Our coaches come from diverse backgrounds and denominations, and all have completed certified coach training with a coaching school affiliated with the International Coaching Federation.
Harry Durbin brings a wealth of pastoral and church experience to the Clergy Coaching Network. In addition to 30+ years serving both neighborhood and urban United Methodist congregations, he has served as a church resource editor and on numerous boards and task forces. Harry earned a degree from Union University then earned Master of Divinity degree from Southern Seminary and a Master of Education degree from the University of Memphis. He received his Doctorof Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary. After 12 years serving neighborhood congregations in Shelby and Madison counties, he led Covenant United Methodist in Cordova for eight years, during which time membership increased four-fold. He served as Senior Pastor at Collierville UMC from 1998 to 2011, where membership grew from 2,200 to 3,300 under his leadership.
Rick Kirchoff is a retired United Methodist Minister, author, consultant and radio personality, Rick brings more than 40 years of ministry and a variety of gifts to his work with the Clergy Coaching Network, having served in the following roles: as a pastor in a transitional congregation, a small church pastor, a denominational executive, an executive pastor and then senior pastor at a large congregation. A graduate of Lambuth University, Rick studied at Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio where he earned both a Master of Divinity and Master in Religious Education. Upon retirement, Rick completed the Certified Coaching Course and currently works part time with Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis as a partner in the Clergy Coaching Network.
Frank Thomas has three doctorates – Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary; Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio and a Doctor of Philosophy with a major in Communications, from the University of Memphis. He earned a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts degree in African-Caribbean Studies from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Frank is currently the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration at Christian Theological Seminary of Indianapolis, Indiana. He has authored or co-authored numerous books and his sermons have been featured in a number of national publications he is in demand as a preacher, speaker, lecturer, and revivalist.
Dr. Jim Robey is the Executive Director for Attentional Growth Inc.. He is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and a United Methodist minister. Jim is a renowned speaker, seminar leader, teacher, minister and coach with a profound commitment to help others grow in their work and life. His practice takes him across the United States and the world to work with a variety of groups, organizations and businesses. Jim’s passion is coaching leaders and teams to increase their effectiveness and sense of fulfillment. He is a co-founder of Coach Training for Leaders, an ICF approved coach training program, that is training a new generation of clergy to become effective leaders.
Rev. Rebecca Luter is pastor of Farmington Presbyterian Church in Germantown, TN, where she has served since April 2014. Prior to coming to FPC, she served as Lead Associate at Germantown United Methodist Church (2000-2014). Rebecca has designed and led several Prayer and Women’s Retreats. She has spoken at regional and national church conferences including the National Evangelism Works hop of NetResults, the national gathering of Church Educator’s Fellowship of The United Methodist Church, and multiple United Methodist District Lay Training Events. She has consulted with multiple churches, particularly around issues of children’s ministry and child abuse prevention. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia and completed her undergraduate work at Rhodes College, where she majored in biology.
Dr. Larry Ousley is the Executive Director of the Intentional Growth Center (IGC). Before coming to IGC in 2000, he served as senior pastor of several large churches in the Holston Conference of the UMC. He is a life coach recognized through the International Coach Federation (ICF) as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) in 2004 and as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) in 2010. Larry is also an Endorsed Life Coach by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency, is a Certified Organizational Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC), and a certified mentor coach. Recently, he was trained by GBOD as a Path1 coach for church planters. Also, Larry is a co-owner and lead trainer of an ICF accredited coaching school—Coach Training for Leaders. See http://empowercoaches.com. Larry has lead approximately 10 long-term group leadership coaching projects and has over 2,000 hours of experience coaching pastors, district superintendents, and conference staff persons.
Lonna Lynn Euler Higgs is an Associate Certified Coach and an elder in The United Methodist Church. She is the founder of coaching4growing,llc, a practice focused on coaching clients —individuals and organizations—to cultivate fruitful relationships and lead transformational change. All her clients are encouraged to name a mission, claim a vision and move toward the fulfillment of both. Endorsed for the ministry of life coaching by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency (UMEA), Lonna Lynn is on the training team of Coach Training for Leaders, an ICF certified coach training program and is a member of the Clergy Coaching Network (CCN). She received her coach training from Coaching4Clergy and is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Linda Gabriel is associate minister at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Memphis, TN, since 2009. She received her BSN in nursing and BA in religion from Duke University. Before entering the ministry, she worked as an RN. She received her M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. She is ecclesiastically endorsed by the UMC and is a board certified fellow in APC. She served as staff chaplain at Methodist University Hospital, and three churches in Memphis for the past 24 years. Linda is married to Bradley, and they have two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
Ken is a retired United Methodist pastor who remains active to his ministry calling. He is serving as one of the coaches at CcNet, teaching at the college level, and doing consulting for local churches. He is a second career clergy following a season as an engineer/constructor. After a decade of design and build, he sold his company and re-tooled for the ministry. His undergrad work was completed at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville and he has graduate degrees from Vanderbilt University. Because a significant portion of his ministry was spent in urban areas he completed work through what once was the Urban Ministry Academy of the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church.
