Our Trainers

Dr. J. Val Hastings, MCC, Founder and President
Email Val | 877-381-2672  

Dr. J. Val Hastings, MCC, is the Founder and President of Coaching4Today’sLeaders, Coaching4Clergy, Coaching4Groups, and Coaching4BusinessLeaders. Val hired his first coach while he was pastoring at a local United Methodist church. His progress was noticeable by all, and he began to wonder, “What if I adopted a coaching approach to leadership?” In that moment, a vision began to emerge—a global vision of Every Leader a Coach.  

Dr. Hastings is the author of numerous books and has developed four coach training programs which are accredited and approved to the highest level by the International Coach Federation. These trainings are offered globally and are offered in many languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese and Korean.  Graduates of these programs have received all three coaching credentials:  ACC, PCC and MCC.

Val currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, its highest coaching designation. He also holds the designation of Professional Mentor-Coach. In addition to teaching at his own programs, Val holds faculty status at Coach University and Faith Evangelical Seminary.  In 2006 Val was a presenter at the global gathering of the International Coach Federation and, in 2007, he served as the President of the Philadelphia ICF Chapter.

Becky Biser
Email Becky | 817-927-1911 ext. 222
Becky 1 - newBecky Biser is a certified coach through Coaching4Clergy. She has worked in the church and non-profit environment for 33 years in many different roles. She currently serves as Director of Leadership Development for a large association of churches. Becky’s passion is to inspire, encourage and empower leaders to be all they can for God. Whether you are a pastor or another paid or volunteer leader in the church or ministry setting, or a Christian leader in the secular world, Becky’s desire is to inspire, encourage and empower you as YOU make an impact for God.

Some of the issues Becky has coached leaders with are: Spiritual vitality, Balanced life, Health and weight, Leadership skills and dynamics, Vision casting, Personal relationships, Staff and team development, Child rearing, Educational choices, Ministry options, Career choices, and many more.  Additionally, Becky excels at coaching ministry staff teams focusing them on achieving effective results.

Jane Bishop
Email Jane | 404-432-2701
Jane BishopJane Bishop is the founder and owner of Take the Next Step which emerged out of her passion and desire to help others “go for their It.”  She has over 25 years of experience in equipping individuals and groups in academic, athletic and organizational environments.  Using her teaching skills, education and experiences, Jane leads individuals through change with coaching, provides expertise and assessment with consultations, and delivers training modules to help clients achieve their desired outcomes.

Her coaching skills come naturally and are integrated in all aspects of services provided.  Jane is the author of articles for numerous periodicals, a contributing author for a seminary textbook, and has been a featured guest on blogtalkradio. Her greatest moment is when an individual or group “get it!”

Jane holds degrees from three institutions, is an ICF credentialed coach (ACC), a certified trainer/facilitator and on the C4C faculty.  She is active with the International Coach Federation and serves on the GA-ICF chapter Board. A life-long learner, Jane follows her belief that “when a person stops learning, they stop living.”

For more information, visit www.takethenextstepcct.com.

Gary Crowell, ACC, CPA, CCA
Email Gary | 817-395-3933
Gary CrowellGary Crowell has served for thirteen years as Chief Financial Officer of Tarrant Baptist Association, Fort Worth, Texas and previously as Executive Director of Tarrant Baptist Foundation. He has a passion for helping churches to keep their congregations financially and legally sound. He does numerous consultations, coaching sessions and conferences each year. He considers it a privilege to be invited to preach or train leaders in TBA churches.

Gary and his wife, Robbin, were under the appointment of the International Mission Board, SBC for 19 years to Lima, Peru. He served as business manager, treasurer and legal representative for the Peru Baptist Mission while being involved in church starting, university student and professional ministries. He holds an advanced degree in missiology and has a deep heart for anything involving mission work, at home or abroad.

Gary began his career in financial management in the oil and gas industry in Houston, Texas and was the owner of a CPA practice. It is this unique blend of secular work experience and more than three decades of hands on ministry involvement that give him a distinct edge as he relates to professionals in all walks of life.

Don Eisenhauer, ACC
Email Don | 610-310-7630
Don Eisenhauer recent
Experiencing loss is an inevitable part of living in this world. Whether it is the death of a loved one or a pet, the loss of a job, divorce, or other life transitions, grief is a reality. The journey of grief is not one to walk alone.

