year. He has expanded our coaching nationwide and globally as we are present in over 15 countries.
Today we are excited to be partnering with PCCI as Navigators has done some re-structuring; broadening the scope of coaching within the Navigators across missions. We have been called to take this step forward to raise the bar for Navigator coaching; equipping leaders with the coach approach to discipleship to achieve the God-sized goal of raising up 1 million disciple-makers in the next 10 years.
Cindy Schmelzenbach, PCC
Cindy Schmelzenbach is an ICF Professional Certified Coach, a Professional Certified Life and Leadership Coach through PCCI, a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and a Conversational Intelligence® Enhanced Practitioner. She also has a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling and serves on faculty at PCCI.
Cindy and Harmon, her husband of 38 years, believe in fully engaging life, wherever God invites them, every moment, every day. They’ve spent 19 years in successful entrepreneurial businesses in the US and Caribbean and another 19 years internationally in cross-cultural leadership roles within a global ministry organization. Their passion for wholistic health and enhanced team dynamics moved Cindy to develop a Member Care initiative which she then successfully launched and coordinated across 46 countries in the Asia Pacific region. In addition, while serving as Internal Coach, Cindy facilitated coach training for international leaders across Asia Pacific and played a major role in the development and cultivation of a coaching culture within the organization.
“I am passionate about co-creating a space where powerful things happen that simply may not happen anywhere else!” Whether in one-on-one or group coaching contexts, clients discover the next steps in their journey to resilience, authenticity and thriving. Cindy is privileged to partner with clients who range from individuals quietly changing their world to public leaders who influence thousands with their decisions.Her current practice includes Life Coaching, Strengths® Coaching, Team or Group Coaching, and ICF Mentor Coaching.
Pamela Mertz, PCC, CPLC
Pamela Mertz, CPLC, PCC is the President and Founder of BluePrint Life Coaching, LLC. She brings over 35 years of experience as a business owner and strategist in the high-tech electronics industry and earned her coach certification during her transition into the coaching field. She is trained by PCCI and Dartmouth Institute Microsystems Academy as a certified Quality Improvement Coach for healthcare and is also a certified Strengths Finders Coach.
Pamela is an active member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Christian Coaching Network (CCN) and sits on the Board of Directors of Promised Land Living, a nonprofit, national ministry. She also has served in various leadership roles in other for profit and nonprofit sectors which has brought her much experience and national networking, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She has lead women’s ministry for over 20 years in her local church and is a licensed pastor in the state of Minnesota. Her passions are studying the Word of God, sharing what God is actively doing in her life, coaching those looking for insight into the “more” and “next” that God has for them. Her many faceted experiences in life have given her depth and discernment, and most of all, deep intimacy with Father God. Her belief that coaching is the fastest way to move forward aligns perfectly with her gifting to encourage and equip others.
She is the mother of 3 grown sons and lives with her husband in Minnesota.
Helen Mitchell, CPLC, ACC
A “practical strategist” living @ the intersection of faith and reality. As one of the pioneers and leaders in the faith and work movement, she exponentially accelerates application, growth and transformation for business leaders, pastors and women in the marketplace.
Helen is an ethics and leadership professor in the Crowell School of Business at Biola University and the Director of the Talbot Center for Faith, Work & Economics at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, working with churches and pastors on faith and work integration.
She is also a leadership and strategy coach, speaker, author and oversees the leader learning initiative for Convene Corp. She started her business career with AT&T becoming a Vice President at the age of 30 with Lucent Technologies. As a licensed pastor, she was the architect and visionary of the Saddleback@Work ministry at Saddleback Church.
Helen holds a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Biola University and a Masters in Biblical and Theological Studies from the Talbot School of Theology, at Biola University. She also attended the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University.
She is integrating her executive, pastoral and teaching experience to invest in the next generation, transform organizations and develop high potential leaders with Biblical insight. Learn more about her consulting and coaching practice at www.helenmitchell.org
Greg is a husband, father of 3, and a small business owner. When he’s not hanging out with his wife or chasing his 3 boys (all under 4 years old), he enjoys exploring the Florida outdoors, exercising, and reading. By day Greg runs a digital advertising business. He helps coaches, online course creators, and membership site owners find new customers using Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn ads. Greg is pursuing his ACC through PCCI. Find him at gregtosi.com.
