Performance training for clergy – CHC guides ministers through strategic and goal-setting exercises to achieve better results in both personal and professional environments. Learn more about our coaching services.
What is a coach and why do I need one?
A coach is a well-trained professional who works with you to explore fresh perspectives on personal challenges, enhanced decision-making skills, greater interpersonal effectiveness, and increased confidence. Those who undertake coaching also can expect appreciable improvement in productivity, satisfaction with life and work, and the attainment of relevant goals.
Below you will find our fine array of coaches. Each has completed extensive training and is ICF (International Coach Federation) certified. While diverse, we are united around a shared love for churches and clergy that permeates all we do. To engage the services of a coach, contact CHC.
Chris is the Pastor of Oxford Baptist Church and is involved in service and leadership in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Chris is a graduate of Baylor University, Duke Divinity School an an alumni of Wilshire Baptist Church’s Residency Program. He received his coaching training through the Center for Congregational Health in 2011 and works with ministers and churches to help them positively move forward with their unique ministries. Chris is in the CHC-Carolinas region and can be reached at ChrisA@chchurches.org.
Ann Ashcraft brings a rich and varied work experience in both the public and private sectors to her coaching practice. Ann brings specific expertise in personal relationships, conflict management , board development and community collaborations. Her nonprofit experience includes ten years as the Executive Director of the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida. Under her supervision the organization grew from $150,000 annual income to over $11,000,000 annual income. During this tenure she was recognized as the Business Woman of Year in Tampa, Florida. Ann received her training in coaching at the Center for Congregational Health in Winston Salem, N.C. She is a longtime Sunday School teacher and has served in churches across the country alongside her husband Randy. Ann enjoys spending time with family and travel during her free time. Ann is in the CHC-MidAtlantic region. She can be reached at AnnA@chchurches.org.
Randy Ashcraft has served as a Senior Minister in congregations across the United States for over 30 years. He currently serves as Pastor in Residence at the Virginia Baptist Mission Board specializing in Ministerial Health and Wellness, and Contemplative Spirituality. He is a certified Thomas Concept instructor and received his training in coaching through the Center for Congregational Health in Winston-Salem, N.C. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Texas Christian University where he received a Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis in transitional leadership. Randy and Ann are the principals at REDclay Concepts, a leadership and coaching organization focused on strategic planning, non profit board development, and executive coaching. REDclay works primarily in the health care field with clients such as Bon Secours and Inova Health Care System of Northern Virginia. Randy also works as a Congregational Engagement consultant for Bon Secours, Richmond. He currently serves on the Duke Divinity School Baptist House Board and is a member of Metro Ministers, a peer learning community promoting ministerial excellence. Randy is married to Ann, and resides in Richmond, Va. For enjoyment Randy prefers to be behind the wheel of an old British sports car. Randy is in the CHC-MidAtlantic region. He can be reached at RandyA@chchurches.org. Read articles by Randy Ashcraft.
Robert (Bob) Dale, is an Oklahoma Baptist University graduate and former assistant executive director of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board. He is a noted author, consultant and coach has been a thought-leader in the world of congregations as they engage the question of health and vibrancy for nearly 50 years. Following a distinguished career as a pastor, seminary professor and denominational leader, Bob now turns his focus toward coaching. In that role, he is helping guide a generation of clergy and laity toward a healthier understanding of leadership and maturity. He is also a consultant for CHC.
Jayne Davis has served as the Minister of Spiritual Formation at First Baptist Church, Wilmington, NC since 2001. Prior to going into ministry, she was the Executive Director of a non-profit organization and worked as a strategic planning consultant for early childhood initiatives. Jayne is a certified coach, working with both individuals and churches, and is a part of the CBFNC coaching network. She is also a partner in Hopeful Imagination, a ministry encouraging and supporting churches as they
seek God’s direction in a changing world. Jayne is a co-coordinator of the CHC-Carolinas region and also serves as a consultant for CHC. She can be reached at JayneD@chchurches.org.
