ACC and PCC Certified CTL Coaches

Kelly Brown
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Kelly Brown

KBrown@EOCUMC.com
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Kelly is from Ohio. He has an undergraduate degree in education from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio and a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He has served as pastor in churches since 1995 in a variety of settings. Currently, he serves as the Director of Congregational Vitality for The East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. In this role Kelly, coaches, consults, leads workshops and helps start new ministries with clergy and laity. He is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and has recently co-authored a book about developing church leaders titled “Church Ecology.” He is passionate about helping others discover how they can make a difference in this world.
Ed Fenstermacher
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Ed Fenstermacher

ed.fenstermacher@inumc.org
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Ed, a layman, has served as a church strategist in the United Methodist Church at both the local and conference levels since 1984. He is an ACC ICF Certified Coach.
Aleze Fulbright
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Aleze Fulbright

draleze@gmail.com
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Rev. Dr. Aleze M. Fulbright is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church who is a person of conviction in living a personal mission to encourage, equip, and empower all people to live on purpose and live out their God-giveness. She serves in the Indiana Annual Conference as a Conference (District) Superintendent, and has achieved ACC accreditation.
David Mullens
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David Mullens

david@davidmullens.com
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I am a pastor (for over 25 years), spiritual director (through the Epiphany Association), and an ICF trained and certified coach at the ACC level. I seek to help people find clarity. While I have helped congregants and others through preaching and teaching, I find non-directive coaching an effective means to help individuals create action plans which move them forward and toward their goals. I can help you understand what you really want, discover "sticking points", see options, create action plans, and move forward. I've also been trained by Dr. Phil Maynard to lead and coach his Shift 2.0 material, and by Dr. David Drake to be an Enhanced Practitioner of his Narrative Coaching methodology.
John Randall
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John Randall

Johnrandalliii@me.com
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I am Licensed and trained to teach and coach Phil Maynard’s Shift 2.0 material. I have experience coaching individuals and groups. I have completed my ACC certification and am closing in on my PCC!I have 31 years experience as a UMC Elder.My life mission is to ‘Help People Say YES to Jesus’.On July 1, 2019 I retired from pastoral ministry to pursue a calling to work closer with other leaders especially church leaders.I also currently serve as an Associate DS in the Northwest District of the Indiana Conference.Marsha and I have 3 children (Christina, Klarisa and Jonathan) and 2 grandchildren (Jazmyn and Marlie)Marsha and I also manage Randallane Inc. which is my family’s farm.I look forward to joining you on your journey.
Jeff Ross
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Jeff Ross

drybonescoaching@gmail.com
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Jeff has been active in ministry for 38 years. He has served as Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor and Youth Minister. The churches have been large ( 5000 members), small ( 275 members) and places in between. He has ministered in rural and urban locations including areas of growth and decline. Jeff has served on staff in a number of positions and been the Lead Pastor with a staff of 45. Jeff earned a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology and a Dr. of Ministry from Columbia School of Theology. Jeff has served on a variety of Conference Committees as well as community organizations. In 2018 Jeff was certified with the International Coaching Federation ( ICF) as an ACC level coach. In 2018 Jeff retired in order to pursue coaching full time and establish Dry Bones Coaching. Contact Jeff at drybonescoaching@gmail.comJeff and his wife Sherry have been married for 40 years. They have 4 children,1 fabulous Grandchild and 2 dogs. They enjoy being outside as much as possible. They manage/maintain a 600 sq. ft. cabin that rents out to vacationers who come to enjoy the mountains and gold prospecting history of Dahlonega Ga. See the cabin at www.chimneycreekcabin.com.