Don’s approach to grief coaching is to:
• listen to your story
• walk the journey with you
• empower you to find hope and transformation in the midst of grief.

Don comes to the field of grief coaching with a wealth of practical and educational experience in end of life care, including:
• 15 years of pastoral ministry
• 12 years as a hospice chaplain, grief care specialist, and grief support group facilitator
• a doctorate in counseling
• ongoing seminars/presentations on end of life issues

Don coauthored the book “Coaching at End of Life” with J. Val Hastings, and teaches “A Coach Approach to Ministering to the Dying and the Grieving.”

In addition to coaching people along their grief journeys, Don enjoys coaching people in:
• how to coach the dying and the grieving
• life lessons learned from the dying
• helping people to live fully until the moment of death

Naomi Garcia
Email Naomi | 616-459-4503
Naomi GarciaFive (5) things you may be interested to know about Naomi
1.    I began coaching in 1994 as part of my first facilitator certification with the Franklin Covey Company.  After close to 20 years of coaching mediocrely, I discovered family systems coaching and a world of coaching skill development.
2.    I’m confident enough to be curious about most things and realistic enough to know that I will probably never be a master of anything.
3.    Ben Zander’s teaching notion of tell-me-at-the-beginning-how-you’ll-earn-the–‘A’-I’ll-give-you-at-the-end inspires me in my various roles of family, partner, believer, leader, teacher, coach, mentor, challenger, spiritual guide, supervisor, colleague and companion.
4.    My formal education is in faith community teaching-learning and mediation.
5.    My personality drives me to re-phrase my reactive ‘no’ into a ‘how can…?’
Coaching is important to Naomi…
…because its an excellent way to discover one’s ‘A+’ in all aspects of one’s life.
…because it is a healthy, encouraging and gracious way to challenge limiting beliefs and assumptions.
…in the contexts of both the faith community and in one’s own faith journey because it begins with and points to our God-given potential; and it does so in ways that make this potential attainable in realistic ways.
…it is dependent on mutual intention and a future-focus.

Fred Goodwin
Email Fred | 270-922-1739
I am an ordained deacon in the KY Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. I bring more than 30 years experience in the helping professions to the work of coaching.

My wife Jan and I live in Western KY. We have 4 grown children and 8 grandchildren. We are both very active in the United Methodist Church.

My goal is to reach the pastors and lay leadership of the KY United Methodist Church through coaching and training others to be coaches.

Jay Harris,PCC
Email Jay | 817-927-1911 x215
Jay Harris“I pour into marred vessels with encouragement and prayer revealing the treasure of God that they are.”

Jay has served more than 45 years in Christian ministry, training, equipping and developing Christian leaders. He has worked since 2008 with Coaching4Clergy and serves as a trainer, faculty member and mentor coach.

He works as the Director of New Church Starting at the Tarrant Baptist Association where 400 Southern Baptist Churches network together to do Kingdom work. The TBA is a true coaching culture where all the directors are active certified coaches, trainers and faculty with C4C.

Jay, an ordained minister, has extensive pastoral experience and holds two Masters degrees, one in Biblical Studies and one in Marriage and Family Counseling.

He is a passionate discoverer of prayer who loves spending time with the Lord. He is known a @PrayerCoach on Twitter.

David Hyatt, PCC
Email David636-236-4488
“My mission in life is to help pastors, churches and people to actually live their God-given potential.”

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, David received a BA from Vanderbilt University and a Doctor of Ministry from Lexington Theological Seminary (1974).  He served six years as an associate in an inner-city church in St. Louis and then twenty years in Manchester, MO, as a Disciples of Christ pastor.

David left the local pastorate and began helping churches in his own business, Effective Ministries Coaching and Consulting in 2003, following two years at Lay Renewal Ministries in St. Louis. He received his certification as a Christian Leadership Coach from Valwood in March, 2005, and is a full time coach and consultant for pastors and churches of a number of denominations. He has helped develop the Pastoral Leadership Development (PLD) and Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) in the Missouri Annual Conference and is part of a team that is taking the HCI to other Conferences interested in transformation and growing their churches.    He does workshops on a variety of topics and is well-read in the field of effective leadership for today’s ministry. David is a strategic partner with Leadership4Transformation.

