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
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 LaMattina, PhD, MCC
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 community group leaders in the church. During her twelve years under the leadership of Andy Stanley at North Point, she refined and applied relevant, visionary principles of leadership, which flow into her day-to-day coaching of both individual clients and teams in her practice.
Fran has been both an active member and officer on the boards of several organizations such as Ministry Ventures, The Lighthouse Family Retreat, Richmont Graduate University, Half Time of Georgia, Whitefield Academy, The Christian Coaching Network, Denver Ministries and her neighborhood association. Fran is single and lives in Alpharetta, GA, a northern suburb of Atlanta.
Gary Wood, PCC, CMCC, BCC
Gary Wood, PCC, CMCC, BCC 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.
Since 1998, through his professional coaching firm, G.E. Wood & Associates, Gary has worked with an international clientele of executives, leaders and professionals across a broad range of personal, professional and organizational concerns.
He is frequently retained to help individuals deal with burnout and by corporate, government, small business, nonprofit and ministry leaders to get clarity and find solutions to problems that are impacting progress on causes, projects and programs of importance.
Gary was the past President and Director of Christian Coaches Network International, a support and credentialing organization for professional Christian coaches, many of whom were trained at PCCI.
Gary is a designated Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation, a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education, and a Certified Master Christian Coach through Christian Coaches Network.
Gary works from his office in the beautiful Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada. He is married to Alice who he fell for in Grade 8. Visit his website at www.gewood.com.
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.
Sackeena Gordon-Jones, MCC
Sackeena Gordon-Jones is an executive and leadership coach, speaker, trainer and organization development consultant residing in Raleigh, NC. She works with leaders who want to realize their professional and personal potential, and achieve both success and happiness. She holds the credential of Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). Sackeena especially enjoys working with women and leaders who are intentional about bringing their whole life into harmony, while achieving meaningful professional and personal goals. She specializes in transformational coaching and strategic planning. She has coached leaders in the government and the private sectors, throughout five continents.
A leader in the coaching field, Sackeena has served as two-time president of the ICF Raleigh Chapter, leading the chapter to winning the Internationally recognized ‘Breaking Barriers’ award. She is the current Chair of the NC Community Coaching Outreach, leading the chapter to winning the inaugural international ‘Gift of Coaching’ award. Sackeena is also a professional coach trainer, and serves as the director of the Business Coaching Certificate Program at NC State University.
In addition to her coaching experience and credentials, Sackeena has over 20 years of relevant executive level business, leadership and board experience in private, public and non-profit sectors. She has worked with organizations and teams to deliver leadership and talent development focused on creating a sustainable culture of engagement, through leadership agility, emotional intelligence, coaching and communication skills. She has completed advanced studies in leadership, strategy, change management, human development and behavior, theology, neuroscience of coaching, organization development, and Philosophy.
An avid student of Theology, Sackeena completed postgraduate studies in theology through Manhattan Bible College and Tabernacle Bible Institute, before serving alongside her husband, former Pastor of Bethel Christian Life Center and Director of Redeeming the Time Youth Ministries. Sackeena believes we should live on purpose and live fully. She also hosted a radio program “The Abundant Life”, based on John 10:10 “I am come that you might have life to the full”.
When not working, Sackeena enjoys the beach, reading and time with her family. Her favorite quote currently is “Moments Matter”.
Michael J. Marx, MBA, EdD, PCC
Michael J. Marx, MBA, EdD, PCC is a Professional Certified Coach specializing in business coaching and corporate consultation. A gifted teacher, Michael holds a BA from Oral Roberts University, an MBA from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, and an EdD in Adult Education from Regent University. His passion is adult learning and he serves on the faculties of Concordia University Wisconsin (teaching MBA International Business, and MBA International Finance), and the Professional Christian Coaching Institute (teaching Coaching Skills Mastery, and Ethics & Risk Management).
Irrepressibly adventurous, Michael and his wife Joy lived and worked in Europe for over two decades. More recently, they traveled the U.S. and Canada in an RV, operating their location-neutral businesses and coaching/teaching via internet video. A patch of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is now called home. Their German golden retriever, “Angel,” writes a blog (in two languages!) about her family’s adventures at TravelsWithAngel.wordpress.com.
A strong advocate for professionalism in Christian coaching, Michael has served on the International Coach Federation ‘Global Ethics & Standards’ committee and on the Ethics subcommittee for educating coaches on ethical practices. He currently serves as the leader of the ICF ‘Global Community of Practice on Ethics.’ Additionally, he is the past president of Christian Coaches Network International. Recently Mount Tabor Media published his book, Ethics and Risk Management for Christian Coaches.
