What is a consultant and why do we need one?
A CHC Consultant is someone who comes alongside you to enable greater learning, insights and planning for the future. Our focus is upon process consulting. By that we mean that our role is to help you design a path forward that maximizes local wisdom and expertise under the leadership of God’s Spirit. Our consultants do not offer ready-made or easy answers, but guide you to explore possibilities that are sustainable. Each of them has a solid track record of effective service in congregations.
Below you will find our fine array of consultants. Each has completed extensive training. While diverse, we are united around a shared love for churches and clergy that permeates all we do. To engage the services of a consultant, contact CHC. Learn more about our consulting services.
Natalie has spent over thirteen years as a professional in communications and another four years as an educator. She has an MS in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University and a BS in Education from Baylor University. Her specializations include communication strategies, social media, websites, content marketing, writing for the web and online community engagement, and she is a frequent presenter. Learn more about Natalie Aho. She is in the CHC-Carolinas region. She can be reached at NatalieA@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 is the principal 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 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.
Mike Clingenpeel retired from River Road Church, Baptist in Richmond, Virginia in 2015. For three decades he was pastor of churches in Indiana, Michigan and Virginia. For over 12 years he was editor and business manager of the Religious Herald, news journal of the Baptist General Association of Virginia. He has preached in over 250 churches, published hundreds of articles and has supervised seminarians and prospective ministers in preaching and leadership during his 42 years as an ordained minister. He is married to Vivian, an attorney, and loves to discover a trail he has not hiked before. He can be reached at MikeC@chchurches.org.
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. She is also a coach for CHC. Learn more about Jayne Davis. She is the co-coordinator of the CHC-Carolinas region. She can be reached at JayneD@chchurches.org.
Amy Derrick, of Denver CO, has served in a variety of pastoral care settings and international ministry settings. For the last eighteen years she worked with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as Field Services Selection Manager. During that time she launched and directed the Student.Go program, enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience cross-cultural ministry opportunities around the world. Learn more about Amy Derrick. She is in the CHC-West region. She can be reached at AmyD@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 is also a coach for CHC. Learn more about Dan Elash. He is in the CHC-MidAtlantic region. He can be reached at DanE@chchurches.org.
Doug has served as Minister of Music at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas TX since 2004. He previously served at Providence Baptist in Charlotte NC and churches in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. At Wilshire, he directs the choral program and supervises the church-wide music ministry, with major responsibilities for worship. Wilshire’s 90-voice Sanctuary Choir and 60-voice Youth Choir are renowned for their quality and innovative approach to traditional worship. Learn more about Doug Haney. He can be reached at DougH@chchurches.org.
Don has had extensive experience as a pastor in Virginia and North Carolina, an intentional interim pastor, and as a congregational consultant with the Center for Congregational Health. He currently serves as pastor of Midway Baptist Church in Amherst VA. Don has special interest in conflict transformation, leadership transitions, and congregational consulting. He will become the liaison and coordinator of the partnership between CHC, the Baptist General Association of Virginia, and Cooperative By Design to provide conflict transformation consulting to the churches of the BGAV..
David Hull joined the CHC team in 2014. A native of Louisville, KY, David has been an active leader in community and denominational life for 35 years. Most recently, he served as pastor of First Baptist, Huntsville AL for twelve years. Previously he pastored First Baptist, Knoxville TN and churches in South Carolina, North Carolina and Kentucky. His wife, Jane, is pastor at Union Christian Church in Watkinsville GA. Learn more about David Hull. He is the coordinator of the CHC-Southeast region. He can be reached at DavidH@chchurches.org.
A native of Mississippi, Jim has served Presbyterian churches in California and Tennessee for almost 35 years. He loves helping congregations prayerfully discern how the Spirit calls them to adapt to changing cultural contexts. Jim is the author of The Postmodern Parish published by the Alban Institute. Learn more about Jim Kitchens. He is the coordinator of the CHC-West region. He can be reached at JimK@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 coach. Learn more about Phill Martin. 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 also a coach for CHC. Learn more about Larry McSwain. He is in the CHC-Southeast region. He can be reached at LarryM@chchurches.org.
Dr. Bill Owen is a Congregational Consultant and Coach for CHC after a 32-year pastorate at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cross Plains, TN, just north of Nashville. Bill is an experienced, certified leadership coach. He also works as a cognitive coach among educators, particularly secondary school teachers with a focus on innovation and personalized learning. He brings these skills and experiences to his work with and love for congregations and ministry staff development. Learn more about Bill Owen. He is the coordinator of the CHC-Southcentral region. He can be reached at BillO@chchurches.org.
A native of West Virginia, Mike Queen, has served churches in North Carolina the last 36 years. Recently retired after twenty-five years as pastor at First Baptist Church in Wilmington, NC, Mike, along with his colleague Jayne Davis, has founded a ministry of encouragement called Hopeful Imagination to work with traditional churches dedicated to finding God’s way in a changing world. Mike and Bobbie, his wife of 45 years, live in Wilmington and they have continued their ministry by serving as interim pastor in other NC churches. Learn more about Mike Queen. He is the co-coordinator of the CHC-Carolinas region. He can be reached at MikeQ@chchurches.org.
Guy Sayles is a consultant after a 13-year pastorate at First Baptist, Asheville NC. Along with his other interests of teaching, preaching and writing, Guy will work with CHC to foster congregational health and depth. Learn more about Guy Sayles. He is in the CHC-Carolinas region. He can be reached at GuyS@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. He specializes in executive coaching and consulting having worked with executives and organizations in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He is also a coach for CHC. Learn more about Steve Scoggin. He 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 coach for CHC. He is in the CHC-Southeast region. He can be reached at JoelS@chchurches.org.
Carol Tate began first as a professional musician, making music as an organist, choir director, and singer across many denominations, and later as an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament of the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has done intentional study beyond her degrees in music and in ministry, most recently finishing a master’s degree in conflict management. Above all, she has cared for and engaged with a wide range of people in a variety of contexts. An important question for her is: in both church and culture, we are in a defining and potentially creative moment. Will our conversations with one another be substantive, honest, and lead to equitable, healing, and creative ways forward? She can be reached at CarolT@chchurches.org.