CTL Graduates Working Toward Certification

Nicole Conard
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Nicole Conard

nconard@greatplainsumc.org
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Rev. Nicole Conard is the Campus Ministry and Young Adults Coordinator in the Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church.   She has previously served on conference staff as the Transition into Ministry Director.  From 2006-2012, she was a Pastor in Congregational Care at theUnited Methodist Church of the Resurrection.  Currently, she focuses on campus ministries, helping churches develop young leaders, and vital congregations.  She has a BA in Religion and Human Services from Elon University and a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.  After visiting John Wesley’s birthplace in England, shehas a passion for the Methodist way of life and faith. She has enjoyed visiting brothers and sisters in theMethodist Church in Russia, Haiti, and Zimbabwe and now she appreciates traveling around the Great Plains. She is married to Andrew for 14 years and has two kids, John (9) and Anne (7). She particularly enjoys coaching people through transitions, personal or professional. Most of all she enjoys helpingleaders and congregations take the next faithful step in ministry. Her email address isnconard@greatplainsumc.org.
Mike Dillon
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Mike Dillon

mike-encouragement@outlook.com
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As a pastor, I discovered the value of a competent professional coach which enhanced my ministry. I recently retired from ministry in the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. My mission is to continue to serve God through assisting individuals, churches, and organizations unlock their full potential. Bringing 43 years of ministry experience, my passion is to help other people in ministry gain skills such as visioning, problem solving, communication skills, and conflict resolution. My encouragement can help you discover and live your dreams, navigate life transitions, achieve a sense of personal fulfillment, achieve a heart of love, and create balance in life.I have completed 60 hours of training with CTL. I have also completed specific training to coach church planters, in addition to training for spiritual coaching.I am a Certified Christian Leadership Coach. I am also a member of ICF. I expect to receive acc in June 2020.My global experience in missional coaching includes clients from America, Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.My email is mike-encouragement@outlook.com. My phone is 260-503-1561.
Gary Eller
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Gary Eller

gseller@opsf-omaha.org
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Gary is a PC(USA) pastor, president of a foundation, and theological educator. He has a Ph.D. in Religion andPersonality plus training and experience as a church consultant. He is completing ACC certification with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and serves on the staff of a church leadership organization.
Jason Fry
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Jason Fry

revjasonfry@gmail.com
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I retired in 2019 from 39 years of pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church. As a coach, I walk alongside pastors and other ministry leaders to help them clarify the passion and priorities in their lives and ministries and to help them strategize ways to focus and fulfill their potential. While not an expert, I guide clients in their exploration, stimulate them to envision many different perspectives and possibilities, and challenge them to commit to a plan of action they develop in our conversations. I am available to clients anywhere in the world through Zoom video conferencing. I am working toward certification as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
Ron Geisler
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Ron Geisler

rongeisler@hotmail.com
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Hi, I’m Ron Geisler and I love to serve people through coaching. For over 25 years, I’ve been helping people get focused on their purpose and develop a strategy for success. In 2008 I hit rock bottom. Career, dreams, health all came crashing down. I found myself in a dark place. But part of my recovery from that place of loss was the belief that I could have a second chance. A rebound! If you love basketball you know what a rebound is. It’s a second shot. Maybe you missed the first time but you get another chance. I believe everyone deserves a second chance. A second chance to find purpose and meaning; a second chance at a relationship or career; a second chance at success. I’d love to serve you through coaching. Coaching is a relationship of support, encouragement, and accountability. It would be an honor to journey with you as you achieve new clarity and energized strategy for your dreams or important life changes. When you work with me you’ll find a coach who is supportive, encouraging, truthful, and focused. My greatest joy is your success. If you need a fresh start, let’s connect. Contact me for a free, 15 minute consultation to see how we can work together. Remember, “Life begins when you get back up!”
Alan Morrison
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Alan Morrison

coachalanjmorrison@gmail.com
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I'm Alan Morrison. I've served for 30 years as a United Methodist pastor and am the owner of Your Next Step Life Coaching. I've also had over 50 years of experience as part of the Scouting movement in a variety of volunteer positions. What I've learned through Scouting and as a Pastor is that most people really do have the answers for their life. Sometimes they need some encouragement, an accountability partner, or a sounding board. As a coach, I will help you explore the possibilities to help you take "Your Next Step" in your journey. I am working toward certification as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Are you looking to make some changes in your life? Contact me for a free, 30-minute consultation to see if this is "Your Next Step".
Edward Saxman
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Edward Saxman