Michael is a sought-after subject matter expert. He often speaks and conducts workshops on trust building, coaching relationships, ethics, evidenced-based coaching, and one-to-one (dyadic) learning. His hobbies include skiing and dog sledding. But his greatest joy comes from mentoring. Learn more about Michael at www.BlazingNewTrailsCoaching.com.
Charles Hooper, Jr., MDiv, MCC
Charles is the President and Founder of Hooper Leadership Coaching LLC. He has a passion and proven track record for coaching leaders according to their unique design so they can be accelerated with clarity and confidence.
Throughout his career, Charles has held several senior level and executive leadership roles in the non-profit and for-profit sector. He understands the unique desires, challenges and needs of C-Level Christian leaders. He attended Samford University and studied Human Resource Management.
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 the former Director of Life on Life Ministries at Perimeter Church in Atlanta. He trained and coached senior pastors to “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 is a Master Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation and holds credentials as a Certified Professional Christian Coach, Certified Executive and Leadership Development Coach, GiANT 5 Voices Trainer, and is a Certified Birkman Consultant. He 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 Duluth, Georgia. For more information visit his website at www.hoopercoaching.com.
Vicki Corrington, M.Ed, PCC, CPCC, BCC
Vicki Corrington is a Professional Certified Coach, Board Certified Coach, and a Certified Professional Christian Coach. She is a Coach trainer, teaching Essentials of Coaching, Coaching Skills Development Practicum, and Coaching Skills Mastery Practicum on faculty with the Professional Christian Coaching Institute (PCCI), having worked closely with Chris McCluskey since 2003. Vicki has a heart for missions and serves Youth With a Mission YWAM Leaders on the Core team for the Master’s in Christian Formation and Discipleship. Vicki is a former advisory board member and current member/presenter for the Christian Coaches Network (CCNI) and a member of International Coach Federation (ICF).
Waking up one day feeling as though “there were nothing left of her”, life coaching, combined with praying the word, was the process God used to transform Vicki’s life and to restore her excitement about making a difference helping others live more fully themselves, fully alive. She currently does this through one-on-one or group coaching, training and retreats… all bathed in prayer. She is a Certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner offering temperament assessment coaching services to clients and partnering with other coaches to offer temperament assessments to theirs. This tool fits well with her purpose to live in a way that her actions line up with who she is and what’s important to her… and to help facilitate that process for others.
You can learn more about Vicki’s Life Coaching, Mentor Coaching, and Retreat Coaching (as well as access her Readiness Checklist to determine readiness for coaching) at www.coachvicki.com.
Vicki has been married to Dr. Ben Corrington since 1986 and currently lives in Camden, Maine. Together, they have been happy to serve people through professional chiropractic and coaching services as well as bringing leadership input to several churches throughout the years. Their son, daughter-in-law, and the two most adorable grandchildren ever live in Victoria, British Columbia. Too far away!
Bryan Brown, MDiv, 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., PCC
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.
Rachel McCluskey is Dean of Students for Professional Christian Coaching Institute and co-leader and technical consultant for the bi-monthly business support group, The Christian Coaches’ Power Lunch. She is a life coach specializing in work with women around parenting and vision for motherhood.
She and her husband, Chris speak at national conferences, churches, and marriage retreats and have been interviewed on numerous radio programs and magazines on marriage, sexuality, parenting, and life coaching. Rachel and Chris are best-selling authors of When Two Become One and are contributing authors in several Christian books on marriage and parenting. A former public school educator and now homeschooling mom of seven children, her greatest enjoyment is spending time as a family and learning together. Rachel’s interests include reading, theology, health, gourmet cooking, animals, and enjoys finding ways to turn the simple things in life into celebrations.
Barb Loftin, ACC, CPLC
President and Founder of B Loftin Cosmetics LLC, Barb got her feet wet in the entrepreneur world in 2000 when she converted her experience in retail cosmetic sales into her own eCommerce business providing premium skincare and color for women. This business translated into the philosophy of beauty from the inside out.
In 2013, Barb felt God call her into training to be a Christian Life Coach. She received her CPLC from the Professional Christian Coaching Institute in 2015 and her ACC in 2017. She loves to encourage and walk alongside women to help them become Gods intended best and invite them to pursue and deepen a love relationship with the Father. With a heart for hurting people, she wants to help others move forward gaining perspective, clarity and hope and helps accomplish that goal with her coaching business, New Pathways Coaching.
Forty-six years ago, Barb married her high school sweetheart, Denny and they live in Florence, Kentucky. Together, they raised two wonderful daughters, who have blessed them with 4 delightful and adorable grandchildren. Her daughters and families live at opposite ends of the country which calls for much travel time.