Rudy Graham is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and Managing Partner of Fruitful Journey Coaching. He brings over 38 years of experience as a Corporate Sales Professional in the technology industry. He coaches and trains individuals and teams pursuing performance growth in government and commercial organizations.
Rudy Co-Coaches and facilitates growth in marriage and parenting with his wife of 37 years and business partner Wilmer. He received his coach training at PCCI and has certifications from Gallup, SYMBIS, and Gottman.
Rudy is the parent of two adult children and a grandparent of one, resides in Maryland with his wife, Wilmer. His favorite past times are cooking and road trips.
Brian Zaas, PCC
Brian Zaas, MA, PCC, CPLC, has the privilege of serving as Co-Director, Navigators Life and Leadership Coaching as part of their Train, Develop, and Care organization, serving alongside his wife, Debi. They are also founders and transformational coaches with Pursuing Promise, www.pursuingpromise.com.
Within Navigators, Brian & Debi have expanded a coaching presence in more than 15 countries crossing all continents with a goal of equipping leaders through a coach approach to achieve the God-sized goal of raising up 1 million disciples in the next 10 years.
Brian and Debi coach business and ministry leaders and their teams, integrating a biblical worldview and values into their vision and mission. They coach influential leaders, exceptional entrepreneurs and industrious innovators who guide mid-sized and emerging business enterprises and ministries seeking to achieve breakthrough goals with boldness and steadfastness. We also come alongside pastoral and ministry leaders in their missional organizations and churches to help them grow a disciple-making culture .
Brian’s emphatic belief is that lordship and stewardship precede entrepreneurship and leadership. God knows our full potential, He created our passion, and through His Word, prayer, circumstances, and godly counsel, God will grow us to be both a difference-makers and disciple-makers in every life we touch and every enterprise we build.
Brian and Debi have been married 31 years and live near Tampa, FL. They are blessed with two daughters, Jenna & Kayla; and twin 18-month old grandsons, Noland & Nash.
With a passion for helping others reach their true potential within their home, marriage, church, and community, Delinda joins the Academic Advisory team with over fifteen years of experience in service-oriented roles in East Tennessee.
Delinda’s professional and service background includes nonprofit senior home care, church and inner-city ministry, and marriage mentoring and coaching. She believes her true calling is helping others toward the next chapter God’s story has for their lives, just as she seeks and strives to follow His best for her own.
Although she is a Florida native, Delinda and her husband Gregg have resided in Sevierville, Tennessee for sixteen years. She enjoys taking in the beauty of God’s creation, being creative while homeschooling eleven-year-old son Harrison, and loves having “all her chicks in the nest” when their adult children, Savannah and Conley, visit.
Kris Kelso, PCC
Kris Kelso, PCC is an entrepreneur who has founded and run multiple companies in the technology and healthcare industries. Today, he works primarily as an executive coach, a keynote speaker, and a contributing author for publications including Fast Company, Yahoo Finance, and The Nashville Business Journal.
His book, “Overcoming The Impostor: Silence Your Inner Critic and Lead with Confidence“, offers entrepreneurs and leaders a practical look at impostor syndrome, and explores that inner voice that downplays our own accomplishments while amplifying those of others.
Kris has coached and consulted with hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners, and their leadership teams. He is an advisor and instructor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and has served on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations.
He is an active member of Cornerstone Nashville, where he serves, teaches, and coaches other leaders. He lives with his wife and three teenaged sons in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee.
Kelly’s passion for Christ combined with her experience in the church have allowed her to serve in a plethora of administrative and leadership roles. She has 10+ years of experience serving as the head administrator at her home church as well as 5+ years of previous experience in corporate administration. PCCI allows Kelly to use her organizational skills and experience to assist others in reaching their goals.