Daniel D. Elash
Dan is an Episcopalian layman and has a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Trained as a psychologist, he has focused his career on creating value in business organizations, churches, and not-for-profits by developing the intellectual, spiritual, and human capital in individuals, teams, or across the organization as a whole. Over the past thirty-five years Dan has coached or trained thousands of executives, pastors, leadership teams, managers, and church staffs as well as lay leaders. He brings deep knowledge of behavioral science and a seasoned perspective on organizational dynamics, and the ability to frame those issues within a faith-based perspective. Dan is also a consultant for CHC. Dan is in the CHC-MidAtlantic region. He can be reached at DanE@chchurches.org.
Michael is the Associate Pastor of Northside Drive Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He recently completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. A Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education, Mike enjoys coaching and mentoring seminary students and new ministers as they seek to organize their time and lives around new ministry positions. He also founded and runs a coaching company, Michael Gregg Coaching, which seeks to help clients move forward with clarity and direction. Mike is a baseball fanatic and listens to every Atlanta Braves game on the radio. He is in the CHC-Southeast region. He can be reached at MikeG@chchurches.org.
“Working with Mike as my coach over the past 18 months has been such a blessing. With his guidance the power of coaching (listening, asking good questions) has helped me grow both professionally as well as personally helping me to become a better husband, father, and minister.”
Rev. Joshua Breazeale – Oakmont Baptist Church, Greenville NC
“Coaching with Mike has been an incredibly meaningful experience. He always brings creative angles to issues to help me think about them in new ways, and his good questions help me to dig beyond the surface layers of an issue to get at the deep and important layers. Mike is a great partner in any ministerial journey.”
Pastor John Carroll – First Baptist Church, Danville VA
“Mike, through pointed conversation and non-judgmental support, has helped me start to focus my dreams. He quickly distinguished a coaching style specific to my needs in order to push me beyond the “I don’t knows” in my way.”
Kristin Y. Gundberg
“The time I’ve spent with Mike has helped sharpen my focus on the things that I consider priorities in my business. His directed coaching questions have made it possible for me to begin identifying the real issues and clarify the possible solutions that can work for me.”
Bob’s interested in growth — your growth. Certified as a leader coach by Coach Approach Ministries and affiliated with the International Coaching Federation, he serves as thought partner for leaders in personal and professional transitions. Working from a rich and varied background as pastor, church staff minister, consultant, manager, seminary professor, writer, board leader, and director of leader development networks, Bob invites you to work toward finding and claiming your best future.
Dr. Tracy Hartman is the Daniel O. Aleshire Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Her graduate work included ground-breaking research into the relationship between parish setting and preaching style for women pastors. In addition to teaching preaching and directing the seminary’s Supervised Ministry and Doctor of Ministry programs, Tracy enjoys the ministries of coaching and intentional interim ministry. She is the author of Letting the Other Speak: Proclaiming the Stories of Biblical Women and co-author of one volume of the New Proclamation Commentary. She is currently co-authoring a new book that will help churches think theologically about risk and change. She is in the CHC-MidAtlantic region. She can be reached at TracyH@chchurches.org. Read articles by Tracy Hartman.
“Tracy has been my go-to person for many years when personal and professional challenges arise, and she always knows how to ask the right question at the right time to guide me through the process of self-discovery to help me be a better person and minister. Tracy has the heart of a coach as she listens to your story and encourages with wisdom and sincerity. She has a wonderful gift of caring for the “whole person” while bringing together theology, practical ministry, and spiritual direction in her conversations. My life and ministry are always more focused after a conversation with Tracy.”
Minister who is a coaching client
Dr. Barry Howard, pastor of FBC Pensacola FL, will work with CHC as a Leadership Coach. Barry recently completed his ICF training and certification process, and has a natural interest and talent for fostering healthy practices in clergy and other leaders. He is in the CHC-Southeast region. He can be reached at BarryH@chchurches.org. Read articles from Barry Howard.
Brandon Hudson is a Board Certified Coach and pastor of Crosscreek Baptist Church in Pelham, AL. He is a husband and father who enjoys music and golf. He is passionate about working with others to explore and discover creative approaches to facilitate effective and healthy ministry in the milieu of modern day life. He is in the CHC-Southeast region. He can be reached at BrandonH@chchurches.org.