She has a BA in Communication and a minor in Psychology from Northern KY University and lovingly
serves her local church in the capacities of prayer, worship and hospice ministries.
Dale Young, CPLC
Dale Young, CPLC, is the Founder and President of Coach Dale. He helps transform leaders and teams to accelerate business results. Dale is an executive coach, writer, speaker, trainer, business consultant, and mentor. He has more than four decades of experience in corporate America with firms — from large corporations to startups. Additionally, Dale is a member of the International Coach Federation and Christian Coaches Network.
Dale began coaching in 2011 and was drawn to Leadership and Teamwork coaching. Dale is an authorized partner of The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team and The Everything DiSC, both by Wiley. These are great assessments to use in conjunction with teamwork and/or individual training and coaching.
Dale lives in McKinney Texas and attends Frisco Bible Church where he volunteers in helping new members understand their SHAPE (Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Personality, & Experiences) to get them involved in their giftedness within the church.
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, PCC
Todd Kemp, PCC is Principal of NorthWise Group (northwisegroup.com), a leadership growth coaching and facilitating firm that inspires leaders to ignite flourishing. Todd is a Professional Certified Coach and also serves as a Chair for Convene (convenenow.com), a peer advisory group of Christian CEOs and Business Owners.
After a 12-year career of systems engineering and management roles at a Fortune 150 technology company, and earning considerable scar tissue from 3 different entrepreneurial ventures including a business brokerage, a software firm, and a retail disaster, Todd sensed a clear calling in 2008 to coach business leaders who wish to grow exceptional organizations and honor God with their leadership.
A graduate of Stanford University, Todd is married to his college sweetheart, Julianne. They have two children and live near Denver, Colorado where Todd enjoys mountain biking and hiking in the majestic Rockies, investing time with family, and being a lifelong learner.
Steve Ivaska, MBA, PCC
Steve Ivaska, is President and Founder of Positive Impact Leadership, LLC, a leadership coaching and training organization. He has a passion for working with high capacity leaders who have a hunger to grow, live a life of significance and have a positive influence in the lives of others.
Steve draws from 35 years of business experience within a Fortune 50 company, with experience in sales and marketing, strategy and planning, public relations, human resources, and supply chain management. In 2010, he felt called to leave his executive level position to live out a personal mission statement of “Building Leaders with Christ-Centered Priorities,” which led him into the field of coaching.
A life-long learner, Steve has a degree in business administration from Trine University, an MBA from Bradley University, and participated in Northwestern University’s Advanced Executive Program. He is a Certified Professional Life Coach and Certified Professional Leadership Coach through the Professional Christian Coaching Institute, a Certified Executive and Leadership Development Coach and Certified Brain-Based Success Coach through The Academies, and a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.
Steve and his wife Pat live in Peoria, Illinois, and enjoy spending time with family and friends on a lake in Michigan. They have four children and twelve grandchildren. For more information about Steve, visit his website: www.steveivaska.com.
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.
Susan Fleming serves as Chief Operations Officer (COO) for PCCI, working closely with the core leadership team to address nearly all matters of daily operations for the Institute.
Susan is also founder/president of Electronic Marketing Success, a Virtual Assistant business serving multiple clients throughout the US, and she is a practicing Life Coach.
Susan lives in Winter Haven, Florida, near her daughter, Julia, and her two granddaughters, Audrie and Tami.
Emily Eichstadt, ACC
Emily Eichstadt is the owner of Emily Life Coach LLC, which specializes in helping women discover their purpose, unlock their potential and live with passion. Being a natural encourager, Emily offers hope through coaching, workshops, speaking and inspirational posts on social media. 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.
When not leading a women’s Bible study, Emily loves ministering alongside her husband. Chad and Emily serve couples as certified marriage mentors through Prepare and Enrich. They have been happily married for almost twenty years and make their home in Wisconsin with their two energetic teenage daughters.
Jordan Mercedes, PCC
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, ACC, CPLC
Pamela Mertz, CPLC, ACC 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 [email protected] 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.
Kirsten Mickelsen, CPLC
Kirsten is a MN native but has lived in Nashville all of her adult life. Kirsten’s career background includes elementary education, children’s ministry, educational product sales and she served as the national director of sales for the Ramsey Solutions middle school, high school and college education department. She is the proud owner of The KM Coaching Group which was opened on July 29th, 2020 in correspondence with the 2nd anniversary of her husband’s passing after a long battle with cancer. She has begun coaching emerging leaders, entrepreneurs and women’s mastermind groups. She is enrolled in PCCI’s School of Leadership working toward completing ICF certification later this summer. She loves yoga, traveling, running, hiking, biking, learning new things and spending time with her sons.