In addition to her experience in administration, Kelly possesses an extensive background in community outreach work in and around the Knoxville area. She has previously volunteered, partnered, or led programs with Knoxville area food pantries, Center of Hope Outreach, and Second Harvest Food Bank. She has also spent several years working in children’s ministry. Kelly is in the process of obtaining a degree in education, and she remains an active figure within her local school system.
Despite her endeavors outside of the home, Kelly maintains that her most important role has been mothering her three children. She continues to value motherhood as she raises her two youngest children and diligently mentors her adult son through life and his most recent journey into law school. Kelly loves Jesus, fun outings with her family, cultivating quality friendships, the beach, and a great cup of coffee.
Maggie comes to her role as an Academic Advisor with 20+ years of experience in the business world. She is passionate about empowering people to do the deep work that will grow them to their full potential and help them live the life they were created to live. She believes that when we are living our true calling is when we feel most fully alive.
A native of Wisconsin, Maggie has since moved to Southern Illinois where she lives with her husband of 37 years, Mark. Together, they raised two daughters who are both married, and they are blessed with two beautiful grandchildren.
Maggie loves to learn, especially about best business practices and business development. In her free time, you can find her playing tennis, pickleball, golf, riding bikes and taking long walks with her dog, Olive.
Lisa Mladinich, PCC
Lisa Mladinich is an ICF-Certified Life Coach and Gallup-Certified CliftonStrengths® Coach dedicated to helping clients glorify God by living powerfully in their natural talents. It is her conviction and experience that knowing our own unique and unrepeatable design motivates us to better know, love, and serve the Designer.
A best-selling author and media host, Lisa has appeared on EWTN TV’s Women of Grace, Sunday Night Prime, BookMark, and Catholic Mom’s Café, as well as CatholicTV’s This is the Day, the Son Rise Morning Show, The Jennifer Fulwiler Show, Busted Halo, and many other television, radio, and podcast programs.
Lisa hosts the Homeschooling Saints podcast sponsored by Homeschool Connections, as well as a new internet TV program called Wonderfully Made: Your Talents. God’s Purpose.
Lisa is the founder of “Wonderfully Made,” an online membership that includes original strengths-development courses, live events, and mastermind groups. A veteran online educator, she enjoys leading her free book discussion series, “Strengths-Based Marriage,” to help couples thrive as individuals, while calling out the very best in each other. She is on a mission to strengthen the Church, to help it become that bright “city on a hill” that Christ calls us to be.
Lisa has been married to the love of her life, Charlie, for 36 years, and they live in the wilds of suburban Long Island. She is blessed to be an instructor for the RCIA program at her parish, St. Patrick’s, Huntington.
Wilmer brings over 35 years of experience in executive leadership, professional development, and community impact. Motivated by helping people and inspiring progress, Wilmer was led in 2018 to pursue certification in coaching, and currently partners with her husband, Rudy Graham, in Fruitful Journey Coaching.
Wilmer exudes passion for helping others see and achieve all that God desires for them to be. Alongside her professional career, she is highly engaged in community and church. She coaches individuals and groups across diverse communities and leads personal development training. Wilmer is a listener and observer; her CliftonStrengths are Deliberative, Relator, Achiever, Analytical, and Connectedness. Wilmer currently serves as a senior executive officer in the federal government, where she works with key officials on intergovernmental, Congressional, and private sector matters.
Wilmer is active in the growth and development of the next generation. She currently serves as the AAFEA Chancellor for professional development programs and mentors and coaches program participants aspiring to serve at senior levels in government. She was a mentor for over a decade to cohorts of the Partnership for Public Service Excellence in Government, the Hispanic American Colleges and Universities, and the Howard University School of Business Executive Leadership Honors.
Wilmer holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and she is a Certified Public Accountant. She earned credentials in Executive Leadership from the University of Michigan and the Federal Executive Institute. She is a Senior Excellence in Government leader and provides coaching and mentoring to successor participants.
Wilmer and Rudy were college sweethearts and have been married for nearly 40 years. They live in Maryland and are the proud parents of two adult children and one grandson. Wilmer enjoys walking, tennis, gardening, reading, and pilates.