coachedsaxman@gmail.com
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A United Methodist Pastor in Grove City, Pa, owner of Kiln-fired Coaching, and Director of Autism Initiative, Rev. Dr. Ed Saxman enjoys any opportunity to “make a difference, transform a life, and build the kingdom of God.” Ed is married to his college sweetheart, Susan. Together, they have three adult children and two grandchildren. When he is not immersed in family or faith projects, you will find him running the roads of Mercer county, kayaking the local rivers and lakes or in the garage at his potter’s wheel transforming lumps of clay into works of art.Ed is currently working towards ICF-ACC accreditation in coaching and expects to receive his certification before the end of 2020.
Wayne Snead
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Wayne Snead

waynesnead@vaumc.org
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Wayne is a native of Virginia. He has served as a church planter, large multisite pastor and now as a District Superintendent of the United Methodist Church. He consults, coaches and leads clergy and laity in creating vitality in local churches. He leads workshops on church growth, leadership and discipleship. He is working toward his ACC coaching credentials with the International Coach Federation.
Jane Wakeman
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Jane Wakeman

jane.edla.52@gmail.com
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A recently retired school psychologist and United Methodist Deaconess, I find helping others find their way a major desire for me. My enthusiasm for coaching as a primary process for helping comes from seeing the potential to bring immediate relief to others as they feel heard, validated and more hopeful for meaningful change. It combines active listening with action, two ideas that are not always combined in other helping processes. On a more personal note, I live in Westchester County, New York, have seven grown children (in a blended family sort of way) five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Is it any wonder I most want to reach out to those feeling isolated and alone?
Shane Warta
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Shane Warta

sawarta@gmail.com
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I am a professional Christian coach who specializes in leadership development for individuals and teams. I currently reside in Kansas and have worked with individuals and teams in 5 states. I serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients and teams. In addition to being a professional coach, I serve in the Great Plains United Methodist Conference as a lay leadership developer.I am a collaborative, action-focused professional coach. Through this approach, I provide support and practical feedback to help clients and teams effectively address areas of growth. I also integrate coaching techniques and helpful tools to offer a highly-personalized plan tailored to you. With compassion and understanding, I’ll work with you to help build on your strengths and attain the leadership development you are committed to achieving.

CTL Coaches-in-Training

George Ashford
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George Ashford

info@georgeashford.com
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George is native of Columbia, SC. He received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from South Carolina State University, Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary, and Doctor ofMinistry from Columbia Theological Seminary, Atlanta Georgia. George recently authored his first book “Lose to Win”.He has demonstrated a strong passion for church planting and development which resulted in the birth of Journey Church in 2007. Since its founding, Journey has expanded its ministry toinclude over 1100 members with an average worship of 750 persons, a youth and children’s ministry of over 150 who actively participate in worship and the community ministry. Prior appointments included a church revitalization, reorganization and relocation. He is pursuing his ACC coaching credentials with the International Coaching Federation. George is married to Olisa, and they are proud parents of two adult sons and one dog. George can be reached atinfo@georgeashford.com.
Becky Balestri
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Becky Balestri

becky@opsf-omaha.org
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Becky Balestri is a PC(USA) ordained minister, in training to become a certified coach. She is especially eager to coach pastors in their first call, in transitional ministry, or those pastors moving toward retirement.
Roberta Cook
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Roberta Cook