David Galloway is an Episcopal priest who has a broad experience of work in the world. Serving as a parish priest, psychotherapist, couples and family therapist, spiritual director, writer, retreat leader, professor, clergy consultant and coach. Studying the process of change, he has recently applied his change management and organizational development expertise to hospitals and healthcare systems. He now brings those skills to the Clergy Coaching Network in a hope to develop the leadership capacity of clergy. David was educated at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the University of the South, with an emphasis in pastoral theology and spiritual direction. Over the last nine years, he has been coaching and consulting leaders who are attempting to transform healthcare. Pioneering change management and network analysis, Dr. Galloway has been engaged in coaching with administrative and clinical leaders. David did his coach training with Executive Coaching University and was a developer of the Pilgrimage Project at Candler, Assistant to the Director of the Center for Faith Development under Jim Fowler.
Embra currently serves as District Superintendent in the Starkville District of the Mississippi Annual Conference. Embra possess ecclesiastical endorsement from The Board of Higher Education and Ministry. He is also a Certified Coach in the Spiritual Leadership Institute(apprentice), International Coach Federation and Coachnet. Specialties: cross-racial, cross-cultural church revitalization, leadership development, and organization development.
Dr. Teresa Angle-Young, is an International Coach Federation certified, United Methodist Endorsed Coach. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing, an M. Div. from Emory University, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Dr. Angle-Young has taught preaching and frequently holds workshops and does coaching with clergy and laity on worship, church planting, leadership development, children’s ministry, relationship, and wellness. In addition to theology, Dr. Angle-Young is a lover of science and medicine and has studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Dr. Angle-Young is a former church planter, and a practicing clergy in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Her coaching specialties include: preaching, church planting, female clergy coaching, Your First 90 Days and Health and Wellness coaching for clergy.
Patt Hardaway is an ordained Pastor in the Disciples of Christ Church. Patt earned her Master of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degree from University of Memphis. Patt was Associate Pastor at Lindenwood Christian Church, in mid-town Memphis, where she was Pastor of Small Groups and Worship Arts. She also served as Senior Pastor at Collierville Christian Church, a suburban church outside of Memphis. She is currently the founding Pastor of Water Christian Church, a four year old new church plant. Patt is also staff chaplain at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare in Germantown, TN. and serves as a Communication Consultant for Methodist Healthcare.
Dr. Phil Maynard currently serves as Director, Path 1 Coaching Network/New Church Strategist (General Board of Discipleship) and Director, Excellence in Ministry Coaching (www.emc3coaching.com). Phil also serves as a coach/ consultant with Epicenter (www.epicentergroup.org ) and partners with other coaches to lead a variety of training and congregational transformation activities. In addition to 20 years of local church ministry experience, Phil also served as Director in the Center for Congregational Excellence in the Florida UMC Conference for six years. Dr. Maynard has led dozens of churches through the process of transformation, has consulted with dozens more, and in addition, now coaches & trains leaders and trains coaches to work in ministry and discipleship coaching. He also coaches new church planters across the country. Phil has done general coach training through On-Purpose Ministry, CoachU, and Coaching4Clergy. He has also done Advanced Coach Training through CoachNet, facilitation/coach training through Church Resource Ministries, and is a licensed trainer for NCD and a certified Conflict/Mediation Coach through Peace Maker Ministries. Phil is a certified coach and an Endorsed Coach with the United Methodist Church. Phil is a graduate of Duke Divinity School (M.Div & Th.M); University of Kansas (M.S. Ed); and Drew (D.Min). His latest book, Shift, is now available from Amazon. To learn more or contact Phil: firstname.lastname@example.org & www.emc3coaching.com & 321-217-6007.
Dennis Otto brings more than 30 years of ministry experience to Clergy Coaching Network. In addition to serving congregations in rural, urban, and suburban settings, he has served as a district superintendent and Director of Congregational Development for Susquehanna Conference (PA). His creative work with staff development and worship design have been a source of joy. Dennis has received coaching training through PATH 1 and International Growth Center. He is also trained as a Transition-Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist. After receiving a B.A. in Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dennis earned an M. Div at Princeton Theological Seminary, a D. Min at Wesley Theological Seminary, and completed the Beeson Institute for Church Leadership at Asbury Seminary. One of Dennis’s greatest joys, in addition to helping connect people to Jesus, is helping people grow to their full potential as children of God.