Dave & Gayle Deur, CPLC
Dave and Gayle have 10 years of training and coaching experience. They are passionate about inspiring and equipping married couples to learn skills that will help them put a plan in place and create mutually agreed-upon action steps to move their marriages forward. Dave and Gayle have a desire to see each couple work as a team to unleash more hope, pleasure, purpose, and joy in marriage, while developing practical skills to not only protect their marriage but move it from good to great!
Dave, a pastor, and Gayle, a ministry director, have been working with marriages for 25 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, they love to spend time at the beach, traveling, biking, and hanging out with their 3 married children and 12 grandchildren.
Stephanie Gow, PCC, CPLC
Stephanie Gow, CPLC, PCC is the President and Founder of Chapelhouse Studios & Coaching. She brings over 25 years of experience in the fields of leadership and education, and earned her coach certification during her transition into the coaching field. She is trained by PCCI and FranklinCovey Executive Coach Training Program as a certified Leadership and Life Coach, and is also certified in Steven Covey’s highly acclaimed 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Stephanie is an active member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and serves nationally as a coach and consultant in the education division of FranklinCovey, with a focused client-base in Texas and Louisiana. Stephanie has served in various leadership roles in other for profit and nonprofit sectors which has brought her much experience. She led women’s ministry for 13 years in her local church, and served as worship leader for 17 years.
Stephanie loves people! Some of her passions include delighting in the artistic beauty and creativity of musical theater with her daughter, enjoying beach vacations with family, hanging out in the quiet country with her husband, and being grandma to Summit and Koen. Stephanie’s mission is unleashing the potential that lives and thrives inside every human being, resulting in transformation on earth as it is in heaven. She is an encourager and believer that all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us. Her belief that coaching is the fastest way to move forward aligns perfectly with her gifting to encourage and equip others.
Stephanie is the mother of 5 grown, amazing children, grandmother to Summit and Koen, and lives with her husband Brian in Texas.
Scott Frickenstein, PhD, PCC
Scott was raised in northern Wisconsin and grew up loving to learn and lead. He was selected to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy, and it was his honor to be an Air Force officer for over 25 years. Scott served in several C-level, higher education, and analytical roles and retired as a colonel after leading thousands of Airmen. During his military journey, God enabled Scott to earn advanced degrees and publish scholarly articles in several academic disciplines.
During a post-military sabbatical, Scott remembered that one of his military callsigns was “Coach.” He’s always had a heart for helping people discover and reach their personal and professional potential. Scott was deeply impacted by many coaches, mentors, and teachers, so he’s devoted his “second half” to being a developer of leaders in our increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and adaptive context.
Now, it’s Scott’s honor & privilege to hold time and space for leaders to process the stirrings in their hearts and experience significant transformations in their being, belonging, and becoming. He brings a learner’s mindset and pastor’s heart when he focuses with leaders on what matters most to them. Scott’s clients—some of whom are coaches themselves—are encouraged and empowered by the times they spend together. He launched Leading by Design to invest in leaders from the faith-based nonprofit realm, and he’s also humbled by the opportunity to work with leaders from many other domains thru WeAlign Coaching. In addition to coaching individuals, couples, and teams, Scott speaks on topics related to leader development.
Scott is married to Kristi; they are blessed with two grown sons and live near Jacksonville, FL. Scott enjoys leading small groups, learning, fitness, and many outdoor activities.
Crystal Wagner, MAcc
As a business owner, home educator, and former Certified Public Accountant, Crystal knows what it feels like to juggle many demands. She understands that homeschool parents need an opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle of life and take a deep breath so they can discern their next step forward.
A veteran homeschool mom with over 13 years of homeschool experience, she delights in inspiring and equipping parents to tame the chaos so they can rediscover themselves and serve their families well. She supports parents as a speaker, host of the All in a Homeschool Day podcast, and certified life and homeschool coach.
Crystal engages with the homeschool and coaching community to foster collaboration, skills development, and networking relationships. She is the President-Elect of the Arkansas-Oklahoma chapter of the International Coaching Federation, is on staff at the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, and serves on several committees for Homeschool Oklahoma.