Rev. Phill Martin is the Deputy CEO of the National Association of Church Business Administration. Phill’s passion is to engage and connect individuals and organizations to help them reach their maximum potential. He enjoys coaching, teaching, mentoring and connecting people with information and resources. He is also a consultant for CHC. He can be reached at PhillM@chchurches.org.
Larry L. McSwain is a long-time educator at McAfee School of Theology, Shorter College, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He specializes in congregational research and training others in strategy planning processes and conflict ministry. He is author of The Calling of Congregational Leadership which he will teach online in Spring 2014 through transformingthechurch.org. Larry coaches ministers and consults with congregations through the Center for Healthy Churches. He has five grandchildren and is married to Sue, a retired Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of Northside Drive Baptist Church where he serves on the technology committee and teaches the Allen/Davis Church School class. Larry is also a consultant for CHC. He is in the CHC-Southeast region. He can be reached at LarryM@chchurches.org.
As the Equipping Coach for the Baptist General Association of Virginia, Charity has the opportunity to develop creative leadership training opportunities. With over 250 hours of coaching experience, she is also certified to administer and coach the Workplace Big Five Personality Assessment and Workplace 360 Performance Assessment. Charity also received training in Congregational Coaching. Previously she has served as the Raleigh Area Baptist Campus Minister and Pastor of Sharon Baptist Church in Smithfield, NC. She received her masters and her doctorate of ministry from Campbell University. Her doctoral work was done in the area of women in leadership, with an emphasis on coaching. She began coaching in 2008 and received her coaches training from Coaches Training Institute. She keeps a blog at charityroberson.com. She is in the CHC-MidAtlantic region. She can be reached at CharityR@chchurches.org.
An ordained Baptist minister, Professor, licensed professional counselor, certified Franklin Covey facilitator, and Associate Certified Coach, Steve is President of CareNet., Inc., a wholly owned Subsidiary of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Along with his responsibilities of providing leadership to a statewide outpatient counseling network of 32 clinics he also is Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Steve has pastored churches in Virginia and facilitated leadership training and development seminars for Franklin Covey since 1998. He has been a coach since 1996 receiving his training with Coach University. He specializes in executive coaching and consulting having worked with executives and organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Steve is also a consultant for CHC and is in the CHC-Carolinas region. He can be reached at SteveS@chchurches.org.
Joel Snider retired in 2016 after 40 years in active ministry, and spent the last 21 years as pastor of First Baptist Church, Rome, Georgia. Joel has an active coaching practice with a wide variety of clients, including ministers, small business owners, and financial planners. In his work with CHC, Joel focuses on creating a faith development ministry with young families and churches, in addition to consulting for minister search committees and congregational health. He is also a consultant for CHC. He is in the CHC-Southeast region. He can be reached at JoelS@chchurches.org.
Terri is a Board Certified Coach who has worked with clients in the areas of ministry, career direction, and life issues. She has served on the staff of churches in Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina focusing on Youth and Spiritual Formation. Terri is a graduate of Indiana University and Southern Seminary. When she is not coaching or ministering, Terri is an avid reader, traveler, and hiker. She also serves as the on-site IT specialist for the Springer family. Terri is in the CHC-Carolinas region and can be reached at TerriS@chchurches.org. Read articles by Terri Springer.
“I don’t know that I have felt more “understood” than when I talked with Terri. She heard me clearly, pushed me to dig deeper, challenged me when I needed to be challenged, and simply was fully present to me when I needed care and compassion. It was the ideal mixture of introspective work, considering my motivations and hesitations, and the accountability that I needed to make decisions and take concrete action.”
“I’m into my third year of having Terri as my coach. She has journeyed with me through my first few years of full time church ministry, the birth of my two children, and all the transitions and newness that goes along with such major life events! Our monthly conversations are always encouraging and challenging as she pushes me to be the best minister to my church and mother and wife to my family. I thank God for her friendship and guidance.”