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.
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 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 is the President and Founder of Strategies for Greatness, LLC, an executive coaching practice that serves leaders of organizations and work teams to be more effective. Fran has been coaching since 1999, achieving a Master Coach Certification (MCC) and Board Certified Coach designation (BCC) in the early days of the profession. Recently, Fran completed a Doctorate in Professional Coaching and Human Development (PhD). She has established a niche with organizational leaders, especially in the areas of strategic planning, team effectiveness, assessments, and emotional intelligence.
Fran draws from over 20 years of business experience in the areas of marketing, sales/business development, finance, technology, operations and organizational development prior to entering the coaching profession. She has personally led and coached in several business sectors including consumer products, telecommunications, financial services, and non-profits. Before creating her private coaching practice, she was the Director of Marketing Public Relations and a Partner with Ronald Blue & Co, a personal financial planning firm. She has been an adjunct professor at Richmont Graduate University (formerly Psychological Studies Institute) and taught at The Institute for Life Coach Training, She presently teaches Leadership Development Coaching and Team Coaching at The Professional Christian Coaching Institute.
Fran’s PhD in Executive Coaching and Human Development through the International University of Professional Studies was focused on the self-leadership requirements of successful coaches. She received her initial coaching education through Coach Inc. Prior to establishing herself professionally; Fran attended Purdue University, graduating with a Masters degree in Industrial Relations.
She founded and developed the women’s ministry at North Point Community Church, where she led a team and over 125