Sean McKelvey, PCC, CPLC, is the President and Founder of New Culture Coaching. LLC and serves as the Associate Director of Navigators Life and Leadership Coaching. Within The Navigators, Sean is helping expand a coaching presence in more than 20 countries crossing all continents with a goal of equipping leaders through a coach approach to achieve the God-sized goal of raising up 1 million disciples in the next 10 years. Sean has been equipping the next generation of leaders for 16 years with The Navigators. He is passionate about helping leaders grow and develop to impact their communities around them.
Sean started New Culture Coaching to guide clients through a proven process to unlock their potential and free them from hindrances so they can relentlessly pursue their passions and dreams. Sean is passionate about coaching leaders toward transformative leadership, coaching couples to thrive in their marriages, and helping men find freedom from sexual brokenness. www.newculturecoaching.com
Sean loves the LORD and believes that who God says we are, is so key to living full and free in HIM. Sean has been married for 15 years to his wife Andrea, they have two beautiful children Nayelli and Caelan and live in Colorado Springs, CO. Sean and Andrea love to help couples thrive in their marriages. Sean loves the outdoors, running, biking, and coaching soccer.
Nancy Lopez, PCC
Nancy is a former C-Level executive who worked for Xerox Corporation for 28 years. She has a diverse background in Human Resources and is a Certified Professional Leadership, Life and Career Management Coach and carries the ICF Professional Certified Coach designation (PCC).
Nancy’s demonstrated impact around leadership and career development with corporate professionals has led her to specialize her practice, NDL Leadership, LLC as a professional leadership and career transition coach and consultant. She has the reputation as a trusted partner and confidant who is approachable and credible.
Nancy’s coaching philosophy aligns with the belief that the client has the potential inside to become who they were created to be. Coaching is about co-creating an environment where the client can safely explore the reality they seek to lead their life and others with meaning, purpose and impact. Nancy helps leaders catch their breath so they can get clear on what matters most to confidently navigate the challenge they face. Lead Well, Live Well.
A native Floridian and graduate of both Stetson University and Penn State University, Nancy resides in the Greater Rochester, NY area with her husband, Wayne and their two children, Nathan and Catherine. Nancy has a passion for immersing herself in God’s creation through hanging out at the beach, travel, long walks, bird watching, sunrises, sunsets, good food, great espresso, and savoring moments with her family and friends.
Aimee Hodges is founder and President of Hodges Leadership Coaching, a coaching business focused on helping leaders lead with courage and compassion. She is a Professional Certified Coach with a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership. She serves as the Chief of Staff for The Navigators’ Training, Development and Care department.
She is committed to coming alongside leaders as they lead through the dynamics of diversity among their teams. She encourages leaders to work towards creating environments and systems that reflect equity, justice and inclusion. She is passionate about leaders leading out of who they are.
Aimee is a Colorado native but has lived in Atlanta since 2014. She enjoys living in the city and being able to go home to the mountains in Colorado!
Gary Roney, MA, ACC
Gary Roney is a devoted husband and father of four children living in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, PA.
Having earned degrees in Theology and Religious Education, as well as certification as a professional coach from Duquesne University (and the ACC credential through the ICF), he has over 20 years of experience working with youth, college, young adults, and their leaders throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.
Gary currently serves as a Training and Productivity Specialist for Decided Excellence Catholic Media and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, trained additionally in the DiSC personality assessment, and MCODE, which is a narrative-based assessment tool that uncovers core motivation.
After having played baseball and golf collegiately, Gary has coached, trained coaches, and served as Diocesan Athletic Director overseeing a wide variety of competitive sports. He enjoys watching his children play and learn how to give the best of themselves.
Colin McCluskey creates all graphics for Professional Christian Coaching Today podcast. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Film and has always been drawn to using the creative arts as a way to communicate powerful messages and stories. He also works as a life coach and loves helping people discover their best life and pursue their God-given purpose. He believes that every person has the potential to live a meaningful and fulfilling life, and it’s his honor to walk alongside them as they navigate their journey. He is committed to using his gifts and abilities to glorify God and make a difference in the lives of those around him. He’s excited to be part of the PCCI team to help create strong Christian coaches for Christ!
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