coaching4empoweredliving@gmail.com
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Roberta Cook is an ordained elder in the UMC (Indiana Conference) with 20+ years of ministry experience who is passionate about helping clergy, congregations, and laity develop and reach their fullest potential as they seek to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. I currently serve at Elwood First UMC in Elwood, Indiana.I am currently a student of CTL who has completed 60 hours of specified training and am working towards ICF, ACC/PCC accreditation. I would love to partner with you on your journey to success and fulfillment through the process of discovery, encouragement, powerful questioning and accountability. I am available for coaching anyone but specifically clergy, congregations, and laity. I have a passion for congregational transformation, discipleship and fresh expressions of church. To that end I offer one on one and small group coaching for: Congregational Transformation, Discipleship, Personal Development and Leadership. I have a unique desire for coaching women in ministry as we often face “unique” circumstances in ministry Training Opportunities: I have been trained by Dr. Phil Maynard to teach and coach congregations, laity and clergy in developing discipleship pathways using the Shift 2.0 resource developed by Dr. Phil Maynard. I am available for coaching via tele-communications (cell phone and face time) and in some cases in person when you are willing to travel. I am currently based in Elwood, Indiana and can be contacted via e-mail @ coaching4empoweredliving@gmail.com for further inquiries.May God’s peace rest upon you, Rev. Roberta Cook
Tim Goodman
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Tim Goodman

pastortim220@gmail.com
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Tim has had the privilege of serving in pastoral leadership capacity at small churches, an urban church plant, and multi-site church in Western PA for the last 12 years. He thrives at bring order out of coach and gathering people around Jesus and developing a sense of belonging and purpose. Tim is completing the required coaching hours towards ACC certification.
Matthew Leffler
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Matthew Leffler

matthew.leffler@inumc.org
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Rev. Matthew J. Leffler is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. He believes that his ministry is to fan the flame of a person’s unique calling in life. He serves as the Associate Director of Leadership Development for the Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church where he is overseeing the Conference’s coaching initiatives. He is working toward his ACC coaching credentials with the International Coaching Federation.
Cynthia Lopynski
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Cynthia Lopynski

cynthialopynski@vaumc.org
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Cynthia graduated from JMU with a degree in management information systems. She spent her early career working for AT&T where she received excellent project and personnel management training. Cynthia left AT&T when her girls were young but soon found herself longing for a balance of work and family. She went to work part-time as the Director of Lay Ministries at Floris United Methodist Church in 1999. She completed her Certification in Evangelism through Wesley Seminary in 2004. Over 17 years at Floris UMC she served as Director of Connections and Communications and as a member of the senior management team. In 2016, Cynthia accepted the position of Program Coordinator at the Alexandria and Arlington District of the United Methodist Church. She is a graduate of Coach Training for Leaders and is currently pursuing ACC certification. She enjoys working with local churches, training, coaching and equipping both clergy and laity. She can be reached at cynthialopynski@vaumc.org.
Barbara Miner
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Barbara Miner

bminer@florisumc.org
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Barbara is a coach and Methodist pastor who enjoys connecting with people and helping them figure out their next best step. She is a fully trained coach who is moving forward to ICF accreditation. Barbara is passionate about family, friends and faith – in whatever forms they may take. When Barbara is not with her family and friends you can find her paddle boarding on any available body of water.
R.C. Muhlbaier
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R.C. Muhlbaier

rcmuhlbaier3@gmail.com
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I am currently serving as the Associate Director of Leadership Development for Laity and Discipleship in the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. I have earned master's degrees in both theological studies and leadership in education. A regular part of my work is resourcing and supporting laity, clergy, and leadership teams in the areas of leadership development and discipleship. Coaching has been a great asset to this work and I am excited for opportunities to support even more leaders and churches through coaching.I am a clergy spouse, currently living in Munice, Indiana with my wife and three boys. Though I have been in the midwest for 15 years, I am still a devoted Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles fan!
Mike Pearson
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Mike Pearson

putjesusfirst@me.com
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Mike Pearson, Pastor of Graceville FUMC, D.Min, Ph.D.Mike has earned 60 hrs of coach training plus mentor coaching, currently working toward completing ACC certification.
Shannon Stringer
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Shannon Stringer

shannon.stringer@inumc.org
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Shannon Stringer serves as the Director of Leadership Development for the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. With over 25 years of experience in education, ministry and staff supervision, Shannon's passion is helping others live into their potential. She specializes in seasons of transition and career development. Shannon has additional training in conflict management and mediation with both individuals and groups. Her personal desire to be faithful to the call of discipleship has led Shannon to ordination in the United Methodist Church as well as a life-time commitment to developing spiritual strength in others.