Living in St. Louis, David is married to Bonnie and they have two grown children and two grandchildren in Kansas City.

James R. (Rod) Kelley
Email Rod | 816-560-4512
Rev. James R. “Rod” Kelley has been in ministry for more than 34 years.  He entered the Missouri West Conference in 1977 as a Probationary Deacon  and was ordained Elder in full connection May 1979.  On Easter Sunday of 1980, Rev. Kelley entered an 18+ year career as an Active Duty USN Chaplain. Rev. Kelley’s appointments in addition to his USN assignments include Battlefield UMC and Ozark UMC in the Missouri Area Conference.  Before retiring from full time pastoral ministry in 2008, Rev. Kelley obtained certification in Spiritual Formation and Intentional Interim Ministry in the United Methodist Church.

Since 2008 Rev. Kelley has actively participated in Missouri Conference’s Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) serving as workshop leader, weekend consultant, and coach of both pastors and churches. His coaching approach is characterized by an effort to ask effective questions providing the pastor a helpful and supportive accountability.  He believes passionately that the Church of Jesus Christ is God’s primary and only plan for bringing the Kingdom of God to fruition on the earth.  Rev. Kelley’s parish experience, as well as his U.S. Navy assignments, has given him opportunity to minister to many diverse persons in a wide variety of settings and situations.

Gerry Lewis
Email Gerry | 817-929-0643
Dr. Gerry Lewis, DMin, ACC serves (since 2008) as the Executive Director of the Harvest Baptist Association, a network of churches in north central Texas. Before coming to his current ministry, he spent 20 years as a Senior Pastor in two Southern Baptist Churches. He began his journey into the world of Coaching in January, 2010 when he attended his first Coaching4Clergy Basic Coach Training. He has since completed C4C Trainer Certification, has graduated from C4C Professional Coach Training, has received his ACC credentials from the International Coach Federation.

He has conducted the C4C Basic Two Day Coach Training in his association and has incorporated coaching and the coach approach into his ministry with the association. Coaching has so impacted his ministry that “coaching pastors and church staff members” is now included in his official job description.

He also founded Next Step Coaching and Consulting in 2012 to help pastors and church leaders “take their next step.” He launched a podcast, “Your Church Matters with Dr. Gerry Lewis,” in January, 2015 and blogs 3 times per week at drgerrylewis.com.

He is passionate about empowering others for effectiveness and impact and sharing the gift of coaching that has been shared with him. He lives in Azle, TX, has been married to his best friend, Eva, since 1984 and has two grown married children and one incredibly perfect granddaughter.

Paul Melrose
Email Paul | 248-231-7229
Paul MelroseI am a retired United Methodist Minister. I served in three Annual (regional) Conferences of the United Methodist Church, currently Detroit, in 40 years of ministry. After two appointments in local churches I heeded a call to train as a pastoral psychotherapist. In that setting I have been a therapist, an administrator, a supervisor of clergy and clinicians, a teacher in academic and professional settings, a workshop leader, interim pastor, and college chaplain.

I studied at Wesleyan University (B.A.), Union Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute (Certificate in Pastoral Psychotherapy), Andover Newton Theological School (D.Min.), the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy and Oakland University. I took coach training through the GPSSS program of the Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (an ICF approved program) and with Coaching4Clergy.

I work as a coach and therapist and work with the Vital Congregational Initiative of the Detroit Conference, as a coach and consultant. The most deeply meaningful aspect of ministry for me has been working with individuals, first on deep life issues and now to move one’s life forward, the next step, and helping one find that faith that gives their life meaning.

Susan Potter
Email Susan | 817-503-8448
Susan Potter headshotAs a Life &Leadership coach, Susan works with individuals who want to take their success and happiness to the next level, living out God’s plan for them.

After a 28-year corporate career, Susan worked with a coach who helped her get clarity about her own “next level” and discovered that coaching was a passion, and perhaps a calling.  Susan brings both business and life experiences to coaching; her reputation for being trustworthy and someone who sees the greatness in others is widely acknowledged by her personal and professional networks.

Using a strengths-based approach, Susan helps clients discover (or rediscover) their God-given talents & gifts and supports them to overcome obstacles to transform their lives.  Feeling joy coaching in a Christ-centered environment, Susan joined the Coaching4Clergy team as faculty, mentor coach and trainer.  She is also employed by the Central Texas Conference of the UMC as Healthy Church Initiative (HCI) Consultant, serving as trainer, facilitator and coach.  As part of her coaching ministry she leads various women’s workshops at her home church.

Susan has a B.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and serves on the board of the International Coach Federation (ICF) North Texas Coaches chapter.

Phyllis Riney, ACC
Email Phyllis| 713-299-0293 (cell) 

Phyllis RineyPhyllis Riney is an Elder in the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, having pastored churches for 26 years. She is a certified Spiritual Director and Labyrinth Facilitator. She has worked extensively with laity, clergy, and churches, in situations of crisis, transition, and ministry fruitfulness. Member of Houston Coaches, ICF.

Jeff Roe
Email Jeff |972-974-4983 
Jeffrey RoePastor Jeff Roe, co-founder and president of Relentless Ambition, Inc., has been serving in leadership positions for the majority of his life. Eventually, he began to perceive a purpose in his design. Through an unexpected course of events, Jeff found himself surrendering to full-time ministry. Having served in several ministerial positions, he has been serving as senior pastor in Texas since 2007. As his passion for developing disciple-making leaders grew, he began encountering what seemed insurmountable barriers, and when a mentor offered to coach him, Jeff decided he could try it out. While undergoing this coaching process, he was astounded by the shift in his perspective. Recognizing it as a tool he needed to have to use in his ministry to help leaders discover the next step and move forward, Jeff began coaching and training coaches.

“Jeff acts as a sounding board, helping me develop and refine strategic ideas. And he sets a great example in his own ministry, exhibiting the ideas and concepts that he teaches me. God regularly uses Jeff’s advice to bring tangible improvement in my ministry.” – David Morrison, CFP

Nelson and Pam Roth, MA
Email Nelson | Email Pam | 228-206-5440
Nelson, Pam Roth newNelson and Pam are both certified by Coaching4Clergy as trainers and are passionate about helping others reach their full potential. If your organization is looking for a team approach to coach training, consider contacting the Roths.

With over 40 years of experience in local churches, Nelson and Pam became the Co-founders of Relevant Ministry (www.relevantministry.org).  Relevant Ministry’s vision is to equip pastors and leaders to minister relevantly in healthy and thriving ministries.  Nelson is also the author of Nehemiah Response.  The book reveals a biblical approach to transformation during any life changing event.  Out of these biblical principles, Nelson developed a coach approach for transition.

Nelson has a Graduate of Theology degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministry.  Pam graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Human Development and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and is a member of International Coach Federation.

Jeff Smith
Email Jeff | 682-200-9478
Jeff SmithJeff has served in ministry for more than 30 years, and he began coaching through the Healthy Church Initiative. Jeff’s passion is for pastors, ministry staff and ministry leaders to become the best they can be and to maximize their greatest potential in responding to the ever-changing culture in which the church finds itself.

In the process, Jeff has established his own coaching practice, known as VisionForge Coaching.  As a true “smith,” Jeff sees himself as someone who helps others “forge” or shape their better future.  His specialty is working with the large church staff in navigating through complex relationships, expectations and challenges that face leaders today.

Jeff is married to Leah, and they have two children who are married with children of their own.

Ken Willard
Email Ken | 636-346-7172
Ken Willard

  • Christian Leadership Coach focused on meeting you where you are on your leadership journey and helping you take your next steps.
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation. I have over 300 hours coaching pastors of all size and type of churches all over the U.S.
  • Certified Basic Coach trainer with Coaching4Clergy. Member of the American Society for Training & Development.
  • Certified church consultant with the Society for Church Consulting. I have done over 30 on-site church consultations with all types of churches throughout the U.S.
  • Owner of the organization Leadership4Transformation. Our mission is to equip God’s people 4Transformation. We focus on the areas of coaching, continuous learning, consultations, and community.
  • Over 20 years in the business world before transitioning full-time into the church world. Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Masters of Adult Education and Training.
  • Member of the Healthy Church Initiative team in Missouri and part of the national training team.
  • Author or co-author of: Time Management for Peak Performance; Strategic Ministry Planning workbook; Get Their Name workbook; Train-the-Trainer Facilitation Skills workbook.